March 2021 goals

1 March 2021

This is one of those months where it looked like not much got done on my goals… and in some cases, that’s true! I definitely did not make as much progress as I had hoped in some areas. But in others, specifically our master bedroom refresh, my goals did exactly what they were supposed to: they started the ball rolling, and now that it’s rolling, the momentum will carry the project forward. Onward to March, and the first month of spring!!

A page from my February PowerSheets!

On my calendar:
— Our spring break trip to Jekyll Island! Very grateful for the chance to get away to the beach (and to experience a part of the South we’ve never visited!).
— An outdoor lunch with a high school friend we haven’t seen in years
— Some St. Patrick’s Day after-school snack fun like this or this

What I’m loving right now:
— As the weather turns warmer, I’m starting to think about freshening up our outdoor spaces. I snapped up this pretty (and good size!) pot a few weeks ago (it is that prettiest blue color that so many of us love!) and purchased this adorable lemon one as a gift! (The orange pattern is also adorable!!)
— If you’ve been around here any length of time, you’ve heard me sing the praises of Expecting Better, my favorite pregnancy book. The author, Emily Oster, is an economist, and her (free!) weekly newsletter is my new favorite. She writes a lot about COVID and risk, as well as other parenting and pregnancy topics, from a pragmatic point of view.
— By now, surely someone has already told you to watch Ted Lasso, but if not, allow me to be that person. It is funny, sweet, so sincere, and full of life lessons I am still unpacking. COMPLETELY WORTH the $4.99 Apple TV+ subscription for a month, or you could do a free trial and finish it in a week :)

What I read in February:
Essentialism: I liked this book. A lot of it was things I already understood and agreed with (but even things we know and agree with benefit from a reminder every so often). Like many of you, I bristled at some of his suggestions which seemed unnecessarily selfish and not in keeping with the life we’re called to as Christians (similar to The Four-Hour Work Week). Though in the end I felt he failed to deliver on the main promise of the book (how to distinguish the “trivial many” from the “essential few” in an on-the-ground sense), there are some good nuggets to take away.
Crazy Rich Asians: Fun! Though I enjoyed the book, this is a case where I actually may have preferred the movie – the sprawling families are harder to keep track of on the page, and the glitzy fashion and settings are fun to see on the screen.

My reading list for 2021, if you’d like to follow along!

Revisiting my February goals:
Book our annual camping trip (researched, no booking yet!)
Book our mountains trip for this fall (did a bunch of research but haven’t booked yet!)
Watch the Theolaby bonus materials with John
Focus on small tweaks and refreshes in our bedroom, including a new paint color (!), new curtains, and a new grid of photos. (though none of these things actually got done, decisions were made and our handyman was booked!)
Finish submitting June’s kindergarten paperwork
Finish culling and sorting the second half of 2020 photos (did two more months!)

March goals:
— Finish culling and sorting the second half of 2020 photos
— Book our annual camping trip
— Book our mountains trip
— Plan and prep for our spring break trip
— Focus on small tweaks and refreshes in our guest room
— Style our mantel for spring
— Have our carpets cleaned (We have lived here 8+ years and have never done this… are you screaming at your computer?! Or Googling a carpet cleaner near you because you’ve also never done this? Ha!)

As a reminder, many of these are drawn from my 2021 goals!

Let’s discuss: is there a movie adaptation you actually preferred to the book? Or maybe a movie adaption of a beloved book you loathe?

P.S. Read all the way to the bottom looking for the extra-exciting post I teased on Friday? I’m so sorry for making you wait – hopefully later this week!!

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March 1, 2021 7:05 am

I preferred Crazy Rich Asians the movie to the book too! This isn’t a movie, but I saw the Broadway Wicked and then read the book and much preferred the musical. ☺️ Love these goals!

March 1, 2021 8:00 am

As an avid reader, I also almost always prefer the book but am delighted when there is a movie! Something Borrowed was a super fun book (think beach read) but extremely disappointing watch!

On another note, per your mantle goal, I post on approachable mantle styling and maybe your “formula” would be so fun and helpful!
So excited to learn your upcoming news!!

March 1, 2021 9:12 am

This might be heresy to true Lord of the Rings fans, but for the average person, I think the movies are way more enjoyable and approachable!

March 1, 2021 9:18 am

Jekyll Island is one of my very favorite places! You’re in for a treat. I can’t wait to hear your review.

March 1, 2021 4:37 pm

Oooh, I didn’t know about Emily Oster’s newsletter! Signed up immediately :) I liked Crazy Rich Asians better in movie form as well. I know A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was made into a movie, but I will NEVER see it because the pictures in my head of the story are so vivid, I wouldn’t want a movie to interfere with that! I am also pretty loyal to the Harry Potter books over the movies.
Excited for all of your trips ahead!

March 1, 2021 9:56 pm

I’ve been waiting to hear what you thought about Essentialism. ; ) Glad I’m not the only one!
I haven’t been to Jekyll Island but look forward to reading your review!

Meghan H.
March 1, 2021 9:57 pm

I LOVED the 2019 Greta Gerwig “Little Women” movie but have never been able to get through the whole book.

March 1, 2021 10:18 pm

Oh yay, I think you’ll love Jekyll Island!! That’s our favorite to go to for beach days. The historic part of the town is really charming, too. And Driftwood Beach great for photos! And take your bikes :-) Can’t wait to hear about your trip!
As for movie adaptations (actually one of the topics I got tested on for my Masters, ha!) I almost always prefer the book. I have not read or watched “Crazy Rich Asians” though, so I can’t speak for that one. And not a movie, but I really enjoyed watching “Little Fires Everywhere”, maybe not more than the book, but at least the same :-)

March 4, 2021 9:10 pm
Reply to  Em

Driftwood beach is especially picturesque during the golden hour! For actual beach days we usually go to the Great Dunes Park. Parking is great there and they have a nice picnic area right by the beach/parking lot. We usually pack a lunch and eat it there. But we also love picking something up at Tortuga Jack to eat there. They have an outdoor eating area, too, if you feel comfortable with that. Across from the Great Dunes Beach is a cute miniature golf course. Our kids absolutely love it and they have been great with sanitizing etc.
Our kids also like the Sea Turtle Center. I‘m not sure they are fully open these days (we haven’t been during the pandemic), but if you go, I‘d recommend going in the a.m. since that’s when you can watch them treat the turtles they rescued through a big window. My daughter stood there and watched for 45 minutes or so :-) But we have been with friends and their kids weren’t as intrigued by it as ours were. I‘d personally recommend it, but I guess it depends on your kids‘ interest in the animals.
As for restaurants: We haven’t personally eaten at The Wharf yet, but we‘ve heard good things about it and it‘s beautifully located and has lots of outdoor seating. For a quick lunch either as a to go picnic or to enjoy in the courtyard of the resort, I can recommend The Pantry. Yummy sandwiches and salads. If you want to make the drive to St.Simon‘s, try the Porch! We loved it there! Southern Soul BBQ is great too. Both have outdoor seating.
I‘ll let you know if I can think of anything else!
And of course, now I want to go again myself :-)

March 7, 2021 10:50 pm
Reply to  Em

I hope you all have the best time! Can’t wait to hear about it!!

March 2, 2021 12:38 pm

I loved the book Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, but I adored the movie… nothing can be beat Brad Pitt in that furry coat.