In 100 days on Thursday, Zach and I will be married. MARRIED! Wow. I can’t believe we are “here.” I couldn’t help but mention it because this has been such an amazing, frustrating, and blessed season of engagement. Obviously, there are still 100 more days, but if the President can move mountains in his first 100 days in office, we can prepare for marriage in the next 100…to the best of our ability, of course. This blog post is pretty simple– I’m updating my year’s goals again. I’m hoping, as always, to improve, and I know that perfection is a long shot. With the school year winding down, I will hopefully be able to blog more frequently.
1. Develop healthy habits: I’m FINALLY making some progress here, with the help of my sister. We’re on a #eatcleantraindirty challenge leading up to May 17– her prom and a vacation trip for me. Then we will pick back up after that weekend in full training mode for the wedding. In general, I’m trying to do better about what I’m putting in my body… which makes me feel more like a rabbit than human, but I can tell a huge difference in my energy levels. Working out isn’t terrible.. but I’m still trying to decide whether I prefer morning or evening workouts. Right now evening is winning because my bed is just far too comfortable in the morning…
2. Be intentional in relationships and community. I continue to grow here. I’m making time for people and trying to worry less about stuff. We had Spring Break in April and I was able to spend the week with my mom, sister and Zach. While I did work some each day, it was still great to have that time together. I’m also trying to do better about attending my Monday night eGroup to connect with other ladies more. All in all, I love my one-on-one time with people and I love getting my quality time fix with someone different each week!
3. Reduce time spent on social media to 30 minutes per day. I’m about to head into another social media break this weekend because it’s going to be a crazy one. I want to focus on the people around me and the things I need to do. Twitter and Instagram, be gone.
4. Blog twice a week. Still not there. In working out a better schedule and focusing on intentionality, I know that I will be able to schedule it into my week better as the year progresses. And… I also feel like my day-to-day experiences simply don’t need to be broadcasted constantly. So I will figure this blogging adventure out sometime.
5. Dig deeper in the Word. In the craziness that was April, I really lost the regularity (also my attention to social media caused this to suffer). The past few days have been better. It’s time to get back into a YouVersion reading plan to keep me on track.
6. Organize my life. Zach moves into our new apartment in 11 days, so organization will be key this month. I will be sorting through a lot of my “stuff” that has been sitting in boxes or under my desk to see if I really need to take it with me, or if it’s time to let it go. (Insert necessary Frozen melody here.) I already have a huge bag of clothes to go to Goodwill and I plan to add to it in the next week or so. I want to live simply and without clutter. It is only a one bedroom apartment, after all. Since I won’t be moving in until August, I have some time to sort through things.
7. Weekly schedule: I’m learning that Sundays need to be workdays. Mondays and Thursdays are nights I either (a) don’t want to do anything or (b) can’t do anything, so that leaves Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays to be my go-get-’em days. Friday nights are pretty up in the air. I will continue to develop this as I go.
8. 9 books in 12 months: I love, love love my Kindle. It is so accessible. I FINALLY read The Great Gatsby all the way through (for teaching purposes) so I can check that off the list. I also started The Fault in Our Stars. I’m halfway through Crash the Chatterbox— trying to savor it a little bit at a time. So, yes, I’m out of order, but it’s happening and that’s all I care about. 3.5 books down, 6.5 to go.
9. Contentment Challenge: January-April. One day left in this crazy journey. Obviously with a wedding budget and a new apartment, I will still live frugally for the next few months. However, these 1st four months of the year have taught me so much about what is unnecessary and I think have started me off well for the year. I’ve stopped going for the stuff in Target and I think now that I am eating better I will also be avoiding the stuff in the grocery store. Overall, a great experience.
10. Complete my first year of teaching with a positive outlook and learner’s attitude: Just before Spring Break, I thought I might just roll over and die. I was exhausted and beaten down. My kids weren’t doing anything and were sometimes just down right rude. Returning from break, things are a little better, but it is evident we are all ready for summer. I’m doing the best I can to keep going, but I am certainly excited to re-evaulate some things over the summer for next year. Having a positive outlook is a daily battle, but one I intend to win!
11. Celebrate marriage and togetherness: Like I said, Zach moves into our apartment May 10. I’m very excited to have a place to begin decorating and setting up leading up to the wedding. I know marriage will come with its struggles– I am not trying to be naive, but I am very grateful for all that is provided for us. We’re also getting down to the wire on some big wedding decisions (like the guest list). In the end, we will be married and that’s all that matters.
12. Adjust life matters for marriage: Lots of little things are happening– opening bank accounts, change of address forms, etc. All leading up to the big picture 🙂
13. Be less busy. Take time to breathe. I need to do this more. And more. And more.