March Progress and April Goals

Blogging, Debt Repayment, No Spend Month

Last month I shared my March goals. It wasn’t a perfect month, but I’m not going to let that defeat me. I will still set April goals that line up with my New Year’s Resolutions. I’m a firm believer in setting short-term checkpoints to keep the focus on the long term goals, and not get discouraged after a tough month!
March Progress & April Goals for Personal, Financial, Blogging and Fitness Resolution Tracking!
Let’s review my March Goals:

March Goals

Personal:

Read 1 Book and Listen to 1 AudiobookFAIL.

I don’t know why I was unsuccessful this month aside from plain and simple lack of discipline. I had a few different opportunities to read The Joy Luck Club, but chose to play around on Instagram or Twitter “for a few more minutes,” and suddenly it was an hour later and time for bed.

I also forgot about the deadline of my audiobooks with the library. I was making awesome progress on Rising Strong. Then, my library loan ran out. I was still several behind on Marie Konda’s book, but then Daring Greatly (also by Brene Brown) popped up. So I started listening to that. I also made it half way through Daring Greatly, and then my loan ran out.

I’m on the waiting list for both books and it should be my turn again soon. I’ve also moved myself to the back of the line for The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, so that will either be a book much farther down the road, or I will read a physical copy. Now I can “focus” on waiting for Brene Brown’s books to come back. I thought about using an audible credit but since the app for library books is Overdrive and not Audible, I wasn’t sure how to figure out where I left off to start back up again. Bummer.

Continue with the Naptime Diaries Lent Devotional – DONE! This devotional was exactly what I needed. I feel so refreshed. My prayer life needed a kick start for some reasons. That’s not normally an area of my faith walk that stalls out so I’m excited for the eye-opening journey this lenten season.

Blogging:

Participate In One Instagram Giveaway and One Blog GiveawaySort of.

I joined a group giveaway series and elected to have Instagram be a prominent entry in this series. So far you’ve seen J. Crew and Kohls, and two more will be coming up next week. They were supposed to all be in the month of March, but the organizer did not release the information on time. This will impact my April goals.

1,300 Pinterest Followers – SO CLOSE! 

I don’t want to call this a fail. I went from 952 to 1,209. That’s great progress! It’s not the 1,300 I had hoped for, but I’m still really proud of myself for breaking through the 1,000 mark. I am so tempted to take Pinfinite Growth, but I’ve told myself that I cannot take more blogging courses until I finish paying off my credit cards.

Fitness:

Work Out 3+ Times a Week – DONE!

I feel SO healthy, you guys! But yesterday I felt exhausted and had such a hard time with my endurance and lifting. My instructor told me it’s probably because of how hard my body has pushed this week (I felt stronger and more flexible than ever on Monday). So I’ll try to not beat myself up over it.

Run One 5kDONE! I ran with some co-workers and it was awesome! Also, I hate cheese, but post-run I’ll eat anything to refresh my nutrients.
March Progress & April Goals for Personal, Financial, Blogging and Fitness Resolution Tracking!

Financial:

Continue My Debt SnowballDONE! Although I did charge some things, ugh.

Give Myself a RewardDONE! I had a pedicure with a girlfriend and then also let myself splurge a little bit at Target. I’m ready to jump right back into my aggressive payoff schedule and today the full payments came out of my account!

April Goals

March Progress & April Goals for Personal, Financial, Blogging and Fitness Resolution Tracking!
I’m already excited about April, based on the weather man’s forecast! We also have a couple of fun events planned for the month. It’s like I can feel the winter gloom sliding off of me! I have a good feeling about April!

Personal

Read 1 Book and Listen to 1 Audiobook – This goal will be present all year long. On the reading list this month is simply a repeat of the books I tried to finish in March:

The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan – Physical Book. My grandma gave me this book years ago and I never finished it. It’s such a beautiful story so far, but does take awhile to read because the characters move around.
Rising Strong, by Brene Brown and Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. Since I’m half way through both, and as long as the library loans release on time, I should, in theory, be able to finish them both this month. In theory.

Blogging

Participate In One Instagram Giveaway and One Blog Giveaway
This is a monthly goal, but I’m going to hold off for April. Because of the delay in the March giveaways, I don’t want to overload you guys with giveaway posts. So technically I will prematurely mark this completed.

2,000 Bloglovin’ Subscribers – Do you follow WMSB on Bloglovin’? It’s my favorite way to read blogs. I currently have 1,558 subscribers so that’s 442 in the next 30 days.

Why: I have had a lot of goals in the past about writing x number of posts, or spend x number of minutes writing per day. These are great goals, however I have a ton of content on WMSB and spend very little time promoting it. This means that I write a post and then after a week or so, no one sees it. I’m hoping that by focusing on social media, alongside writing (which happens naturally because I love it), I will see greater success in this space.

Fitness

March Progress & April Goals for Personal, Financial, Blogging and Fitness Resolution Tracking!
Work Out Three Times a Week
I am LOVING this goal and do not want to give it up now. (Are you interested in starting Barre? Check out my list of must-haves for your first class.)

Run a 10k Distance
I have never tried to run this far. If I walk or slowwwwllllyyyy jog, I will consider this completed. Here goes nothing!

Finances

Continue My Debt Snowball
All of the payments are automatically scheduled this month, too. If you’re in the process of paying off debt, I would strongly suggest auto-pay. My bank allows me to pay bills a quarter in advance. Taking the emotion out of my money has been key to paying off tens of thousands of dollars in debt over the last 15 months! When it comes out of my account automatically on the day my check clears, it’s like I never had the money in the first place!

Don’t Spend Money for Half the Days of April
I think a good financial purge once a year is a great idea. Two years ago, Alicia and I did a full no-spend month. That was incredibly insightful. Then, the next year, we had a joint NYR to not spend for half of the days of this year. That was a lot harder than I expected, especially when I was on a very tight budget. It took a lot of planning that I didn’t feel able to do because I was living paycheck to credit card to paycheck. Put a full tank of gas in my car? Are you for real?

Man, am I relieved to be out of that position. If you still are, I assure you that there is hope if you stay focused and determined. Sometimes I still feel like I’m living that way, and then I remember it’s because all of my extra dollars are going to credit card debt.

Because my financial situation has changed so much, I feel like it’s a good idea to re-evaluate my spending habits and see what the triggers are on any given day. There are 30 days in April so this means that I will go 15 days without spending any money. Whew! I’m both excited and apprehensive!

Secure a Roommate
I’ve been sort of passively searching for a roommate since January, but I’m ramping up my efforts now. I’d like to either have a roommate move in mid-April or secure one for a May or June roommate. If you have any tips on this process, I’d love to hear them!


What are your goals for April? How did March go for you? Are you still on track for your resolutions? If not there’s nothing stopping you from figuring it out now, or setting new ones!

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  • Reply
    Ashley
    April 1, 2016 at 9:18 am

    It sounds like you did a great job overall! Congrats on your 5k- I have tons of respect for runners because its not easy! And I am impressed by your Pinterest following. I haven’t even broken 50 yet, so I’ve got some catching up to. Good luck with your April goals! :)

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    Shann Eva
    April 1, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Sounds like you did great with a lot of things in March, and have a great list for April. I’m also a believer in setting goals each month, and I do them on my blog too. I’ve been really hitting the gym hard, and I want to keep that up too.
    Shann Eva recently posted…Potty Protector

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    Denise
    April 1, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Great job on the 5k! That’s a wonderful accomplishment for March all by itself! Remember, baby steps forward are still steps forward! Thanks for sharing your journey!

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    Denise
    April 1, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Great job on the 5k! That’s a wonderful March accomplishment all on its own! Remember, small steps forward are still steps forward!

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    shannon fowler
    April 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    congats on making so much accomplishment. you seriously set some great goals.

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    Selja
    April 2, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    You did great! :) Love your financial tips, I seriously have to try to do a financial purge!
    Selja recently posted…#MonthlyGold LINKUP: WHAT ARE MY GOALS FOR APRIL?

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    Elena W
    April 4, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Wow, I like how intentional you are about your financial goals!! Great work!!! I am trying to pay off my school loans and the debt snowball helped me pay off my two lower loans and now I have a big monster of a loan to work on this year.
    Congrats on the 5K and awesome job pushing yourself for a 10K!

    (found you on the MonthlyGold linkup!)

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    Barrie
    April 5, 2016 at 7:04 am

    I need to have goals each month but I’ve been so out of it yesterday and today due to traveling that I don’t feel like I could get me head in the game for goals.

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    Torrie
    April 5, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I’m totally with you on the setting small check-points to keep yourself on track with your new year’s resolutions—that’s exactly what I’ve been doing, too!

    And don’t freak yourself out too much thinking about increasing your running distance—about 4 years ago, I decided to run a marathon, even though I’d never even done a 5K before. I had 4 months to train, and I just let myself go as slow as I needed to get it done. A lot of my miles were pretty slow, but eventually, I was able to run the whole marathon without stopping. The key is to start out slower than you want and go into your usual pace about a mile or two in, and to be consistent. You’re going to do great!

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    Julie S
    April 6, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Great job, we win some and lose some, and I love that you’re celebrating almost reaching a goal also :) Thanks for linking up!
    Julie S recently posted…The Shift Working Mom and the Child Care Conundrum, Guest Post by The Mama Nurse

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    Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories
    April 6, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    I have yet to do my goals (we have a linkup for that too). Great job on getting so close on your Pinterest followers. I took Pinning Perfect and have seen fantastic results from it. I think I need to focus on social media too. Like you, I have a ton of posts and don’t promote them very well after the first week. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinned to our linkup board.

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    RT
    April 11, 2016 at 6:54 am

    You are doing great, congrats! Good going on the 5k and best of luck on the 10k.

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