April Progress and May Goals


We are 5 months into 2016, can you believe it?! I sure can’t. This year is just flying by. Before I know it, it’s time for another goals update!

If you’re new here, I love to set short term monthly goals that fit with my values and hopes for the New Year’s Resolutions that I set. I think that short-term checkpoints create a greater chance for success because it keeps our goals fresh in our mind and they’re more manageable than our wild and crazy ideas from January 1st.
Let’s review my April Goals:

April Goals


Read 1 Book and Listen to 1 Audiobook – Mostly DONE

This goal will be present all year long. The reading list last month was simply a repeat of the books I tried to finish in March:

The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan – Physical Book. I am ALMOST done with this book! Page 250 out of 332. I figured out last night why this book has been so hard for me to get through – there isn’t a solid plot line. It’s a great story and incredibly well written, but I don’t find myself wondering what’s going to happen next. So it doesn’t tear me away from Instagram and Twitter, or my newest addiction, Trivia Crack.

Rising Strong, by Brene Brown and Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. Because I was half way through these books on my library loan, I decided to make April a two-book month. I finished Rising strong and have about an hour left in Daring Greatly.

I ALSO finished The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up! I didn’t expect to get that from the library last month because the wait list was really long, but I did and it was a pretty manageable book to sneak in between Daring Greatly and Rising Strong.

A book review for all four books will be coming soon.


Participate In One Instagram Giveaway and One Blog Giveaway – DONE
I did not sign up for new giveaways this month, but the beginning of the month included a few giveaways because the ones I signed up for in March were postponed into April.

2,000 Bloglovin’ Subscribers – FAIL
I actually forgot all about this goal. Oops! I started the month at 1,558 and finished at 1,638. It’s not what I hoped to accomplish, but doesn’t sound too bad considering I forgot this was even a goal!


Work Out Three Times a Week – DONE
I even told FitBit about this goals so it’s been fun to get the congratulatory notifications there each week.

Run a 10k Distance – FAIL
I was working my way up to this goal in the beginning of the month. Then forgot about it. We traveled a decent amount this month and much of my focus was taken away from my goals to that. Dang! I did start the month with my longest run ever (4.25 miles) so I’m bummed I promptly forgot all about running a 10k. I hope to bring this back later this year.

An update on the progress I made on April's goals, and the ones I set for May (Fitness, Finances, Blogging, Reading and Life)

After 4.25 miles


Continue My Debt Snowball – DONE
Thanks automatic scheduling!

Don’t Spend Money for Half the Days of April – FAIL
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.

I actually don’t know that I really did fail, I just stopped writing down what days I did and didn’t spend. So then I couldn’t track it anymore. I would guess I spent 60% or so of the days, including 2/3 of the days we were on vacation. There were days that I really wanted to buy things that I obviously didn’t need, because I never bought them after telling myself it was a no-spend day. So all in all the experience worked out really well. But I need to make myself a sheet to track my progress like I did in the past. I plan to do this again in a few months when I will track it better.

During the week that I was re-doing my blog design, there were times I would get really excited, and buy an element or illustration, before remembering it was a no-spend day. Oops!

Secure a Roommate – DONE!
She moved in a couple weeks ago and it’s been so great! My house has never been this clean for this many days in a row. Now that someone else is always using the same space, I’m much more aware of putting dishes in the dishwasher instead of leaving them in the sink. I have a post coming up about why I got a roommate even though I can afford my mortgage, and plan to write another one about surviving, happily, with a roommate. But for now I’m just going to celebrate marking off this exciting goal!
An update on the progress I made on April's goals, and the ones I set for May (Fitness, Finances, Blogging, Reading and Life)

May Goals

I am intentionally keeping May’s goals VERY manageable. I’m going out of the country for work mid-month and then we have an annual camping trip in May with our friends and I doubt I will have any real access to internet or working out during those times. I’m excited for both of these adventures!


Read 1 Book and Listen to 1 Audiobook – This goal will be present all year long. I’m not going to include the books I’m almost done with now, so here are the two I plan to start and finish in May:

Physical Book: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I’ve heard great things about this book, so I’m excited to give it a shot!
Audiobook: I already used an audible credit to buy Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari. I’ve heard this book is fascinating and scientific so it sounds perfect for an audiobook!


Participate In One Instagram Giveaway and One Blog Giveaway
This is another monthly goal. I don’t have any specific plans for this yet, so I need to do some research. Have you participated in any great quality instagram loops? I’d like to join a smaller one, and am thinking about hosting my own but they seem so stressful!

Host a periscope – Do you follow WMSB on Periscope?

I am going to try to get out of my shell in the video sharing realm. If you know of any AWESOME periscope accounts, please share them with me in the comments!

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.


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. Or find my Tips for Running Your First Color Run.)


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 16 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! I love it.

What are your goals for May? How did April 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!
I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Linked up with: What I Learned in April and
Monthly Goal Linkup Small Victories Sunday Linkup

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    May 2, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    I love reading goal type blog posts. I like the idea of consciously keeping track of how many days I’m spending money.

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    Julie S @ Fab Working Mom Life
    May 3, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Great job working out 3 days a week and reading more books than you expected to :) You’ve got some great goals for May, and I can’t believe it’s May either! WOW
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    May 4, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Auto-schedule to pay your bill sounds helpful in keeping you on track.

    I really like your logo! The shape reminds me of a mountain.

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    Elena W
    May 4, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    I LOVED All The Light. I hope you enjoy it! And I want to read both of those books by Brene Brown. I read her older book, “The Gifts of Imperfection” in April and really liked her writing. Have you seen her TED talks? Super awesome!
    Elena W recently posted…May Goals (& April Goals Review)

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    Jessica Jones
    May 12, 2016 at 3:41 am

    I’ve always enjoyed reading goal setting and goal follow up blog posts! I think they help put your goals into manageable time chunks that help you take the baby steps toward achieving them. Also I’m right there with you in working out at least 3x a week. I love how I can feel the difference between how I feel when I work out and on the days I don’t. Been wanting to increase my days because of just how good it feels. Love to know if you feel that same urge too? Or if regardless of the urge to increase your workout days, that you’ll just stick to working out 3x a week due it just being more manageable. Love this post and congratulations on your progress so far :D

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    Nora Spaulding
    May 19, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Considering half of them you forgot about- that’s a GREAT huge accomplishment and the ones you did get DONE are still impressive! Very proud and happy to read this, I always really enjoy goal posts because it gets me excited about goals and what I want to do for the month. Keep it up and hopefully you’ve done well this month so far! :)
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