I’ve been writing down monthly intentions or goals to help me focus in on what is important. Many of the things listed are daily habits I’m seeking to maintain or grow in. The goal is not to obtain perfection, but to make steady progress…and months when there isn’t any progress, to give myself grace and start again the next month. That is my hope for you too as you strive to implement daily/weekly/monthly habits. Here are my monthly intentions for April.
Recap of Intentions in March
Things that were challenging in March: working in the basement with or without my husband, getting in my 1:1 with my middle son (he’s on Spring Break in April so I’m planning on scheduling something in the calendar), date nights with my husband (he’s finishing up a big painting and our schedules have been off sync).
Things that went well in March: Tracking expenses (third month in a row!), getting at least 6 hours of sleep at night, making our bed, meal planning, my morning routine, getting movement in on days I’m off, and going out with my friends.
My Morning Routine
I’ve been satisfied with my morning routine this past month, but they are far from perfect. I don’t get up at the same time every day and I don’t do the same things every morning. I wish I could tell you that I was disciplined and got up every morning at the same time with the same routine – but then this would be a very different blog.
I do love getting up before my family and enjoying the quiet of the morning, but that doesn’t look the same every day. I’ve learned that there are a couple of things that I can do every morning, even when I’ve woken up later than expected, and still start the morning in a meaningful way.
An ideal morning would look like this for me:
- Make coffee
- Bring coffee to “my spot”
- Drink in silence looking out the window and watch the sun rise
- Read my bible and pray
- Write in my journal and pray
- Read another book that is helping me to grow
- Time to write for my blog
In order to do all of these things at the pace that I’d like to do them, I’d have to get up at 5am. This does not happen often.
So I’ve learned that in order to keep to my slow mornings, even when I wake up at 7am – I will do the first four things on my list above. While I sit and drink my coffee – I sit in silence, I talk to God, then I read a psalm. I may even take three slow belly breaths to start my morning off with greater mindfulness.
I take the moments I have and use them in a way that is meaningful to me and sets the rhythm for the day. What would that look like for you? What are the 2-3 things that would bring intention and peace to your morning? Do those things – even if for a minute each. Don’t let perfection keep you from starting and maintaining a meaningful morning routine.
I’m not. Remember friends, progress not perfection.
March’s Top 3 List:
As part of these monthly recaps and goals, I’m sharing the top 3 posts and top 3 things I was grateful for this past month.
TOP 3 POSTS IN MARCH:
- 10 Lessons Learned After a Year of Decluttering
- Stress Free Meal Planning for Beginners: Finding what Works for You
- Decluttering Your Home
TOP 3 THINGS I WAS GRATEFUL FOR IN MARCH:
- My annual solo, mostly silent retreat.
- A new blogging tribe to support and help each other grow.
- My friend’s sweet gift that has my word of the year on it.
Monthly Intentions for April:
- Daily bible reading from The Daily Message.
- Pray for my husband, children, and loved ones daily using the scripture God has given me.
- Take at least 3 slow, deep breaths in the morning. Silent prayer and meditation for 12 minutes.
- Continue reading Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford. I bought it as a Kindle book because it was on sale and seemed like a book I’ll need to refer to more than once!
- Track my time for the week as suggested in 168 Hours in order to make tweaks to my schedule according to my highest priorities.
- Going out with friends at least once a month.
- Intentional movement 5 days of the week (running or HIIT video at least 2 of those days).
- As the weather warms up I’m hoping to start running again.
- Be in bed by 11pm. Sleep at least 6 hours a night, with 7 hours being ideal.
- Write down 3 things I’m grateful for daily each evening.
- Meal Plan dinner for the weeknights (get FREE Meal Planning printables)
- Declutter all three closets again.
- Switch out our Fall/Winter clothes to Spring/Summer. Put our Winter gear away from the entryway. Edit clothes while switching them out.
- Work at least 15 minutes in the basement (with or without) hubby on Sunday evenings when I put in a load of laundry.
- Budget and track daily expenses with the You Need a Budget program. Meet weekly with my husband, and talk about some aspect of money together.
WRITING & BLOGGING:
Elite Blog Academy (EBA) has been my main blogging course that I’ve been going through all year. It’s been instrumental in giving me direction and guidance every step of the way.
EBA only goes on sale once a year. If you’re interested in starting or refining your blog, the EBA Blog Structure Blueprint is a must have! You can download it immediately when you sign up for the wait list HERE.
- Post at least once a week (ideally twice) on my blog for April
- Write 500 words at least 3 times a week
- Practice my presentation for The Blog Connect, happening in Philadelphia in late April!
- Write one guest post for April, featuring ideas from my eBook (I have one planned for mid-April)
- Figure out FB ads to let more people know about my FREE 7 Day Decluttering eCourse. (still figuring this out!)
- Contribute an old post on Huffington Post. I was so excited to become a contributor to Huffington Post. You can find my entries so far here.
- Date night with hubby.
If you can’t get out of the house for date nights, check out VidAngel . You can stream movies for $1. We used to use Redbox, but the convenience of not having to go out of the house to return the movie, is super convenient.
- One on one outings with each son.
What are some monthly intentions that you have for April?
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