Monday, February 29, 2016

With Grit and Grace: March Goals

March is almost here! I'm always amazed at how fast February flies even though there are only a few days less!

I really enjoyed having some reachable and specific goals for the month. I wasn't perfect but it helped me focus on doing a little more than the usual routine. Here's how I did...

February Recap

-Spend time with Jesus one hour a week at our Adoration Chapel (this is my Lenten goal as well)
(Yep. Although one week I only stayed 20 minutes because there was some kind of varnish smell that was giving me a headache in the new chapel!)
-Make a German chocolate cake from scratch for my birthday
(Check. Cake and frosting from scratch. But guess who forgot a picture for proof?)
-Organize our pantry
(Big fat no on this one. Still looks messy as ever. But it's functional, so another day perhaps? ;)
-Make a few Valentines for friends 
(I found the cutest tea-themed ones on Pinterest that looked like a tea bag and held a real tea bag inside.)
-Host a couple for dinner or coffee (this is a monthly goal for my husband and I)
(We had such a wonderful time with M. and E. this past weekend! No dinner but I did try new recipes for hot pizza dip with French bread, and chocolate fondue with fruit. Wish they lived closer!)
-Create a prayer space in our home office
(A cozy chair, blanket, and a table with a coaster for tea and a basket of prayer books.)
-Trim the Little Dog's nails
(No more clackity-clack on the kitchen floor.)
-Make nontoxic household cleaners
(Made dusting spray and all-purpose cleaner. Still would like to make glass cleaner.)
-Begin organizing our basement
("Begin" is the key word in that goal but we did accomplish a lot! There are just so many more boxes!)

Here's what I'm working on for March! 

-crochet a baby blanket for my sister-in-law due next month
-organize under my kitchen sink
-find out if our insurance will cover Bradley childbirth classes
-host our marriage group from church for dinner (eek! Why did we offer to host the 14 people this month??)
-pray when I get home from work on my work days (since morning and evening aren't proving to be good times on those days)
-clean windows in hopes that there will be lots of spring sunshine coming through!
-make healthy peanut butter cups
-pray the Magnificat prayer daily with my husband (our marriage group commitment)
-go on two dates nights
-enter fully into the Easter Triduum and all the grace of those three days then celebrate the joy of the Resurrection!

What are your goals this month? How did last month go?


  1. Love how concrete these goals are. And looks like February was rather successful. Yay!! I can't wait for that spring sunshine too.

    1. Thank you! I think it was fairly successful because I made sure to make realistic goals for myself-- haha!

  2. Good job with those February goals! Your March ones look pretty great-I especially approve of the peanut butter cups :) That would be really cool if your insurance covered Bradley classes! Our insurance company sadly doesn't, but it's definitely been worth the money-we're about 1/3 of the way in our Bradley classes, and they've been a really good way to prepare! I hope that you guys like them, too!

    I only had 3ish "month goals" for February (read a particular book, get to daily Mass more often, spent time with parish's bible study group) and I was able to do all of them (aside from last week, where I was sick-ish and needed to sleep in instead of attend Mass), as well as working on better time management each day (constant struggle!). For March, I'll aim for writing 4 articles (I write for a couple website that I've been slacking off on), keeping up with my childbirth class homework, and make sizable progress on my "Things to Sew Before Baby Pops Out" list ;)

    1. That's so cool that you're sewing things for baby!! I would love to crochet a little outfit or booties for ours, but we'll see how my motivation and skill are in a few months since I'm working on a baby blanket for my sister-in-law first! ;)

    2. That's so awesome and thoughtful of you to make a blanket for your sister-in-law :) I hope that it goes well!

  3. Month-by-month resolutions seem waaaaay more feasible than New Years Resolutions. I like this idea.

    1. I'm liking it a lot! It's more than a daily/weekly to-do list, yet easier than a year's resolution as you said. A month is a nice amount of time for a goal. :)

  4. Oo, I want the recipe for the healthy peanut butter cups!

    1. Sure! I just need to find one on Pinterest... ;)

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  6. Hey, I found your blog through With Grit and Grace. My birthday is in February too and I get excited when other peoples birthdays are then too.
    Nice job on your February goals!

    1. How fun! Birthday twins! ;) I've always liked February birthdays...

      Thanks for visiting!!

  7. Loving your goals! So glad you shared these with us!