Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Goals Recap - Month 2

With another month under our belts, it's time for me to hold myself accountable for the goals I've set for myself this year.

I spent February working on quality post over quantity and I was able to share some posts that I'm really proud of. I have some small blogging projects going on that I hope will create fun linkups this summer and fall. Blogging has brought great ladies and even more amazing friendship into my life and I'm looking forward to growing those over the next few months. I've joined a Blog Tribe where I'm focusing on helping some other women bloggers grow their blogs and social presence.

My goal is to read 30 books this year. As of today, I read 6 novels this year. In February I read:
This month, I'm aiming to finish 2 books - The One I Left Behind and It Had To Be You.
I'm currently reading Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom and can't wait to share what I've learned from this book.

I haven't signed up for my second quarter class yet. I'm keeping my eye open and am considering taking a Lightroom course. I have until June to find and take the class so if you have any suggestions on fun classes that will teach me a thing or two, let me know.

I've been using coupons more at the grocery and it seems to help me save $10-$20 per weekly visit. We also joined Costco and I'm looking forward to seeing if buying bulk helps with saving. Any Costco tips and tricks you can share? I'm looking to buy cleaning supplies and paper products. We are still contributing to our weekly savings challenge.

 I was able to create a office space for myself thanks to the Mister getting me a desk for Valentine's Day. Completely romantic, right? It's exactly what I wanted. It's nice having an organized, personal space to write. While Mom was here, we tackled the garage which looked like a bomb went off. Within one afternoon, we were able to declutter the area and find a place for everything. Now, when the temperatures start to rise, I'll be able to park in the garage.

 Let's pretend this isn't a category I'm supposed to be focusing on, okay? #biggestfailever

How are you doing with maintaining your New Year's resolutions and goal? 
Tell me I'm not the only one suffering in the weight loss area.


  1. 5 out of 6 is still pretty amazing!! I'd like to know more about this blog tribe thing. I've been blogging WAY longer than most people and rarely seem to 'grow'. Clearly I'm doing something wrong. I think you'd learn tons from a Lightroom course, and there are a TON of free tutorials out there too! LR is so much fun and it's so easy to use once you get the hang of it. I'm going to email some presets that will make your workflow easier. ;)

  2. I'd love to hear about how you're growing your blog and how you're helping others...I don't seem to be growing anymore, I'd love to learn more!

  3. Kudos on your goals. You read a lot this month. I'm jealous. I feel like I could benefit from the Balance book even though I'm not a WAHM!

  4. Be careful with those wholesale clubs.. I personally have a tendency to load up on what I don't need. Costco does have healthier snack options, however. I will say that that Sams prices are better than Costco, esp when it comes to cleaning supplies..

  5. I would love to see some reviews or insights/lessons learned from the books you read AS I HAVE NO TIME TO READ MYSELF :). Like the wives book... Happy Tuesday!

  6. I love how you set goals each month-- I really need to 'write' down my goals. I make them but I need to see them daily to keep me focused. I'm reading 'Happy Wives Club' now--awesome book! I love to read--that's one of my goals monthly as well.

  7. Wow, you're doing great! I don't know if they have Lightroom courses for sure, but check out Skillshare. They have hundreds of courses taught by very creative professionals and the classes are usually only $20!

  8. I think you are doing awesome!! I love that the blogging world has been so... well awesome :) Thank you for sharing!


  9. Sounds like you are right on track, that's awesome! Paying off debt is hard work, so stick to it!

  10. Please make "Unbroken" one of your immediate need-to-read books. I promise you it is amazing.
    And, you're doing awesome with your goals!

  11. Costco is a dangerous place! I buy my contact lenses there, which saves me a lot. Other than that, I feel I spend much more money at Costco. I think one reason is that the brand products at Costco are cheaper than anywhere else,but still more expensive than the no brand at Walmart.

  12. Love how thoughtful you are about your goals! Great follow through :) Costco is dangerous. The trick is they have a lot of "great deals" but they disappear so there's a pressure to buy x thing now because if not then you won't be able to. But for deals - paper towels, trash bags, the costo brand baby wipes are pretty awesome, bottled water is super cheap. If you meal plan they have great deals on meat and also frozen berries for smoothies. Fresh produce I think is hard without a big family bc it's too bulked up. But I did buy all my spinach that I froze ahead from there. Best price on that for sure!


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