What I’m Into + March Small Goals

As always, I'm linking up to share my March small goals + what I've been into recently. | NewberyandBeyond.com
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As always, I’m linking up with writes like a girl for my March small goals, and Leigh Kramer for my monthly what I’m into.

I tried to keep it simple this month, but I still struggled a bit:

  • Make breakfasts ahead of time. I’m counting this as completed, although I changed the goal a bit. Instead of prepping breakfasts, I decided to prep lunches for the whole week. On Sunday, I’ve been making mason jar salads to take with me to lunch. Not only has this given me quick, cheap, and healthy meals for the whole work week, but we’re not throwing away rotting spinach and broccoli nearly as much as we used to. Hooray for limiting food waste! (For breakfast, I compromised and bought some snacks from Nature Box instead of making my own granola bars–that will have to wait for another month.)
  • Read and review the 2017 Newbery books. This one is about half done. I’ve read three of the books, and I’m waiting for my library to have the fourth available. My sister and I plan to do a joint review of the newest Newbery books like we did last year, which will be really fun.
  • Actually post more Etsy projects in the N&B store. Hmm… No. I have been working on more watercolor experiments, but I haven’t posted anything new yet.

1.5/3 isn’t too great, but I am super excited I got my work lunches figured out. Maybe that will give me more time to complete my March small goals:

  • Relax! I started out the month of February with strep throat, and I felt like I never really got my feet under me after that. I’m struggling to find a sustainable rhythm for my new work schedule, and even yesterday I wasted more time than I’d like to admit being frustrated at myself for wasting time! I’m hoping to make March the month I get back on track with all my weekly to-dos, and hopefully that will include time to relax (on purpose, rather than just wasting time and feeling guilty about it…).
  • Hand letter every day. I’m challenging myself to letter every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Hopefully this will enable me to actually finish my goal of posting some new projects on the N&B Etsy store.
  • Work on my massive cross stitch project. This has been on my small goals list before, but I think it will go well with my goal to relax. When I’m listening to an audiobook, podcast, or TV show, it’s just as easy and way more relaxing to pick up my stitching rather than trying to multitask by doing paperwork or mindlessly browsing the internet.

What I’m Into

Books I’m looking forward to reading: Of course, I’m excited about reading the last 2017 Newbery book. So far, they’ve all been wonderful.

TV shows I’ve been watching: Netflix has a new season of The Great British Baking Show! It’s a lovely show to watch after a long, stressful day.

Music I’m loving: The Hush Sound is my go-to right now.

Podcasts Audio books I’m listening to: I just finished listening to Symphony of the Dead, about Shostakovich, his seventh symphony, and the siege of Leningrad. I knew a bit about Shostakovich from my music history classes, but this book was fascinating and horrifyingly informative. (Review to come soon!)

My favorite Instagram:

This is pretty much my life motto.

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October Small Goals + What I’m Into

Today I'm sharing my favorite reads and podcasts from September, my goals for October, and a favorite quote. | NewberyandBeyond.com
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I’m linking up with writes like a girl for my October small goals, and Leigh Kramer for my monthly what I’m into.

My goals for September seem to have all gotten about halfway finished:

  • Make an opera cake. Yep, this one is halfway done. My husband and I were planning to assemble this for his birthday, but since he’s been sick and exhausted, we put it off. But no worries! Several of the components have been made and are awaiting their assembly date this Tuesday. (Photos to come!)
  • Get a significant amount of cross stitching done. Hmm… Sort of. I got some cross stitching done, but I’m not sure you could qualify it as “significant.” I’ve really got to get on this.
  • Actually finish making hand lettered cards for Etsy. That’s partly why I chose this month’s Write 31 Days series theme as Lovely Words, to give me an extra incentive to finish some cards. I’ve ordered almost all the supplies I need, so this is the month! (Watch for a link to the shop’s grand opening a couple of weeks from now!)
  • Buy (and wear) red lipstick. This one is actually completed! I got some advice from a sweet employee at Sephora, and I wore the lipstick to church the next day. I felt a bit self-conscious, but also awesome.

Okay, here’s hoping my October small goals go a little better:

  • Have a TBR reading day. My TBR list has gotten over 425 books, and it’s causing me some angst. I want to request a dozen or two of the quickest reads and power through them this month.
  • Open my Etsy store! See above. I’m almost there!
  • Get an actually significant amount of cross stitching done. Again, see above.
  • Repair, replace, or remove certain household items. My purse, for example, is starting to fall apart, and I have a huge pile of clothing that needs to be taken to Goodwill. I need to just get that done.

What I’m Into

Books I’m looking forward to reading: I just got several books from NetGalley that I’m excited about reading, including a graphic novel version of Snow White and The Pho Cookbook by Andrea Nguyen, a Vietnamese chef/blogger that I’ve followed in the past.

TV shows I’ve been watching: I absolutely hated reading Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, but I’ve always thought it might make a better TV show than a movie. So now that I know it actually is up on Netflix, I’m going to have to check it out.

Music I’m loving: Is it weird that I’ve been getting into Ariana Grande recently?

Podcasts Audio books I’m listening to: I’ve worked my way through my backlog of podcasts, so I finally got a chance to start on Dodger by Terry Pratchett. It’s not at all what I expected, but it’s fun so far and the narrator is great.

My favorite Instagram:

I spent several hours researching and designing a diverse composer card game for my students, and I’m super proud of how it turned out!

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Favorite quote this month:

In keeping with my Write 31 Days series, Lovely Words, I’m including one of my favorite quotes that I’ve read recently. As a big reader who occasionally embarrasses herself with a mangled pronunciation, this really resonated with me!

Never make fun of someone if they mispronounce a word. It means they learned it by reading. –Anonymous

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June Small Goals

I'm sharing my June small goals in today's linkup post. | NewberyandBeyond.com
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I’m linking up with Nicole from writes like a girl to share my June small goals.

So it’s June, and summer is officially here (although in Florida summer starts a good six weeks before June does). I’ve got some goals for the summer that I’m super excited about, but first I’ll review my goals for May.

 

  1. Complete my 25 good deeds for my 25th birthday. Done! I’m hoping to write a blog post about this eventually.
  2. Reflect on the past year of my life. Yep! I made a list of the things I’ve learned and the things I’m most proud of from the past year.
  3. Create new games for my music students. My kids were super excited about the musical truth or dare game I brought them this month.
  4. Participate in Armchair BEA. Yes, and this was SO. FUN. I wrote discussion posts (you can read them here, here, here, here, and here), discovered my new love of bookstagramming, and even won a few books in the giveaways. Someday I’ll make it to the physical BEA conference, but I was amazed at how fun this virtual get together was.
  5. Watch Hamilton. Not yet. It’s still on my list, but the mood just hasn’t struck me yet.

Goals for June:

  1. Finish my Etsy projects. I’ve been working on printables and downloads for months, but I really need to finish some projects so I can officially open my Etsy store! I’ll keep you updated on my progress.
  2. Plan a staycation. Much as we like to travel, money is tight for me and my husband this year, so we’re going to have a staycation at the end of this month. I’m really excited to explore some cheap local places that we rarely have time to see during our daily lives.
  3. Contact our wedding cake baker. My only regret from my wedding (almost three years ago) is that I only got one bite of our gorgeous, delicious wedding cake. I’m hoping I can order a small cake for our anniversary this summer so we can actually enjoy it.

 

What are your small goals for June? Let me know in the comments!

May Small Goals

It's my birth month! I'm kicking off the celebration by sharing my May small goals. | NewberyandBeyond.com
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I’m linking up with Nicole from writes like a girl to share my May goals.

I’m always excited when May rolls around, mostly because I get to celebrate my birthday this month! I’m thrilled to be turning 25, and in honor of that, I’m keeping this month’s goals light and happy. But first, I’ll check in with how I did on last month’s goals.

  1. Finally finish writing the first of my Etsy store projects. Finished! I’ve actually got two projects that are mostly completed and just need a little editing and formatting done.
  2. Get my students ready for their recital. This year’s recital was awesome. I was so proud of all my students and their hard work on their music.
  3. Select the 25 good deeds that I want to do for my 25th birthday. I’ve got them all picked out! Now I just need to get started on them.
  4. Double date with my brother-in-law and his girlfriend. Nope, this didn’t get done. A lack of time and money kept me and my husband from completing this goal. It’s going on the future goals list.
  5. Finish reading the books on my Kindle. Check! I’ve cleared out plenty of space on my Kindle, and just yesterday I requested books from the library for the first time in six weeks.

 

So 4/5 isn’t too bad. Now, my goals for my birthday month!

  1. Complete my 25 good deeds for my 25th birthday. I’ve picked them all out, and now I need to get started. I always feel so loved and celebrated on my birthday (by my friends and family, of course, but also by all the free food I tend to collect!), and I want to share that love with others this month.
  2. Reflect on the past year of my life. I used to do this every year around New Year’s Day, but I’ve fallen out of the habit. I want to use my birthday this year to remember the good, the bad, and the learning experiences I’ve had this year.
  3. Create new games for my music students. My kids love to play games, and I like it too because it keeps them focused and having fun. I want to add at least a couple new games for them to play this month.
  4. Participate in Armchair BEA. I’d love to have the time and money to attend this book expo (one day!), but until then, I’m looking forward to participating from afar through Armchair BEA. They offer blog post prompts, social media linkups, giveaways, and, of course, information from the event itself.
  5. Watch Hamilton. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this musical, but I haven’t yet taken the time to listen to any of the music. I’m planning to take some time to relax and watch or listen to it on YouTube.

 

What are your small goals for May? Let me know in the comments!

April Small Goals

Linking up with writes like a girl to share my small goals for April! | NewberyandBeyond.com
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I’m linking up with Nicole from writes like a girl this month to share my April goals.

I’m a huge goals person. I’m obsessed with lists and bullet journaling and 101:1001 goals. But I tend to make these grand plans and forget about the little things that make life better, so that’s what I’m focusing on this month.

  1. Finally finish writing the first of my Etsy store projects. I’ve had some ideas for opening my own Etsy store for months now, but it’s taking a lot longer than I expected to actually complete the projects. I really want to finish the first one this month!
  2. Get my students ready for their recital. Less than a week to go, and I’ve still got a few stragglers who are struggling to polish their pieces.
  3. Select the 25 good deeds that I want to do for my 25th birthday (next month!). Right now, the list is pretty short, so I’m open to suggestions!
  4. Double date with my brother-in-law and his girlfriend.
  5. Finish reading the books on my Kindle. Okay, not all of them, but the short ones that have been languishing in my freebie folder for months (or years). I’m not going to allow myself to check any books out of the library until I finish this goal!

 

What are your small goals for April? Let me know in the comments!

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