Friday, February 3, 2012

February Goals


Goodbye January, hello February!

I am pleased to report that January's goals for 3in30 were a success! I feel like I've started to become more grafted into the 3in30 community, and with that has come good peer pressure to actually follow through on the things I've said I would do. Here were last month's goals and how they panned out:

1. Exercise 3xs a week- Did this every week but one (in which I exercised 2xs, so not too shabby).

2. Read 6 books- The scariest goal of the three! I cut it very close (reading the last few pages of the last book very quickly only moments before hitting the sack on Jan. 31st... kind of reminded me of college lol), but managed to do it! The books; 1)The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bill in Half by Stephanie Nelson, 2)Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy, 3)The Excellent Mother by John MacArthur, 4)The Magician's Nephew by C.S Lewis, 5)Becoming a Woman that Pleases God by Pat Ennis and Lisa Tatlock, and finally, 6)God's Solutions to Life's Problems by Wayne and Joshua Mack. Click on the highlighted links to read my reviews, haven't reviewed all yet unfortunately.

Some of the Pictures in need of frames
 3. Purge and organize my daughter's nursery- Completed, but the walls are looking a little bare. Decorating is definitely the next step as time and money allows :). I have some beautiful pictures I want to hang, but am having trouble finding the right size frame... 11x12, go figure. See the before pictures here.





For February, these are the three things  I hope to accomplish:

1. Develop a morning routine that works well for me, and gets all of the really important things I need to do done!

2. Read 6 more books; the picture at the top of this post displays my selections- 1)Knowing God by J.I Packer, 2)Real Marriage by Mark and Grace Driscoll, 3)The Office of Assertion by Scott Crider, 4)Damsels in Distress by Martha Peace, 5)Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider (represented here by my navy blue Kindle cover as I have the ebook version), and 6)The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis.

3. Purge and organize our office. A very scary place that I refer to as the cave. Ever since we moved in (a week and a half before my hospitalized bed rest) we've just dumped whatever we didn't know what to do with here. Going to tackle this by setting a timer for 15 minutes every week day.

Scary, I know...
I can't believe I am actually posting these online. How embarrassing!
Oh the piles


As you can see, I have my work cut out for me. What are your goals for February?

20 comments:

  1. Those are great goals!! And your office pictures are no where near as scary as mine. We had to purge and organize due to my dad moving in almost a year ago. It looks great now. 15 minutes chunks of time are perfect!
    I am going for working out 3xs a week this month. Glad to hear it was a success for you.
    And I love the reading goal! I designated a shelf of books to read this year.

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    1. Phew, it's a relief to know I'm not alone! :) Best of luck on the exercise, I am encouraged bc after my month of 3xs, it's becoming more of an engrained habit. To encourage you, exercise was a 3in30 focus for me for three months, lol. Keep up your good work!

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  2. You should see my office at home. It, too, unfortunately has become the dumping ground for things that need to go back to other places in the home.

    I think it's good to post the before pictures like you did because then when you accomplish your goal, you'll be so happy with the results! Am looking forward to seeing how your office turns out by the end of February.

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    1. I guess we aren't the only ones out there with shameful messes :). Thanks for your encouragement!!!

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  3. Rachel, GREAT job with January goals.

    This month goals are really good too. I have a room that is actually worse than the pictures you posted and I am tackling it this month too. We can cheer each other on. I am not near brave enough to post pix,because as I said, it's worse.

    I look forward to hearing of your success in all 3 areas. I'm cheering you on.

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    1. Thank you Joyce :). Let's cheer each other on! I've already been making progress and working away :). Posting pics was definitely humbling for me :). Keep up your good work!!!

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  4. BRAVO! Hear my wild applause!!! Most impressed with your reading skills that still far exceed mine, inspite of taking a speed reading class. :P In the last 3 years I've cleaned, organized & purged my offic at least 4 times but it refuses to stay that way...think I'll shut the door and walk away. There much better ;)
    As far as this months goals I'll be working on that. Maybe I'l know by march. Sending Valentines is of course a prioriety. I do have 12 books for this years Grammy's Book Club...guess I'm not a total slacker.

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    1. Also want to fininsh the book Sin & Syntax.

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    2. Thanks Mama :). You should join 3in30! You would love it!!!

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  5. Awesome! The nursery looks great!!! I bet S will love playing in there as she gets older. Hey, your office pictures are actually encouraging to me... because I have rooms in my house that look EXACTLY like that!!! (and worse!!!) I've been trying to do 10 minute straighten-up sessions on a timer- maybe I'll have to tackle each room with another 10 minute timer too.... :)

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    1. Thanks Birth Bug! It will look even better after I get that Valence hung :). 10 minutes can make a big difference, glad it's been helpful for you :).

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  6. Great job on the January goals! Setting the time for 15 minutes is a great way to conquer that cave. Everyone has had a room like that at one time or another- haha! I can't wait to see the before and after photos. You did a great job on the baby's room. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thanks Kate :). I LOVE my timer, it has been so so helpful in many jobs. I appreciate all of your encouragement!

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  7. 6 books! Wow! They look like good ones too. I'll be looking forward to your book reviews.

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    1. Thanks Paula :). I'm just in a phase of life with my babe that I spend a lot of time on the couch nursing, so I'm trying to take advantage of it :).

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  8. I love the timer idea. That way it won't seem like such a huge job. Great job on the January goals by the way. Your daughters room looks great.

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  9. I look forward to seeing your office update. I can't keep my office area clutter free. Inspire me!

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    1. Haha I'll do my best Tami, but I don't know that I'm all that inspirational :). Getting something clean is one thing, keeping it that way is a whole nother issue!

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  10. Best wishes on your goals. I read 100 books last year so I just wanted to say: you can do it! http://skipperclan.com/?s=100

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