March and April 2015: Goals progress


Hello neglected blog.

1. Being less negative. My gmail account shows seven days of talking negative about a particular coworker in March, and six in April. That’s not so bad! I haven’t had many other instances of negativity in the rest of my life, either, and I’m feeling happier this year than overall compared to previous years.

2. Projects. I’m at 8.

In case you forget, I’m aiming for at least one project from the following groups:
Play for Thomas
-Felt board
-Playdough (it only worked for a day, then I bought some)
-Cardboard house

Clothes for me
-Mending (three sweaters, a black shirt, a running jacket and slimming a kimono)
In progress
-Pants (I just need to sew them)
-Shirt (needs a hem)

Christmas decorations

Home decor
-Gallery wall progress (I found free pics online, printed them through Shutterfly, bought frames at Michaels and hung them up.)

-Clay jewelry holders
-Nail polish swatches

3. Track my food on my Fitbit app. I started to track my food one day in February. I know, I know.

4. Back health. Still haven’t found a chiro, did yoga 2/28 days in January. I’m still using my electro device for pain — I do it right before bed and it’s SO GOOD. My back feels so much better.

5. Clothing budget. $189.05/$534. I bought two pairs of pants at Target ($24.99 each). I’m pretty much abandoning this goal, though. I signed up for Stitch Fix after a conversation with Josh where I basically came to the conclusion that I’d be happier if I just had clothes I wanted to wear, that I felt confident in. But I don’t have a ton that qualify and I don’t really have time to spend days at the mall, trying on new styles to see what’s flattering on my body now. So, I’m going to pay Stitch Fix to do it for me.

Hear me, mothers of small children: If you can afford to throw money at a problem, do. It makes life easier. The only thing that is keeping me from throwing money at this one is this budget and the desire to own less stuff. I trust that what I’ve learned from doing this will carry with him (not buying an outrageous amount of new clothes), but I’ll also be happier because I’ll have things to wear.

6. Read 25 books. 11/25. Five in March/April. Audiobooks again.

The Outcast by Jolina Petersheim
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
Giraffe by J. M. Ledgard
Room by Emma Donoghue
Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Insurgent by Veronica Roth

7. Declutter. I decluttered an organizer in our hall closet and found my passport! I’ve been looking for it since 2010.

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