2018 Goals: April Recap

At the end of each month, I will look back and evaluate how I did with reaching my 2018 goals. This will accomplish two purposes: first, it will keep me accountable. Second, it will give me a visual of where I’m at and where I need to improve in the coming month. You can find each monthly recap through the category tag, 2018 Goals.

Here are my April statistics:

  • Personal
    • Successfully complete two Whole30s (in January and August) scrapped for the time being
      • See this post for why my January Whole30 was tragically cut short
      • Right now, I will not be doing another Whole30 in August. I will be reevaluating towards the end of the year and deciding whether or not I will attempt another in 2019.
    • Track my calorie intake for at least 200 days
      • 16/200
      • I need this to be a habit, but any of my fellow food-trackers can tell you, it’s a little stressful (no matter how well you’re eating).
    • Be active in some way at least 250 times
      • 22/250
      • Giving 250 a solid chance.
      • (You may notice I tweaked the parameters for this slightly from days to number of workouts period)
  • Professional
    • Blogging
      • Publish a blog post every Tuesday and Friday morning
        • Success!
      • Have posts scheduled up to two weeks in advance
        • Boom, done!
        • My posting calendar is looking very satisfying right now.
      • Publish a review of every book I read as I read them
        • Doing great here!
    • Writing
      • Finish the first draft of Tears in the Garden
        • Making good progress!
      • Write for at least one hour a day, five days a week
        • Doing better about this
  • Reading
    • Read a total of 150 books
      • 38/150
      • Still a little behind on this, but I am making progress on catching up (book a day, anyone?)
    • Read or use as a reference every book on my bookshelf
      • In progress
    • Read through one of my daily devotionals
      • In progress, more behind than I’d like
    • Read all the way through the Bible
      • In progress, more behind than I’d like

Overall, I am really happy with how this month went. I made some incredible progress with writing and blogging. For the first time all year, I actually feel on top of things when it comes to that. Reading has been going well, and I’m at a good pace to get caught up with where I am behind.

The two big things I really want to focus on getting more consistent with in May are the ways I focus on my health and focusing on my Bible reading. I love working out and eating healthy, but it’s so easy for me to get so wrapped up in what I’m doing on the daily that I neglect calorie tracking or going to the gym. It’s really a mindset issue. I think of the time taken to go to the gym once or twice a day as cutting into writing time. But I have been using the Pomodoro Technique to help myself learn to do more with less time.

With my Bible reading, I find year after year I am derailed and I want that habit to change. I am trying to find a good balance between a strict plan (read these passages on this day) and just winging it. Neither one works well for me. I think I will continue with the plan I have, but modified to fit who I am. I will use the assigned passages for specific days as a checklist to track what I have read, but I will not limit myself to just the passages for a specific day. I believe this will help me view it as more something I can do as part of my day-to-day schedule (even including it in a pom or two!) instead of making it outside of my days (if that makes any sense haha). I am also considering attempting to do what I am currently doing with my non-Bible reading: a book a day. If I can read 300+ pages in a day, why not whole books of the Bible?? But I don’t want this to turn into me rushing through books of the Bible just to be able to say I’ve read them. Clearly, I would appreciate prayer throughout the month of May as I work find my balance. I want to read the Bible. I love the Bible. I love God. I want to read His book.

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