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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

March Look Back and April 2017 Goals


A look back at my March goals:

Buy more furniture
"Our house is going up fast. While we are in no dire need for furniture right now, my organised self is not satisfied with the few bit and bobs we have ready to go. I'd definitely like to add some more pieces to our stash this month."
Tick: I didn't really have high hopes for this one, but I'm glad that we got a few more items ticked off the list for our soon-to-be home.

Eat better on weekends
"I do so well to eat right during the week but as soon as the weekend rolls around, that all goes out the window, which I'm 100% sure is why I'm not reaching my weight-loss goals. I'd like to completely eliminate all weekend take-out meals and unnecessarily snacking on junk food all month long. Sorry Jesse."
Cross: Oh boy. I didn't just fail this one.. I failed miserably. Oops.

Find a damn pumpkin spice latte
"In case you didn't see my mood board, we've just entered Autumn here, and I'm sad to admit that in my 23 years of life, I have never experienced this "pumpkin spice latte" thing that I see plastered around the internet come Autumn in the US. It's just not a "thing" here in Australia, but I'm determined to find one this season. DETERMINED!"
Tick (!!!): You guys! I'm so damn happy that I've finally got to sample the deliciousness that is a pumpkin spice latte. Well, a pumpkin spice chai latte, but that's the same thing, right? The best part of the story: the place that sells this elixir of life (the only one I've found in Perth) is a 3 minute walk from my office. WHAT?!

Learn how to use my camera's manual settings
"I have seen post after post after post about how much better photos turn out when you adjust the manual settings rather than leave it up to 'auto' to figure out. I've been interested in expanding my photography skills and knowledge for quite some time, but I'm usually in a rush (or can't be bothered) to nail out my photos and I constantly find myself falling back in to using the auto setting because it's that much easier. I'd definitely like to learn how to effectively use my camera's (Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1) manual settings this month and, in turn, improve the overall quality of my photos."
Cross: I think this is technically a fail.. I did do a whole lot of research online, instruction manual reading and fiddling around with my camera's manual setting, but did I learn how to use them? No, sir. No I did not. It all went straight over my head. Sigh.


Goals for April:

Commit to 1 hour of cardio, once per week
I've been committing to my hour long Thursday cardio session 2-3 out of 4 weeks of the month (in addition to my usual 3 days per week at the gym) for a little while now, and I've really noticed a difference in my appearance and fitness levels, but I'd really like to get it done every single Thursday this month. No exceptions. Now that I have the Zombies, Run! app (it's free and a great motivator - get it) on my phone, there should be no reason for me not to get it done.

Spring (Autumn) clean and sell anything unwanted or grown out of
I know this was one of my (failed) goals in February, but with the house build becoming closer to completion every day, I'd like to get rid of some bits and bobs from my closet and storage that I've either grown out of, no longer use or need, or just do not want anymore to make the move easier (and make some much needed moolah in the process).

Focus on finding a new job
I've enjoyed my time at this little accounting firm over the 6 years (holy moly) that I've been here, but since obtaining my Diploma of Events, I've found myself daydreaming about more. I, of course, am happy to stay here for as long as it takes, but I really want to get serious, knuckle down, and focus on starting a new chapter in my life with a job in Events Management.

Make more time for friends
Ugh. Just typing that out made me cringe. I feel terrible that I have to make this a goal, but to say that life has been busy lately would be an understatement. I've been turning down invitations to hang out and focusing my time and attention on our house more than anything recently. I definitely need to organise a few catch-ups with my friends soon.


What are you hoping to achieve this month?

41 comments:

  1. Sounds like you have some good goals to work towards this April, good luck on finding a new job! Xx

    Kez | acaciasdreams.com

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  2. Berniedette PetiteAndTonedApril 4, 2017 at 10:14 PM

    OMG, you and I must be living parallel lives, Christie! Yes, I want to eat better on the weekends. Yes, I'm actually hunting for furniture because it's time for an upgrade. And yes, I was job hunting for a while - also in accounting! (I'm a CPA in California.) I landed another accounting job, but I'm considering taking more interior design classes next semester, so something creative like you!

    xoxo,

    Berniedette | PetiteAndToned.com

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  3. I need to make time to gather up with my girls this month and also will manage some self pampering time.

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  4. Great goals. I need to learn how to use the manual setting on my camera too:-)

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  5. Good luck with your goals!

    I need to put my camera on manual too. One day! And I also eat horribly on weekends.

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  6. Can I just take over your list? I need to do all of that (and more!) But one really stands out -
    I am so with you on the manual camera settings. I even took a one day class when I purchased my camera three years ago and I still don't get it! Why does it have to be so complicated???

    p.s. so glad you finally experienced the bliss that is pumpkin spice latte. I live in the heart of Dunkin Donuts land and I'm pretty sure they invited pumpkin flavored coffee :)

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  7. all great goals! I'm gonna be traveling this april and my main goal is to somehow find a way to stop thinking about work way too much and be a bit more mindful so that I can get the most of my trip..

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  8. Sounds like some good goals this month! Good luck! I've also been thinking about looking for a new job, so we'll see what happens!

    Taylor | myhopefulstory.com

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  9. I need to do some spring cleaning too! So much stuff has got to go!

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  10. This sounds like a great idea. Sorry I had to laugh at the spice latte, I know you have been looking for one for the past month!

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  11. Omg I looooove this. I need to start setting goals to. Yours are great. maybe by jjotting them down I'll actually accomplish some of them.

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  12. Milica Radoncic Ex MomcilovicApril 5, 2017 at 12:23 PM

    I like your list of goals! I'm working on my cardio too! I try to run 3 times a week for 30 minutes.

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  13. On making more time for friends--I hear you! Lately our schedule has gone a little crazy, and seeing my own husband or family, let alone friends, has become difficult!

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  14. Maybe more travels for me and more time with friends as well. Need to make some me-time as well to be able to have a work-life balance.

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  15. Wow what are the odds? Congratulations on the new job, and good luck with your interior design venture! x

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  16. Ooooh yessss. Some self-pamper time would be amazing too. x

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  17. Thanks, Kathy. It's a struggle to learn at first, but I'm told it's worth it aha. x

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  18. Thanks, Amber! If you learn the ways of the manual settings.. do teach me aha. x

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  19. Please do. Just accomplish everything for me while I sit back with my newly discovered PSL. :P
    For reals, though. I can't deal with manual settings aha. I tried researching classes but I couldn't find any. Why is life so hard? x

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  20. That's a great goal, Chelf! Good luck in switching from work to holiday mode. I hope you have a wonderful trip! x

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  21. Thanks, Taylor. All the best in your job hunt if that's what you decide to do. :) x

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  22. Ahahaha thanks, girl. I'm so happy I finally found one after 24 years of life. :P x

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  23. Thanks, Kimberly! I definitely find that writing them down kind of forces me to get things done. I probably wouldn't otherwise. :) x

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  24. Wow you go, girl! I hate cardio so much, but I wish I could run that much. x

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  25. Life often gets in the way - ugh. It's super important to take time out for your friends, though. Here's to much needed catch-ups! x

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  26. Am aiming to maintain my weekely cardio exercise but it always not pursue. I need focus :)

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  27. I love the list of things you are going to do to improve yourself. I am definitely mindful of the last one on the list. I do need to make more time for friends and not feel like I am a recluse.

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  28. Friends and fitness are two of my recent goals too! I joined a gym not long ago and am aiming to go at least 3 times a week, which I hope I can keep up with. As for friends, I love seeing them, but I get really nervous going out at night which can make me choose to just stay at home instead, but I really want to try branching out more! Good luck on your goals 😊

    http://www.thesmalladventurer.blogspot.com.au/

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  29. Even though you didn't achieve all of your goals, you did do pretty well with some of them! Hope that this month you smash even more of them and feel really productive!

    It's cool you can get a pumpkin spice latte here too, always thought it was just an American thing!


    Hope you are having a really good week.

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  30. I love reading posts from the opposite hemisphere and being reminded that for some people, April is autumn, rather than October. Craziness! A pumpkin spice chai latte isn't *exactly* the same thing, though it sounds delicious too...Luckily you can MAKE a pumpkin spice latte! Look up a recipe! They're yummy, actually I think they are even better when you make them yourself and use real pumpkin and all that. Yummmm.

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  31. Goals. Goals. Goals... I think it's amazing that you've put your goals in writing. It gives you something to refer back to as you accomplish your mission.

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  32. I couldn't agree more, Anosa. Those sound like great goals - good luck! :) x

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  33. I hear you there, Blair. It can be hard to commit to exercise - especially cardio. :P x

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  34. Thanks, David. I'm all about improving myself. :) Sometimes it's easy to neglect our friends when life gets busy, good luck in making more time for them. :)

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  35. You go girl! I've been going to the gym 3 times a week for a while now and am now aiming to up it to 4. Trust me when I say that it becomes much easier to stick to once it becomes part of your routine. :) I tend to say no to nights out, too, which means that I miss out on a lot. Good luck in your gym and branching out ventures! xx

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  36. Aww thanks, Mica. I tried aha. I'm so glad I found a pumpkin spice latte, I was considering flying to America just to have one. :P Here's to a better month this month. :) x

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  37. Ahaha it always trips me out that the seasons are totally opposite, too. I've been waiting 24 years for a pumpkin spice latte.. close enough is good enough at this point ahahaha. I'm definitely keen to make one, though! There are so many recipes out there - yaaaasss! x

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  38. Thanks, Lorraine. Writing them out definitely helps motivate me to get things done. :) x

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  39. Sushmita Thakare JainApril 16, 2017 at 4:03 AM

    Your Goals as well as looking back at the previous month is really inspiring dear, hope the best for your coming time dear :)

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