On the last day of each month, I update my goal progress in the areas I chose for the year. Monthly goal updates that began a decade ago in 2013 in the Notes app on my phone are now kept in table form on my blog, giving me a way to remain focused on my goals and holding myself accountable in actionable strides. Today, I’m sharing my second goal update of 2023.
|Literature||Read Around the USA|
Give Away Books
Send out Postcards
Blog Daily (For March plan to participate in Slice of Life Writing Challenge)
|I gave away another 5 foot shelf of books.|
I mailed recipe postcards to my grandchildren.
I blogged daily throughout February, marking two full years of daily blogging today.
I wrote with Open Write this month.
I read my February selection from Colorado: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
I plan to participate in the Slice of Life Writing Challenge each day during the month of March
|Creativity||Improve blog photos|
Indulge in photo excursions
|I continued working with my Middle School Writers, and one submitted a piece to the Young Georgia Authors contest|
I designed a prototype of a story walk planter for our town square
I am planning Bloom! for National Poetry Month with our L4GA community partners
|Spirituality||Tune in to church|
Keep OLW priority
|We’ve tuned in to YouTube channels for Dad’s sermons this month in the two churches where he is preaching as a rotating interim. |
I’ve prayed daily and kept my One Little Word at the helm
|Reflection||Write family stories|
Spend time tracking goals each month
|I’ve written some family memories, and Dad has written as a guest blogger, sharing some of his experiences|
|Self-Improvement||Maintain goal weight|
Give away too-big clothes
|I cleaned out my pantry and my medicine chest this month, following my closet in January. |
I still take clothes to donate when they give me any room to take the temptation and eat the cake.
I am in weight maintenance range.
|Gratitude||Devote blog days to counting blessings||I continue reading in Simple Abundance and counting blessings, especially on family birthdays. |
I remain grateful for my health, family, and the simple pleasures of life – like savoring Saturdays with coffee and having farm fresh eggs for supper.
|Experience||Embrace Slow Travel|
Focus on the Outdoors
|I participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count |
I traveled to Kentucky to visit family over my winter break (slowly – I broke up the trip into manageable driving segments, put the window down, and admired the Kentucky rolling hills and greening spring grass)
I traveled to Savannah, Georgia and spent time with my grandchildren strolling along River Street and eating ice cream at Leopold’s.