Wednesday, April 03, 2019

April Goals

A few days late, here are the goals I want to accomplish in April.

1) Make Bible reading goal a priority.

I really DO want to read through my Bible this year. While I'm familiar with most of it, I know there are parts of the Bible I have never read and, even with the familiar things, it's good to read with a fresh perspective. I'm still stuck back in January and I am going to push to get pretty caught up in April. If I'm serious about this goal, I need to make it a priority.

2) Get 10,000 steps a day (preferably outside) on my FitBit.

So I had a "get outside" goal in February which I realized at the end of the month I didn't make specific enough. Here is my specific goal. Spoiler alert: I stubbed my toe badly (walking into Rachel -- dumbest thing ever) on Monday night so walking has been... interesting... so far this month. Bummer. Here's a picture of my toe for posterity and to show I'm not just making excuses :)
It's the toe beside my pinky toe.
What a lovely shade of purple - NOT. 

3) Reduce the number of pictures on the iPad.

Our iPad is over six years old and has a gazillion pictures on it. Last time I cleaned out the iPad, I wrote this post and I'm sure another one of those is in the making with some of the gems currently taking up space on that thing.

4) Try to give blood again.

I got out of the habit of giving blood when we went to Kenya and I couldn't give it for a year. Now I have a friend who depends on a monthly blood transfusion, and even though I can't give my blood directly to them, I can give it to someone else who is in need.

Giving blood in February 2013

5) Set out weekly clothes for the kids each Sunday.

Life goes so much more smoothly when I set out all the kids' clothes for the week every Sunday night. I need to get back into that habit. Laundry in general has gotten chaotic this past month (Read: Sam's run out of jeans (he has seven pairs (all hand me downs)) and both kids have run out of underwear. I don't know why it's gotten so bad...), so this might be one small way of getting a handle on it again.
Here's some minutiae about our lives: 
Rachel's clothes for the week go on the shelf 
underneath her nightstand. Sam's go on his rocking chair.
Our life is so exciting. Ha!  

6) Read Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay and The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.

These are two books I keep running into in other books (or through friends) and I want to read them both. Sadly, Bad Feminist isn't available at my library, except as an e-book, so I'm going to have to work a little harder to read that one. Hmmmm...

7) Sort the spice drawer.

Here's what it looks like now. Enough said.
We have both a spice rack and spice drawer. 
The spice drawer holds the extra spices and other random things.  

8) Get outside and practice biking with the kids -- 20 minutes at least three times a week.

The fact that our kids, Sam especially, can't bike yet is starting to hold them back in hanging out with their friends. Rachel is really almost there. We just need to make this a priority and it will be a very good start to Spring if both our kids learn to ride their bikes.
Rachel biked a few feet the other day. She is highly motivated to learn.
Sam, on the other hand, will be the world's best non-biking baseball player. Ha! 

You guys always have the best thoughts about my monthly goals so I can't wait to hear what you have to say about these ones! Advice, encouragement, and anything else you have to say is welcome!


  1. I had a challenging time of it the first time I read through the Bible...but the second time I read it, it completely changed my life forever...for the better. :)

    Yay for donating blood...I need to do that soon too!

    You always have wonderful goals. You'll do great!

  2. Good luck with your Bible reading! Are you doing the She Works His Way plan? It's been such an encouragement this year!
    Also, I look forward to hearing your impression of Bad Feminist. I heard her speak at a library conference, and it was so thought-provoking. Just haven't had a chance to read her yet!
    Good luck with all your goals!

  3. I feel you on the bike riding one. I feel like it took us forever to teach Trent to ride a bike and now we're there with Drew. We took her training wheels off (at her request) and now she's freaked out and refuses to try and ride her bike. Or she asks me to teach her when I'm alone with all 3 kids! These look like great goals, good luck!

  4. 1) I need to get on my bible reading too! I am wayyyy behind. I printed off a 1-year-5-days-a-week Bible reading program in hopes that this will help. 2) I stubbed my pinky toe last month and it hurt for WEEKS, to the point where I worried it was broken. 3) I too am out of the habit of giving blood. I used to do it semi-annually at my work, but since I've stopped working 3 years ago, I haven't done it once. I need to add that to my list. 4) I assume with biking you mean, without training wheels? Aaron can bike with training wheels and we need to take them off but the process to do that sounds sooooo painful that I'm putting it off.


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