Q1 in Review + Goals for Q2

Good morning, happy Saturday! Spring is here and today is supposed to be beautiful! Thank you universe for a nice day on a WEEKEND! Hooray! Today I wanted to take a quick look back at how I did with my Q1 goals and share my goals for Q2.

I didn’t do a dedicated post about my first quarter goals, but I had set some general ones for the year and had some timelines to hit those goals floating around in my head (and in the Notes app on my iPhone… because I don’t always trust my head, haha). But I’ll admit here that I only achieved some of those goals, so let’s lay them all out on the table right now.

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Short & Sweet Spring Cleaning Checklist

Confession time: I am not a great housekeeper. I’d much rather be doing pretty much ANYTHING else. I’m not living in filth, but I can’t say I clean with any kind of enthusiasm. Or probably the regularity that I should. Shhh, don’t tell my mom, lol…

So while other blogs you may read this time of year will probably give you a list of things to deep clean as winter turns to spring (think vacuuming blinds and upholstery, washing curtain panels, steam cleaning carpets, dusting baseboards, etc), I’m going to suggest a short and sweet checklist of some out-of-the-box things to tackle this spring cleaning season. That’s not to say I won’t be doing the traditional cleaning tasks, but you know what I mean, right?

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Boho On A Budget

Last week I wrote A LOT (I’m sorry, I didn’t mean for it to be that epic) about how I keep my finances in order: from how I tackle budgets and spending freezes to savings plans and more. If you missed it (and are interested), pour yourself a big mug of something good, get comfy and check it out HERE.

I really hadn’t planned to do a series on anything finance, but when I did a little rearranging to my blog schedule this week it worked out that my topic for today was going to be about how to achieve a boho look on a budget. Next weekend it just so happens that I have another financey-related post headed your way. So unintentionally a would-be series was born. I’ll try not to go on at length in today’s post, promise! 

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How I Track My Financial Life

Budgets are SO. Damn. Sexy… said no one, ever, lol… okay, maybe some finance people say it. But I am by no means a financial expert. AT ALL. I do like me a budget, a spreadsheet for tracking expenses, and having a savings plan though. I guess it’s the Excel nerd in me, and the self preservationist.

I’m not perfect, and I definitely go on online shopping sprees from time to time. And then my brain catches up, and I realize what I’ve done. It’s all about balance though, right?

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I Need A Hobby // Photography

Last month I introduced a new series on the blog all about hobbies. I’ll be trying new hobbies and rekindling old ones that I’ve let fall by the wayside. Last month I reintroduced reading as a hobby, fitting it into pockets of downtime instead of always scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest. Having the Kindle app on my phone made this a breeze and I even read a few pages while I was using my hairdryer #multitasking, lol

I still plan to read (at least one book per month), but this month I’ll be be adding another hobby into the mix: photography!

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Goals for MY New Year

Happy New Year! Oh, wait—what? I’m a month late?? Haha… if you read my post about my take on New Year’s then you know that I treat my birthday as my own personal New Year, rather than give into the hype (and pressure) of January 1st. Luckily for me my birthday is at the end of January so it doesn’t seem so far off and I can use January as a trial period. I set three pre-resolutions in THIS post, and basically failed epically at all of them. Well, maybe not the junk mail one, only slightly failed at that. So I’m keeping those on my list and adding the bigger, full-tilt goals below.

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40 x 40

Hi everyone! I took a little blog break after the marathon that was Blogmas. It’s good to be back!

And I have big news! Today is my birthday! Hahaha… yep, it’s true. I turned 35 at 9:17 this morning. I’m not sure how I feel about it quite yet. Old, maybe? I’ve already felt old for quite a while haha…so no change from yesterday. Over the hill now and on a downward slide to 40? Ahhhh! Most definitely that’s how I’ve been feeling the past few weeks and now it’s just official.

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11 Activities For Winter Fun

There are 11 weekends (including this weekend) left until the start of spring on March 20. If weather permits, of course you can go sledding, skiing, snowboarding, make a snowman or have a snowball fight, etc. Or if the spirit moves you, you can go ice skating. But I don’t particularly like being cold, lol, so I’m putting together a list of 11 warm activities to get you through the rest of the cold winter!

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A Fresh Take On New Year’s

First and foremost, Happy New Year!!

Now, I shouldn’t say this is a completely new idea, because I’ve been doing it the past couple of years. But it’s something different from the norm, or at least I haven’t heard anyone else talk about it.

New Year’s Day is January 1, and my birthday is January 30. So rather than give in to all the hype that is the media blitz about goals and resolutions at this time of year, I allow myself some grace. During the month of December, I mull over what it is I want to achieve in the new year, some of which I implement on the 1st and some I delay until MY new year, my birthday, at the end of January.

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