Unfortunately, late February/early March was hectic so I didn’t have any goals for the previous month. That’s okay though, because I am back on the bandwagon and it’s about to get SERIOUS.
In January, I was living in Biloxi, MS with a 19 year old roommate learning the ins and outs of computers. Waking up at 4am to PT and then heading to a full day of class was draining me. Not to mention, I had to march and wear my uniform almost everywhere I went.
February brought intense studying for the biggest test of my career thus far. Long nights with my nose stuck in a book made way to where I am now.
March was dedicated to transition. This transition from trainee to airman to operational Air Force has been a blur. Graduating tech school and PCSing to Colorado came swift with little time for adjustment. I had about 8 days to find an apartment, move in, and unpack our things – all while Mike was still in Missouri tying up loose ends. It was intense. That’s why there were no financial or personal goals made in March. I had no idea what to expect so there wasn’t a baseline to work from.
April is dedicated to developing routines and settling in. While Mike and I are mostly settled in, there are still a few boxes lying around the apartment, and routines have yet to be formed. Plus, Mike found a job a few days ago, so he’ll need to begin developing his routines as well. April has always felt like a month of renewal to me. Maybe it’s because Easter (Jesus’ resurrection) is typically during this time, or maybe it’s because we begin feeling the full effects of Spring. I’m not sure, but I tend to look at my yearly goals and evaluate how I’m doing.
Anyways, here we are. April showers bring May flowers. It’s going to be a busy month. I joined my squadron’s volleyball team and the season doesn’t end until the 19th, so my evenings are going to be packed with weekly games. I’m excited, but I know it’s going to cut into my blogging/cooking/personal time. My in-laws are coming to visit in a couple of weeks (right around the end of volleyball season), so I want the apartment to be as put-together as possible before their arrival. It’s going to mean some longer evenings and early(ier) mornings.
Goals for this month aren’t lofty. They are simply… personal.
1. Post 10 times.
That means 2-3 times a week. Part of finding routine is finding time for what I love most – blogging. I love feeling inspired and writing a post I believe will be helpful to others. I don’t enjoy writing when it feels like drudgery, but some posts are just that way. They have to be written. Ten posts is doable for me. I just have to put my mind to it.
2. Sell 3 items on Poshmark.
I don’t know if you’ve heard of Poshmark, but it’s an app that helps you sell gently used clothes and accessories. It’s a great way to minimize your closet and make a bit of extra money. I haven’t spent a lot of time on the app, but I have sorted though my old clothes, mostly business attire, and had my mom bring out here dress form to help model the clothes for me. I wear the same uniform every day. I will continue wearing it for at least the next 3.5 years. I need to say goodbye to the extras. Three sounds like a good number to start with.
3. Finish reading Wolf Winter.
This book is one I have begrudgingly been working my way through since St. Patrick’s Day. I wanted to get back into reading after tech school and I may have picked the worst book to start. It’s a historical fiction thriller/murder mystery and those kinds of books are not my style. I purchased it back in Texas upon preparing to leave Basic Training. I thought I would need something to read on the 10-hour bus ride to tech school, but alas, I never picked it up. Guilt pushed me to begin reading it a few weeks ago, and while I am intrigued by the plot and characters, I am also bored and a bit creeped out. It’s not a book you want to read before bed (when I do most of my reading). I plan on writing a review on it, but I hate writing book reviews. We’ll see.
4. Finish decorating the living room.
By that, I mean – buy a rug, an entertainment center, and a coffee table. These are priorities for me. None of them are necessary, but the living room is lacking and I want it to feel more homey. I’m not going to beat myself up if this doesn’t get done, because it does involve spending money, and I really need to get back on the debt pay-off track again. Still, I would like to have the entertainment center so we can rid ourselves of the three boxes sitting stagnant in our living room.
5. Pay the Discover card down to $1000.
I don’t know if this is possible. It all depends on if the second part of our moving reimbursement comes in. I am not sure how much that will be, so it may not cover the $3350 needed to pay down the card as much as I want. Still, the Discover card is my top priority now that my smallest Sallie Mae loan has been paid in full. Gosh, that felt so good. More on that in a later post.
6. Wash & clean the Terrain.
The last month has done a number on my car. Between traveling with Motley and braving multiple snowstorms, my car is looking rough. It’s needs a good bath, a strong wipe down, and some serious vacuuming. Hopefully I can get this done before the in-laws come to town so I can chauffeur them around Denver.
I believe more goals were in my mind when I started this list, but they seemed to have slipped my mind. This is a good start. Here’s to hoping. What are your goals for the month?