I’d like to preface this post with saying that March was an absolutely insane month that brought with it many challenges. But, I do believe there was still some progress made.
1. God and I Time (at least 15 minutes a day) – My average number of days declined a bit, but I made up for it in the amount of time spent in prayer. Let’s just say, the Lord got an earful this month (both good and bad). I’m just thankful that His love is so vast that we can’t even begin “to grasp how wide and long and high and deep” it is (Ephesians 3:19).
2. Read More – *sigh* I never did finish Speechless, because it needed to go back to the library. I was having a hard time getting into it, so maybe another time. I’m almost done with Heaven Is For Real, and boy is that book a can’t-put-it-down reader! I’ve cried several times while reading it. Still working on Mommy’s Locked in the Bathroom, and I have no idea where Drowning Ruth went. My husband and I went through a cleaning frenzy that included boxing up a bunch of books. I think that might have accidentally got thrown in one of the boxes. That book was starting to slightly creep me out anyway. I’m starting on The Resolution for Women, but I should have started reading that a while ago. We’re reading it for our women’s Bible study group, and I’m already a couple chapters behind. You can blame my lazy butt for not Amazon-ing it in the beginning.
3. Date Nights (at least 2 per month) – FAIL! But, we have started a babysitting money budget. So, perhaps that will help in April. I also have a friend visiting this month, who said that she wants to watch our son one night so that we can go out. Yay! I love her!
4. Exercise – I have not been this discouraged about my weight in a while. This morning I jumped on the scale, just to have it tell me in bold, glaring numbers that my weight has gone up five pounds since the last time I weighed myself. I’ve stuck to working out regularly, but it doesn’t seem to be helping. I know that the whole point of the goal was to make sure I was working out every day, so in that sense, pat me on the back. But, it’s quite discouraging when you step on the scale and see yourself gaining significant weight, when there shouldn’t be any reason for it to be happening.
About a week ago, I felt like the “Turbo Fire” program wasn’t doing much for me, so I decided to take action. I found out about a Marine wives Crossfit group that meets three times a week, and I went for the first time this past Saturday. Let me just say, OUCH! My muscles are still trying to recover, and I’m afraid they won’t be ready for the next workout on Wednesday. During the workout, I tried not to get angry at the trainer . . . to no avail. I think I may have uttered “I hate you” more than once, and there may or may not have been a glaring, dart-throwing look plastered on my face. You would think that with as much pain I’m still in, I would want to call it quits, but I’m crazily going back for more on Wednesday. Yep, I’m insane.
I’m hoping that between the Crossfit and the Stroller Warriors, I’ll be able to shed some of these pounds and get back to where I want to be.
5. Organize the House – Let’s all clap and cheer! This goal may have received the most progress this month. Hubby and I teamed up and got the guest bedroom, guest closet, and the garage all organized. I’m so proud of us! The guest bedroom looks amazing. We’ve already had my husband’s best friend over for a weekend, and now I can’t wait for my best friend to come in a couple weeks! Oh boy!
6. Volunteer – This one I’m really excited about! My husband is officially an infantry instructor, so now it’s becoming easier to get involved. At his MCIS graduation, the officers had a meet and greet with the wives. I was able to have a 20 minute conversation with the Lt. Col. discussing some of my ideas for the wives. He was very perceptive to them and asked me to talk to the Chaplain’s wife about possibly getting the ball rolling. My main concern is for the marriages of the instructors and their spouses. My heart breaks every time I hear about another broken marriage. It literally brings me to tears. I wanted to take action. So, the Chaplain’s wife and I are in the works of putting together a marriage enrichment group for the wives. This would be a group that would meet weekly or bi-weekly. We’d go through marriage books together and discuss them. This group would also allow a safe place for the wives to express their concerns about their marriages and seek help in how to deal with/fix them. Although, they must accept when they are in the wrong. This group isn’t going to be designed for gossip or slandering of our spouses. It’s for the sole purpose of bettering our marriages and the relationships we have with our spouses.
7. Be An Encouragement (send letters, cards, etc. at least once a week) – I’ve actually found that I do better with texts, emails, and the occassional phone call. In utilizing those avenues, I’ve done much better than previous months.
8. Improve eLe Photography – We have a business card! We also bought an external flash and a diffuser, which have been A-MAZING! We had our first newborn and family photoshoot this month, and I must say that it was a success. 🙂
9. Improve LE’s Military Corner – Because of the craziness of this month, I only made one more item to add to the store. I’m currently painting a mug that will be “His Tags, Her Bags” (dog tags on one side, purses on the other), and I’ll be starting on a red, white, and blue flower hair comb that would be beautiful for a patriotic-themed wedding.
I also jumpstarted my cake pops business! It’s going to eventually be its own entity, but for now the business is being run in conjunction with LE’s Military Corner. I’m trying to think of some cute military ideas for the pops, like maybe ones that look like dress blues.