April 2017 Goals: Fitness, Financial, Blogging + Personal

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Welcome to April! It’s officially been spring for a couple weeks now and it’s finally starting to feel like it around here. The kids had spring break last month and it felt like winter still!

Now it’s time for the monthly post I like to do where I round up my monthly goals and share them here for accountability and to remind you to do the same!

It’s time for new goals, y’all.

April 2017 Goals

April 2017 Goals via liftingmakesmehappy.com

Fitness

I’ve definitely been doing really well with my workouts lately. It feels like I’m finally back and I can tell I’m getting stronger and my clothes are starting to fit better. I’ll take it!

My fitness goals for April:

  • Start StrongLifts 5×5 program. This is a program I’ve done in the past and loved so I’m excited to be doing it again. You can learn more about it here. It’s basically done 3 days/week and all you do are squats, barbell rows, deadlifts and overhead presses. There are both free and paid apps on iTunes and the Play Store.

 

Financial

My financial goal for the year is to pay off as much debt as possible. I’m tracking all debt balances from credit cards to student loans and even our mortgage. I love watching the balances fall and it keeps me motivated.

In the last couple years I’ve learned something about myself. When I’m struggling with depression and/or grief, I tend to spend more money on things we don’t really need and it’s usually on credit. Not a good combo! I guess you could call it emotional spending? Now my focus is digging myself out and I’m working really hard at it because it’s super important to me.

April financial goals:

  • Schedule all April bills.
  • Cash flow state and federal taxes April 18th. Booooo. I’m thankful we have the money set aside to do this but it still feels icky. I’ve adjusted my deduction so hopefully we won’t run into this next year.
  • Set up May budget in Every Dollar. I’ve never been good at budgeting but this free app makes it so easy. I’ve been using it for over 6 months now so it’s definitely working okay for me. I highly recommend it.

 

April 2017 Goals via liftingmakesmehappy.com

 

Blogging

I made a big switch to my blog last month. I moved my blog from Bluehost to Siteground while also using my title as the domain (URL). Siteground migrated my website and moved my blog to another domain for FREE. I paid for 12 full months of hosting up front but also saved over 50%. I went with the GoGeek plan this time around and I haven’t had one single issue yet. I’m very excited to be with Siteground. I’ve already noticed that my blog runs faster. I highly recommend them if you’ve been blogging for awhile (or even if you’re new) and/or are having trouble with the cheaper, shared hosts.

April blogging goals:

  • Continue using CoSchedule to help me plan my editorial calendar and social media posts. This is such an invaluable tool for bloggers. If you haven’t taken advantage of the free trial, you really should.
  • Add more value to 20 old blog posts. I have some really dated blog posts considering my first post went live here on December 4, 2008. Instead of getting rid of that content I’m just trying to go through and update it as best I can. It’s fun to look back on old blog posts but some make me cringe pretty good too. I have definitely learned a lot over the years.
  • Continue Elite Blog Academy. I am loving this course. It is so thorough. It’s even better than I imagined. It’s also a lot of work but the step-by-step layout makes it pretty easy to focus on what I’m supposed to be doing.

 

Personal

In addition to my fitness, financial and blogging goals, I also have some personal goals to work on this month.

  • Read one book. This month’s book is going to be The Shack. I just realized the movie is out (because apparently I live under a rock) and I really need to read the book before I see the movie. I’m really excited about this one. If you’re looking for ideas you can check out my 2017 reading list at the bottom of this post.
  • Spend 10-15 minutes every night planning for the next day in my Erin Condren Life Planner (to-do list, appointments, goals, etc.)
  • Finish my first paint-by-number. I’m so in love with projects like these! I highly recommend them if you deal with anxiety and/or depression. Focusing on anything that requires great attention to detail is a great way to get your racing mind a break. I’m currently working on this horse one for my mother-in-law.

Horses by Dimensions (Paint By Number)

 

Happy April!

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My name is Mindi and I'm an office manager and blogger living in Minnesota with my husband and our blended family of four children. Thank you for visiting Lifting Makes Me Happy! I fight depression and anxiety with healthy living and writing. I hope you are encouraged and motivated by the things I share here. I appreciate you stopping by!
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