Sunday, April 1, 2018

April Balanced Life Goals

Today is the start of a new month!  Time to make some goals to live a more balanced life in April:

Spiritual:  The goal is to live a spiritually meaningful life.
- Continue with daily prayers and gratitude; focus on being positive
- Take time for meditation
- Cultivate non-attachment  - continue with the attempt to declutter; the goal is 100 items in April
- Attend the monthly rosary prayer gathering

Environment:  The goal is a clean, tidy, uncluttered house and a well-maintained garden.
- Focus on decluttering and maintaining cleaned areas
- Maintain (water 2x per week; weed)
- Buy/make and fix a trellis for the grape vine
Plant some flowers and vegetables

Daughter:  The goal is to continue to have a close relationship with her (without being over-protective!)
- Daily texts, phone calls, emails, and video chatting

Family & Friends:  The goal is to keep in touch with various family members and friends.
- Call, email, wish people on their birthdays, etc.
- Meet sister and her family for lunch (scheduled for 4/2; better get the boys' gifts ready!)
- Will be seeing several members of the family and friends at the monthly prayer gathering
- Weekly calls with neighbor T/have coffee with her on my next day off
- Get together with friend R for lunch

Community:  The goal is to become more involved in my community.
- Continue to participate in the blogging community

Career:  The goal is to continue to work while planning for retirement.
- Find the best commuting option to the new location
- Continue to do my assignments in a timely manner
- Attend the retirement seminar (scheduled for 4/14)

Finances:  The goal is financial security.
- Continue budgeting and spending mindfully, with purpose
- Speak with my financial planner (there are some documents to sign)
- File my taxes!  (appointment with tax preparer scheduled for 4/7)

Health & Well Being:  The goal is good health.
- Attend the appointments with my various medical doctors - 1 scheduled in April (with radiation oncologist for a routine check up)
- Continue to monitor blood pressure, sugar levels, and weight
- Continue to focus on a healthier diet, drinking enough water (8x 8oz), exercising regularly (walk for 30 minutes during the work week), and getting sufficient sleep (keep trying for that elusive 11:30 p.m. bed time during the work week!)
- Focus on accomplishments and staying positive

Time Management:  The goal is having enough time to do all what I want to do!
- Procrastinate less
- Implement routines and schedules/get myself on a better time table!

Leisure/Crafts/Hobbies/Me-Time:  The goal is to relax doing something I enjoy doing for the pleasure of it.
- Set aside 30 minutes a day to do something relaxing, such as reading books, or doing a craft

So, those are my goals for April.  A lot are the same as my goals in March, but there are some small changes and adjustments, as well.    Is anyone else making monthly goals?


  1. I think the hardest goal you have is not being overprotective with your daughter. Stepping back from trying to protect our children from everything is one of the hardest jobs we do as parents. Good luck.

    1. Thanks, Live and Learn. She went to volunteer at the fund raiser event on Sunday, with one of her co-workers; I asked her to let me know when she was leaving and she teased me about being an overprotective mother! But, she texted me to tell me she was leaving and called me after she came back. I was telling I like to know where she is, supposing there is an emergency; she said she can text, etc. There is actually very little I can do if there is an emergency, of course, but that's besides the point! LOL. Anyway, I am going to try to step back a little. I must not project my own bad experiences when I was younger onto her.

  2. There is going to be more of a shift towards career and finances this coming month for you. Hopefully working in the garden and more "me time" will offset some of the new focus. I have not done my goals for April yet, but I know that mine will also have a stronger focus in one area over another.

    1. You are right, Susan. Career/retirement and finances are going to take center stage, I think. Looking forward to seeing what your April goals are.

  3. Love reading your goals! I totally understand the daughter one. I try not to interfere in her business but offer advice when asked. I support her the best I can. I can totally understand the overprotective one. She lives so far from me but this winter she said she was going somewhere and I knew it was snowing like crazy where she was so I just texted her and told her if she could let me know when she got back. I did tell her that I'm her Mum and I'm allowed to worry and she took it all in good jest.

    1. Thanks, Sharon. I know you understand about being overprotective. Especially these days, with all the random violence that takes place. There were shots fired at the shopping mall she goes to, sometime back - I didn't worry about it at the time because I knew she wasn't shopping there when the shooting occurred; but if I hadn't known that, I would have worried until I heard from her.

  4. Great Goals.Your mention of Time Management is something I am working on too. I waste far too much time thinking about what I am going to do!
    I think all mothers worry a lot about their children, the trick is not to let them see you are doing it, but at the same time letting them know you are there!

    1. Thank you, Sharon. Yes, Time Management. I can easily spend the day reading blogs, watching some program or another on TV, and not getting anything else done! As for thinking about what we are going to do - I think we should call it planning, don't you? We are planning our activities/coming up with a plan of action! Yes, I like the sound of that, much better! :D Sometimes, getting started is the hardest part, for me.


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