January Faves & February Plans

Hello February! With the start of a new month, it's time to take a look back on the last one and then set our sites ahead to the new month that is upon us.

You know what I love about February - while still in the middle of winter, I can feel us getting one step closer to Spring!  January proved to be a relatively mild January for us here in Connecticut (if not in temperature, then definitely in snow!).  

But, February is looking to right the ship and bring Old Man Winter out to play!

And you know what else I'm loving about this particular February??  I'm releasing my very first newsletter!  

If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure you do!  You'll get a peek into what's coming for the month ahead, some random tips, an advanced announcement for the month's guest speaker, and a FREE printable that will ONLY be made available to my subscribers!  

What You Were Loving this Month

It's always fun to look back and see which posts people liked best.  These were the four top posts that I published last month, so if you missed one, be sure to check them out!

How’d I do on my January Goals?

Last month I started off the New Year with some pretty ambitious goals for January.  I do typically load up my plate and know that I may be putting to much on it and won’t complete everything, but I’m okay with that.  That keeps me motivated to keep going and pushing ahead!

Blog Goals | Set up an email list  for monthly updates {SUCCESS}
I got this done and was SO excited when you guys started signing up for my newsletter...thanks you!

Blog Goals | Release my first printable {SUCCESS}
I put together a workbook to help you set goals that you will achieve and released it as planned!  My newsletter subscribers will get this for free when you sign up!

Blog Goals | General clean up the backend {FAIL}
I was so busy with the other two projects that I didn’t quite get to this one, but that’s actually a good thing.  I am planning to update my blog design this month, so a lot of cleanup will take place with that project (more on that in my February goals!).

Organization Projects | Clean out spare bedroom {FAIL}
Fail, yes, BUT, that was because I did more than just rearrange my office.  I bought a new desk and organization tools and spent more time than I anticipated in that room.  This one will happen…someday, I swear!

Organization Goals | Rearrange my Office {SUCCESS}
I am SO excited that I finished this project.  I bought a new desk and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!  That necessitated a few new office supplies and a new lamp, but I have it all set up now and I love it! 

Health & Fitness | Gym Workouts - Complete 12 gym workouts {FAIL/SUCCESS}
I completed 7 workouts at the gym and about 5 or 6 more at home, so I wasn’t a lazy slug all month.  My gym is near work, so on days when I work from home, I can’t go to the gym.  This month, due to weather and other things, I had to work from home on a few of my gym days.  While I didn’t complete the set number I was aiming for, I do feel I succeeding in getting back into the healthy swing of things!

Health & Fitness | Go to bed earlier {GIANT FAIL}
I managed to make my 11:00 cutoff on some nights, but there was just too much to do and since I don’t normally get home from work until about 7:00pm, it’s just not realistic for every night. I did listen to my body though, and on nights when I was super tired, I made sure to turn in early.

Health & Fitness | Journal Daily {FAIL/SUCCESS}
No, I didn't journal daily, but I am back into journaling regularly.  So, technically a fail, but I’ll count it as a win since I’m happy that I’m at least back in the game on some days!

Health & Fitness | Schedule a ‘Me’ Night once per week {FAIL}
Again, just too much to do!  The blog work took up a LOT of my free time this month, so I just didn’t quite get around to having an unplugged 'Me' night (I had nights where I relaxed in front of the TV and watched a movie, but I was online reading and commenting on blogs while doing so, which I enjoy, but isn’t exactly ‘unplugged’!).

So, it looks like I didn't really do much this month, but I did.  The office reorganization project and the two blog projects took up pretty much all of my spare time this month, so I basically under anticipated the amount of work involved in those, but they were my two biggest projects, so I'm okay with that!

February Plans

I’m keeping it real this month and not putting too much on my plate because I KNOW goal #2 is going to take a big chunk of my time this month.

Health & Fitness | Gettin' Fit - kick it up a notch!
This month, I’m getting serious!  I have a very close friend’s wedding to attend at the end of March, my birthday the first weekend in April, and a family reunion the week after that.  So…no more time to waste!  

I also joined a friendly competition at my gym where you pay $100 to participate, but the person that loses the most (based on %) during the two months it runs wins the entire pot!  Since 14 people signed up (including me), that’s $1400 at stake!  

I would love to win that, so I’m keeping track of what I’m eating and I’ll be working out a LOT!  If I stay on track, I could get to my goal within that 2 months, so that would be nice too!

Blogging Goals | Give the blog a fresh coat of paint!
As I alluded to earlier, the blog is getting a fresh coat of a paint this month!  I’m REALLY excited about this and have been working on the new design for the past couple of weeks.  I can’t quite reveal anything yet (although my email subscribers got a little sneaky peeky!), but it’s cleaner, more organized and focused, and just a whole lot prettier!

Health & Fitness | Plan to have 2 nights this month where I will UNPLUG...no computer, no phone, no social media, nothing!!!
Alright…I’m serious this month.  The blog redesign is going to take a lot of time (which I am looking forward to!), but I will need to force myself to unplug and just relax for an evening or two.  I’m hoping to release my new blog during President’s Day weekend (if not sooner!), and once that’s out…I’m going to take a night or two off to celebrate and recharge!

So friends, what are your plans for this month?  How did you do with your plans for January?  Leave me a comment and let me know!