I’m pretty sure February was my month of saying, “I’ll do that later.”
I started my second semester of my second year at college! February challenged me to motivate myself to put effort into assignments, get into a steady routine for my habits, and prioritize my work-school-social lives. Blogging definitely got left behind on that train. I tried to keep my Instagram stories updated weekly since I didn’t have time to sit down and write a blog post. March will definitely be similar, so be prepared for another month hiatus! *silently cries in corner from lack of blogging*
Despite my crazy schedules, I did stick to most of my goals pretty well compared to how I would have done past semesters. Let’s jump right into the updating!
workout twice a week
I have indeed been working out twice a week, easily! My class schedule has about a three-hour time gap on Mondays and Wednesdays from my last daytime class before my night classes start. During this time, I head to the gym for about a 45-minute elliptical workout. On Wednesdays, I go with a friend and catch up with her while we buddy workout. Going with a buddy has definitely pushed me to keep working out multiple times a week. I definitely recommend finding someone you trust to go with to the gym to start if you are feeling hesitant or nervous!
Most Sundays I will take time to do either a group yoga class on-campus or follow along to a YouTube video at home. If you are just beginning and want to see if you’ll like yoga, I definitely recommend following Yoga With Adriene on YouTube!
I’m hoping in March to expand my workouts to try out some of the other gym equipment besides ellipticals. If you have any tips or videos or ideas where I should start, comment below!
read the Bible
I’m going to be completely honest: I did not read the Bible everyday. I did, however, manage to read at least once if not twice a week a devotional from Little Faith Blog‘s Little Bible Plan or a devotional from the YouVersion Bible app. I definitely want to do better in March, but I’m still proud of how much I did read in February. In past years, I would barely pick up the Bible (if at all) during the school year.
In March, I am going to try and do the Little Bible Plan again as well as a devotional on the YouVersion app that the middle school ministry at my church is doing in a series right now, and hopefully get some of the girls from the small group I lead to join in!
read 40 books
In February, I read 2 books! I read American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (graphic novel) and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, both books for my literature classes. I have a lot of books to read in March, including The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, and a few others. Audiobooks will definitely also be added in my April monthly post! If you want to see more about which books I’m currently reading, make sure to add me on Goodreads!
write a 35k word story
I have no idea when this will become a priority on my goal list, but February was not the month. March probably won’t be the month either despite spring break. I still want to write a 35,000 word story in 2019, but I think I may have to wait until summer because of how many reading assignments I have for this semester.
establish an emergency fund
My emergency fund is not where I want it to be right now, but I am hoping to hit the minimum amount by mid-March. I’m only a few dollars away right now. I forgot about paying to send in taxes and then had to pay some other unexpected bills. I’m excited to be able to check this goal as complete next month, though!
follow a financial plan
I have still been following the 50-20-30 plan pretty well. My goal from January to spend more on cooking and less on eating out has been going well. I tend to eat out maybe once a week, if that. I tend to like cooking my meals ahead (meal prepping for the win!) and have flexibility with the flavors. If you follow me on Instagram, I shared a grocery haul in February (Look under the ‘Living’ highlight.) I usually find I have money left over from eating out less each week to help bump up next week’s budget!
Just like my writing goal, my gratitude journal is non-existent. I have been thinking about maybe creating a board somewhere in my room for me to write small notes of gratitude on to see each day. I will keep you updated on this goal!
buy less Starbucks
I adapted my goal in January from buying less Starbucks to downsizing the size of my drinks. In February, I definitely only bought grande drinks! I did not go less by any means. I have a school schedule where my first class is at 8 am, and my work schedule lately has me being in at 7 am. My need for caffeine has only grown stronger, but I am slowly trying to get my body used to drinking more water for energy instead of the dehydrating caffeine. I usually find myself wanting Starbucks when I’m tired (aka dehydrated) instead of reaching for water.
I did not keep mental track of this goal very well in February. I think I did find myself complaining a few times, but I also tried on giving other people a positive twist on their complaints. I mainly complained on Wednesdays when I worked out with my friend since I always feel stressed from school. I want to bring this back to the forefront of my mind again in March.
Now onto the part where I forgot to keep track of different reading challenges:
a year of epic reads
I honestly have no idea what the monthly challenge for February was and I cannot find it anywhere. I also can’t seem to find the monthly challenge for March anywhere. If anyone has like a master list of the monthly challenges, please send it my way!
beat the backlist
The two books I read in February are both backlist titles, but alas I forgot to add them to the house challenges for points. I will definitely be reading backlist titles in March as well, so I will be adding in all the titles for this month!
popsugar reading challenge
I think I need to print out or put the list in my bullet journal because I can’t keep track of the prompts. I don’t see the two books I read in February fitting any of the prompts, so I will say I didn’t do any of them this month.
Sorry for the kind of dry post, but I wanted to give you an update as to how I am doing! I’m hoping to do a bit more in March, so keep an eye on my Instagram (@themisscharleyblog + @themisscharley) for updates. I can’t guarantee getting another post up in March, but I will try my hardest!
I am also adding a goal for Lent: eat no desserts/sweets! I have found myself eating way too many sweets lately, and I think Lent is the perfect time to turn to healthier choices!
Thank you for reading all the way to the end! 1000 gold stars for you!
How are your 2019 goals coming? Have you had to restart any of them? Do you give anything up for Lent? Give me tips for March!
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