Each month, I want to share with you all how I’m doing on my goals for 2017. I hope this post inspires you in reaching your own goals! In December I set some pretty ambitious goals for 2017 and broke them down into smaller goals for each month. I wanted to take a quick minute to share with you all my progress! If you missed my update post for March, you can read that here.
My Goals and Resolutions for 2017: March Update
Complete Courses, Webinars, and Challenges I’ve put off
Last month I completed two more courses in addition to the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge!
I was actually underwhelmed by the Make Over your Mornings Course. As an avid reader of Money Saving Mom and a fan of her work, I was disappointed to find that majority of the lessons in this course were just blog posts read aloud. I felt that the course could have been shortened to 7 days instead of 14, and was full of fluff and not a lot of the good stuff.
I did enjoy her Make Over your Evenings Course and found a lot of the lessons relevant in helping me get on track for success the night before. I still felt that her course could have been shortened to 7 instead of 14 days, but overall I thought the course was really helpful.
Here’s the courses, webinars, and challenges I’m taking this month:
Read two books
Last month, I’ve read a total of six books! Not only did I finish two books I planned to read last month, I also read a few others including:
- The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
- Jane Eyre
- Where the Wind Blows by Caroline Fyffe
- Why Not me by Mindy Kaling
- A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
- Montana Cherries by Kim Law
My favorite nonfiction book of the month was The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and would highly recommend this book to anyone who needs to change their mindset about clutter. I also enjoyed reading A Dog’s Purpose, as this is one of the first times I’ve read the book before seeing the movie! I challenged myself to read a book from a genre I’ve never read from before historical romance. Where the Wind Blows was a really awesome read and I would highly recommend this book!
Here’s what I’m reading this month:
- The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
- Wild Montana Sky by Debra Holland (after reading Where the Wind Blows I’m really excited to read this book)
Want to know what other books I’m reading this year? Check out my 2017 Book Club List here!
Schedule our Honeymoon Activities
Unfortunately, we didn’t get around to booking our honeymoon activities. Between putting together our save the dates and everything else that has been going on this month, we just didn’t get around to this yet.
No Eating out Month
While we didn’t go the entire month without eating out, we were able to significantly reduce our meals out. I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy our no eating out streak until I started noticing all of the benefits from it. We have saved so much money by not eating out, and the few meals we did have out felt more like a treat. After going a month with limited meals out, we’ve decided to continue our attempts of no eating out and see where it takes us!
Completely Minimize and Declutter our Living Room
Our goal for this month:
This month’s room is the bedroom. I’m pretty sure our bedroom is one of the largest rooms in our house so this will likely be the most challenging. As items have floated from room to room, they tend to flow right into this room. I’m excited to tackle such a large room and transform this space.
Create a Budget Binder
I created a budget binder using the Budget Binder printable from Frugal Fanatic. I hope to use this binder to track our financial goals throughout the year, but I’ve never used a binder before. For the coming months I will continue to do the weekly budget meetings with Mr. Penny Pincher on Sundays as well as tracking our spending.
Plan one special date night
This month’s date night was a Dollar Date Night. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the concept of a Dollar Date Night, it can work in a variety of ways, but this is just how we decided to do it. After stalking one of my favorite Facebook Groups (Dollar Store DIY) I was excited to find out that one of the world’s largest dollar stores was only a mere 45 minute drive away! With the weather promising for a rainy Saturday, I figured this was the perfect time to go. I create an envelope with a special message for Mr. Penny Pincher saying that he had 15 minutes and $5 to pick three different items for me. It was a really fun date, and something we’d never done before. We found a bunch of really cool things while we were there, and had fun shopping the HUGE dollar store.
Our goal for this month:
My goal for this month is to plan another special date night. I’ve been really pleased with the way these date nights have been going so far, and I can’t wait to do another one this month.