2019 Goals: March Recap

I think this is about the time that I usually start forgetting about my goals and get consumed with whatever is going on in my everyday life. It has been so empowering to still be so committed to my goals and to really feel like I am moving forward on each one every month! March was a huge month for financial milestones, and being debt-free is going to pave the way to success for so many other goals this year!

March Progress – Financial Goals

  • We are loving the debt-free life! We made our last student loan payment on March 5th and it has been so nice not having that hanging over our head.
  • We had enough money left over after the last student loan payment to put $1000 in savings and treat ourselves to a few things we have been waiting to buy.
  • Our goal for April is to put $2,500 in savings!

March Progress – Personal Growth

  • Kevin and I started a new workout plan in the middle of March that my brother created for us. I am happy to be back at the gym doing more lifting, and I have already noticed a difference in my physique after only two weeks. Check out @alex.kemper.fit on Instagram for fitness inspiration!
  • I now go to the gym 3 days a week and work out at home on the other 4 days. Kevin goes to the gym 3 days a week and plays basketball 2-3 days a week. We do yoga together every Sunday which has been really fun and entertaining.
  • I only weigh myself once a month and was a little discouraged because I only lost 1 pound in March. But, lucky for me, my scale also measures other things like body fat percentage (which decreased) and I was reminded that it’s so important to look for other ways to track your fitness progress (i.e. my jeans are continuing to get looser, my body looks more defined, and I feel amazing).
  • My work schedule changed in the middle of March as well. I now work 7am-3pm. This has been a huge positive shift for me and my days are so much more productive! I love getting to work early and being able to leave in the early afternoon, getting my workout in before dinner. I have read 4 books in the last two weeks!

March Progress – Relationships

  • Date night was reinstated this month! We went to Brewvies Cinema Pub and saw Captain Marvel (highly recommend both the movie and the pub – if you are in Utah). We also went out to dinner at the OG (Olive Garden), which was one of Kevin’s favorite places but they got rid of his favorite entree (RIP Braised Beef & Tortellini) so we may be boycotting.
  • Since my work schedule has changed, we have gotten into a better rhythm of how much time we spend together and how much time we spend doing our own thing. When we first moved in together, we liked spending time with each other so much that we inadvertently suffocated one another until someone snapped and was like, “Leave me alone.” Now, I get off work earlier than Kevin and have a couple of hours to myself before he gets home. We have also become less codependent and will do our own thing even when we are home together, in the evenings and weekends. I think we are both a lot happier with this balance.
  • I started writing in a Gratitude Journal a few weeks ago. I write three things I am grateful for in the morning and three things in the evening. This has helped me be more appreciative, not just of Kevin but all my relationships, and of everything in my life that is going well. I would highly recommend a gratitude journal even if it’s not something you write in every day. It really helps shift your mindset.

I am so excited for April. This was a perfect year for me to buckle down and really commit to achieving these goals because it is probably the least busy I have ever been in my life. I don’t have any obligations besides work and my personal life, which is a first for me. I’m not in school, I’m not working 50-60 hour weeks, I’m not playing organized sports right now, I’m not in a new relationship and planning my wedding, I don’t have kids (yet).

So really it’s the ideal time to get my shit together. Because Kevin and I will be having kids in the next few years and I believe I have heard from a few people that I will not have free time ever for the rest of my life when that happens. I will also be going back to school to get either my Master’s or PhD soon, so 2019 is this perfect window of time where I can truly focus on myself, my health, my finances, and my relationships without feeling like I am overwhelmed and drowning all the time. My M.O. is to get so busy that I can’t catch my breath, so this phase of my life is a welcome retreat from that and I am trying to make the most of that! Not by filling every one of my free hours with something to do, but being productive with my time, doing the things that matter, and taking as much time as I need to rest and relax.

If anyone is interested in contributing, Kevin and I are making an ever-growing list of all the things we need to do before we have kids. Feel free to comment any suggestions!

Published by Sami Hertel

Oregon native, current Utah resident, blogging about my adventures on lifeafteroregon.com!

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