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Hi! I’m back, filling you in on how things went with my goals for March! If I’m being honest, I think I may have been a little overly ambitious last month. I’m not one to shy away from a challenge, but I do think that it’s possible to overcommit — and as a result, to find it difficult to do all of things you want to do and do them well. Being accountable here on the blog is great, but I’ll also admit that it might make me feel a little extra pressure to look like I’m taking on all. of. the. things. I’ve definitely taken all of this into account with my goals for April (more on that later!). Anyway, here’s what happened in March:

  • Successfully move forward with the new projects/outlets I mentioned. √ YES! It was great to have some new projects and outlets on the docket in March. One of my personal favorites was my first article for the New York Post online, which went live at the end of last week! (It was about a sweet, heroic golden retriever… it doesn’t get better than that.)
  • Break into a new outlet. √ YES! The New York Post! I also turned in an essay to a new site that (I hope) will publish soon so I can share it with you. I’ve also generated some new contacts that have me feeling really optimistic about opportunities over the next few months.
  • Finish first draft of at least two chapters of the book. Not quite… BUT, I did complete the first chapter and start the second.
  • Successfully pitch to Marie Claire, Refinery29, and Bustle. I continued having great conversations with editors at two of these three outlets in March. Even though my timing hasn’t been quite right on any of my recent pitches, I feel like I’m getting a better feel for what each one is looking for, and that’s a personal victory in itself.
  •  Finish our wedding album! Let’s just roll this one on over to April, shall we?
  • Make progress on Project Puppy.  This project has stalled a little, simply because there were so many other things that required our attention this month. Matt and I are still doing research here and there and reaching out to breeders, etc. where it makes sense, but this is such an important decision that I’m honestly not sure why I thought it was a good idea to put such a strict timeline on it.
  • Read at least 3 books. √ YES! Finally! I read The Underground Railroad (for my book club) and Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. I also listened to my first audiobook while I was driving to and from Pittsburgh last week, and I’ve decided to count it! (All the book bloggers do, right?) The Nest was awesome, and I think I would have loved it whether I’d read or listened.
  • Curb my sweet tooth. √ YES! I was more careful with my grocery shopping this month, and it really paid off. I also tried to be more intentional with my snacking.
  • Set clear boundaries for “down time.” √ YES! I spent the last week or so of March feeling under the weather, which more or less forced me to slow down a bit. Knowing how crummy it feels to push myself a little too far (I think that’s partially to blame for my getting sick!), I am going to continue making this a priority moving forward.

As I mentioned above, I think I may have set myself up for failure with some of my March goals, so I’m definitely going to keep things simpler in April. Here are my goals for the upcoming month:

  • Finish first draft of three chapters of the book. Just keeping chugging with this one, right? Now that I’m out of the outlining process and in a better rhythm with the actual writing, this feels doable.
  • Successfully pitch another article to the New York PostI had such a great experience writing my first story, and I can’t wait to do another!
  • Read at least 3 books. I’m trying to make reading more of a priority (especially as it relates to that whole “down time” concept I already mentioned). Now that I remember how good it feels to be back in my reading routine, I want to keep it up.
  • Finish our wedding album! It’s gotta happen.
  • Move ahead with new project/outlet leads. There are a few new articles/contacts brewing in the very early stages. I want to keep those moving in April.
  • Meet half of my fundraising goal for the Brooklyn HalfThis year, I’ve decided to run my half marathon to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand, which is Matt and my favorite organization (we hosted a cookie swap in December to raise money for them, as well). My goal is to donate $1000 to Alex’s after the race on May 20, so I’d like to raise about half of that this month. Check out this link if you want to learn more about how to contribute! I would so appreciate anything you can give to this amazing cause : )
  • Work on a new creative/craft project. Writing is, of course, a creative outlet in itself, but since it’s now my work, I think it’s also important that I’m pursuing projects just for fun! I had so much fun doing DIY last year for our wedding, and I think it would be good for me to take a trip to the craft store again.

What are your goals for April? Fill me in with a comment below!