March Recap + April Goals

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March always seems long to me because it is in the middle of busy season, and when it starts to get pretty outside, I really just want to do more with Devin.  That being said, Devin has been working until 2 AM for weeks.  I’m grateful for our weekends together, but it just kind of stinks sometimes.  I’ve been keeping busy though by getting bit by the spring cleaning bug.  I’ve really been organizing, cleaning, and purging a lot.  I still feel a little overwhelmed with the amount of things I have on my to-do list, but I’m proud of my accomplishments here.  I’ve loved seeing friends get bit by the purging bug too and having them send me photos of their piles- the best!

HIGHS

We bought tickets to Ireland for $380 a person after tax.  This still completely and absolutely baffles me.  We’ve never had this much time to plan for a trip before and there are seriously so many dang options!!

Flights to Ireland round trip from $380 after tax? You better believe we each bought one today. I am so, so excited!

Below is our phone nook in our kitchen that began the crazy purging cycle for me.  I love the way it is decorated now!  This then funneled into my closet being very organized.  I talked about it in this post here and it sure is making picking out outfits I love a million times easier.  We got rid of 200 items from our closet which is both surprising and very satisfying.

The spring cleaning and purging bug has hit bad this year for me. I've been going through every room, one by one, and getting rid of stuff or updating it a little bit. I've also asked people to be my accountability partner and come look at all of our bedrooms by the 20th. Ya know, because I'm socially motivated to not have the "behind closed doors" rooms in my home look like an episode of hoarders. When I told Devin that, he thought I was joking. Friends, this is not a drill. #autumnnests

I also bought a Bissell steam mop/vacuum combo and have been going to town on our kitchen and bathroom tile.  I will say that I justified the price of buying this product because everyone said it did fine on their hardwoods.  I did a test strip in our hallway though and I will not be using this on my hardwoods.  Even though our hardwood floors are sealed, the texture felt very odd after I steamed it very quickly on a low setting and Devin noticed it immediately without me saying anything when he got home; I ended up waxing the hallway floor and it feels back to normal.  However, I hate mopping and this has helped me get a lot of very deep stains out of our 1960s bathroom tile so I will say win-win!

LOWS

Sometimes I get sad about how little I make at my job.  This month I really felt like I questioned a lot of what was doing.  I really had to write out some pros and cons this month while my job felt a little harder.  What I came down to every time?  I am contributing, I am making some money, I’m doing a great job at my job (you can always learn more with teaching though), and I have more flexibility than I probably would in any other career.  I wrote about my journey in becoming an ESL teacher, something I am very passionate about, but I had all of the feels this past month.

MY FAVORITES

  • I love this post by Franish on being an average-sized fashion blog.  I have loved her blog for a few years and with my recent closet reorganization, I’ve found myself following a lot more clothing blogs in our budget range.  I fully plan on replacing my items with nicer quality peices and blogs like this one help me come up with ideas!
  • I love this series by Kat about how to build the perfect capsule wardrobe.  I’m still on the fence if this is something I will do or not, but she really breaks everything down into easy to follow steps.  Plus, I think her graphics are very cute 🙂 .
  • Seeing a theme here with clothes and organization?  Well, here is another.  I love this post about decluttering your fantasy self.  Essentially, get rid of the things you think should define you in your home so that you can just keep the stuff you actually use.  I have a very limited amount of crafting supplies, but this post had me kind of scratching my head on how much of it I will keep.
  • I loved this post by Blair about the things her and her husband don’t do in order to save money.  I really related to it a lot because we are respectively 28 and 30, but we are just now entering a “non-student” type of lifestyle.  We knew I wanted to do grad school, that we didn’t want any debt, but we’ve sacrificed a lot for that and we haven’t had many extras.  Traveling has been our one vice, albeit, one we saved for and paid for in cash.

Now for goals 🙂 …

Reviewing goals from March:

  • Read 31 chapters of scripture, 10 church talks, and go to the temple 1 time
    I’m lowering this goal and working back up to it.
  • Purge every room in our house to simplify more
    I have gotten rid of a lot of stuff, but I still have a lot of room to go.
  • Exercise 15 times
    Nope, but I kept pretty busy with cleaning.
  • Read 3 books
    I read three awesome books here.

Goals for April

  • Spend 30 minutes doing something spiritual a day.
  • Spend 30 minutes doing something active a day.
  • Spend 30 minutes doing maintenance cleaning everyday.
  • Continue purging every room in our house to simplify more.
  • Read 3 books
  • Sell my grad school textbooks that I know I will not use again.

What were some high and lows for you in March?  What is a goal you have for April?

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  • My low salary as a teacher also got me down frequently. I felt so discouraged when I’d work a 60-hour week, only to get a paycheck that barely even covered our basic necessities (when I was the sole breadwinner). Teaching is such a hard profession, and only those who have been in the trenches can really understand that, I think. Kudos to you for sticking with it though! I know you’re making a difference.

    • Teachers in Georgia get paid a little bit more than where you’re from and our mortgage isn’t much more than our student housing apartment was in Utah. That being said, I didn’t quit public school teaching because of the pay, but rather the hours and the work environment. My last year was really bad. Currently, I make little more hourly than I did at a customer support job in college working at a for-profit ESL center. The difference is that now I have a master’s degree…ahhh! I love that I only work 8 hours a week, but the pay is very discouraging sometimes.

      Thanks for your love from a fellow teacher. I know you know exactly what I’m talking about!

  • My low salary as a teacher also got me down frequently. I felt so discouraged when I’d work a 60-hour week, only to get a paycheck that barely even covered our basic necessities (when I was the sole breadwinner). Teaching is such a hard profession, and only those who have been in the trenches can really understand that, I think. Kudos to you for sticking with it though! I know you’re making a difference.

    • Teachers in Georgia get paid a little bit more than where you’re from and our mortgage isn’t much more than our student housing apartment was in Utah. That being said, I didn’t quit public school teaching because of the pay, but rather the hours and the work environment. My last year was really bad. Currently, I make little more hourly than I did at a customer support job in college working at a for-profit ESL center. The difference is that now I have a master’s degree…ahhh! I love that I only work 8 hours a week, but the pay is very discouraging sometimes.

      Thanks for your love from a fellow teacher. I know you know exactly what I’m talking about!

  • I cleaned my closet out over the weekend and it felt AMAZING. I’m not doing a pure capsule wardrobe, but I am definitely using concepts to keep my clothing not only to a minimum, but also to things that I know I’m going to actually wear.

    • It has been super helpful for me to see and evaluate everything I have in my closet. I had so many worn out clothes or ones with stains that I was stuck on making work. They just didn’t though! It has been awesome to see some young women at church love the items too! 🙂

  • I cleaned my closet out over the weekend and it felt AMAZING. I’m not doing a pure capsule wardrobe, but I am definitely using concepts to keep my clothing not only to a minimum, but also to things that I know I’m going to actually wear.

    • It has been super helpful for me to see and evaluate everything I have in my closet. I had so many worn out clothes or ones with stains that I was stuck on making work. They just didn’t though! It has been awesome to see some young women at church love the items too! 🙂

  • So jealous of your Ireland tickets!

    My husband and I purged SO much in March to prepare for our move this past weekend. 😀

    • Good luck with your move!! Moving definitely does that!! We’ve been in our house for 4 years this summer which makes since why things are starting to get piled up.

      I still can’t believe the Ireland tickets happened!

  • So jealous of your Ireland tickets!

    My husband and I purged SO much in March to prepare for our move this past weekend. 😀

    • Good luck with your move!! Moving definitely does that!! We’ve been in our house for 4 years this summer which makes since why things are starting to get piled up.

      I still can’t believe the Ireland tickets happened!

  • Those Ireland tickets, what a deal! Wherabouts are you going? I’ve only ever been to Dublin. Good luck with your April goals!

    • I would love your suggestions in Dublin! We are still figuring out what we are doing there. There is so much to see in Ireland that it is kind of insane to figure out what exactly we’re going to do!!

      • Castles! And always the city sightseeing bus in Dublin because it helps you choose where you want to visit later. Phoenix Park and the Book of Kells are unmissable.

  • Those Ireland tickets, what a deal! Wherabouts are you going? I’ve only ever been to Dublin. Good luck with your April goals!

    • I would love your suggestions in Dublin! We are still figuring out what we are doing there. There is so much to see in Ireland that it is kind of insane to figure out what exactly we’re going to do!!

      • Castles! And always the city sightseeing bus in Dublin because it helps you choose where you want to visit later. Phoenix Park and the Book of Kells are unmissable.

  • What wonderful goals and progress made! It’s okay to have doubts and concerns too. That’s how we grow. I just want to say, I would tick off some boxes towards your exercise goal for cleaning! I think that can be a real work out! I get so many steps on a deep cleaning day. I also love that when you track exercise on MyFitnessPal it has a category for cleaning, no joke. That mean it must be legit. 😉

    • This is a really good point and I think you’re right! Cleaning is hard work 😵 and I definitely broke a sweat from it! I sent you an email after I read your post, but it might be an old one because I found it on your old blog.

  • What wonderful goals and progress made! It’s okay to have doubts and concerns too. That’s how we grow. I just want to say, I would tick off some boxes towards your exercise goal for cleaning! I think that can be a real work out! I get so many steps on a deep cleaning day. I also love that when you track exercise on MyFitnessPal it has a category for cleaning, no joke. That mean it must be legit. 😉

    • This is a really good point and I think you’re right! Cleaning is hard work 😵 and I definitely broke a sweat from it! I sent you an email after I read your post, but it might be an old one because I found it on your old blog.

  • Ireland is on my list to see one day, that’s such a great deal that you got on flights!

  • Ireland is on my list to see one day, that’s such a great deal that you got on flights!