Small Goals: April 2017

Small Goals - April 2017 via Chrystina Noel

It’s about that time again where we’re talking about monthly goals. It’s been really fun setting short-term goals, they’ve turned out to be much more manageable for me that long-term goals these days. (Not sure what that says about me as a person, I might need to work on this long-term goals thing. For now, I’m going to try not to worry too much about it though.)

Let’s take a look and see how I did on my March goals –

  1. Complete the Whole30.
    Well, you all know how that turned out. I made it 16 days before I was tired of feeling hungry and being angry all the time.
  2. Clean out the fridge & pantry.
    I did this. For the most part. It wasn’t easy though, I’m not good at getting rid of food. I found a co-worker to give some of the better stuff too, but ended up throwing out a bunch of open bags of chips. (Note to self: chips and popcorn don’t go as quickly as parties as you think they’re going to go.) Hopefully I’ve learned my lesson.
  3. Meet 3 cool new people at The Lady Project Summit.
    I did this! I’ve got a small stack of business cards that I ended up with at the end of the event. After years of attending conferences, I’ve finally decided to be more strategic about people with whom I trade business cards. It’s super overwhelming to come back with a whole stack, try to remember what you said to everyone, what you liked about them – and it’s especially difficult to try to stay in touch with that many people. I think I’m going to cheat and use this goal again for this month, actually.
  4. Make some progress on the books on my nightstand. 
    I did pretty well on this one. I cleared off three magazines and two books. That said, I bought at least 2 more books. It’s at least partial progress? The stack definitely looks less likely to fall over, which is really the important part here. Maybe I’ll make it through the whole stack before the end of the year so I can start using my library card again.
  5. Take a load of stuff to Philly AIDS Thrift.
    I managed to do a final pass-through of my bedroom to come up with more stuff to get rid of. I’ve ended up with three different categories of bags: 1 for Philly AIDS Thrift, 1 for The Resource Exchange (they’ll take arts and crafts supplies), and 1 for Career Wardrobe that I will donate at The Blog Connect (they take more professional clothing and unopened toiletries). I’m feeling pretty good about this, I just need to actually find time to drop these things off. We’ll see if I can make that happen any time soon.

Not too shabby. April is a crazy month for me. It’s the month of The Blog Connect Conference, after which I’ve planned 2 weeks of vacation to try to become a sane person again. With all of that in mind, here’s what I’m going to attempt to accomplish in April:

  1. Sort out the tea situation in the kitchen.
    Have I mentioned we have a lot of tea? Like a lot a lot. And we just keep buying more. And I like rooibos teas and Ben likes green teas and that just means that you end up with a million teas. It’s taking over everything. I have a plan. I’ve purchased a stand alone, skinny, rolling spice rack that will slide between the stove and washing machine. Then I will move the spices to the spice rack, move the tea to the drawer that used to have the spices in it, and move the honey to where the tea used to be. We’ll see if that fixes the problem. Right now I just spend a lot of time knocking things over.
  2. Get a great picture of Claire.
    Claire is my cousin’s kid. She’s adorable. I’ll see her at least once in the month of April. It’s so flipping hard to get the shot you want when taking pictures of kids (She’s 15 months. Babies? toddlers? I’m out of my element here.) though. I’m motivated though. Let’s do this.
  3. Talk my cousins into doing one of those “now and then” photos.
    I don’t actually know if this is possible. When you have 6 male cousins and you’re over excited about this thing you saw on Pinterest, sometimes it’s not possible to get them all to do something. (Like coordinating any type of Christmas gift swap…) I’ve got a photo in my head. Now I just need to figure out when all 8 of us are going to be home. Thanksgiving? Christmas? Unclear.
  4. Do a better job playing hostess at The Blog Connect.
    Last year during The Blog Connect I was so worried about the logistics of the conference that I don’t actually remember meeting anyone. Shame on me. The point of hosting a conference is to host a conference. When you play hostess you greet all of your guests up front, make them feel welcome, take the time to get to know them, etc. It’s only 100 attendees. It should be possible. This year I’m hoping to do a better job delegating the day of to actually be able to have some meaningful conversations and do a much better job representing PHLbloggers.
  5. Meet 3 cool new people at Craftcation.
    Part of my two weeks of vacation after The Blog Connect is going to the Craftcation conference in Ventura, CA. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a conference where a bunch of creatives and makers get together to talk about small business and do crafts. I’m a little overwhelmed by the intensity of the schedule, but I’m really hoping to leave with meaningful connections with 3 people. (And to get to hang out with some of the lovely people I know I already love.) What are the chances I can make Emily McDowell one of those people? #dreambig

That’s the plan. I’m most worried about numbers 2 and 3. Mostly because I have no control over either one of them. Wish me luck!

I’m linking up with Nicole from Writes Like a Girl blog, so if you’re looking for a little more goal inspiration in your life, absolutely head on over to check out what everyone else has going on for the month of April.

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  • Great list of goals Chrystina. And good job on following thru on many from the previous month. I think more people can benefit from setting stg’s. As you said they’re much more manageable than ltg’s…esp. Considering not many people are apt to play the long game.

    Particularly love how you write in detail the goal and all actionable steps you’re going to take as a reminder to yourself to make it happen. Looking forward to reading ’bout your progress and connecting at TBC.


    • Thank you, thank you. I managed to do long term goals for the year before I turned 25. It was kind of a bigger picture things on 25 things to do before I turn 25. Maybe I could make the same long-term situation happen for before I turn 30. Unclear…

    • And yes! Looking forward to meeting you at The Blog Connect!

  • Your goals for this month sound great! But I have to say, I thought you were a pretty good hostess, especially for the first run of the Blog Connect. Also, I’m thinking of reaching out about a big party idea I have and could use someone with party planning skills to bounce my ideas off of

    • Thank you, thank you. More than happy to brainstorm party ideas whenever you’d like. Just let me know. And thanks, glad to hear hosting The Blog Connect went better than expected last time – I must have done an okay job keeping the constant to-do lists in my head from appearing on my face.