Progress not perfection. That about describes my March! But since you all have been motivating me to reach my goals, whether you know it or not, I wanted to give you a peek into where I’m at currently. So here is my March progress update on my goals for 2018. And then later I would love to hear about some of you successes or misses, so don’t think you’re off the hook!!
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March Progress Update on My Goals for 2018
OK, do you want the good news or the tragic news first?
Well, if we were sitting down together over coffee and dessert, in typical Miranda fashion you would probably hear me bewail my tragic defeat first! I can’t help it! I tend to see problems first. But that can make me that good friend who you can’t try to sneak and act like everything is fine with either!
Health/ Wellness Goals
Well, I fell off the exercise wagon! Part was life just became even busier in March and part of it was ME! Read here about my love /hate relationship with exercise. Argh! I felt like I wasn’t making much progress in getting stronger physically . I mean why keep trying…so I stopped walking, or using the elliptical or yoga for 2 1/2 weeks!
And you know what happened? I started realizing that I felt tense all over. I could feel the tension I was holding in my body. And I woke up with headaches several days in a row which had not happened in a long time.
It took me several days, but then I had one of those light bulb moments where I realized that, “Hmmm…maybe exercising really does help, even if I think it isn’t!” Brilliant…I know!
So I’m back to walking. I feel better and the dog is happier! And though I feel a little sheepish to have given up, it was really helpful to see that my body does benefit.
And thanks to you all, because after all I have to be walking the walk (hehee), I picked back up my walking so much quicker.
It can be hard to jump back in when we feel like we didn’t do something perfectly.
But instead of waiting 2 months to get back to exercising, it was only 2 1/2 weeks! Yay! So I would like to give a big shout out to all my readers (or maybe just a little shout-out as I’m out of breath from walking)!!
In March, I read The House That Cleans Itself by Mindy Starns Clark and wrote about the book here. Such an enlightening book on cleaning and how to create a home that truly functions well for your family and your personality! Great encouragement for those that feel like a failure because they aren’t “organized enough.” Clark shatters such myths and walks you through your whole house step by step to discover how to create a home that works for YOU!
Just for fun I read Mary Higgins Clark new book with Alafair Burke called Every Breathe You Take. This is part of her Under Suspicion Series which I have really enjoyed. The book centers around the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York which adds a little flair of the dramatic! Mary Higgins Clark writes great mysteries that are clean and have a classic feel to them as if Audrey Hepburn is one of the characters.
Little Red and I have also been reading Bound for Oregon written by Jean Van Leeuwen about an actual girl who traveled along the Oregon trail in the mid 1800’s. I love most books about the settlers during the Westward Movement so I am really liking this one. It feels a little like a Laura Ingalls Wilder book.
Purchase Farm Equipment
The big news around the farm is the tractor we recently purchased. It was a huge nerve-wracking decision. But Country Boy located a tractor in Pennsylvania that was owned by a farmer that could no longer farm. His wife was very happy to find the new tractor a home, and we were very pleased when the tractor arrived.
Just a funny side note, I’m standing in the kitchen while Country Boy is on the phone talking to the farmer’s wife. “Would you mind walking outside and starting up the tractor so I can hear it run? The sound of the engine will tell me a lot,” He said to the farmer’s wife.
Ummm, What!! Apparently I am NOT fluent in tractorese because that wouldn’t have told me much!! He is so cute when he talks country talk!!
Also we signed 2 additional farming contracts which is a big WIN! It is a big scoop to be able to find land to rent and farm.
For the first half of the year, I committed to growing my audience on my blog and Strengthening personally and as a blogger. I felt like March was very successful!
I completed the 4 Week Live Blog Coaching course. The course was so good and just the fresh inspiration I needed. I loved the weekly Facebook Lives and all the daily check-ins. Crystal Paine of Your Blogging Mentor did an amazing job and as always delivers way more than anticipated! And it was so nice to meet so many new bloggers:)
Having the weekly assignments allowed me get some movement in areas that I had felt a little stuck in such as growing my audience, monetizing and thinking more creatively! One of the assignments on the 4 Week Live Blog Coaching course was to relook at our business schedule. So after evaluating how much time I need to devote to each task I reworked a new schedule that I’m going to try for 2 weeks. Do you work best when you have some accountability too?
It was also fun to see growth this past month on The Reluctant Cowgirl!! WooHoo!
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When you share a post on Facebook or Pinterest, I can see an immediate boost in traffic! If you like or comment on a post on the blog or on Facebook it gets shared with so many more people. And your likes and comments also helps me to see what you all want more of in the future. So I truly appreciate when you spread the word!! Thank You!
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So what has been working for you? Any changes or tweaks to your schedule or your habits?
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Samantha M says
I’m so comforted by the fact that I’m not the only one who didn’t mean their personal fitness goals for March. Ugh! Tomorrow I’m getting back on the horse so to speak. I loved and needed your honesty. Thank you!
I’m glad that I could encourage you in some small way as I was by your kind words:)
What a great idea Miranda, I need to do something like this for myself. And by the way, my exercise routine is also non-existent at the moment – and I am also feeling it. I used to do so much and now feel I can’t do any of it – I’m going to take a leaf out of your back and get back to plain simple walking with the dog for a bit. X
Yes, walking is 100% dog approved!!Oh good…it is nice to do something for ourselves every now and then!
Misty | Simple organized lifestyle says
Love the quote and I so need to get on ANY exercise plan and we’ve had some beautiful weather- I have no excuse! Need to check out your book recommendations, thanks Miranda!
Heather BeE says
Congratulations on getting back into walking! I’m glad you were able to figure out that they were helping and hope your headaches have been helped by them. I had to laugh at your comment about Matt and his tractorese;) And Nessa and a I really enjoyed Bound for Oregon when we read it many years ago.