Tuesday, April 2, 2013

embracing april {monthly goals}

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Retrying // last month's goals.
As you read yesterday, I didn't do so great with my March goals... so I'm deeming April a re-do month.  I'm not going to get all technical with my re-do rules... but I'm wanting to keep my focus on writing some letters and finishing my photography website.  Both are important to me and I'm hoping to find time for a little penmanship and web designing in April:)

Researching // adoption grants & fundraising.
We have (for the most part) made it through the home study process of our adoption... which now means we can start investigating adoption grants, loans, and fundraising options.  From what I can tell there are many organizations and foundations out there that have made it their sole purpose to assist families with the financial aspect of adoption... the only hard part??  You have to find them... oh- and get approved.  Which means more paperwork and more waiting.  We already have a list started, but can't technically apply until we have our finalized home study in hand.  If you have any suggestions on organizations that help with adoption assistance, I would love, love, love to hear about them.

Restoring // order & routine.
I start a new job next week.  Confession: this totally freaks me out a little.  With a new job comes new hours... new co-workers... new commute... new software... just all around new everything.  I'm a little bit anxious about all the newness.  I don't always welcome change well.  And while yes, I'm a little freaked out... I'm also excited.  I'm excited about the newness.  I'm excited about a little order and routine in my life.  I'm praying that I will transition well and that my body won't completely hate me when I start waking up at 6:00am again.

Remembering // to embrace.
This goal kind of goes along with the above mentioned goal.  Our life has been anything but routine lately... and I have realized (once again) that I do not handle chaos and uncertainty well... at.all.  This month I want to remember my "one little word" that I chose at the beginning of the year... embrace. There's a reason why I chose that word.  Because I know myself all too well.  When life gets a little frazzled my tendency is to protect... not embrace.  My walls go up all too quickly... and instead of embracing life... I'm missing it.  I want to change that this month... I want to create a habit of embracing life's little moments... all of them.

What about you?  What are you focusing on this month?
In case you're interested... January goals here... February goals here... March goals here...


Connie Gomez said...

This is an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing Julia! My biggest ones are routine; regaining one and finding a job... :) Great list! I am excited about your adoption journey. So inspiring. :)

Jenna said...

New job - so exciting! And a do-over is totally okay -- it's definitely better than giving up!

Flossie said...

You may already know about this, but Steven Curtis Chapman has a foundation that helps with adoption. http://www.showhope.org/

I also think it would be cool to do a photography fundraiser. Advertise to your friends/family & tell everyone you'll do family portraits on a certain day with all of the money going towards your adoption fund. You could do 30 minute mini-sessions back to back at a park or something.

mleslie43 said...

I love your friend Flossie's idea for a fund raiser! What a great idea!

Camille said...

Good luck reaching your goals this month! Don't feel bad, I have a few I've been trying to do for months.