It’s that time again! A new month means a new set of intentions to guide me through the next 31 days. This time, I wrote them out as declarative statements, or goals, that include my “why.” Lately, I think I’ve lost my motivation to stay on track: my morning and evening routines, my technology boundaries, and commitments to my intentions. February was a bit of an ebb and flow, so I’m looking to March to be more clear for me.
1.) I successfully manage my free time…
I declared this as one of my yearly focuses is time management. Sometimes I let the day get away from me, and I know I do that. But this year is different for me – I’m clearer on my personal vision and I know what aspects of my life I want to focus on. Yet I don’t always prioritize those or live like those are my commitments. So here’s what I plan to accomplish with more structured free time:
- Support my blog: with more posts, regular traffic, and email lists
- Grow my We Are Well community: online and in person connections
- Acquire & execute more freelance projects (if you need some writing or marketing done, I’m here!)
- Increase my influence and impact on others
I’m finally committed to creating something with this blog and my Instagram, and that my voice can make an impact. So, if I feel that way, then now is the time to make it happen! And I know a bit more structure and planning ahead is what I need to get myself going.
2.) I reconnect with my boyfriend through new & intentional dates…
I think I understand what couples mean when they say that marriage or long-term relationships are HARD WORK. Not that I didn’t know that, but this year we learned what that looked like and how it felt. And let me say that I felt a lot; I think we both did and honestly still are.
To no one’s fault, it seemed to just happen. And one day, we realized that we were just living our own lives separately and had lost this sense of connection that came so easily for us before. We probably got so settled in our own routines separate of one another because our schedules are the opposite. We also use our down time differently too – I interface with thousands of people a week working in retail, so I like to have my alone time. He is pretty isolated at work, so he likes to fill his down time with things to do.
So, without getting to deep into it, we decided that it’s time to put some intention behind the connection. We committed to organizing 2 dates a month; 1 that I pick and 1 that he pick. This way we can make sure to enjoy an activity the other likes too. We tried this out for the first time on Sunday and it went really well!
This weekend we visited Dallas Contemporary and it was so fun! Since neither of us had been there, it felt nice to discover something new together. My boyfriend has a degree in fine arts so it was exciting to see him light up like that. We both flexed our creativity muscles a bit and had a different type of conversation as it sparked different thoughts and curiosities within us. And it’s free! Visit their website if you’d like more info, but I highly recommend if you’re looking to do something different in Dallas [pictures below].
3.) I am intentional with where and how I spend my money…
A little over a year ago, my boyfriend and I started saving to hit a big goal of ours and THIS month, if everything goes according to plan, I’ll hit my portion of the savings goal 3 months early! And the idea is to keep saving up to our timeline. Honestly, this will be the hardest but coolest and one of my greatest accomplishments to date.
My biggest takeaway from this experience of saving such a large sum of money monthly is that I can save more than I thought I could. I used to think that I need to make more money (which I definitely could to and would like that, don’t get me wrong). But what I really needed to do and could do immediately, was look at my current spending power and reevaluate what I actually need.
I plan to stay on track this month and the next 3 to ensure I go past my goal, maintain zero credit card debt, and continue to live frugally. This process has had lots of ups and downs emotionally, but overall it’s been worth it. And I can’t believe I’m doing it.
Alright, that’s it for these intentions! I’ll write a mid-week update to help me stay focused and hopefully keep some of you accountable too. Check out my post in IG at @lizziesomabut and let me know what intentions you’re working on this month!