Tuesday, February 2, 2016

My February Goals

Can you believe it's already February?! It's crazy to me that we're already a month into 2016. Time flies!

As I mentioned in this post and in this post, 2016 is going to be all about focus for me, and about delighting in being a student. To help myself grow in these ways, I'm going to start setting concrete, baby-steps goals for myself in some key areas of my life. This will include monthly goals, which I've decided I will share here on the blog, partially to hold myself accountable and also in hopes that it will help or encourage you in your goals too!

So here are my goals for this brand new month ~ my academic, personal, and spiritual goals for February.

School goals:
(1) Work on my thesis for 90 minutes every day.
I'm only a junior, but one of the junior-level literature classes requires us to, essentially, write our thesis for the literature major. So guys, I'm writing my thesis this semester (yikes)! I have so much work to do for it over the next two months, from researching, to analyzing poems, to researching some more, to writing a 20-page paper, to presenting and defending that paper. That said, I've decided that I need to devote time to my thesis every single day. Thus, I'm aiming to spend at least an hour and a half a day working on it (or more time when I can).

(2) Stay on top of readings.
This is crucial for me this semester. I'm taking two literature classes and two theology classes, so needless to say, I have a LOT of reading this semester. Since reading is one of those things that I tend to fall behind on (because I'm both a slow reader and a procrastinator ~ bad combo), I'm determined to do my readings consistently ~ one assignment at a time, as it is due, for all of my classes ~ to stay on top of readings and not get behind.

Personal goal: Limit my spending.
I don't have a lot of money to spare anyways, so I don't spend much money as it is. But nonetheless, I want to shrink even the amount I do spend. I'm currently saving up and paying for a big trip that I have coming up this summer (which I promise to reveal on the blog sometime soon), so I need to hang onto as much money as I possibly can. So, this month I'm going to limit my trips to the coffee shop and the vending machine, and ban myself from any shopping that is not necessary or essential.

Spiritual goal: Discern and stick to my Lenten resolutions.
I can't believe that Lent starts next week ~ wasn't it just Christmas like, yesterday?! But Lent does indeed begin next week, and so my spiritual goal for this month is twofold. In the next week or so leading up to Ash Wednesday, I'm going to discern what Lenten sacrifices + practices will best help me to grow spiritually this Lent and prepare for Christ's passion, death, and resurrection. Then from Ash Wednesday and beyond, I will put my Lenten resolutions and sacrifices into action with a disciplined, willing, and penitential spirit.

What are your goals for this month?

God bless,


  1. These are such good goals! I'm a such a slow reader too and I can't wait to hear about your trip in the summer! :)


    1. Thanks, Alexandra! :) Slow readers unite!!! Haha.

  2. Hi Stephanie! Our family is also limiting our spending and tracking expenses as our one and only (new) goal this year. It's great that you're starting young. Lent is next week! Yikes. I always want to plan some simple Lenten activities with my sons - I may do that this week! Visiting from #withgritandgrace

    1. Hi Angela! That's a great goal - we all can always improve on tracking our spending and expenses. Have fun planning Lenten activities for your sons - I hope your family has a blessed and fruitful Lent!
      Thanks for stopping by! :)

  3. Great goals! I will probably be limiting my spending more this month as well. It's always a good lesson on frugality (at least for me, ha!). :)

  4. So wise to track your spending! It is amazing what you learn when you do that. Thanks for sharing with us!

  5. So happy to stumble across your blog :) LOVE the goals your setting and your heart for the LORD!

    1. Thank you so much, Nessa! :) So glad you stopped by!


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