April in Review

Toward the end of each month, I post a review of my goals, what I'm currently reading, a homeschool update, as well as other tidbits of information. I hope you like these monthly posts, they are usually well received. Let me know if you'd like to see other information in this roundup!

April Goals

You can find all of my 2020 goals here. Here are my April goals with updates:
  • Daily: No Phone 9-1 | For the first month tracking this goal, I'm happy with the progress I made. I started really strong, lost my groove in the middle of the month, and then mostly regained motivation to finish the month out. I found myself reaching less for my phone all throughout the day thanks to starting my day with less phone interaction.
  • Daily: Up by 7:30 | Mornings have been a big struggle for me this past month. I've actually decided that I'm going to let go of this goal for the time being. It is creating more guilt than anything else. And that's not how I like to set goals. So, I'm letting go.
  • Daily: Drink 3 water bottles | When we do school I meet this goal easily because I keep my tumbler on my desk and drink from it often. However, when we don't have school it is just not as easy. I need to establish some kind of better rhythm for drinking water on non-school days.
  • Daily: Daily Liturgy Podcast | I met this goal every day that there was a new podcast. They don't release one on Sundays. Otherwise, it was nice adding this new habit to my daily schedule. I don't yet have a set time I do it. But I'm working on that.
  • Weekly: Call someone | I met this goal each week except for the last one. I thought it was important to not become a hermit crab during this quarantine but to work on reaching out to others in the midst of all this isolation.
  • Weekly: Move my body | I accomplished this goal half of the time. Not as great as last month, but I'm still making progress here. So I'm happy with it.
  • Weekly: Family Fun or Bucket List | We did this each week! And our spring bucket list is almost done already!
  • Weekly: Spend time with each child individually | I missed one week for one child, otherwise this goal is really starting to grow momentum.
  • Weekly: Listen to a homeschool podcast | I also met this goal each week. It truly is encouraging to me to continue to have positive voices speaking into my homeschool journey.
  • Monthly: Have a date with Michael | Although it does look different, we are still trying to set aside time to spend with each other. So we ordered our favorite take out and let the kids watch a movie while we chatted over the food at the table.
  • Monthly: Read 2 chapters of The Storm-Tossed Family | I met this goal and even went above and read an extra chapter!
  • Monthly: Finish 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You | Done! And this book was really good!
  • Monthly: Finish Boundaries | Finally can move this to my "Read" shelf! It was a long book to read, but it was oh so good!!!
  • Monthly: Celebrate Kyle's Birthday | He was very happy with his simple Birthday celebration. 

Currently Reading

  • The Storm-Tossed Family | Taking this one slow and steady, like I mentioned above.
  • Try Softer | Started this one on audiobook. So far I'm really liking this book, although I am only a few chapters in.
  • How to Really Love Your Teen | I'm devouring this book. It is a very timely read for me as we've been having some difficulty with our oldest daughter. However, I am very encouraged by reading this book and the call to love our teenager well.
  • Simply Tuesday | I've had this book since it released pretty much but haven't felt the pull to read it yet, until now. 

Homeschool News

  • We are currently on our break before we start our 6th term. I was ready for the break. But I'm also ready to be done. Ha!
  • 7th-grade student struggling again. This has been an extremely difficult year for her. It has honestly been a near-constant battle to get her to care about her school work.

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