I feel like April is about to take me on a crazy ride. Weddings, nursery prep, family vacation, baby prep, childbirth classes, and finishing everything I possibly can before maternity leave arrives on May 10th. I have a whole lot of “to do’s,” but I have to ask myself, what exactly are my goals?

One definition of a goal is “an aim or desired result.” My aim or desired result at the end of April is to have a clutter free home, to have made huge progress on my new branding, to have successfully photographed 2 beautiful weddings and several sessions, to have the nursery finished, and to be in “wrap up mode” by the beginning of May.

I have to keep that desired result in my mind, or I will get overwhelmed and won’t stick to it. But in order to really accomplish those goals, I need to break them down to a more practical level.

April Goals

Read 12 in 12 : Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth and The Power of a Praying Parent
Photograph an editorial shoot for Southern Weddings Magazine
Dive into wedding season : photograph 2 weddings
Spend a long weekend in Beaufort with Will
Complete our Birth Classes
Stay current with assignments for NRP’s new branding (It’s always tough to balance the urgent v. important. This is super important, but not urgent, hence it needs to be on my goals.)
Take a vacation to the beach with my family and celebrate my cousin’s wedding
Begin the great de-clutter of 2015 in the Ray household:
Clean out our closet
Clean out our dressers + bedside tables
Clean out our garage
Run or exercise 2-3x / week

Here’s to a productive, fantastic April!

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Yay Nancy!! You can do it! Cheering you on!! :)

May will be here before you know it, but it definitely sounds like you’re preparing to have a fun, productive, and intentional month between now and sweet baby Ray’s arrival!! I’ve been sharing about your Contentment Challenege, by the way, with my small group & trying to challenge each other to fit it into our lives (something I’ve been adapting into my life for years)!

I’ve shared my April goals on my blog –

Yay for making way for Baby Ray! I did a lot of simplifying and decluttering in March and it is an incredible breath of fresh air to usher in the warmer weather. I put Essentialism by Greg McKeown on my reading list too for further encouragement to keep simplifying

My aunt is moving to Beaufort. It’s such a pretty place. We are currently decluttering our home as well. Have you read The Art of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo? It inspired me so much to simplify.

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