Monthly Goals for May 2016

I set monthly goals to define what I want to accomplish, to stay focused, and to keep goals attainable. Come link up your goals every month! You can start out with your monthly goals for May!

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2016 has been an incredibly busy year for me thus far, and April was no exception! I maybe squeaked by with a D- on my April goals for 2016.

I DID finish sewing the curved seams for Lily’s quilt – instead of writing this post on Saturday!

Mike and I enjoyed a couple of mini dates building our Parisian restaurant LEGO set. It is a very fun set to build – they have build some incredible details into the design! I am still doing pretty well with spending one-on-one time with the kids.

Emma got a LOT of one-on-one time with me at SNAP! I highly recommend going to a conference with your tween if you get the opportunity! It meant that I spent a lot of time in the hands-on workshops instead of the blog strategy sessions, but I’m okay with that. Most of the strategy information is available online, and with my very limited blogging schedule I ignore a lot of strategy advice anyway. We sewed these shirts, Emma sewed the scarf she is wearing, and we both started on a fabric bucket that we need to finish at home.

Johnny and I have been drawing together.

Lily mostly focused on cuddle time this month, but she is ready for another craft project.

Anna gets a lot of alone time with me while the three older kids are a in school. She enjoys going to local parks, playing with dolls, and reading books. Best Friends in Fairyland is her current favorite read. It is a cute story, but I confess that I frequently switch up the text just to keep things interesting. She doesn’t mind.

I watched another lecture for the illustration class I am taking. I’ve decided to just watch all the lectures and then go back through and try the actual exercises the second time through.

April goal fails: I didn’t make much progress on personal photo editing. I did get paid photo shoot edits done in good time. That is, of course, tied to not catching up on personal photo editing. Thankfully I love doing the paid shoots. I did not make a photo book. I really need to, because we only have one book made with photos of Lily, and NONE with photos of Anna. This goal needs fixing for May.

Monthly Goals for May 2016

Mike has work trips, but the kids and I are home for all of May! I am hoping that this will help me get ALL of my goals done. I am also trying to set goals carefully to make this happen. Here are my monthly goals for May 2016. Focus areas are in italics.

  • Make at least one photo book – and work on this goal for 45 minutes on Sunday afternoons. Working on it during the week as well is great, if I can make the time. Gratitude and mindful living.
  • Edit personal photos for at least 15 minutes every week day. Anna enjoys watching me edit photos for short stretches of time, so we can work on this goal together. Mindful living and gratitude.
  • Square up the sewn rectangles for Lily’s quilt so they are ready to be pieced together. Learning.
  • Have the kids write thank you letters to their teachers. This is their last month of school! We are so very excited for summer vacation, and also incredibly grateful for the amazing teachers my children have had for the 2015-16 school year. Gratitude.

What are your monthly goals for May 2016?

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MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

10 thoughts on “Monthly Goals for May 2016”

  1. My goals consist of doing a second hand sale to clear out space that is taken up by unwanted items. I also want to do some creative projects for one of our guest housing accommodations.

  2. It is the last month of school for us too. We are working on teacher gifts as well. I like that you make photo books for each of your children.

  3. Elisa | blissful E

    My May goal is to have a baby! :D I thought he or she would be born in April… (Clearly this isn’t actually a goal since I have no control over when it happens, but it’s pretty much the only thing I’m thinking about right now!)

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