Hello, April! I love that, at least here in central Illinois, we are starting our April with a bright and sunny day which has totally got me thinking Spring!

March was a busy month! With lots of birthday fun, Spring Break travels, unfortunate sickness, and a little bit of everything else in between, the last few weeks have seemed to come and gone in a flash. As you read on, you will notice a few of March's goals are going to need a little re-focus in April. It's actually nice, in a way; not that I missed them of course, but that I can use this lack of total completion to give them more of the time and attention they deserve this month.

I'm excited for April to get a more of this spring weather, spending more time outside, a special birthday getaway for my husband and a re-dedication to my 2019 goals. I've got big ideas when it comes to my own personal development as well as my personal training venture that I'm excited to explore further this month!

Before diving into April's mini-goals and actions, let me take a brief review of March.

March's Mini Goals/Action Steps:

~ Continue my gratitude journal throughout March as well as complete a new list in my 52 Lists book each week.
February's lack of gratitude journaling seemed to continue into March and I'm feeling the effects. I did really great up until Spring Break and then after being gone, I found it difficult to get back into my morning routine. I'm here to say it again, that I am going to refocus on this for April and work on making in a consistent practice. It truly does make a difference when I keep it up.

~ Determine and outline next steps for creating my in-home personal training business. Work with the Small Business Develop center (SBDC), register my business, develop a business/marketing plan and begin to see clients within the next two months.
I made some good headway with this goal in March. I met with the SBDC to get started on next-steps for my personal training business. I have ideas on what I need to do in the short-term so that I can begin seeing clients. As of now, I think I am still on track to get things up and running within the next two months.

~ Pick a weeknight/day for March's date night with my husband, perhaps a birthday night out! Align a babysitter and make dinner/outing reservations.
While we did not get a complete night out we did get some solo time together on my birthday while my mom watched the boys! I've already got an entire weekend getaway planned for April so things are looking good for this month.

~ Read one new self-care/self-improvement book by the end of March; read a minimum of twenty minutes per day before bed. My copy of Girl, Stop Apologizing should arrive in a couple days and I'm pumped to dive into it!
March was all about Girl, Stop Apologizing and I loved it so much! Such a great read by Rachel Hollis. If you haven't yet had a chance, definitely put this on your list!

~ Maintaining overall fitness by:
Workout five-six days per week with a mix of yoga, cardio and strength training sessions.
Check, check, check, mission accomplished.
Complete three different travel workouts while on Spring Break.
Not only did I do three travel workouts in Austin for Spring Break, I did four!
Try out a new gym, Unyoked CrossFit, for March's gym of the month blog focus.
Stepped far out of my comfort zone in March trying out Unyoked CrossFit and actually enjoyed it! You can read all about my time at Unyoked here.

~ Attend one or more social/networking event by the end of the month.
March I attended Tuesday's Together, dinner out as well as happy hour with my YMCA 5am crew and coffee with some fellow creative entrepreneurs and business women.

In support of my word of the year BRAVE, I also vowed to do one thing in March that took me outside of my comfort zone. My visit to Unyoked definitely took me pretty far outside my comfort zone but I also did a couple more fitness-related things that for so long I had been scared and/or intimated to try. After several years of first trying spin, I found myself in the cycling room in my YMCA in March and loved it so much I came back a handful more times throughout the month. I even found a cycling class on Spring Break. Also on break, I tried warmed yoga which I have wanted to try forever but could never bring myself to get it a shot. I sweat so much in a normal workout that I could not imagine purposefully working out in a 90 degree room. It was challenging for sure but not near as 'scary hard' as I thought it would be and I loved it as well!

I'm excited to turn my attention to April and outline some new action steps as it relates to my personal training business as well as focus in on my habitual goals to continue to strengthen the practice around them especiall refocusing on my gratitude journaling. Oh, and while last month was my birthday month, April is my husbands and I'm super excited for the birthday plans I've got for him!

April's Mini Goals/Action Steps:

~ Continue my gratitude journal throughout the entire month of April.

~ Determine and outline next steps for creating my in-home personal training business. Continue working with the Small Business Develop center, update logo, register my business, obtain business insurance, develop pricing, and and begin to see clients within the next two months.

~ Solidify plans for a weekend getaway for my husband's birthday.

~ Bumping this back up to two books for April...
Read two new self-care/self-improvement books by the end of April; reading a minimum of twenty minutes per day before bed.

~ Maintaining overall fitness by:
Workout five-six days per week with a mix of yoga, cardio and strength training sessions.
Complete the Illinois Half Marathan the last weekend of April.
Try out a new gym, Fit4Mom Champaign-Urbana, for April's gym of the month blog focus.

~ Attend one or more social/networking event by the end of the month.

You'll notice the above mini-goals/actions look a lot like previous months this year and that is intentional. The way I structured my 2019 goals is to have bigger picture habitual and achievement goals that I can break down each month into smaller more attainable action steps. It makes larger goals like my personal trainer venture less intimidating by breaking down smaller goals that I want to accomplish each month.

As for April's extra stretch goal to align with my word-of-the-year BRAVE, I still need to come up with one! Running the Illinois half with minimal training is definitely going to put me in my discomfortzone, but I'm already counting this within my typical fitness goals. I'm going to have to think on this one and then put it out to the world via my social platforms once I've nailed it down! More to come here...

Do you have any specific goals, mini-goals, action steps that you are working towards this month? I'd love to work together to keep each other motivated and hold each other accountable. I'd also encourage you to check out my book notes for Your Best Year Ever. This book helped me a great deal in laying out my 2019 goals and the approach I've taken to work towards achieving these goals. Let me know what you've got in store this month and let's rock out our April goals together!