Five Small Goals [March]

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Back in February I decided that each month I was going to focus on accomplishing five small goals. I’m much better at small goals than I am at big, hairy ones so breaking it down this way is more fun for me!

But, before we get to my goals for March, how’d I do in February?

  1. Do our taxes – Yes! I finished these on Sunday evening. And thank goodness for paying student loan interest. That put us over the edge from owing money to getting a refund!
  2. Buy my personal training certification study materials – Yep, yep. These are purchased! Should be here any day now. Then the fun really begins, right?
  3. Read at least one book – I finished The Girl on the Train. What did I think? You’ll just have to wait for my review on Sincerely, Jennie! I also tried to start The Language of Flowers but wasn’t in the mood.
  4. Try a new restaurant – I actually tried two! Yes, we went to RPM Steak for Jason’s birthday. It was quite good, but, I have to say, if you like really fancy steak places then I would recommend Bavette’s. But the bar at RPM Steak is amazing for people watching.
  5. Schedule at least one happy hour with friends – The second new-to-me restaurant I tried was because I scheduled a happy hour to check out the newest pizza place in my ‘hood with two friends, therefore crossing off this goal. We went to Forno Rosso. Two thumbs up from these girls!

Well, look at that! I accomplished everything on my list! So, what do I want to accomplish in March?


  1. Try a new recipe – I’m pretty good about trying new things and I recently pinned this Egg Roll Stir Fry that I want to make. I save my experimenting for weekends, though, so this might have to wait for a week or two.
  2. Not overschedule myself – Why is it that some weeks you have nothing and other weeks everyone wants to schedule something? I try to limit my after work activities to one night a week but sometimes it’s hard to skip things. I’m going to use this goal to focus on talking with Jason about attending things before I say yes. Which, I fully admit, I have a tendency to do.
  3. Set some personal training studying goals – Is it silly to have a goal to set some goals? My materials haven’t arrived yet so I don’t really know what to expect. But I want to actually crack them open and not let them sit. So, a goal to set goals it is!
  4. Read at least one book – I went on a book reserving spree at the library and, of course, they all came in at once. I’d like to read at least one of them!
  5. Learn to make a pie – For Christmas I gave my mom the Hoosier Mama Pie Company cookbook and promised to come make pie with her. Guess what I’m doing this weekend?

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13 replies on “Five Small Goals [March]

  1. Mike

    This is a great idea Erin! I love it! I should make my own list of goals that I wish to accomplish each month. It would help me to better focus my time as I’m all about time management.
    Oh, and if you’re doing the one book a month thing, you should check out Salazar’s blog. Each month, we hold a book club there where we write reviews of the books that we’ve read. So far, I think it’s just the two of us that write any reviews. So if you get the time, you’re welcome to join us!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I’ll keep that in mind about the book review post!

      And, yes, small goals are sometimes much easier to manage than really big ones. Or, at least, breaking down the big ones into smaller ones.

      1. Mike

        It’ll be great having you there Erin! I was so excited today because I found some great books at work and I hope to incorporate them in future book discussions! It’s great working at a library!

        I agree. I often find myself making small “to do” lists for things that I want to get done in a day and it’s such a great feeling when I can cross off the things I’ve completed. So in a way, I guess those are sort of like small goals too. 🙂

  2. Sarah @ Windy City Wanderlust

    Thanks for reminding me I still need to do our taxes, blergh! I also have to read The Girl on the Train – I got it for Christmas and have yet to get into it… Maybe your review will be the motivation I need? 😉

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Thankfully our taxes are pretty simple. In fact, this was the first year we didn’t have them done ASAP!

      If you like mysteries then you’ll probably like The Girl on the Train.

  3. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    I am STILL waiting for the Marketplace to send me my correct health insurance info so I can finish my taxes. Had they sent me the right info in the first place, I would’ve had my taxes done on Jan. 31. It’s been almost a month since I called to complain, and two weeks since they called to tell me they’ve fixed it and I’d have my updated forms “soon,” but I still got nothing (except a whole lotta frustration!).

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      We were technically still waiting on a corrected W2 from one of Jason’s employers but the only thing that was wrong with the original was something to do with his employer-sponsored retirement plan. Since he barely worked there long enough to put anything in we just went with the original W2 since we doubted it would make a difference.

      I hope you get your documents soon! Such a pain, right?

  4. valerie

    Love the idea of manageable goals each month! And speaking of Hoosier Pie, I went to their shop in Evanston (I think?) and it was SO freaking delicious! I’d go back in a heartbeat. You’ll have to tell me how your pie turns out…and if we lived closer, I’d definitely offer my taste testing services 🙂

  5. Bri Marie

    A goal to set goals is actually genius. Super impressed with your goals and how awesome you’re doing checking them all off! My boss, however, would tell you they aren’t hard enough if one of them isn’t kind of sort of slipping through the cracks or not quite getting completed. 🙂 He would tell me to stop making them so hard, though, because I hardly achieved any in February! haha

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      What? Your boss doesn’t believe in writing “Write to-do list” on your to-do list just so you can cross off one thing? 🙂

      Although, getting our taxes done almost didn’t happen.

      I think my March ones are actually tougher for me because at least, to me, two of them are sort of nebulous. Those are always the tough ones for me to complete.

  6. Maggie

    Argh taxes.

    Curious what you think of Girl on the Train. I read it a few months ago. And I’m also glad to know someone else loves putting books on hold at the library. Have you used the CPL app yet??????

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      What?? I had no idea there was an app! I typically reserve Kindle books because I’m lazy about getting to the physical library. Although, hilariously, I was at TWO CPL libraries yesterday.

      The Girl on the Train was enjoyable but definitely riding the coattails of Gone Girl.

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