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February Goals

January was a great month. I think there is just always something great about the start of a new year and the feeling that everything is a clean slate. We had two great bridal shows booked a bunch of fabulous brides, and I finished “Love is the Killer App” which was my first book for my 12 in 12 challenge. I admit that I spent a good portion of Wednesday finishing up the book so I wouldn’t get behind…but I did it.

My goal for February is to not lose track of that fresh start feeling….because, really, there is nothing magical about January. There is however something magical when you get to cross things off your goal list because they are done!

February’s goals:

Read the 2nd book for 12 in 12. (Right now I am leaning towards Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey)
Keep working on keeping the office hours (Its a bigger adjustment than I anticipated, but we are making progress.)
Keep going strong on our cash budget (We started a cash budget in January to try to cut mindless spending, it has been challenging, but rewarding at the same time. Like when we had $40 left for groceries and spent 39.51…it was a nail biter)
Get working on the big print project (Didn’t get to this one last month)
Start thinking through and making a storyboard for a promo video!!!
Work hard and take time to REST and just enjoy life. (February is the last month before wedding season officially begins, and we get super busy!)

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I just love your 12 in 12 challenge. I’m really into reading too and I gave myself a limit as well. But I’m already falling behind and I don’t like it. I’ve had Entreleadership since it came out and still have yet to read it. It’s on my list though! I love me some Dave Ramsey. I’m going through Financial Peace University right now…so it’s nice to hear about your budget.

Good luck!

Laura Yang

Awesome! Just have to chime in about the cash budget — God really does make it work. One time, I had only $20 left in my grocery envelope and needed to get a few more things to be able to finish off the week’s meals. I had calculated everything before the cashier began ringing me up, but was afraid I hadn’t added up the change correctly and would have to remove at least one of the items. Then the cashier said, “Okay, that’ll be twenty dollars exactly.” My jaw dropped. God knows what He’s doing. :-)

Kristin Schmucker

I love that Laura!

Heather Wright Autry

Thanks for sharing your goals – now I’m inspired to go blog ours. I need the inspiration kick in the pants! Lol

Bethany McDonnell

Cash budget is definitely the way to go! Makes you think more about what you are spending. I’m excited to see what your print project will be AND your PROMO VIDEO! So cool!

Rachel McCloud

Thank you for sharing. I need to make my list now that it’s February 1st ;) I love the contrast of the ring shot :)

Amanda Jameson

Isn’t it funny how rest is a hard thing to make time for? I completely agree!
Here are mine:

Kristin Schmucker

Absolutely! Kinda sad that I have to put rest on my calendar…lol. Loved reading your goals and can’t wait to hear about the workshop!

Kate Monroe

Love your goals! I have Entreleadership in my bookshelf waiting to be read also. How did you like Love is the Killer App? Should I put that on my list for the future?

I absolutely agree that there’s nothing special about January for fresh starts. Every day is a new day. Every morning is an opportunity for a fresh start. <3

Kristin Schmucker

Love is the Killer App was ok, but I just started entreLeadership and I am already fired up, so definitely read it! I am only 2 chapters in and it is already so good!

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– I’m just jumping into the bnssueis book world and honestly am a bit skeptical. There is a lot of advice out there, and its hard to know where to invest my time and money! However, all of the quotes that you shared really resonated with me. I will surely pick up this book in the near future!Also, I read the Jose Villa book at the end of 2011, so I’m excited to jump in on that conversation! January 18, 2012 11:42 am

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Kevin Autry

Entreleadership is an AWESOME book, I listened to the audio version and then still went out and bought the physical copy! Love it!

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