Hello May / by Rachel Nordgren

FINALLY! Springtime, ya'll! As Lara Casey said yesterday, May is the new January. I don't know about you, but I feel in need of a fresh start. This winter has been long. The cold kept my productivity in hibernation forever, it felt like. No longer, I say!

Linking up with The Tiny Twig's May Goals post!

Lara Casey is literally one of the sweetest and most inspiring people on the planet. She's a Christian, wife, momma, the Editor-in-Chief of Southern Weddings, the co-creator of the Making Things Happen Conference, and has the loveliest shop, full of pretty paper goods like the desk card pictured below! She probably does a dozen other things, too.

Lara is the mastermind behind #PowerSheets, an incredibly useful planning and goal setting tool that I've been using for the past several months. They were such a good investment for me, and I nabbed another set during her recent shop sale. Actually, her shop is 25% off right now if you use the code in her most recent blog post ;)

Anyways, let's talk about how awesome last month was, despite the cold!

Great things that happened in April:
1. Easter. I will never get tired of celebrating Jesus :) 2. A robin made her nest right outside! 3. Our first visit of the season to the Farmer's Market. 4. Hans has been gardening LIKE A BOSS. 5. Snuggling in the mornings is literally my favorite.

How did I do on my April Goals?

1. Pray about and seek out a female mentor. Yes! I've been praying about this a lot and have a couple women in mind, but I think it's going to look a lot less formal than I originally thought. I trust whatever God gives me!
2. Plan an epic surprise for Hans’ birthday :)  Nope. The epic surprise I had in mind didn't quite work out, so we're going to have an epic-end-of-the-schoolyear surprise instead!
3. Re-vamp my wardrobe with well-built staples. As much as our budget would allow ;) ! There will be a article on this one soon!
4. Collaborate with other bloggers! Yes! This has been happening, and it's been beautiful and exciting.
5. Make my own cleaning supplies. In retrospect, I realized this was a silly goal. Why make a new bottle of DIY glass cleaner when I have a perfectly good bottle of commercial cleaner? So, I will be making my own cleaning supplies gradually, as I run out of normal stuff. This month I made my own Laundry Soap, Dishwasher Tabs, and Dusting Spray. Articles coming on those last two soon :)

Bonus! I DID have a freezer meal making day! There's an article coming about that, too!

(it seems I have a lot of writing to do...hmm...)

May Goals: 1. Study the attributes of God 2. Plan a mini summer vacation for Hans and I 3. Make our office lovely + simple 4. { Secret Goal that I'm not sharing with the Internet :) } 5. Look into IRA accounts and other investments

What do you think about making "May the new January"? What goals do you have this month?

Under Grace, Rachel

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You might have missed: Hello April and Hello March.