I can get up early, if I really want to. I’m not a big fan of getting up before the sun rises (spoiled, I know, but Heshan and I do burn the midnight oil when his dissertation season’s in full swing) but last month I got up way earlier than normal a total of three times, and I was pretty excited to make it happen at all. I move in baby steps, but eventually I get there.
I also learned that I can read books on a Nook, if I really want to. My friends gifted me with an amazing Nook, and I finally braved the digital book world to download Tim Keller’s Every Good Endeavor after my pastor recommended it. And even though I miss my favorite underline, squiggle line, and double line technique, it’s so light!
OK, Capital One 360. Enough said. That’s not an affiliate link, but it is definitely to let you know that when The Nester said she and her husband paid off a ton of debt while using Capital One 360, Hesh and I checked it out. And so far it’s working. They allow you to open up to 25 high interest and completely free savings accounts (no minimums, no monthly payments) and give each a nickname (like car fund or longterm savings or gift giving or whatever) to make saving up for multiple things or even managing everyday expenses easier. A couple months ago we opened several interconnected savings accounts (like a car fund for maintenance and repairs, longterm savings, emergency savings, and accounts for other dreams or things we’re saving up for) and a new checking account just for groceries, and it’s already making a huge difference. Heshan was super excited when he took the car in for maintenance and found we had almost enough already set aside in our car fund to cover it. It cost us almost nothing out of our usual spending money, which was an amazing feeling.
On a not so glamorous tip, I learned that sometimes we have to tell people what our boundaries are in order for them not to cross them. I always assume it goes without saying that you should treat others how you want to be treated, but for some people it really doesn’t. So we have to say it. And sometimes that’s all it takes to be able to accept an apology you didn’t want to accept.
I’m also learning how to take photos. Like the one at the top of this post that I’ve been rocking on Bloglovin’ since the beginning of the month. I’ve always loved photography, and since Heshan has a serious passion for it (we’re talking staying up all hours of the night just to study technique), so I took this photo when I was practicing with our Nikon before we upgraded to a new Canon. We’re setting up “field practice” days for him to teach me even more, and I can’t wait.
Speaking of photography, I use Rise way more often than any other filter on Instagram. I don’t know why, it just happens.
And lastly, I’m smitten with The Adventure Project. They work to change the world by equipping entrepreneurs in third world countries to learn new skills and provide new services to their community. The founder of the organization spoke at my church, and when I visited their amazing office space at BeeSpace NYC I was pretty much head over heels for their mission. What does that mean? I don’t know. But I’m excited to see them grow and impact so many communities world wide.
And now for the looking ahead part…
I’m setting a few simple goals for April to help me continue to follow Jesus where He’s leading this year. So far my goals for the month are:
– Keep getting up earlier. Having two hours to myself before I start my day has been a good change for me, and I like the idea of keeping it up so I can ease into my day more peacefully.
– Manage my time more intentionally. I want to try to be better about taking a hold of my day before it takes a hold of me. Right now I’m working on a few new organizational things that are helping me be more intentional with time while balancing everything that Heshan and I have going on, and I hope to share more of this soon.
– Make sure I get 30 minutes of Bible study a day in before bed. I need it, and I’m better for it. Plus I just got this ginormous Bible with a Barnes & Noble gift card, and it’s changing the way I study Scripture. Amazing.
– Keep working on a dream the Lord’s planted in my heart. Ok, that’s all I can say for now, but March proved to be braver than I expected and I’m looking at April to keep up the courage. There are things in the works. There is excitement. There will be other amazing people involved, and it’s all super exciting and new. So… how’s that for suspense? Details coming as we live it out together right here.
That’s it! Simple, right? What about you? What did you learn and love?