2020 Goals: March Check-In

I have still somewhat struggled with the ideal routine that I have in my mind. It is hard to go from 0 to 60. I am still in transition from a life where I sat in an office all day and HAD to be somewhere at a specific time to a life where I set the agenda. I have so much going on that it is difficult for me to concentrate sometimes.

I’m like one of my dogs. I will be doing something and it’s going great but then OH MY GOD THERE’S SOMETHING OUTSIDE I HAVE TO GO BARK AT IT. Although for me it’s opening my e-mail so I can send something specific and seeing 5 other e-mails and opening them and suddenly forgetting why I opened e-mail in the first place.

For April I am trying to focus on slowing down a little bit and seeing to the task at hand. I am setting up my weeks with priorities and making sure that I get those done before moving on to lesser tasks. I feel like I am making breakthroughs and getting closer to that ideal day that is in my mind. I just have to keep on working at it while having the grace to allow for mistakes and rest days.

Goals Check-In



I read 3 books in March and lately I’ve done a lot better adding reading back into my daily routine. I am still on track for my goal of 32 if I finish 2.5 books every month for the rest of the year. I could even still conceivably get to 52 books this year if I eke out an average of 5 books per month the rest of the year. That’s a lot but not out of the realm of possibility. I’m currently reading 4 different books…I’m bound to finish them all sometime!

  1. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  2. On The Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  3. The Essential Rabbit by Betsy Sikora Siino

Weight Loss


I have plateaued on this. I started strong but then for whatever reason I have really struggled with motivation. And now with a shelter in place order through April 30 I know I can’t rely on the gym.

On Monday I decided to start a walk/run streak. I need to walk/run at least a mile every day until April 30. That will be 32 days when all is said and done. On days that it is raining (since April in Illinois guarantees rain) I can supplement running stairs if I’m unable to get outside. I’m also trying to add in some other workout move when I get home. Sit-ups, push-ups, squats…something.

I remember when nothing could get me to NOT workout. Now I am so the opposite it is sad. But I’m not trying to have a six pack anymore. I just want to be healthy. But hey, 3 days in and I’m going strong! That’s better than most of my streaks have gone.



Shelter in place has somewhat halted my efforts to become a full time dog trainer but it is giving me extra time with my boys. I utilized a few nice days in March to work with them outside and in April I plan to double down my efforts and work with the boys even harder throughout the day as I work out my routine.

Off leash healing with Liam amidst distraction. That focus he is giving me is amazing.
Agility training with Rusty. He is still able to do the high jumps and seems to love it! There might be hope for him yet to do a trial.
Playing and being silly. I feel like the Pied Piper of dogs sometimes.
Working on focus and the sit-stay command while his brothers whine for attention in the background. Liam is good at a lot of things, but staying is not one of them.



I am so ready for my bees to get here! We got all of my hives assembled this month and I am working on getting them all painted.

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