What I learned in April and… my May goals

I spent this morning completing my goals review for April and setting goals for May.

A Goals Night, of sorts, but on a Monday morning.

To be honest, I can’t think of a nicer way to spend a Monday morning, unless it’s at the beach 🙂


April was a great month in many ways; here are some of the things I learned:

  • A friend and I FaceTimed (?) and it was such fun. I also had numerous phone dates which is a new thing for me but it was surprisingly fun. I say surprisingly because normally I’m not a fan of the phone. I think what made it different was that I was not taken unawares, and the expectation was to sit, chat and connect. In other words, it wasn’t a sales person trying to sell me something 🙂
  • The house-buying process has changed a LOT in the last 11 years. My word, one needs hours and hours to complete application forms by hand or on the telephone, and a TON of paperwork. I created a folder and there are over 20 documents in there!
  • Seeing friends after nearly 24 years is just as wonderful as you’d imagine it to be. We had such fun that the intention is to now do something together every 2 – 3 months.


    • D and I had our 21-year anniversary. The three friends in the pic above saw the whole thing unfold and I remember Thembi (bottom left) saying, “finally!” when I told her we were officially “going out”. Ha! Fun times. Fun fact – Linda (pink dress) and I share the same birthday.
    • Show houses are so much work. We had two this month and I’m hoping that the person gets a bond approved otherwise it’s back to the drawing board 😮
    • It really is very easy to read more books. I read 9 books in April. The key is simply to spend a lot less time on social media and more time with your nose in a book. I used to have the excuse that my phone had to be right next to me so that I could activate “sleep” on the Fitbit app. That was true but they updated the app so when the device syncs to your phone, it picks up the sleep cycles automatically. Now I don’t need my phone with me anymore and this is a good, good thing. Try sleeping and waking up without it and see 🙂
    • Bullet journals are a lot of fun to read about, talk about and try out. I’ve written two posts so far – have you read them? And my third one will publish on Wednesday.

And now, for my May goals.


I mentioned before that this year I’m focussing on 3 – 4 key areas and I set goals within those areas.

What are those areas for you?

        • Health?
        • Family?
        • Work?
        • God?

This month, try to set just one goal per important area of your life to keep you focussed throughout the month.

What did you learn during April?

PS the notebook above is a Piccadilly one. I LOVE them, because they all have the same format – a blank page for mindmaps (or doodling/ sketching) and lines for writing the notes. I haven’t bought one for years, but I’ve seen the A5s at CNA for about R90, which is a complete bargain.

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  1. I’m going to try out the bullet journal thing soon, will let you know how it goes. Yay for anniversaries and long standing friendships. I had an amazing April reading month – 37 books – but everything else fell off track. I have to work on my time management skills.

    • Marcia Francois says

      So now, Cassey, I’m throwing it back at you. Tell us how you read 37 books in a month. How long are they? Do you do nothing but read? etc 😉

      • The books were all, save for 2, fiction. One was for class, one was an audio book and the others were all ebooks. K had a sick day, so that was 3 books for me while he cuddled to feel better. I read much faster when reading fiction and on a screen, so I manage to get deep into a book when sitting in K’s room with him till he falls asleep. Oh and that trick of 5 or more minutes waiting for something/spare then I read. I read everyday. Mostly the books have been at about the 200 or so page mark. Some longer, some shorter.

  2. Sjoe. Cassie is a ROCK STAR READER!
    April was fun! Lots of deep connection with friends and fun times with my family.
    I need to get back into bible reading. That’s the main goal for May. AND I need to register for a photography course. I found one!! Am registering tomorrow. It’s my Mothers Day gift from Lance.

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