April: Getting Organized

March sure did zip by but I welcome April with wide open arms.  I am so ready for the final month of classes, the Holy Week services at church (this week, oh my!), and the (promise of) warmer temperatures (note: 60 is not “warm,” folks).  Here are a few of the things I have planned for the month: Easter.  This week is Holy Week.  That means choir rehearsal tonight, service tomorrow, and two services Sunday morning.  My goal: to get through this week (and all of this special music!) with grace and poise.  Immortal love, forever full, forever flowing free.  Forever shared, forever whole, a never ebbing sea…

Trip to Connecticut.  It’s been on our calendars for a while now, but this is the month we get to spend a weekend (Friday/Saturday) in CT with Steve’s parents!  I can’t believe it’s been almost four months since our last visit!

WCMW Only one month to go!  I am so excited about our series of events for this year and I am so grateful for the support of so many generous sponsors!  This month, I need to work on the program book (design, layout, ads), finish up marketing (email blasts, print posters, postcards), and properly thank all of our sponsors (with handwritten thank you notes, of course!).

Choir Program.  Last year, we put together a choir program (our favorite anthems from the year) for a Sunday afternoon in June.  This year’s choir program is tentatively set for early June so it’s time to begin planning!  This month, I need to put together a list of possible anthems.

Make decisions.  It’s time to do the hard work, buckle down, and make those personal and professional decisions that will keep me moving forward.  This is the month to make things happen.

Book flights for summer.  We’re planning a trip down to the Great South this summer to visit family and friends and attend the Music and Liturgical Arts Week Conference at Lake Junaluska in North Carolina (so excited about this!).  We registered for the conference and set tentative travel dates; this month, we need to book flights and a rental car and make this thing official!  Side note: I just discovered yapta – a free service that not only compares flights but continues checking prices after you book.  In the event that the price changes, they notify you so you can claim an airline credit (if it qualifies).  Pretty nifty! 

Branding/Website.  Last month, I had the opportunity to take part in a business and branding webinar presented by Making Brands Happen.  I learned so much about creating a strong, authentic brand for myself and building an identity to support it.  Now, I am tackling a few new items each week to continue moving forward in this process.  I love doing this work!

Exercise. Dear Main Street: It’s been a while since we shared 2-3 jogs a week.  Don’t worry – it’s not you, it’s me.  I promise I’ll try to do better this month.  Love, me.  It’s not that we stopped exercising (we walk to the Post Office and back and forth to church multiple times a week) it’s just that jogging a few times a week in addition to our daily walks took our exercise routine to the next level.  This month, I’d like to get back into that jogging habit.  Saturday morning – it’s a date!

Previously: March: Getting Organized