May 2021 goals and April review

The fifth month of 2021 has arrived. We are so close to being halfway through the year already. April seemed to come and go in the blink of an eye. Some months are like that, while others drag on for an eternity. Regardless of how fast or slow a month goes, it gives us the opportunity to work on various tasks and objectives. Every month, I take some time to reassess my goals, determine what is and isn’t working, and make adjustments for the current month. Before we get into my May 2021 goals, let’s take a moment to look back over my April goals to see how I did.

April 2021 review

April was quite the month. The vast majority of my time was spent writing because of Camp NaNoWriMo, but that’s exactly what I expected out of it.

Life goals

  • Read 5 books. That an more. I honestly didn’t think I would read as many books as I did. Check out what I read in April.
  • Watch at least 1 season of a show. Yes. I watched 1 season of Recovery of an MMO Junkie.
  • Workout every day. Not quite. I ended up tweaking my back early in the month. While I tried to find exercises that wouldn’t aggravate it, I wasn’t successful. So I took five days off to let it recover and then eased back into it.

Japanese goals

  • Review Japanese for at least 30 minutes a day. Yes, I am glad I used this month to review everything as it helps to better reinforce those words and phrases.
  • Review kanji. Yes, I am more confident when reading and writing the kanji I know now.

Writing goals

  • Journal every day. No. I did journal about half of the days this month, so not quite every day but better than nothing.
  • Complete Camp NaNoWriMo. This is where most of my time and effort went into this month and it shows by the final results of Camp NaNoWriMo.

Blogging goals

  • Work on May’s posts. I did get a few done but not as many as I was hoping for.
  • Update 3 old posts. Yes. In fact, I ended up updating a total of 6 posts.
  • Create new pin images. I did put in some time making pins, however, I would have liked to have created more than I did.

May 2021 goals

May is always an exciting month. It’s really the first month where we have little to no chance of getting snow, which means it’s that much closer to starting the garden. However, my main focus for May is going to be on blog work. This area took a bit of a hit in April and I want to fix that this month.

Life goals

  • Read 5 books. This should come as no surprise as I always include reading books in my monthly goals. I am aiming for at least 5 books this month.
  • Watch at least 1 season of a show. My other fun goal is watching TV. I think I know what show I will end up watching this month plus I will be catching up on some current anime.
  • Workout every day. This has become a huge part of my day and I really want to keep up with it. I think this will be very easy barring any injuries this month.
  • Plant the garden. Perhaps not all of it, since it is pretty early in the year but I am hoping to get some of the cool-weather crops planted since it’s still decently chilly most days.

Japanese goals

  • Study Japanese for an hour a day. With the review month over, it’s time to get back to learning. I’m aiming for an hour per day but I hope to get more time in whenever possible. The more time I invest into this the more I will learn.
  • Learn 10 kanji. It’s time to get back to learning new kanji. I’m keeping this goal at 10 as some kanji can be difficult to learn, especially when accounting for stroke order when writing them.

Writing goals

  • Journal every day. I really want to get back into the swing of doing this daily. Plus it helps to add to my daily word count for my year of writing.
  • Work on my novel project. Now that the chaos of Camp NaNoWriMo is over I can put my focus back on my main project, which is rewriting and completing the first draft of the 2020 NaNoWriMo novel.
  • Outline a short story. One of my writing goals this year is to write two short stories. I have very little experience in this form of writing but I’m looking forward to it. I plan to start outlining a short story this month.

Blogging goals

  • Work on May and June’s posts. I have an okay start with May’s posts but I need to finish the rest and then work on some of June’s posts as well.
  • Update old posts. I am not setting a specific number of posts to update this month. However, I will be working to update as many of them as possible.
  • Create new pin images. The never-ending blog task but it’s worth the effect. I don’t have a set number to make in a month, just as many as I can make.
  • Take a blogging course. I know exactly which course I am going to take and I look forward to seeing how it will help me improve the blog in the future.
  • Create an email sign-up freebie. This is something I have been meaning to do for far too long. So this is the month where I will get it done.
  • Tidy up the blog. This involves a lot of small tasks that will overall improve my blog. I have a list a mile long of little tasks that need to get done, so I will be working through as many of those as I can.

Those are my May 2021 goals. What goals are you working towards this month?


  1. Great goals! I’m curious about which blogging course you’re going to take, so I’ll be sure to check out your update next month to see which one you chose. Thanks for sharing your inspiring goals. It’s fun to see your accomplishments.

    1. Thank you. I will certainly share whether the course was worth it or not when I do my goals review.

  2. It’s nice reading your goals. It’s so interesting reading about people who have such different goals. Gives you perspective on what other things you could be spending time on.
    Hopefully your back gets better!
    It’s amazing you read so much. Also great job on updating so many old posts!

    1. Thank you. I agree that it is always nice to see what others are working towards, plus it can give inspiration for your own goals.

  3. I love your discipline. I share in your life and blogging goals. I just picked up three books from the library to read this month (haven’t been reading a lot lately) and trying to work out every day. As for blogging, I’ve changed my theme so I’m tweaking that and doing similar blog chores. You’ve been working on your Japanese for a while now– I’m sure you’re doing great. Keep it up!

    1. Thank you. That’s great that you are working on trying to read more and work out regularly. I’ve been considering changing my blog’s theme at some point but haven’t decided which one to change it to. I would say I have done pretty well with learning Japanese so far but at the same time, I wish I was better at it and could put more time into learning.

  4. This is great! Actually writing down goals for myself is something I want to starting doing more of! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you. Writing them down is key to getting them done, that way you have a way of tracking your progress throughout the month.

  5. Those are some great goals! I need to read more. I haven’t had a chance to go to the library in a while. It looks like you did a good job reaching your goals in April.

    1. Thank you. It would be great for you to get some more reading time in. I hope you are able to go to the library and get a book or two to read.

  6. Sarah, I’m always so impressed with how much you manage to squeeze into your day. Especially on the writing/blogging front and the Japanese. It’s been unseasonably cold and wet in our garden this month, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that June will bring warmer temperatures and I can catch up!

    1. Thank you. It’s been a long road to get to where I can get this much done in a day but I am glad I have pushed myself to get to this point. Fingers crossed you get some warmer weather soon.

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