Here we are at the end of May, and while I have enjoyed doing these month-to-month goals, I want to do something different this summer. Instead of doing the goals for an entire month, I’m going to do it for an entire season (or technically, for three months). But first, how did I do on the May Goals?
Spiritually, I am going to do the 31 Days of Praise devotional book. – Accomplished. I really enjoyed this book. I didn’t know what to expect, but the writing is directly from excerpts from the Bible, and it helped me focus and center each day. There were different levels of study, and I chose to read these pages morning and night. It was a wonderful bookend to each day in May.
Health, I am going “long walk” the dogs at least twice a week. – Halfway Accomplished I specifically made it twice a week because of the crazy, unpredictable May weather, but it was even crazier than I anticipated. The first week, I got caught in the rain on my second walk, and I was halfway through. And on other walks, it got so hot we had to stop and rest multiple times (usually for our youngest walker which was totally embarrassing for him, I’m sure). So it averaged out to about one and a half walks a week, but it was still more than I was doing so I count that as a win.
Home, I want to organize my nightstand. – Completed I wrote about this here.
Online/writing, I’m going to maintain Saturday summaries. – Completed Those posts can be found here, here, here, and here. It didn’t prompt me to write more like I thought it would, but I am going to try to remedy that this summer.
Bonus goal, I want to complete four books. – Almost Accomplished I had too many other things going on this month than I anticipated. I did finish the Nightingale by Kristin Hannah which was so beautiful and amazing. And I finished Nothing to Prove by Jennie Allen, which I was reading for a girl’s group that I’m a part of. And, finally, I finished Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz-Weber, a beautiful memoir about her life with her church family in Colorado.
Summer is hard to gauge on busyness. Some weeks will be crazy, while others will be slow, and the months are quite unpredictable. But I also want to do a few goals longer than just the 30 days and see how it goes. The goals will be from June 1st to August 31st. Some might finish before then, but I want to finish them within the three-month goal. This may flop big time, or I might rock it, but either way, I see it as an opportunity for growth.
So, spiritually, I am going to host an online Bible study. I sent out feelers on my Facebook page this past month to see if people would be interested in an online Bible study this summer, and I got some people ready to go! We will be studying the Women of the Bible – primarily Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel and Leah, Hannah, and Ruth. If you are interested in doing this with us, we will be starting soon, so let me know!
For health, I am going to work up to walking three miles at least four times a week. I really enjoyed taking the dogs out, but there are just some days that I want to pop in a podcast and go for a walk. Since I’ve been using a combination of Samsung Health and FitBit, I’ve been really working towards at least 30 minutes of activity a day and at least 5000 steps. But I want to go beyond that, so walking 3 miles (plus regular activity the rest of the day) can get me to 10000 steps, and four times a week is not bad. Plus it’s gorgeous here and I need to be outside more.
For home, I want to accomplish three projects. I have these little projects – fixing some pillows, making a hanger board, and cleaning up a lighthouse lantern – that I’ve been putting off for a while. So, I want to focus on those this summer, maybe get more done than that, if possible. I also have this inherited stamp collection that I want to organize, but I’m thinking that it will be a much bigger project than I was first anticipating. I might start on it this summer, and if I can finish it, great, but I won’t include it in the goals just yet.
For online/writing, I’m going to write every day. I did this on a blog several years ago for an entire year, and I was burnt out by the end, but I hope that just three months will not be so overwhelming. I’m inspired to do this because I really enjoyed writing a ramble I did in May called Why I don’t like the Like Button: And other ramblings. I want to do more of that, maybe shorter posts, but just let myself get into the habit of writing on a more consistent basis.
And finally, the bonus goal, I want to complete nine books. I am piggy-backing on May’s goal, but I really want to read more and focus on reading more this summer. And since I read three books in May, I see it as a doable goal for the summer.
Did you make new year goals? How are they going? If you accidentally forgot about them, or they don’t really work for you, or whatever reason, don’t be afraid to recalibrate and create new ones for this month!