Fall Goals Update

 

FallGoalsUpdate

It’s already the beginning of October!  To be honest, since Fall is my favorite time of the year, I usually hope to slow it down and enjoy it.  But this year I don’t mind the time moving a little faster in this pregnancy.

But since it is the beginning of the month, I thought I would do a little goal update.

Spiritually, I am going to attend a Bible Study.  I am currently attending a morning ladies Bible class one day a week, and I have another online Bible study one evening a week, in addition to my daily Bible study which only blipped a little last week since I was so sick.  I have really enjoyed being surrounded by God’s word during this time in my life!

For healthI am going to do some type of yoga or meditation every day.  Last week was a fail since I couldn’t even get vertical most days.  I guess maybe there was some meditation during that time, but mostly it was just the mantra – Don’t throw up, don’t throw up, don’t throw up.  I hope since I think we figured out what was exacerbating my nausea is now removed, I can work on this goal more this month.

For homeI want to decorate each month.  I did manage to change the bedding to our fall/winter bedding and change out the wreath, put a few pumpkins out and change the dish towels in the kitchen over the course of the last two weeks.  This month, and hopefully, this week, I will be pulling out the Halloween decor.  I did a blog last year about my fall decor which I will link here since it’s basically the same.

For online/writingI’m going to do a weekly video check-in.  Surprisingly, I have been able to do this each week.  Last week was touch and go, but here are all of the weeks: Announcement, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7

And finally, the bonus goal, I want to get back into my planner.  This was hit or miss.  I’m still trying to figure out the style that I want for my planner.  I will try to share the monthly spreads soon.

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!

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Summer to Fall

Summer is over, and the goals were (mostly) accomplished!  Here’s a recap of the goals.

Spiritually, I am going to host an online Bible study. – Accomplished.  I completed this study towards the end of July.  I really enjoyed all of the conversations, and I enjoyed the fact we got to dig in deep into the Bible.

For health, I am going to work up to walking three miles at least four times a week. – Kinda Accomplished.  So, in July, I changed to goal down to two miles because of the Texas heat, and I did do this a couple of weeks in August, but at the end of the month, the weather got crazy and it was either about to rain or raining for a majority of the days each week.  So, I didn’t do it all the way through the summer like I thought I would.  I’m still going to continue doing this through the Fall, though.  Not as a goal, but I definitely enjoy this quiet time/podcast time in my routine.

For home, I want to accomplish three projects. – Accomplished.  I actually got everything done plus some this summer which made me really happy.  I did a jewelry hanging project, turned my office into a library, and completed some little back burner projects too!

For online/writing, I’m going to write every day. – Accomplished.  Thank you for all of your support, follows, and comments this summer!  I think for the fall I’m going to go back to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday type of consistency since I will start doing videos (see below).  Of course, I will continue doing the Saturday Summaries as well, since a lot of people seem to like those posts.  🙂

And finally, the bonus goal, I want to complete nine books. – Accomplished.  I completed the six book series I had left on my bookshelf for years, which I wrote a review of here.  And this month, I completed Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker, Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell and Echo: Blue Moon, a graphic novel by Terry Moore (all of which I will be sharing my review in the coming weeks).

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Since the summer goals worked so well, I decided to do it again for the fall.  Here are my goals for this season!

Spiritually, I am going to attend a Bible Study.  Since I led a Bible Study this Summer, I thought it would be a nice change to attend one this Fall.  I have a couple of studies to choose from, and I might do both!

For healthI am going to do some type of yoga or meditation every day. I actually did a yoga everyday challenge in March, but I wanted to do it again, only this time I would interchange that with meditation.  I need to learn how to slow down and find time with God.  And now that I’ve found Holy Yoga (which includes meditation), I’m excited to focus on this for this season.

For homeI want to decorate each month.  Since there are a lot of holidays in the fall season, I want to find things to decorate the home each month and go through what I already have.  I’m hoping that my culling and refining will motivate me to go through the crazy amount of Christmas decorations we have.

For online/writingI’m going to do a weekly video check in.  I have already started this one!  My first video is here.

And finally, the bonus goal, I want to get back into my planner.  Since I will have a lot of memories this season (since we have so much planned), I would like to keep up with it in my planner in like a scrapbook sense.

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!

Summer Goals Update

Here’s a little check in on my Summer Goals since it’s already August!

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SpirituallyI am going to host an online Bible study.  

I completed this study towards the end of this month.  I really enjoyed all of the conversations, and I enjoyed the fact we got to dig in deep into the Bible.

For healthI am going to work up to walking three miles at least four times a week.

I think I might change this goal to two miles five or six days a week, but I’m not sure yet.  With the Texas summer heat, even if I get out in the morning, it still gets super hot super early.  So, I’m thinking more days but less distance might work better until the cooler air returns.

For homeI want to accomplish three projects.  

Technically, I did finish a project this month by turning my office into a library, though it wasn’t one of the projects I intended to complete this summer.  But, it was a pretty major project, so I’m going to count it.  I have two little projects still on the back burner, but this will give me an option to do both or either one in August.

For online/writingI’m going to write every day.  

So far, so good!

And finally, the bonus goal, I want to complete nine books.

I am still behind, but I’m catching up pretty quickly.  I’m reading an entire YA series which is six books to do a book review on the entire series (and I’m over half way done with book five).  I already have two books to read in August, one of them being a graphic novel, so if I can find one more to read, I will be done!

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!

Summer Goals Update

While I am not doing month to month goals for the summer, I did want to do a little check in of the goals I started in June.

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SpirituallyI am going to host an online Bible study.  

This is going strong.  I am really enjoying the stories of these women from the Bible, and the different perspectives that the women have who are doing the study with me.

For healthI am going to work up to walking three miles at least four times a week.

I am easily walking three miles twice a week, and I plan to up that to three times a week this month.

For homeI want to accomplish three projects.  

I finished one of these projects, which I will share later this month, and I plan to work on the next one this month.

For online/writingI’m going to write every day.  

So far, so good!

And finally, the bonus goal, I want to complete nine books.

I am behind on this goal.  I have only completed one book, but it’s a series that I intend to finish this month.  We shall see.

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!

May to….Summer?

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?

may goalsSpiritually, 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.

SummerGoals

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, spirituallyI 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 healthI 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 homeI 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/writingI’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!

Organizing My Nightstand

One of my goals this month was to organize my nightstand.  I’ve done this before in the past, but I really liked what I did with it this time and I’m excited to show you!

So, here’s a typical look at the top of my nightstand pretty much every day.  Oh, and you will have to forgive the quality of these photos.  It’s super dark in our room due to the blackout curtains.

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I usually have some amount of books, journals, notepads and/or planners piled on the top, along with lotions or a cup of tea.  And my headphones, since I usually listen to music at night before going to bed.

And when I clean off the nightstand, the first or top drawer looks like this:

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There is no rhyme or reason to the drawer until I went to Ross one day and had an epiphany.  Instead of trying to find a multitude of random, or matching, organizer sets for the drawers, why don’t I use a silverware organizer?  The one I found fit perfectly!

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So, from top to bottom, I have my lotions – one for everyday use, one for a little more pampering on the weekends.  Then my candle lighter for my candle on top of the nightstand.  Then, I have two handheld warmers, chapstick, and nail care.  And colored pencils below that.  Then there was a compartment for my fit bit and headphones.  And a final compartment for pens (I found a lot in that drawer) and highlighters.

Now, there were some things in that drawer that went other places – cards that went into the office, other small things that I threw away.  For the other two drawers, there really wasn’t that much in them in the first place.  Drawer two had a bunch of things I used when I was pregnant – carpal tunnel braces, wraps, things like that.

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Instead, I now use that drawer to hold all of my journals, planners, notepads, and books that I’m currently reading or using.  I don’t get to all of them every night, but I do like to have them on hand to use as I wind down from my day.

For the final drawer, I did very little because there was very little in it, to begin with.  20170527_135928.jpg

The frames are for a continual wall art project that I add to each year, and the snuggle hottie is used during that time of the month.  It’s fragranced with Lavender and Chamomile which help me sleep as well.

So, that is the entire project completed!  It’s so nice to have everything accessible again.  And it helps my bedtime routine to go a lot smoother as well!

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