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I don’t know about you, but this setting goals thing at the beginning of every month is kind of exciting. This isn’t the exciting feeling that leads to jumping up and down. I does mean the kind of excited of being filled with hope and a sense of freedom. Some of this freedom feeling, for me, comes from visual cues that I accomplished something(s) over the previous month. I also feel that I’m free to work towards accomplishing more in the coming month. It feels good to see where I’ve been, where I want to go, and look at ways in which I keep moving forward.
Ever since I started this monthly goal setting practice, my weeks run a bit smoother and I don’t feel pressured. I find that I space things out more, too. I like the sense of freedom I get from having a better handle on my schedule. I’m also starting to see the benefits of batching some tasks. I’m still working on this aspect, but the little that I have done really helps. I feel less stressed and able to be more present throughout the day. These are always excellent overall desires, but to have practices in place which enhance the reality brings me such joy!
Since I claimed intention as my word for this year, I’d sure like to see that I am being intentional. I want to ensure I’m following through with my intentions and making them known. Boy do I know how plans change. I know that life moves along and there’s a need to roll with the tide sometimes. The year certainly isn’t lost just because of a derailment, though.
Now, let’s get to the goals I’ve set for myself this month.
Self Care & Development
This area goes at the top of the list because, in essence, everything flows from it. Also, because I think it’s important to ensure good self care, whether you have children or not. I know I feel much better and more alive, awake, free, and creative when I take care of myself. As long as my internal needs are met, I approach everything with a better perspective.
* I didn’t get any actual workouts in, at all. But, I did get out with the boys and take fairly frequent walks in the neighborhood. Now that Monkey Boy has mastered riding his bike, these walks also include little jogs because there are some small and medium hills. Monkey Boy loves to wind up about halfway down a hill and then coast the rest of the way. So, instead of staying really close, I have to jog to catch up to him, while also watching for cars. Therefore, though working out in the ways I expected didn’t actually, happen, I did get lots of walking and a bit of jogging in.
I want to keep doing both the walking and the jogging, maybe venturing a bit further from home with the boys this month. I also do want to get back on some abdominal and strength building workouts again. I’m looking at sticking with Lindsay Brin on the Moms Into Fitness YouTube channel, but also a little bit of Kettlebell Burn with Justin Cox.
* As for my water intake, I did well. Almost every day in August, I drank at least 4 bottles of water! I definitely got much of my water through being outside with the boys. Although I want to increase this to 5 or 6 bottles a day, I’m going to stick with 4 for the month of August. I want to keep this habit of at least 4 bottles up and believe that as I keep getting outside and do some workouts at home, I can exceed the 4 bottles. Yet, I know I like to keep high expectations and that gets me into trouble, so I’m keeping this goal reasonable!
* As for that crochet project. Yeah, I didn’t work on it at all again this month. I miss crocheting though. I’m keeping this project on the list. This project definitely needs completed and mailed, because Hun’s grandmother’s birthday is this month. I think, even if it’s a little late, she’ll still enjoy displaying this gift in her home. Besides, I’m using more of this lovely and bright yarn, so it’ll bring more happy, I just know it!
* Despite starting and outlining a couple handlettering pieces, I didn’t actually digitized them last month. So, I’m thinking this is definitely something I want to get done in August. It’s so simple, yet a little time consuming or tedious, but I know I can do it if I just set the intention.
Family, Relationship, & Home
The 3 most important people in my life today are Hun, Monkey Boy, and Turtle Boy. We might all live together. We might even do many things together. Thankfully, Hun and I have found a few moments here and there throughout the month to connect. Plus, as usual, we spent a little time talking about goals and plans. Nonetheless, I still see room for improvement in order to enhance our relationship, as well as my relationship with the boys.
* Throughout July, I spent some time with Monkey Boy. Often, Turtle Boy was right there and wanting to play or engage as well. The times I did spend on the floor were really fun. I found myself laughing and having much more fun with games of dinosaurs and monsters.
I noticed that, for me, the cars and trucks really just don’t interest me at all. The buildings usually get knocked down rather dramatically, even in the midst of building, which bothers me. Both of these things are harder for me to do, admittedly. Simply put, I don’t want to take a million pretend trips to Home Depot to get wood or change tires. I’m also not all that keen on being a firetruck with loud whirring sirens. Quiet sirens are more fun for me, but alas, Monkey Boy is 3 and everything has to be done loudly!
When I do get down and play those games, I try to add other elements, like maybe we can build something with the wood, or talk to shop owners to get the tires. Of course, then Monkey Boy starts to getting a little pushy and bored with this kind of gentle, extended play. But, I’m definitely working on this type of play.
And, I am absolutely having fun connecting with Monkey Boy in this way. Plus, I can tell the difference in how Monkey Boy and I interact on the days I’ve played his kind of games, his kind of way! This is enough to keep me motivated to try.
And, of course, the boys and I still read. Some days or weeks we do a little less reading and more playing (or sometimes Netflix). Other days Monkey Boy is more interested in working on letters or numbers, so we do that.
* Ok, so Hun and I didn’t get a chance to watch an entire movie together, but we did spend a some quality time together. We started a movie and even though Monkey Boy was around, he just slept. The movie was interrupted by Turtle Boy needing to nurse and Hun falling asleep. Maybe we’ll finish that movie some time this month, or maybe we’ll start a new one!
* Playing in water – The boys and I did a little water in our backyard a few times this month. We would have done a bit more water out back, but the grass was a bit ridiculous for awhile. Between the rain, Hun’s schedule, and family stuff, we just let the grass grow for a week or two.
Even though we didn’t get to a natural water activity in July, we’re definitely shooting for at least 1 in August! Hun and I both see (and feel) the need for us to all get out and do some adventuring. This, will inevitably lead to at least a little bit of driving and water!
I’m still itching to go to the coast for a day. That kind of trip is a real struggle with Hun’s work schedule, but you never know. I’ll hold out hope for now and just see what happens!
* As far as house projects, I haven’t met the goals I set back in May and June. The outdoor tabletop isn’t done, the reading corner project hasn’t started, and seeds weren’t planted either. I think I set my expectations entirely too high as I have so many other projects and goals and ideas that are also important to me.
What I’m going to do is look forward. I will get that tabletop done, as well as the reading corner. The garden will be planted at some point. Maybe I’ll plant something simple for fall and look towards next spring. When I reflect on what’s happened so far this year, it’s no wonder I envisioned doing more than was realistic. It’s like I’m trying to catch up. This perspective and understanding has helped me immensely, not just when it comes to these particular projects, but also as it relates to other long term goals I have.
Blogging and Business
Obviously, blogging is important to me. And, by extension, I have goals that will not only help me to grow my blog, but also to keep me consistent and accountable. In addition, I have some bigger goals I’ve been thinking about when it comes to blogging, the internet, and the general business of things. And, this year, I’d like to see some real progress happen with all of these things.
So, this is an area that I will be working on constantly, but I want to let you all know what’s going on around here.
* I met my post consistency goals for the month! The blog officially turned 3 in July and I lauched a giveaway (which is almost over! – link here). I wanted to get one other thing done, but I gave myself grace as some other things happened in our life at the same time.
* I’m still working on the (smartphone) photography piece. I will definitely keep this up!
* Scheduling social media is one area which has worked well for me, especially when I do this as a batch task. In fact, when I finish this post, I’ll do some social media scheduling for the week! I did notice, though, that I have been a little inconsistent with interacting on social media. At times, I engage frequently, at others I’m way more sporadic. Sometimes, it’s overwhelming to engage in all the Facebook groups, plus Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google +. I am considering a few things in this area, as well as lowering my personal expectations for meeting all.the.things, though.
* As for exciting things for this space, they’re still in the works. I completed 3 tasks (from the long long list), but I’m proud of those 3 tasks and I have at least 3 others I want to work on this month. Again, batching and scheduling will continue to help in this area!
So, there’s my list of both accomplishments, improvements, and goals for the month of August!
When I look at it, I feel excited, overwhelmed, and encouraged. I also get a sense of freedom! Yes, all at the same time. I’m noticing a recurring theme – be easy with yourself, be present, set limits and intentions, take small steps, relax and have fun. I know I’m certainly working on all of these things, as I move forward in my journey through life, motherhood, being a wife, starting and maintaining a business, and caring for myself!
What are some of the goals you achieved last month? What are some goals you’d like to work on this month? Let’s encourage and support one another with tips, suggestions, and support by sharing together! Also, I’m thinking of starting a bullet journal along with, or in place of, the way I track tasks, accomplishments, and to-dos. I’d love to know if you’ve done one or what methods you have for keeping track of everything.