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July is here! Time for July 4th parties, days at the pool and memorable vacations! We are headed to Hawaii at the end of this month so my goals are a little lighter so I can enjoy my time off without (self-imposed) pressure.
Monthly Goals Recaps:
I had a great June, where I made a lot of progress on my yearly goals and met a lot of my monthly goals.
I took a social media break, which was really helpful for my productivity and my confidence. I went on several date nights (all with my husband) and celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary, which was a really special time to reflect on all we have been through and overcome together.
HOW I SET MY MONTHLY GOALS USING POWERSHEETS
My goal setting tool of choice is the Powersheets Goal Setting Workbook. And one of the things I love about the Powersheets are the seasonal goal refresh sheets. So since July is the start of a new season (technically summer, but it feels like summer claimed all of Spring too), there was a section to go through and refresh your goals as needed.
I love the flexibility of this goal-setting process, and that is certainly one of the reasons I am finding so much success!
MY MONTHLY GOALS FOR JULY 2018
Take 2 Date Nights
Ideally, one of these date nights will be while we are in Hawaii. We are going with my whole family, so we are basically traveling with a band of free babysitters. It shouldn’t be that hard to get away for a kid-free date night, right?
Read a Fun Book
I have been doing a lot of reading this year, but they have pretty much all been self-help or theology books, so I am really for an easy beach read! I have heard that When Life Gives You LuLuLemons is a good one. Any other recommendations? Leave them in the comments below!
Pray for a Friend
Last month, someone who was hugely impactful in my life passed away at the young age of 40. His funeral had over 1,400 people in attendance (there was a spillover room for the spillover room). He dedicated most of his adult life to sharing Jesus with high school kids via YoungLife, which is how we met.
The funeral was one of the most hopeful services I have ever attended and it showed me the importance of praying for others at every stage of their walk with Christ.
My goal is to pick a different friend every week and pray fearlessly for them.
Pick Up Around the House
Before you assume that this goal means that I never pick up the house, I will tell you that is only partly true.
I do pick up toys and such, but I go through phases where I am committed to picking up every stray item every single night and then weeks where I think “that baby doll can lay in the middle of the hallway all week for all I care”.
Aiming to find a healthy balance and pick up the house twice a week. Which really just involves taking around a toy basket and picking up stray toys, and then gathering 1,000 tiny socks and putting them in the laundry basket.
For real – where do all those socks come from?
Go for a Walk Twice a Week
As it has gotten warmer (ie: BLAZING) in Houston this summer, I have done more indoor exercise and less outdoor walking, which means my little pup has really missed tugging on her leash and sniffing all the things.
So in an effort to be good to my puppy, my waistline, and all of the shoes she is chewing on out of rebellion, I am scheduling two nights a week for outdoor walks. Likely at night so it is a little cooler!
Coffee Shop Night
For the past few weeks, I have started taking an evening a week after Kinsley’s bedtime and going to a local coffee shop (a small chain by the name of Starbucks) and spending some focused time working on this blog or reading or working through some online courses.
My productivity is at another level when I know that others might be watching. I scroll social media less and I spend more time focused on the task at hand. And there is no TV to tempt/distract me.
It has been really amazing to see how much I can get done in just 2 hours without all of the distractions that my own house can sometimes have.
Read My Bible
I am still going strong on my Bible in a Year goal! We are halfway through the year, and I do need to do some catching up, but this goal is still very achievable!
Since I am going to Hawaii this month, it has come to my attention that my tummy is still not as flat as I would like it to be 19 months post-pregnancy.
If you have ever done Pilates, you might be familiar with the concept of a Roll-Up. This is the pilates version of a sit up and it is actually the equivalent of 10 crunches. This takes about 3 minutes to do and while I know it isn’t going to make my stomach a washboard, it will make me feel like I am making progress in my health and wellness.
And I am still prepared with cute swimsuits for my mom bod. So this is really just for me building core strength than for vanity.
If you need a tutorial on how to do a roll-up, see the below video from one of my favorite online trainers, Cassey Ho from Blogilaties.
What are you doing for your July goals? Let me know in the comments below!