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My favorite month of the year! June is the absolute best month and don’t you send me emails trying to convince me otherwise. I love me some December too (my birthday is in December!) but June takes the cake for a few reasons.
- My anniversary is in June. In 2018, we are celebrating our 5 year anniversary, which is pretty exciting!
- The summer solstice is in June – I know that technically, June 21 still has only 24 hours in it, but it is still the longest day of the year and that really feels magical to me. Like June 21 could be the day where I actually have time to do all the things I hope to do in a single day. The possibilities are endless.
- June brings the official start of summer – In Houston, TX, Summer has already moved back into mom’s basement while on break from college and fired up the grill. It is HOT here. At least once the calendar flips to June, that heat feels a little more acceptable.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD POOLS ARE OPEN – Thanks for finishing up the school year, juniors and seniors that will be lifeguarding my local pool. We have been waiting for you to help us mothers oversee our own children while in the water.
June is also a month where I plan on making some progress on my goals.
If you want to look through my past goals from 2018 – they are all linked below.
Over the past few months, I have shared some of the struggles I have with following through with goals that I have set for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes I spread myself too thin and don’t make progress on anything because I am trying to do everything. Sometimes I get distracted with things that aren’t really making an impact with the big goals I set for my year.
This month, I realized that I have a big tendency to waste so much time doing things that don’t matter, that I don’t actually take any steps on the things that do matter.
Specifically, I am pretty disappointed with how much time I spent on my phone and watching TV (did I really need to watch the Justice League movie just to “see for myself” how bad it was? NO. – and it was awful).
I have all these grand plans when I get home from work that I am going to make dinner, spend quality time with Kinsley, go work out and then do a load of laundry or spend time on hobbies and writing. But what actually happens is that I make PB&J sandwiches say that I am going to sit down for a minute to relax and then don’t get up for 2 hours because I got distracted with 17 episodes of Fixer Upper Behind the Design and all of the Instagram Stories that have been published in the past 24 hours.
It is a HUGE time-suck. And not one of my goals involves knowing what an old acquaintances cat did the other day that was so funny (spoiler alert: nothing. Because it’s a cat.).
Do you struggle with that too?
I am looking for some apps or techniques that will help me limit my phone time or stop the habit of scrolling social media when I am bored. If you have any tips, let me know in the comments!
- Review Monthly Subscriptions & Cancel Uneeded Sercives – Over the years, I have signed up for a lot of subscription serivces. Some of them I absolutely love (here is a list of my faves!), but some I just don’t use as much as I intended. So my goal is to go through and identify all of my subscription services and cancel the ones that I don’t use or could live without. I am sure I can find a better use for those dollars, like putting them in savings… or go to Target…
- Write 3 “No Reason” Notes – I love getting snail mail and I have found that my friends do too. So in an effort to encourage them better, I am going to write a few notes to send to several friends and hopefully brighten their day!
- Go to the Pool Twice – Does twice not sound like enough? We moved to a new neighborhood since last summer and I actually get really nervous trying new places, even if it just the local pool. But Kinsley loves the pool and I have so much fun getting to splash around with her in swim lessons this past month, so I am looking forward to trying new things!
- Have 2 social media free days – In an effort to cut down on the distractions, I am going to implement 2 social media free days this week. Because I can live without knowing what guest Taylor Swift brought to her most recent concert. Can’t I? For starters, I think I will move all of my social media apps to the last page on my phone’s home screen, which may help me think about what I am doing when I have to search for the apps that are usually front and center on my main screen.
- Plan out my week on Sunday – This was one of my weekly goals last month and I really saw some success! It made me feel like I had made a little promise to myself that I would get certain things done so on Saturday, I really stepped it up to finish up any outstanding items on my to do list. And it helps me better communicate to my husband in our weekly business meetings.
- Work out 3x a Week – This is also a carry over from last month, but I failed big time. I came down with a terrible illness at the end of the month (I think I had the Man Flu because it knocked me out and I hear that sucker is really something else), and I did not feel like working out or getting out of bed at all for about a week. And I ran out of time to work out on other days because I was too busy catching up on old episodes of Once Upon a Time (also bad).
- Read My Bible – Still working on readying my entire Bible from cover to cover!
- Do 1 load of laundry – It is so much eaiser to do laundry in small bits than to do load after load on a Saturday. I did this well earlier in the year, and am looking to get back in this process.
What are some of your goals this month? Want to join me for a social media free day? I will be sharing tips on how I am limiting my social scrolling on Instagram all month (ironic – yes.) so follow me there for encouragement and ideas!
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