Thursday, August 4, 2016

August Goals

Friends, August has arrived. I will forever be in school year mode as a result of my default teacher mindset and also by way of living in a college town with ebbs and flows. However, August has always meant new beginnings to me- new teachers, students, or classes. And even though I'm not in the classroom this year, it still feels that way. Summer vacation (sadly not the summer weather as well) is coming to a close, and it is time to restart!

Here's what I was working towards in July:

put the finishing touches on my devotional
organize the office/war room
tidy my papers and books using the Konmari method
meal plan for August
budget meeting
get brows done (self-care, peeps...gotta plan for it)
set up a prayer schedule with Ror
get master bathroom organized/decorated
catch up with Andrea

work out/be active for 20-30 minutes 5 x a week
call a friend
call a family member
write someone a note
blog at least 2x
weekly gratitude with Ror

read the Word
read James
encourage Ror
encourage someone else

The Nitty Gritty

July was a very full month. My goodness, it seems like we were celebrating the fourth of July eons ago and that our anniversary was a couple months ago instead of a few weeks back. July was great, though. One of the things that I was able to do in July was get the space of my office just about the way I want it to be. We were able to hang some things in there and organize my desk space, and I really like hanging out in there now. It is neat to have a little space of my own in our home. :)

I haven't been able to get to tidying my books and papers, but boy do I want to. Full disclosure: I was keeping a couple boxes on the floor that I wanted to tidy, thinking that I would get tired of looking at them and finally get them cleaned out. Not so much. I just put 'em up in our closet and resolved to tidy them when I have the time so that I could enjoy being in the room without the clutter!

It may have been a little late, but on Sunday night (yes, the last day of July, don't judge) Ror and I set up a prayer schedule for each week that we are hoping will help us be more intentional in our prayer life. Praying with him morning and evening is something that I am truly grateful for and hope that we continue through the life our marriage.

My mornings are still a lot of fun; I'm enjoying being able to work out in the morning and get some things done around the house before I leave for work. I'm also working on not being a slave to productivity and just enjoying. I think God wants us to to a good bit of that, too. :) I've been meal planning using my Purposeful Planner, eMeals, and the Skinnytaste cookbook, and it has become one of my favorite things to do.

What I Was Grateful for in July

Like I said, July was a whirlwind month. It was full of so. much. fun! I loved getting to celebrate our first anniversary in Chattanooga, and I sincerely hope that we can do a little trip like that each year just the two of us. We also had a blast on the fourth of July in our fort and kept it up pretty much all month. :) This past weekend, we hosted a bunch of kids from my class at Downtown Academy and their siblings/parents for a cookout, and that was an absolute blast. Hoping for more of that to come for sure. The Looking for Lovely weekend in Nashville was an incredible experience, and I got to make a new friend AND meet Annie Downs! God was good to me in July.

What I'm Working on in August

tidy books/papers
get brows done (it just didn't happen, peeps)
track my spending using the Every Dollar app
continue working on devotional
follow blog plan
follow prayer schedule

workout/be active 5x a week
call a friend
call a family member
weekly gratitude with Ror

read the Word
listen to/read/quote James
encourage Ror
encourage someone else

What are you working towards this month, friends?


  1. Great goals! I may need to incorporate something like this into my bullet journal. I do have daily prompts to read the Word and exercise, but I like your idea of being intentional about encouraging someone (that's big with me) and writing/calling a friend or family member. Those are all things I WANT to do, but if it's not on my list, it may not happen! Have a great August!

    1. I have heard good things about the bullet journal and am definitely intrigued! It is good to find something that works for you!



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