Showing posts with label goals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label goals. Show all posts

Monday, December 5, 2016

One Little Word: December

On the one hand, I want to give December all I've got and leave the year off really putting my best effort forth. On the other hand, I am really excited about the goals I have in mind for next year and how I plan to tackle them. I'm ready to move forward while really simplifying this month to make it extra special.

I think I'm going to go the simplifying route. I really don't want to add a million things to my list on the fridge this month and try to be productive in other ways. I want to intentionally be present. I want to play with JaiseAnn and be kinder to Zach. I want to have more patience and to feel more peace.

I'm feeling really good with how I did this year. I've accomplished so much. I swear it feels like 2016 was my year. I started paying down debt, finished my Master's program including a thesis and I feel SO good about it. I started working from home in a way that fits my needs/schedule PERFECTLY. I have reached out and made some new friendships while drawing boundaries and removing myself from situations that weren't right for me. I've really learned the value of setting goals and making an active effort to achieve them. I feel that (for the most part) I'm a better person leaving this year than I was when it started--in countless ways. So let's do this. Let's MAKE December what I want it to be: simply, intentional, special, and peaceful.


Home:

*2 15 Minutes Quick Cleaning Sessions Per Day (The days that I do implement this, feel so much more productive and I feel so much better about my time management.)

*Clean kitchen and living room before bed every night (this helps the morning run so much smoother and I don't feel like I'm starting the day with a time deficit.)

*Play Christmas music and have Scentsy on every day


Motherhood:


*PLAY together DAILY


*Enjoy the season with this girl as she is right now--read books, watch movies, bake cookies, play in the snow (if applicable), and just share in the magic of it all.


Marriage:


*Be kinder. (Give the benefit of the doubt, more forgiving, pray for him daily, don't complain, do nice things, be grateful.) 


Health:


*Honor my body (Gift myself with waking up each day feeling good and hopeful. I feel that most when I take the best care of myself. Being kind to my body may mean setting boundaries and that's okay.)


Spiritual:


*Find ways to share my love of the Savior this month (go to the temple, participate in the #LighttheWorld advent, be kinder, etc.)


Career/Education:


*Do my job but keep it simple this month. 


What are your goals for December? Are you giving it one final PUSH or are you stepping back and simplifying?

Sunday, December 4, 2016

How Did November Go?


Home:
*Bedroom makeover. (We've been saving for a new bed (part of the reason that I haven't been able to make purchases for other home things) and we have purchased the bed (more on that later). We hope to have it up the first week of November along with a few other changes to our room including a new headboard and a few prints on the walls. I will fill you in more when this is completed. (We have a new bed and new sheets--still more to come on those two things--but we do not have the other changes made yet.)

*Curtain Rod/Hang Curtains 

*JaiseAnn's art work display I bought ours from  HarperSaw (great quality/service)and Zach hung them in our living room. We have limited wall space, but I wanted to hang her stuff up to display somewhere other than the fridge. 

*Faith Wall 

*Update family pictures/frames

*Kitchen Print (I bought the print and it's in the frame. Zach failed at getting his part of this done this month.)

*Finish Christmas shopping (About 2 years ago I set a goal to be done by December 1st. I'm almost done with Zach's family but I still need to do my parents/brother's family and our immediate family-it's a big task. I'm up to the challenge, though. I really like having December to just focus on the magic and reverence of Christmas. 

*2 10 Minutes Quick Cleaning Sessions Per Day (The days that I do implement this, feel so much more productive and I feel so much better about my time management.)

Motherhood:

*PLAY together DAILY

*Weekly--Counting activity (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4) and craft (weeks 1, 2, 3,4)

*Bake together at least once--something pumpkin


*2 play dates

Marriage:

*Anniversary celebration (we gearing up to celebrate our 7th (we always go in on something we can enjoy together (depending on the budget) but haven't had the money since JaiseAnn was born. This year we got a bed so that makes up for all the years we went without.) We also have some fun plans for a weekend together.

*Do something special for Zach for anniversary (just because we go in on our gift together, I still want to do something special for him even if it's not a gift).

*Don't complain for an entire month. (This makes me sound awful, but I'm just being honest. This is something I need to work on. It's a lofty goal for me, but I've been really feeling the push to try it and see how things go if I don't try to control through complaining.)

Health:

*Get hair cut

*Schedule a massage

*No snacking (aside from a designated snack) after JaiseAnn goes to bed

*Go to bed early one night per week

*Read at least 2 books

Spiritual:

*Start studying conference talks from my schedule (and buy a conference Ensign) (one week I did this)

*Go to the Temple (this is part of our anniversary weekend we have planned. I'm excited. It's been too long!) 

*New scripture on the fridge to reflect on

*PRAY! (I need to be better about this) (better but nowhere near 100%)

Career/Education:

*Start teaching my course


*Come up with a schedule for teaching in December (what days I'll do what, etc.)

*Check on grad status--particularly my thesis status--by Nov. 15

*Email about thesis by 4th

Obviously November wasn't my month. Hopefully I can do better in December. 

How did you do last month?

Monday, November 7, 2016

One Little Word: November Goals

This is it--we're down to the final months of 2016. How quickly it flew and how sad I am to see it go, but like I said, I'm already brainstorming my goals for the new year and I'm excited about tackling them. (A big thank you to those of you who still show up here when I do post. It means a lot to me and it helps me feel a bit more accountable in keeping up with my goals!)

I'm linking up with Aubrey, Ashley, and Suzanna today--Join us by linking up your monthly goals below.




My goal list for this month may seem extensive, it is to me, too. I'm actually overwhelmed by it. Note two things:

1. We are still aiming for a no-spend year next year (or something like it--I hope to fill you in when we approach new goals for the new year). With that in mind, there were a few big ideas I had for our house at the start of 2016 that still haven't happened and I'm really pushing to complete as much as possible in the final months before we start a new year so that contributes to the extensiveness of my list. 

2. I'm teaching an online course (a bit unexpectedly-long story) starting this month. You won't see a lot of goals associated with it, but you will note that I don't have many goals in the "career" department, but this is in the back of my mind. I'm quite overwhelmed as I have very little idea regarding what to expect with this. 

November Goals to MAKE my life what I want:

Home:
*Bedroom makeover. (We've been saving for a new bed (part of the reason that I haven't been able to make purchases for other home things) and we have purchased the bed (more on that later). We hope to have it up the first week of November along with a few other changes to our room including a new headboard and a few prints on the walls. I will fill you in more when this is completed. 

*Curtain Rod/Hang Curtains 

*JaiseAnn's art work display

*Faith Wall

*Update family pictures/frames

*Kitchen Print

*Finish Christmas shopping (About 2 years ago I set a goal to be done by December 1st. I'm almost done with Zach's family but I still need to do my parents/brother's family and our immediate family-it's a big task. I'm up to the challenge, though. I really like having December to just focus on the magic and reverence of Christmas. 

*2 10 Minutes Quick Cleaning Sessions Per Day (The days that I do implement this, feel so much more productive and I feel so much better about my time management.)

Motherhood:

*PLAY together DAILY

*Weekly--Counting activity (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4) and craft (weeks 1, 2, 3,4)

*Bake together at least once--something pumpkin

*2 play dates

Marriage:

*Anniversary celebration (we gearing up to celebrate our 7th (we always go in on something we can enjoy together (depending on the budget) but haven't had the money since JaiseAnn was born. This year we got a bed so that makes up for all the years we went without.) We also have some fun plans for a weekend together.

*Do something special for Zach for anniversary (just because we go in on our gift together, I still want to do something special for him even if it's not a gift).

*Don't complain for an entire month. (This makes me sound awful, but I'm just being honest. This is something I need to work on. It's a lofty goal for me, but I've been really feeling the push to try it and see how things go if I don't try to control through complaining.)

Health:

*Get hair cut

*Schedule a massage

*No snacking (aside from a designated snack) after JaiseAnn goes to bed

*Go to bed early one night per week

*Read at least 2 books

Spiritual:

*Start studying conference talks from my schedule (and buy a conference Ensign)

*Go to the Temple (this is part of our anniversary weekend we have planned. I'm excited. It's been too long!) 

*New scripture on the fridge to reflect on

*PRAY! (I need to be better about this)

Career/Education:

*Start teaching my course

*Come up with a schedule for teaching in December (what days I'll do what, etc.)

*Check on grad status--particularly my thesis status--by Nov. 15

*Email about thesis by 4th

Wish me luck. Seriously. 

What are some of your goals for November?


Monday, October 31, 2016

October Follow-Up

How did I do this month? 

Well, I feel okay about how this month went goal-wise. I could have done better, but I also still feel really good about the things that did get checked off. If anything, this month got me really thinking about my goals for next month and I'm already brainstorming my overarching goals and how I want to attempt to tackle them next year. I'm excited. So...here's a list of how I did. Let me know how you did, too!




Home
*Prints (and frames) for "Faith Gallery Wall" (I've got the prints but getting them on the wall will have to happen next month)
*Learn to Use/Use Dehydrater for fruit
*Way to display JaiseAnn's artwork (ordered from a store on ETSY (I'll link when I get them on the wall--also next month)
*Curtain Rods 
*Quote for Living Room
*Quote for Kitchen (I got it, I just need to get it on the wall--next month hopefully)
*New Blinds
*Update 72 hour kits with new clothes and food (I do this every Fall conference weekend.)

Motherhood
*Print JaiseAnn's 1-2 Year Baby Book
*update JaiseAnn's baby book (I'm counting a few updates I made, but I need to set more specific goals next month)
*Intentional time each day (even when we are out and about) to sit down and play together (I feel pretty good about the progress I've made here) 
*Structured counting activity each week 
*Structured craft/themed activity each week
*Drive and picnic to see the leaves


Marriage
*Go on a date night out (I have this one planned and so far Zach doesn't know about it and I am SO excited about it. I'll tell you when I report on these goals!!!)  (Oh my goodness you guys, this ended up being such a disappointment. I was so disappointed and then annoyed with myself for my disappointment. Ugh! I had heard that Steve Martin and Martin Short were coming to Boise just after Zach's birthday. I thought he'd love the show but when I looked up tickets, they were expensive. Like $125 for the nosebleeds expensive. I ended up trying to win and ACTUALLY WINNING tickets. I was so excited to give them to him for his birthday and then go to it the following week. I had been looking forward to it for over a month and the DAY OF THE SHOW, I found out it had been cancelled and wasn't set to reschedule. We had floor seats to this amazing show and I had been looking forward to it kinda ridiculously. So we had to replan at the very last minute (because my mom was watching JaiseAnn and wanted to still have her) and it ended up being a dud of a date night. I was in a really bad mood, we just went out to eat at a sandwich place and did a little shopping. Lame. It was really lame. And I was really sour about the whole thing. It was not my best moment.)
*Family date night (to corn maze)
*Do something special for Zach's birthday
*Intentional Date nights at home--preplanned each week 
*Make plans for our anniversary next month

Health
*Experiment with making natural sugar things/reduce refined sugar intake
*No eating after JaiseAnn goes to bed
*Go to bed early one night per week
*Get hair cut (this is scheduled for the first week of November, so that kind of counts I assume?)
*Read 2 books at least (I think I finished 5 this month)
*Schedule and enjoy a massage

Spirituality
*Put up a new scripture to reflect on on the fridge
*Have FHE every week this month--just a five minute message (again, 50/50 on this goal-which is better than nothing)
*Scripture Study
*Create a conference schedule (see it here)

Career/Education
*Email about academic writing (thesis and article) (the amount of time I've put this off is ridiculous. I've been a bit lazy--and I've been enjoying reading a whole lot so that's not helping. I also have a new job thing that came unexpectedly at a weird time so I'm not sure about where this is going)
*Apply for a job I have on my radar
*Work on improving my skills 

What are some of your goals this month?

Monday, October 3, 2016

One Little Word: October Goals


Zach and I have been throwing around the idea of a "no spend" goal for 2017, where we don't buy any "extras" for an entire year. No extra clothes, accessories, home decor, etc. We don't spend a whole lot on that stuff as it is, but I really have a feeling that doing this will help us make more advances toward gratitude and acceptance/contentment of the things that we have and to make the most of the simple little home that we have and living within our means. Additionally, we are working toward a new goal of paying off my student loans. We would really like to pay them off in the next year and half and I think it's possible--I really do. But we have to eliminate all other forms of spending, I am really excited about this. That being said, I'm not sure if I want to wait a full year to make some of the tiny/small changes to our home that I was/am hoping to make. So...I will have some lofty/probably repeat goals for our home for the next few months as we prepare to go without any additions, I'd like to get some of my main home goals taken care of. 

JaiseAnn and I did a fall leaves painting activity the other day. I was pretty pleased with how mine turned out. 

Now, my goals: 

Home
*Prints (and frames) for "Faith Gallery Wall"
*Learn to Use/Use Dehydrater for fruit
*Way to display JaiseAnn's artwork
*Curtain Rods
*Quote for Living Room
*Quote for Kitchen
*New Blinds
*Update 72 hour kits with new clothes and food (I do this every Fall conference weekend.)

Motherhood
*Print JaiseAnn's 1-2 Year Baby Book
*update JaiseAnn's baby book
*Intentional time each day (even when we are out and about) to sit down and play together
*Structured counting activity each week
*Structured craft/themed activity each week
*Drive and picnic to see the leaves


Marriage
*Go on a date night out (I have this one planned and so far Zach doesn't know about it and I am SO excited about it. I'll tell you when I report on these goals!!!)
*Family date night (to corn maze)
*Do something special for Zach's birthday
*Intentional Date nights at home--preplanned each week 
*Make plans for our anniversary next month

Health
*Experiment with making natural sugar things/reduce refined sugar intake
*No eating after JaiseAnn goes to bed
*Go to bed early one night per week
*Get hair cut
*Read 2 books at least
*Schedule and enjoy a massage

Spirituality
*Put up a new scripture to reflect on on the fridge
*Have FHE every week this month--just a five minute message
*Scripture Study
*Create a conference schedule

Career/Education
*Email about academic writing (thesis and article)
*Apply for a job I have on my radar
*Work on improving my skills 

What are some of your goals this month?

Saturday, October 1, 2016

September Update

September has come to an end. September is by far one of my favorite months of the year. It may actually be my very favorite, so I'm always sad to see it end. But it was a good month. A really good month. I celebrated my birthday and had a really good day. One of my favorite birthdays yet I might say--nothing too extraordinary, but just a really  good day and I feel like I'm really coming into my own in my thirties. I've decided that "coming of age" stories should really be for thirty-something women. Speaking of stories, I completed my media fast about 30% of the time. I did check in on a few blogs (but didn't take time to comment whichI felt bad about) and I checked a few family Instagram accounts occasionally, but other than that I steered clear and it was glorious. In fact, I am pretty much going to keep doing what I was already doing indefinitely. I don't need social media. 



I filled my "downtime" with more stimulating forms of media--mainly podcasts (I'm late to the podcast train but I HAVE ARRIVED!!!) and reading. I've read 8 books since mid August and am really loving that I have a little extra time to read right now--which is why I've probably been dragging my feet on some work projects/applications I could be doing.I do need to fill my downtime with more spiritually uplifting media as well. 

My theme for this month's goals is: progress is progress. I didn't accomplish all of my goals with 100% accuracy, I still did better and made steps to improving myself and making myself and my life what I want it to be.

*Complete a full month-long media fast

Home
*Organize JaiseAnn's baby clothes into space bags  (While I feel a million times better that this project is done-I still have a few more clothes that need to be put away. I'll need a few more space bags and one more tote and I think then I'll be good for a while.)
*Consign my remaining clothes from my closet cleanout
*Waterbath can tomatoes from my garden (goal of 50 pts) (I canned 24 pints of tomoatoes. I had to buy 30 lbs of tomatoes to finish even that much. This helped me to realize that I may not ever reach my goal unless I double the size of my garden. But I'm glad I almost halfway reached it--and now I know how to waterbath can on my own--which is a skill I've been wanting to have for a while now. I also canned some peaches this month with my mom-so I learned a lot there, too.) 

Motherhood
*print one baby book
*update JaiseAnn's baby book
*Intentional time each day (even when we are out and about) to sit down and play together
*Structured counting and other learning activities every other week (I don't feel good enough about these two things on the end of this list to cross them off, but I definitely made progress and also was able to create a more functional schedule for us that is an answer to prayers and I have a goal of following through with in the next months.)

Marriage
*Go on a date night out
*Play a card or board game together 2 nights (we only did this one night...which is sad for me. We love games. Hopefully we can really start to increase the number of nights we do this.)
*Family date night
*1 nice thing for Zach each week (3/4 of the month)
*Breakfast and lunches made for Zach every week day (I've been slacking on this-for various reasons--and Zach is in a really busy work situation right now and I feel like I need to be more supportive and one way to do that is to make sure that food is one less thing he has to think/worry about)

Health
*Experiment with making natural sugar things/reduce refined sugar intake
*No eating after JaiseAnn goes to bed
*Go to bed early one night per week (1/2 of the time)
*Schedule and enjoy a massage

Spirituality
*Put up a new scripture to reflect on on the fridge
*Have FHE every week this month--just a five minute message (1/2 of the time)
*Scripture Study

Career/Education
*Set up and follow through with a meeting about academic writing
*Retake a test for my online profile site
*Cancel my domain for this blog and go back to a Blogspot account (not really necessary right now. My domain is active and paid through 2018. I think I'll stick around and blog for small purposes like these monthly check ins and such for a while and see where I go from there.) 

How did you do in September?

Monday, September 5, 2016

One Little Word: September Goals

Here are my goals for September. (To see how August went-read here.)

I do have one overarching goal--a media fast for myself. This goes along with all of my categories honestly. Sometimes my phone or computer useage can be a time suck for me--and take away from any of the areas I prioritize when I'm setting goals. So this month I'm fasting from that distraction to help me reset my priorities. 

*Complete a full month-long media fast

Home
*Organize JaiseAnn's baby clothes into space bags
*Consign my remaining clothes from my closet cleanout
*Waterbath can tomatoes from my garden (goal of 50 pts)

Motherhood
*print one baby book
*update JaiseAnn's baby book
*Intentional time each day (even when we are out and about) to sit down and play together
*Structured counting and other learning activities every other week

Marriage
*Go on a date night out
*Play a card or board game together 2 nights
*Family date night
*1 nice thing for Zach each week
*Breakfast and lunches made for Zach every week day (I've been slacking on this-for various reasons--and Zach is in a really busy work situation right now and I feel like I need to be more supportive and one way to do that is to make sure that food is one less thing he has to think/worry about)

Health
*Experiment with making natural sugar things/reduce refined sugar intake
*No eating after JaiseAnn goes to bed
*Go to bed early one night per week
*Schedule and enjoy a massage

Spirituality
*Put up a new scripture to reflect on on the fridge
*Have FHE every week this month--just a five minute message
*Scripture Study

Career/Education
*Set up and follow through with a meeting about academic writing
*Retake a test for my online profile site
*Cancel my domain for this blog and go back to a Blogspot account 

What are some of your goals this month?

Monday, August 1, 2016

One Little Word: August Goals

My goals for August--to see how I did in July read here.

Home
*Outline purchases/things for MAKING our home for Sept.-Nov.
*Organize JaiseAnn's baby clothes into space bags
*Get rid of my unused clothes and Zach's unused clothes-either thrift or consign
*Waterbath can tomatoes from my garden (goal of 50 pts)

Motherhood
* 2 play dates
*One new adventure/exploration

Marriage
*Go on adate night-OUT! (Movies)
*Play a card or board game together one night
*Family fair date night

Health
*No refined sugar treats
*No eating after JaiseAnn goes to bed
*Hit at least 10,000 steps at least 4 days per week --average 7,000 the rest of the days 
*Drink my warm lemon water (32 oz) every morning before eating breakfast (I usually drink it with breakfast)
*Go to bed early one night per week
*Schedule a massage (Zach got me a gift certificate for a massage LAST Mother's Day-2015-and I still haven't used it. I've been saving it until I'm done with school so I need to go set up an appointment!)

Spirituality
*Buy a conference edition of Ensign
*Study my conference talks for August
*Put up a new scripture to reflect on on the fridge
*Have FHE every week this month--just a five minute message

Career/Education
*Submit final approved version of thesis
*Complete portfolio
*Set up and follow through with a meeting about academic writing
*Complete my profile on an online site

What are some of your goals this month?

How July Went

How did I do in July toward my goals of MAKING my life what I want it to be? July was the antithesis of June--thank goodness. June was full of busyness and work and July was full of fun and play. We had company twice this month--which meant lots of sightseeing and visiting places and playing. It was so good! So let's see how I did on my things to do:

Home
*Have a garage sale and/or get rid of a bunch of stuff in the garage I'm not sure if this was worth it-it was a full day outside in the heat and some work setting up and we didn't get rid of much. We did haul a whole lot to a second hand store, though, so--we're making small progress on organizing the garage. 
*Organize JaiseAnn's baby clothes into space bags This will hopefully get tackled next month. I know I sound like a broken record, but we are diligently paying down a debt right now and we are so close to meeting our goal that I have not spent an extra penny that didn't need to be spent. Hopefully sometime in August (or maybe September) this will happen. 

Motherhood
*Update JaiseAnn's 2nd year baby book and her memory book (I haven't entered a daily memory since the first of June, but I have plenty of documentation elsewhere that will help me update it. I just have to make the time). 
* 2 play dates
*One routine-free day
*Swimming Lessons
*Finish our summer reading program

Marriage
*Do something fun and different for date night Zach's parents were in town and so we did a double day date to float the Boise River. We had a blast (it's one of my favorite outdoor activities) and made for a perfect day! 
*Go on an actual date night-OUT! I'm counting the above on that one, too. My mom watched JaiseAnn
*Play a card or board game together one night
*Do something thoughtful for Zach for a special occasion coming up I left Zach and JaiseAnn overnight for the first time ever this past week. I tried to do a little something special for him to thank him for watching JaiseAnn for me while I went to a work thing. He took a vacation day to watch her during the day and then had her at night as well. He is amazing and I just wanted to let him know that I knew that--and that I'd miss him-even just overnight. 

Health
*No refined sugar treats
*No eating after JaiseAnn goes to bed
*Hit at least 10,000 steps at least 4 days per week --average 7,000 the rest of the days 
*Schedule a dentist appointment
*SUN every.single.day. I have a tan that rivals my college years to prove it. I'm loving summer with a toddler! 

Spirituality
*Study my conference talks for July
*Put up a new scripture to reflect on on the fridge

Career/Education
*Revise and submit final approved version of thesis (this will be done the first week of August--I need a signature and there was some trouble arranging for that)
*Submit a summarized version of my thesis as an article 
*Complete portfolio
*Finish online training I'm currently completing

What are some of your goals this month?

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

One Little Word: July Goals

Here are my goals for July. I think July is going to be a big "gateway" goal month. Some of the things written here (and not written) that are our goals for the month should likely lead to making/acheiving different goals in the coming months. (To see how I did in June--the month that nearly killed me-see here). 



Home
*Have a garage sale and/or get rid of a bunch of stuff in the garage
*Organize JaiseAnn's baby clothes into space bags

Motherhood
*Update JaiseAnn's 2nd year baby book and her memory book (I haven't entered a daily memory since the first of June, but I have plenty of documentation elsewhere that will help me update it. I just have to make the time). 
* 2 play dates
*One routine-free day
*Swimming Lessons
*Finish our summer reading program

Marriage
*Do something fun and different for date night
*Go on an actual date night-OUT!
*Play a card or board game together one night
*Do something thoughtful for Zach for a special occasion coming up

Health
*No refined sugar treats
*No eating after JaiseAnn goes to bed
*Hit at least 10,000 steps at least 4 days per week --average 7,000 the rest of the days 
*Schedule a dentist appointment
*SUN every.single.day.

Spirituality
*Study my conference talks for July
*Put up a new scripture to reflect on on the fridge

Career/Education
*Revise and submit final approved version of thesis
*Submit a summarized version of my thesis as an article 
*Complete portfolio
*Finish online training I'm currently completing

What are some of your goals this month?

Saturday, July 2, 2016

How Did I Do, June?

The first half of June was by far one of the most challenging of my life. I stopped blogging pretty much in February. I was super overwhelmed with my school/work/home situation and we had just found out our dog was terminally ill. I was a mess--waking up in the middle of the night, dizzy spells, constant headaches, etc. It was bad and I was actually pretty scared for myself for a while. The good thing was it helped me prioritize. I realized what I needed to take off of my plate (blogging was definitely a first to go) as well as the steps I wanted to take after school was over. 

I plowed through the Spring semester--and did well and handled it pretty okay. At the end of May, I was finalizing my thesis, our dog stopped eating and started rapidly losing weight, and things just went crazy. The first half of June was like February on crack! I was stressed, sad, overwhelmed, and completely exhausted. I had a headache every.single.day and I was just a mess. There were some awesome moments--my brother got married, I defended my thesis (which--finishing my defense was one of the best feelings in the world-it went better than I could have ever hoped), and we took a family vacation to Washington DC--I was there for a work training, but the training was flexible and I wanted JaiseAnn with me--so we made it a vacation and that was so nice. BUT--we also lost our Mal and I still am reeling from that loss. It was just a hard month. I honestly feel like I was drugged or something because it was so intense that I look back on it and feel like it was a dream or something. So...June was filled with high highs and low lows--and the 2nd half of June was kinda just there--not really filled with much as we have tried to adjust to life without Mal, less intense work on my thesis (but it is still there), and tried to let things settle. 


So yeah, June was a month we won't soon forget. The things I did accomplish this month are definitely worth being proud of--and grateful for. We are so grateful.

Home
*Buy curtain rods and hang curtains 
*Have a garage sale and/or get rid of a bunch of stuff in the garage
*Organize JaiseAnn's baby clothes into space bags 
The bottom two things on this list have been added to July--I'm waiting on curtain rods for budget stuff--our trip to DC went a  little over budget so we're cutting back until we're back on track. So no curtain rods still--but I'll get them soon enough. 

Motherhood
*Make a second bird feeder for backyard and buy and hang a hummingbird feeder, too (I made the feeder and plan to post it because it's super cute and I love it, but I haven't hung it yet. As for the hummingbird stuff-I did some research and I'm just going to have to wait until next year. Did you know that hummingbirds send out scouts to look for food in May? That way they know where to go--so the likelihood of them finding me now is slim. I am facinated by that, though, and plan to get a feeder for next year and have it up in the early spring.)
*Finish JaiseAnn's baby books (So I finished these-BUT when I went to print them I had so many more pages than I thought--so again, more than I budgeted for. We have a plan for how to get them--which will have to be one at a time. Oh, well.)
* 2 play dates
*Father's Day activities for Dad and Grandpa's (maybe just cards to keep it simple)
*Sign JaiseAnn up for swimming lessons

Marriage
*Do something fun and different for date night
*Go on an actual date night (Scheduling this one for July if it kills me--and it should cover ^^ too, but I actually have a fun date night at home idea for July as well...so we're covered I think)
*Play a card or board game together one night

Health
*No refined sugar treats (I did great with this until we went to DC. I still did pretty good--the best I've ever done on vacation. But there's a Shake Shack in DC and that's a bucket list place for me, so I had a shake--and then a few other treats on our trip. **The shake wasn't anything to write home about, but the burger was good.** I struggled with the refined sugars this month, but ther's always next month.)
*No eating after JaiseAnn goes to bed with the exception of one night per week. (50/50 on this one.)
*70,000 steps per week (for the summer, I'm removing this. We're spending a lot of time at the pool/water park and my FitBit isn't waterproof so it comes off, but I'm still active and I don't want the anxiety of "not getting my steps in every day" so I'm going to modify this next month. I was worried my FitBit would ruin my trip to DC, so I left it home, but feel confident I got my steps in every day--even on the day that I was in an all day training--because ALL THE WALKING!)
*Get a massage 
*Schedule a dentist appointment
Apparently my health was not a priority this month--which probably contributes to some of the major struggles and anxieties I had. This is eye-opening for me. I did still exercise every day and ate relatively well, but these extras matter. 

Spirituality
*Write a conference schedule 
*Share conference schedule on blog (see it here)
*Nusery Father's Day activity
*Put up a new scripture to reflect on on the fridge

Career/Education
*Defend thesis (This was a highlight of the month for me for sure. It went so well and I am so excited about that! I loved my topic and my paper--my study was so interesting to me and I was really into it. I loved my entire committee, but am especially grateful for my chair! My mom and Zach and a few classmates came to watch and my brother and new sister-in-law watched JaiseAnn on campus. Zach, JaiseAnn, and I went to dinner to celebrate afterward. It was all around a very special day! It also felt so good to be done. I still have some revisions to make (see below) but the weight of having it so close to done with just minimal revisions is definitely something I'm excited about!)
*Revise and submit final approved version of thesis
*Complete trainings for two part-time work-from-home jobs for next year.

How did you do in June?

Monday, June 6, 2016

One Little Word: June {Link-Up}

Today I'm linking up with Aubrey, Suzanna, and Ashley. May was a whirlwind of stress for me. We're talking stress headaches about every other day and a severe lack of sleep (due to insomnia) by the end of the month. The next two weeks are going to be crazy for June and so I'm trying to set more reasonable goals while still pushing myself to MAKE this year what I want it to be. 



You can see how I did on my May goals here. 

Home
*Buy curtain rods and hang curtains 
*Have a garage sale and/or get rid of a bunch of stuff in the garage
*Organize JaiseAnn's baby clothes into space bags

Motherhood
*Make a second bird feeder for backyard and buy and hang a hummingbird feeder, too
*Finish JaiseAnn's baby books 
* 2 play dates
*Father's Day activities for Dad and Grandpa's (maybe just cards to keep it simple)
*Sign JaiseAnn up for swimming lessons

Marriage
*Do something fun and different for date night
*Go on an actual date night
*Play a card or board game together one night

Health
*No refined sugar treats
*No eating after JaiseAnn goes to bed with the exception of one night per week.
*70,000 steps per week
*Get a massage 
*Schedule a dentist appointment

Spirituality
*Write a conference schedule 
*Share conference schedule on blog
*Nusery Father's Day activity
*Put up a new scripture to reflect on on the fridge

Career/Education
*Defend thesis
*Revise and submit final approved version of thesis
*Complete trainings for two part-time work-from-home jobs for next year. 

What are your goals for June? Link up and share with us! 


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