Jul 5, 2016

July Goals & June Goals Review



Oh gosh, I really dropped the ball on goals for June. It was a really busy month. We went to Chicago for my brother's wedding, I started my new job as a PNP in an ER at a children's hospital, I started working on my writing a lot more seriously, and I celebrated the big 3-0! (See photos from June HERE). All that to say, my focus was  split in many different directions and a lot of the goals I set at the starting of the month fell by the wayside. Instead of feeling too guilty about it, I want to take inventory of the goals that are most important for July and start fresh motivation.

June Goals

SPIRITUAL GOALS
(1) Memorize atleast one verse during weekly lectio divina this month and review/meditate on it all month (No. Sadly, I didnt do lectio divina at all in June)
(2) Continue weekly Bible journaling to process what I am learning in my lectio divina of Psalms ( I didnt do lectio divina at all in June, but I have been studying the attributes of God through reading None Like Him by Jen Wilkin. I wrote about God being infinite HERE)
(3) Stay on track with my daily Bible Reading Plan (I am a week or two behind, but still truckin' along)
(4) Continue reading Living By the Book: The Art and Science of Reading the Bible and practice the various methods of studying the Bible that we explore in our Bible study group  

PHYSICAL/NUTRITIONAL GOALS
(1) Make a better effort this month to dramatically decrease dairy, gluten, and processed foods since this helped my GI issues and acne in April (I can't say I dramatically decreased it, but made a small effort overall. I won't cross it off because I know I should have done better)
(2) Bump up to 3 mile runs and continue using free weights for upper arms (NO. I got up to 2.75mi but have been so busy, I stopped running the past 2 weeks).

LEARNING GOALS
(1) Re-read one book (halfway through The Secret Garden) along with reading new books. (Yes! Read my book reviews HERE)
(2) Review common illnesses and treatments to prep  for upcoming new job as a PNP in a pediatric ER. (Nope)
(3) Read or at least skim through a few books that have themes, narrative structures, or similar plot as the story I am working on to get inspiration and to learn from the ways other authors write. (Nope)

WRITING GOALS
(1) Write atleast 1 hour three times a week for my novel (!!!) and complete first draft of 3-4 chapters. (YES!!)
(2) Continue writing for the blog atleast once a week

SOCIAL GOALS
(1) Host a couple over for dinner
(2) Write to my Compassion Child (and remember to pray for her throughout the month)
(3) Have fun in Chicago at the end of the month, celebrating my brother's wedding! 

MARRIAGE GOALS
(1) Continue taking time on Sunday evenings to ask each other THESE questions to help reflect on our week and how we can be helping one another in the following week (No. Sadly, I don't think we did this at all in June)
(2) Find new ways to have quality time together, especially since June is gonna be a busy month!

FINANCIAL GOALS
(1) Continue weekly chats about our finances and looking over our expenses using YNAB (Nope! I think we only did this once this month)

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July Goals
SPIRITUAL GOALS
(1) Continue studying attributes of God through Jen Wilkin's book, None Like Him. Journal what I am learning as well as answering the questions at the end of each chapter
(2) Memorize one verse 
(3) Stay on track with my daily Bible Reading Plan

PHYSICAL/NUTRITIONAL GOALS
(1) Make a better effort this month to dramatically decrease dairy, gluten, and processed foods since this helped my GI issues and acne in April 
(2) Workout twice a week

LEARNING GOALS
(1) Read 5 books
(2) Remember to have grace for myself with my new job: I don't have to know everything (and I won't!) and it's ok to ask questions.

WRITING GOALS
(1) Write 3-4 times a week and write 3-4 chapters

SOCIAL GOALS
(1) Write to my Compassion Child (and remember to pray for her throughout the month)

MARRIAGE GOALS
(1) Take time on Sunday evenings to ask each other THESE questions to help reflect on our week and how we can be helping one another in the following week 
(2) Find new ways to have quality time together, especially since June is gonna be a busy month!

FINANCIAL GOALS
(1) Continue weekly chats about our finances and looking over our expenses using YNAB

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What are your goals this month?




8 comments:

  1. Hi! I found your blog through the #MonthlyGold linkup at Stay Gold Autumn!
    Wow! You have so many different goals for so many areas of your life! You inspire me! Looking forward to reading your July update next month!

    Emily Anne
    http://alittlesparrowsblog.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Emily! Thanks so much for visiting! I really enjoyed your goals too! I hope you can find a wedding date soon! Happy wedding planning!

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  2. I'm loving how you have your goals set up! I think you did pretty good considering how many goals you had (and that you had a busy month). Good luck on your July goals!

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    1. Hi Danielle! It has helped to categorize them because then I feel like I can focus on them better than if they were in one long list (I think my brain just likes lists!).

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  3. Stopped by to take a look at your goals for the month too. I absolutely love that you include learning goals for yourself. That is such a clever idea. I also like that I'm not the only one breaking their goals into categories :). I Hope you have a great day! I can't believe it is almost Friday already.

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes, it has really helped to break goals up into different categories! I feel like I am more productive that way. And thanks … I want to always keep learning, so having learning goals helps with reminding me to make that a priority, even if it's just something small.

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  4. LOVE all of these goals posts! I keep saying I'm going to start doing them and then I forget every month. I guess I need to make it one of my goals! Haha.

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    1. Hi Lindsay! It helps me to post them online because I feel like its an extra step of accountability. It helped me to carve out a few minutes at the end of each month to write down goals and try to prioritize a few things I wanted to work on the next month, and that made writing the goal post a lot easier because I wasn't staring at a blank screen trying to figure out the goals right there. I hope that helps a bit!

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Elle Alice