I’m happy to report that I was pretty successful with my July goals, especially when compared to previous months. I managed to complete three of the six goals I set for myself, and I’m feeling really good about that! August is going to be a busy month, so I’ve tried to select goals that won’t require too much from me. Hopefully, I can have my first 100% completion! We’ll see. For now, let’s take a look back on my July goals:
1) Design and order my mom’s wedding album. Done! It arrived in mid-July and it was perfect. I used Mixbook to create the album, and it allowed me to stretch my creative muscles a bit, which was fun. My mom and stepdad both love the album, and I’m so happy I finally did this for them.
2) Leave positive ratings and reviews for 10 of my favorite podcasts. Done! I’m glad I finally did this because I know how much podcasters rely on ratings and reviews. It was just a little thing I could do for these people who create such great work and give so much to me on a weekly basis.
3) Add two extra writing sessions at Starbucks. Done! I went to Panera instead of Starbucks, but I think I might make this an every-other-week thing because I really enjoyed it. Both times, I went on a Monday after work and spent two hours working on writing projects. It was much needed!
4) Schedule a therapy appointment. Ugh, no. Again. Can I outsource this to someone? Eeks.
5) Have a no-spend week. Nope. The only week that worked for not spending money was the last week of July and I completely forgot about this goal by then. Oops.
6) Visit a new-to-me nature preserve. Nope. My weekends in July were a little more frantic than usual as I had some freelance writing assignments to complete, as well as my girls weekend and my mom’s birthday. So, it just didn’t work out this time around!
Here’s what I want to accomplish in August:
1) Go to the gym every Wednesday morning. So, I’ve decided to not cancel my gym membership – at least, not right now. Instead, I’m going to try to ramp up my fitness again. I figure that I’m making my membership worthwhile if I go twice a week (equals out to just under $5 a session), but I’m going to start small since I haven’t been consistent with exercise (or, at least, going to the gym for a workout) for a few months now. So I’m challenging myself to implement a Wednesday morning gym routine. It means setting an early alarm (4:45AM, oof) and packing a gym bag since I’ll need to shower and get ready for work at the gym. It’s a hectic way to start my morning, but I kinda miss those early morning gym sessions.
2) Schedule a therapy appointment. One of these days, I’m actually going to mark this as complete.
3) Buy an area rug. A few months ago, I found the area rug I wanted at Target. It’s about $100, and that’s not chump change for me so I couldn’t get it the moment I saw it. But August is going to be a good month for my finances, so I’m going to allow myself to buy it finally. Yay!
4) Spend at least 30 minutes outside every weekend. This shouldn’t be a hard goal to accomplish since I have a lot of plans in August that require being outside in the sunshine, so yay! But I made this goal to force myself to get outside since I have a tendency to stay inside, especially when I’m experiencing higher levels of anxiety or depression. I don’t need to make it a big production – even if I just go down to the pool with my book and put my feet in the water, that’s enough.
5) Buy a book about the Enneagram. It’s time to get cracking on what I think my type is, so I’m making myself the very simple goal to finally purchase a book about the Enneagram so I can read about all the types and figure out which one I am. I think I’m going to purchase The Road Back to You because it’s been highly lauded by many Enneagram fanatics, but if anyone has another rec, please let me know!
6) Cut my credit card balance in half. This is a pretty monstrous goal, but August is looking like a great month for my finances. I had two nice freelance assignments come in, and I get an “extra” paycheck this month, so I really think I can funnel a ton of money to my credit card. I’ll be happy to bring the balance under $1,000, but my bigger goal is to get it under $800.
Do you have any goals for August?