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?

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

August Progress

I didn't meet all of my goals this month, but I feel really good about the ones we did meet. We paid off our car over 3 years early-I never listed it as a goal because I was being intentionally private about that. Zach and I are dedicated to getting out of debt and we are definitely on our way and feel so grateful to be where we are. We still have a tight budget as I am not making nearly as much as I was as a graduate assistant and we have definite plans for what I am making now--but we are working on paying off the remaining student loan debt I have. Which means--yes, more tight budgets that may interfere from time to time with what I have planned for my goals.

This month was busy and productive and I just felt all around good about it. I'm sad to see summer leave, but I'm very much looking forward to next month. 

**As part of one of my goals for next month-I'm doing a media fast. This will include blogging--so if you are one of the few remaining readers--I've scheduled my Sept. goals post, but I won't be checking in here until Oct. 1st-so I'm not ignoring you, I promise. This is just something I really need to do. 

Home
*Outline purchases/things for MAKING our home for Sept.-Nov. (This only sort of happened)
*Organize JaiseAnn's baby clothes into space bags
*Get rid of my unused clothes and Zach's unused clothes-either thrift or consign (I'm marking half--because I have a load to take to consign, but I also took a load to the thrift store)
*Waterbath can tomatoes from my garden (goal of 50 pts)(Since my new nephew came this week (!!!) I have put this on hold until Thursday or Friday which puts me into Sept. but I'm definitely okay with it. 

Motherhood
* 2 play dates
*One new adventure/exploration

Marriage
*Go on adate night-OUT! (Movies)
*Play a card or board game together one night (How sad is it that this did not happen?) 
*Family fair date night

Health
*No refined sugar treats (I did about 50/50 on that and feel good about it)
*No eating after JaiseAnn goes to bed (This was a HUGE accomplishment for me and I stuck to it all month and felt so good!)
*Hit at least 10,000 steps at least 4 days per week --average 7,000 the rest of the days (My FitBit has me at an average of 9,000 steps per day right now, so I'd say I did very well on this)
*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

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?