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

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