July flew by. We had a couple weddings that we traveled for so that made for two 3 day work weeks. Before I knew it, July 31st was here. During months where there is more travel, I find it harder to remember the goals I’ve set. You’re out of routine and life is much more spontaneous – which is how it should be! But all that to say, there were some goals that stayed at the forefront of my mind and some that became less of a priority.
So, here’s a check in with July goals:
- Send two cards. whoops. I got caught up writing wedding thank you cards and some cards for wedding gifts, but no personal cards.
- Finalize blogging newsletter and clean up the blog side bar. The newsletter will be changing with some other blog changes but I learned to use the one I have for now AND cleaned up the side bar for now. Happy with that!
- Host people in our home twice for dinner. We had our friend Trey stay with us the first week of July for 10 days before he got married. I’m counting that since we ate dinner with Trey + Nicole at our apartment a few times. I also hosted a couple girlfriends. In retrospect, this goal was too ambitious, so I’ll say given the hosting – the intention was there.
- Do yoga 1x a week. I did yoga 2 times last month and actually got back into Barre3 which I’m loving. That felt good. I do the short 30 minute classes so this fit better into my life and schedule. I feel stretched out and my mind is calmer with both movements so I think I’m in a good place with Barre3.
- Sabbath hard. And by hard I mean zilch work on Sundays. Definitely improving on this! I do a little blog work on Sundays in the morning, but to me that is restful because I love doing the blog/business in my pjs with a never ending cup of coffee. Still a work in progress but we’re making headway 🙂
- Be more patient + full of grace. Oy. This is HARD because living in the city right now feels overwhelming. Let’s just say this is a never ending goal that I will forever be working on. There were some growing pains in July.
- No work or social media past 8pm. Way better! I’ll do some things if I want to and it’s not taking away from other things. Again, a work in progress.
- Pray for 10 minutes. I don’t check things off everyday so I can’t say I did this every single day, but my prayer life is far more consistent. I like to turn off music or podcasts and pray on my bike ride into work since I’m less distracted that way.
Now, onto August goals! I felt that I bit off way too much in July so I’m simplifying things a lot in August. We have some international travel at the end of the month, my mom comes next week to visit, and Cody goes on maternity leave which means there will be more on my plate with Nutshell which I’m excited about. Soooo August is all about managing what I already have going on.
- Spend quality time with my momma. This will be the first time she’s visited since we’ve been married and I’m really looking forward to spending time with her.
- Redo the Nutshell Nutrition website –> I’m in the middle of restructuring how the practice is run and the services we offer. I’m excited about expanding and being able to provide better care! Also, when Cody comes back from maternity leave she will be with Nutshell full time vs part time so that is exciting. Super pumped about all this!
- Send ONE card. The biggest barrier for me was just actually remembering to do this. I wrote it down in my planner for this month so now this will happen!
- Active rest on the weekends. I was listening to a podcast a couple weeks ago (I forget which one now) and he talked about active rest versus just numbing out to things like Netflix. Active rest such as walking outside and listening to a podcast, laying on the ground and deep breathing, or reading a good book actually refreshes us more than just watching television or scrolling through social media. I tend to get caught up in the internet or Netflix and that doesn’t leave me as refreshed as I orginally hoped.
- 3 hours of deep work on Saturday or Sunday mornings. Depending on which day we decide to take for full rest from work, I want to set aside 3 hours of deep work on the other day. I’m reading Cal Newport’s, Deep Work and it is completely changing the way I think about “working” — I want to maximize my cognitive and creative capacity and that takes minimizing distractions. I plan to write a blog post on this once I get into the swing if you’re reading this and thinking what is this chick talking about??
- Be on time. Which includes giving myself 15 more minutes than I think I need. If you are a client of mine, you know I always start our session 5 minutes late. I literally do not know why this is SUCH a problem for me. Thankfully, clients know this about me and are super gracious 🙂 I also run late in much of my life which then leaves little margin for unexpected things (like the train being delayed or forgetting to lock the door) so I’m perpetually rushing. NOT GOOD. This will be the start of a really, really long growing process to start to change this. I will never be early. But being on time would be a nice change…
- Daily word to repeat repeat repeat. Breathe. I use the word gentleness often in my life and when I work with clients, but breathe resonates with me even more because it’s an action. It creates space for me to respond to things instead of react.
There’s August. I’m never striving for perfection, but rather some direction and intention.
Do you guys like these monthly posts? If so share some of your goals in the comments so we can cultivate some community!