I’ve been writing down monthly intentions or goals to help me focus in on what is important. Many of the things listed are daily habits I’m seeking to maintain or grow in. The goal is not to obtain perfection, but to make steady progress…and months when there isn’t any progress, to give myself grace and start again the next month. That is my hope for you too as you strive to implement daily/weekly/monthly habits. Here are my monthly intentions for August.
Recap of Intentions in July
Things that went well in July:
- my morning routine continued to go well in July.
- making my bed, meal planning, and intentional movement. I’m happy to say that I think these three things have become a daily and weekly habit after months and months of setting intentions to do them. It now feels strange NOT to do them.
- writing a list of 3 things I’m grateful for every day
- I finished listening to the audiobook You Are a Bad*ss: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness, and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero. I was really inspired by her money segment and checked out her You are a Bad*ss at Making Money. I think I have a lot of money blocks and I’m really eager to dig deeper.
- going out with friends. My friend Aimee and I went to a painting class together – it was a lot of fun! If you’re curious how my “masterpiece” turned out, you can check it out here.
- I decluttered our closet one more time.
- I posted at least once a week in July, including a guest post on my friend Rachel’s blog, Smart Mom Smart Ideas. It’s 5 Steps to Create a Kid’s Capsule Wardrobe. If you haven’t read it, click HERE.
- My audiobook is up and available for purchase! If your schedule allows for more time to listen to books rather than read them, give it a listen. The book will give you concrete steps to start making positive changes in your home environment and with your health. Go from overwhelmed to taking control. You can listen to the first part of the book HERE.
Things that were more challenging:
- writing 500 words a day
- getting the guts up to do a weekly FB Live.
- budgeting in You Need a Budget and meeting weekly with my husband. I was tracking my expenses in my planner, but not necessarily doing anything with those numbers! The weekly meetings really help because we sit down and subtract the expenses from the budget categories.
I’m not very tech savvy, but I’ve come to know that if I’m having problems with my computer, I should shut the computer down and restart it, before I call the HELP desk at work.
My family and I just got back from a week at a cabin in a state forest nearby. It was a one room cabin with a small kitchen and very small bathroom (without a shower). There were four bunks and we brought an extra cot for our family of five.
The complaints started almost immediately (from my teens).
“We’re going to be here for 7 whole days!”
“I want to go home.”
“What day is it today? Okay, so ____ more days left.”
As the main vacation planner, it was disheartening. I chose to calmly acknowledge their frustration and then ignore the other complaints that would stumble out of their mouths.
I was encouraged though at the end of the week when the complaining teens each acknowledged that they had had a memorable time (as we were packing to leave).
Getting out of our normal routine and away from technology was a good thing. We all need to shut down and restart on a regular basis in order to function at our best. I hope you’ve had a chance to do that this summer.
July’s Top 3 List:
As part of these monthly recaps and goals, I’m sharing the top 3 posts and top 3 things I was grateful for this past month.
TOP 3 POSTS IN JULY:
- 7 Steps to Start Hand Lettering
- Stress Free Meal Planning for Beginners: Finding what Works for You
- 10 Lessons Learned After a Year of Decluttering
TOP 3 THINGS I WAS GRATEFUL FOR IN JULY:
- Going to the cabin with my family for a week.
- A house with air conditioning. I’m from California, so a total wimp when it comes to humidity.
- Diving into my money memories and starting the work of changing my money mindset
Monthly Intentions for August:
- Daily bible reading from The Daily Message.
- Pray for my husband, children, and loved ones daily using the scripture God has given me.
- Take at least 3 slow, deep breaths in the morning. Silent prayer and meditation for 12 minutes.
- Going out with friends at least once a month.
- Finish reading You are a Bad*ss at Making Money by Jen Sincero and working on my money mindset.
- Intentional movement 5 days of the week (running or HIIT video at least 2 of those days).
- I’ve been running 1-1.5 miles in the morning before it gets too hot 1-2 times a week. If I don’t get out, I’m doing a HIIT or cardio video on YouTube, in the comfort of my air conditioned home on days when I don’t work. 🙂
- Be in bed by 11pm. Sleep at least 6 hours a night, with 7 hours being ideal.
- Write down 3 things I’m grateful for daily each evening and plan my top 3 things that I need to do the next day.
- Meal Plan dinner for the weeknights (get FREE Meal Planning printables)
- Declutter the storage closet again.
- Work at least 15 minutes in the basement (with or without) hubby on Sunday evenings when I put in a load of laundry.
- Budget and track daily expenses with the You Need a Budget program. Meet weekly with my husband, and talk about money as well as business and home stuff for the upcoming week.
WRITING & BLOGGING:
Elite Blog Academy (EBA) has been my main blogging course that I’ve been going through all year. It’s been instrumental in giving me direction and guidance every step of the way.
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- Post at least once a week on my blog for August
- Get the guts up to do a weekly FB live video on the decluttering process in the basement.
- Write 500 words at least 3 times a week
- Write one guest post for August, featuring ideas from my eBook
- Finish creating a course in Teachable for my eBook, How to Start when You Feel Stuck
- Contribute an old post on Huffington Post. I was so excited to become a contributor to Huffington Post. You can find my entries so far here.
- Date night with hubby.
- One on one outings with each son. This should be a lot easier since it’s summer.
What are some monthly intentions that you have for August?
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