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 September intentions.
Recap of Intentions in August
Things that went well in August:
- my morning routine continued to go well in August.
- being able to spend time with my friends in Georgia
- 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 reading You are a Bad*ss at Making Money by Jen Sincero as well as listened to 7 Habits for Highly Effective People (finally!). I signed up for a paid course that Denise Duffield-Thomas offers and it has been eye opening. If you’re interested in checking out her free Money Blocks course, you can check it out HERE.
- I didn’t declutter the storage closet but DID declutter my work desk.
- I posted at least once a week in August, including a guest post on my friend Lydia’s blog, Thrifty Frugal Mama about 4 questions to ask yourself while decluttering your home.
Things that were more challenging:
- writing 500 words a day
- getting the guts up to do a weekly FB Live. My new goal is to do this when the kids start back to school after Labor Day.
- budgeting in You Need a Budget and meeting weekly with my husband. I’m still tracking my expenses in my planner, but not necessarily doing anything with those numbers!
Experiencing the Solar Eclipse
Our family just returned from a trip down to Georgia. Months ago, our friend Michael excitedly invited friends to come and experience the total solar eclipse with him in the South. It was a great reason to make the 14 hour trek.
Michael explained to us that some people chased after total solar eclipses once they had experienced their first one. “Some people describe the feeling like falling in love,” he said.
We set up tents and tables. We made sandwiches and chatted as we watched the moon slowly move over the sun with our special solar eclipse glasses. The weather slowly cooled and we welcomed the relief from the heat. The sky gradually dimmed. At 2:38pm the totality began.
It only lasted about 2.5 minutes. The kids whooped and ran around. We all looked around, smiling and amazed at this rare occurrence of twilight in the middle of the afternoon.
Looking back on it now, it feels surreal. It came and went so quickly. I can still see the rim of the sun around the moon when I close my eyes and remember taking the glasses off and looking at the sun during the totality.
I’ve thought about Michael’s statement that some people chase after total eclipses once they’ve experienced them. I won’t be one of them, but I’m so glad that I was able to experience this one. It wasn’t necessarily the eclipse that made the moment special.
Instead of chasing total eclipses, I’ll be:
- surrounding myself with family and friends
- trying new experiences
- appreciating the moments in our daily lives that bring awe and wonder
There are “eclipse moments” all around us. We just need “special” eyes to see them and a heart of gratitude to fully appreciate them. The challenge to myself and to you is to recognize those moments.
August’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 AUGUST:
- 7 Steps to Start Hand Lettering
- 10 Lessons Learned After a Year of Decluttering
- Stress Free Meal Planning for Beginners: Finding what Works for You
TOP 3 THINGS I WAS GRATEFUL FOR IN AUGUST:
- Going on another week long trip with the family to Georgia. We stayed in hotels on the way there and on the way back which is a rare treat for the kids!
- Being able to experience the total solar eclipse with friends and family.
- The cooler, less humid weather we’ve been having.
Monthly Intentions for September:
- 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.
- Intentional movement 5 days of the week (running or HIIT video at least 2 of those days).
- 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.
- Maintaining my personal self care schedule once the high activity level of school starts in the Fall.
- 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 September
- 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 September, 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.
What are some monthly intentions that you have for September?
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