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Intentional September Goals

Making goals at the beginning of each month can help you to center yourself and be intentional for the entire month. These are my intentional goals for September.

It’s Fall! I know, I know. Technically, it’s not. But, it is September, and to me, the beginning of September = the beginning of fall. A lot has happened in August, and I’m glad for some continual routine and bettering myself. I’ve gotten the house completely set up, except for the storage closet, which we will tackle this weekend. Rhys and I have gotten into a pretty good routine of little TV, lots of playing and reading, some outdoor time, and some freelance/virtual assisting work for me…with only one day a week of having the TV be the babysitter! I’ve also gone to all three hours of church every Sunday this month, and it feel absolutely great! I can’t wait for things to just continue to improve this month!

Making goals at the beginning of each month can help you to center yourself and be intentional for the entire month. These are my intentional goals for September.

How I Did in August

Blogging

Blog two times a week. | Success! Most weeks had three posts.

Do at least two things a week to improve/edit/update different aspects of my blog. | No. I was a little thrown off by the growth of my freelance/virtual assisting clientele to focus on my own blog.

Work at least 5 hours doing Virtual Assisting. | Success for each week (I’m including freelance writing)!

Put out more inquiries and proposals for collaboration, guest posting, and sponsored opportunities. | Again, I didn’t get a good balance of my work vs. paid work, so this was a fail.

Health

Exercise at least three days a week for at least 20 minutes. | I did pretty well at this the first half of the month. But, I did work out at least one day each week.

No soda on weekdays. | I did ok on this…There were a few weeks where I gave in once during the week, but I definitely decreased my Pepsi intake.

Increase intake of water. | I have kept a water bottle with me at all times.

Family & Marriage

Do something loving for Justin every day. | I was very successful the first half of the month, but started to lag behind the second half of the month.

Spend intentional time with Rhys every day. | I was about 75% successful in this. There were some days were I worked hard to catch up on all my responsibilities and had Rhys occupy himself, but there were other days where no electronics were on and I gave the full day to Rhys.

Personal

Find more opportunities to be a WAHM. | Success! I now have 1 very good, reliable, continual freelance article writing gig, and two virtual assisting gigs! (I just hope I don’t overdo it!)

Write in my journal at least once a week. | Success! Since Rhys has done so well in nursery, I have been able to write in my journal on Sundays during the 2nd and 3rd hour and be very detailed!

Try to keep the house clean every day. | I’d like to say about an 85% success rate! Having only a 750 square foot apartment really helps!

September Goals

Blogging & Work

  • Vamp up content posts.
  • Network better and engage in friendships.
  • Update my pages and media kit.
  • Send out 3 inquiries/proposals.
  • Get ahead of blogging schedule.
  • Create a balanced schedule/routine for blogging and virtual assisting/freelancing so I don’t feel overwhelmed.

Health

  • No snacking after Rhys goes to bed.
  • Workout 3 times a week for 20 minutes a day.

Marriage & Family

  • Game night with Justin twice a week.
  • Stick to meal planning schedule for dinners.
  • Let Rhys have at least 30 minutes outside or in a big play area at least three times a week.

Personal & Religious

  • Go to all three hours of church all month again!
  • Be more intentional with personal scripture reading each day.
  • Finish Rough Stone Rolling (the only book I’m working on reading this month–it’s a big one).
  • Come up with and plan idea for the Morrell family Christmas ornament exchange.

What are your goals for this month? How are you going to be intentional?

Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Intentional August Goals

We are entering into the 8th month of the year. What are your intentional goals?

How is it August already?!?! Seriously! It seems like just two weeks ago I was setting up my goals for July. It was definitely a busy month and I really needed to re-evaluate my year. So, I feel like I am really going to rock this month!

We are entering into the 8th month of the year. What are your intentional goals?

How I did in July

Blogging

Blog at least twice a week. | Success! I now have a lot of ideas for the blog and I can’t wait to write them!

Work at least 5 hours a week doing Virtual Assisting. | No. But, at least an hour a week. Ha. I have been putting out feelers and I think I found a second client to do Virtual Assisting for!

Health

Exercise at least 3 days a week for at least 20 minutes. | No. This didn’t happen. But, I did “workout” a lot…moving, unpacking, scrubbing, swimming, walking around the mall.

Make healthy choices with food and portions. | At the beginning of the month, I did. But, once I moved, then, we ate a lot of junk, soda, and take-out.

Family & Marriage

Enjoy the last bit of time with my family before moving to Texas. | I did. And, I already miss them!

Move to Texas and get our apartment set up. | Well, it’s about 80% done. I really just need to organize shelves and hang pictures.

Give Rhys at least 30 minutes of my complete attention, electronic free, every day. | I was half-way successful with this. But, I will be better!

Personal

Read scriptures every day. | For the most part, I was successful with this–either reading scriptures, Mormon theological books, or daily devotionals. 

Finish at least two books. | Began, read, and finished four books!

August 2016 Intentional Goals

Blog

  • Blog two times a week.
  • Do at least two things a week to improve/edit/update different aspects of my blog.
  • Work at least 5 hours doing Virtual Assisting.
  • Put out more inquiries and proposals for collaboration, guest posting, and sponsored opportunities.

Health

  • Exercise at least three days a week for at least 20 minutes.
  • No soda on weekdays.
  • Increase intake of water.

Family & Marriage

  • Do something loving for Justin every day.
  • Spend intentional time with Rhys every day.

Personal

  • Find more opportunities to be a WAHM.
  • Write in my journal at least once a week.
  • Try to keep the house clean every day.

I can do it!

What are your intentional goals for this month?

Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Re-evaluating

It is never too late--never too late to start over, never too late to be happy. Jane Fonda. Make sure you reevaluate your goals for this year and push reset if you need to.

This summer has been hard.

I was so proud of myself the first third of this year–even though we had moved in with my parents due to financial reasons, I was being active in my goals for the year. I was positive, happy, relieved, and in a good place. Then, around the end of April, all that started to fall apart.

True, many things happened: Justin lost his job, my sister got engaged and was planning a quick wedding, my mom’s health deteriorated, my dad was switching jobs, I got pregnant, I started having terrible migraines on top of morning sickness…

I will be honest: I gave up. I gave up on trying. I gave up on my attitude. I gave up on enduring. I gave up on my appearance. I gave up on being present with Rhys. I gave up on being active. I gave up on being an intentional disciple of Christ.

I spent a lot of time on the couch, listlessly surfing the net, trying to pass Rhys off on Justin or members of my family or having him sit in front of the TV, and napping a lot.  And complaining a lot–one of Justin’s biggest pet peeves.

It is never too late--never too late to start over, never too late to be happy. Jane Fonda. Make sure you reevaluate your goals for this year and push reset if you need to.

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I am truly embarrassed of my behavior, attitude, and reaction to these trials. I had completely forgotten (or disregarded?) my mission plan for the year of 2016:

Be intentional, Have contentment, and Bloom where you are planted.

None of that was happening. I wasn’t living life intentionally, I definitely wasn’t content in my position, and I wasn’t trying to bloom in our situation. I was always looking to the future. When would we have a job? When would we have a place to call our own? When will I feel better and have more energy and motivation? When will I be a better Mormon? When will blogging be fun again? When will Rhys stop watching so much TV?

The problem was, I wasn’t being active. I wasn’t searching for a solution. I was expecting things to fall into my lap.

Thankfully, Heavenly Father was looking out for us the whole time. We had been able to save up a bit not paying rent for the first half of this year. He gave Justin a wonderful opportunity (and it’s really true what they say in the job industry–it’s all about who you know) with a job that would provide a lot of opportunities for rising as well as doing what Justin loves. We were able to find a nice apartment within our means close to stores, malls, church, restaurants, and Justin’s job.

This move has been the perfect time for me to step back, re-evaluate myself and my mission for this year, and hit reset.

Moving two weeks ago was difficult–Justin and his brother drove the truck from Utah to Texas, Rhys and I flew out the last day, and we spent 12 hours (most of it sleeping) with Justin before dropping him off at the airport. He’s been doing training out of state the past 5 weeks, and still has 2 more to go. I had to unpack myself–pregnant, with a 2 year old, in a new state, without friends or family. Most days went well–my Type A and anxiety motivated me to get the house to a liveable standard. Some days were very hard–I felt so trapped and lonely and had a bad case of the green monster seeing others’ apartments and living situations. (Be forewarned–this is our living quarters for now…unpacked but not necessarily set up. It’s real and it’s raw. No photoshop. Also, those are NOT beer bottles–they are root beer and birch beer. Justin collects them.)

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However, throughout all of that, I made sure to be more intentional about my and Rhys’s life:

Every morning, whenever Rhys woke up, we would cuddle in my bed while he drank a bottle. He knows that I do scripture reading in the morning, so if I don’t start, he crawls over me to the bedstand, grabs my scriptures and my devotional book and puts them on my lap. Starting each morning studying the Word of Christ really helped (even if sometimes it was hard to concentrate over Rhys watching Disney Jr on my phone).

I made sure to have breakfast with Rhys at the table–not the TV–every morning. We both would get dressed (even if “doing my hair” meant wearing a headband and a ponytail). I even made a point to brush Rhys’s teeth.

Cleaning up messes as they were made and adhering to Gretchen Rubin’s rule of “if it takes less than 3 minutes, do it”. Yes, we watched a lot of TV as I unpacked, but I also made sure to turn it off every now and then and play with Rhys. We’ve explored our new town, going to the mall to play on the playground almost every day. We’ve walked around our apartment complex getting fresh air. I’ve napped when Rhys has napped, and felt refreshed afterwards.

We make dinner together, and dance to music while we do it. Dinner is at the table while Facetiming either my mom or Justin. Then, we swim in the pool. After Rhys goes to bed, I have some more FaceTime with Justin and make a point to read at least 30 minutes before going to bed.

Numerous times throughout the day, I try very hard to keep Christ in my mind–all He’s given me, all the Grace I’ve had, all the gifts I can be thankful for, all the peace I have in my life. When I’ve felt very down the past two weeks, I’ve knelt down and poured my heart out to Him, even if Rhys is climbing over me trying to figure out what I’m doing. And, it has helped tremendously. Probably the most important thing. He has blessed me with Rhys. Rhys has taken such good care of me only as a two-year old can. When I was having a panic attack and crying my eyes out, he brought me his special blanket and popped a pacy in my mouth. When he’s seen me sad and downtrodden, he’s given me many kisses on the lips and hugs. His smiles and cuddles and laughs lift my soul. He wants so badly to help with the chores around the apartment. I could go on. Christ has shown Himself helping me through my son.

It started raining the other day while Rhys and I were on our way to Chick-fil-A for dinner. Hard, Texas rain. With lightening. I loved it. I was so excited for it. And, it brought immense happiness and peace to my heart. I thanked Heavenly Father right then and there silently. Then, I thought to myself, I should have a teaching moment with Rhys. I told him that Jesus gave us the rain and we like rain. I told him to say “Thank you Jesus for the rain.” And, in his gibberish, he did. That was a great night.

So, here I am, in the middle of the year, re-evaluating and hitting reset, just like Danica of Danikan Skywalker is.

This is the start-over that I need. With Christ at the front of my mind, and my son being my main priority, and the determination to be a supportive wife, I feel that I can keep up with my mission statement for this year.

Ever day is a new day. It is never too late to start again. It is never to late to set reset. You can do it and so can I.

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Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Intentional July 2016 Goals

Intentional goals for July 2016.

Happy 4th of July! I hope y’all are enjoying parades, BBQ’s, fireworks, and Americana! July is going to be a big month for us: Rhys and Justin both have birthdays, and we are moving to Texas because of Justin’s new job offer! We are super excited! So, I’m going to try to take it a bit easy with goals this month!

Intentional goals for July 2016.

How I did in June

Blogging

Post at least twice a week…I barely posted at all in May, and I’m going to ease myself back into it. | Meh. I did post a few times, but I did not do twice a week every week.

Update SEO, images, links, and Pins for at least 5 posts per week. | Didn’t even try to attempt this.

Update my “Hire Me” page. | Didn’t even attempt this.

Get caught up on reading blogs….holy moly…you should see my Bloglovin feed! | I got down to 0 once….then it back out of control…

Get caught up on my email…again, I’ve let it slide a lot this month! | I did ok with this…a few times got to inbox zero, but kept delaying.

Health

Exercise at least three times a week. | I did this about half the month!

Make smart choices with eating. | I did pretty well with this…

Family & Marriage

Enjoy my sister’s wedding in two weeks and help as much as I can with final details and setting up/taking down. | Madison’s wedding was beautiful! Perfect! 

Celebrate my mom’s birthday, my youngest sister’s birthday, and father’s day.| We had a big family party before the wedding to celebrate them all!

Do a learning activity with Rhys every day–coloring, reading, shapes, numbers, songs, etc. | I did this about half the time.

Play a game with Justin at least once a week. | We did this until we left for training last week.

Personal

No griping, no groaning, no moaning, no murmuring, no complaining, no whining, no backbiting, no sharpness, no fighting back, no being stubborn, no rudeness, no laziness, no feeling sorry for myself. | I feel like I did pretty well…there were a few outbreaks that I had, and I did complain a bit. But much better than in May.

Create church youth class presidency binders and train myself as a youth leader in my church. | Didn’t do this, sadly.

July 2016 Intentional Goals

Blogging

  • Blog at least twice a week.
  • Work at least 5 hours a week doing Virtual Assisting.

Health

  • Exercise at least 3 days a week for at least 20 minutes.
  • Make healthy choices with food and portions.

Family & Marriage

  • Enjoy the last bit of time with my family before moving to Texas.
  • Move to Texas and get our apartment set up.
  • Give Rhys at least 30 minutes of my complete attention, electronic free, every day.

Personal

  • Read scriptures every day.
  • Finish at least two books.

Wish me luck!

What are your intentional goals for July?

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Intentional June Goals

Intentional June goals. The year is half-way done, and we need to review and refocus on 2016's mission.

Being intentional during the month of May totally went down the drain. Really, doing anything during the month of May went down the drain. We have been on a roller coaster with our emotional, mental, and physical health this past month. But, we are finally pulling out of the fog. I am really hoping that June has some sunshine for our life.

Intentional June goals. The year is half-way done, and we need to review and refocus on 2016's mission.

How I Did In May

Blog

Update SEO, images, links, and Pins for at least 5 posts per week. | This didn’t happen. I didn’t even attempt to do this.

Go through my blogging resources and ebooks I’ve accumulated. | Didn’t even touch any of them.

Redo my “hire me” page to include RunPinkRunHappy’s design I created and the one I’m working on now. | Nope. Didn’t happen.

Try out a free trial of Adobe InDesign and see if it might be worth the money for the subscription. | Haha. I did download the free month trial, but I never even opened the program.

Health

Exercise for at least 30 minutes for at least 5 days a week. | I did pretty well on this….I didn’t achieve the goal, but I did workout at least twice a week.

Get 10,000 steps every day on Fitbit. | I didn’t even put on my Fitbit at all this month.

Lessen amount of carbs and dairy I eat (as well as treats). | I did well on this for the first two weeks of May, then all went down the drain.

Family and Marriage

Do whatever the future bride asks of me, and help my teenage sister (the maid of honor) host a bridal shower (I am “matron of honor” since I am married and a mom). | There were lots of opinions about the bridal shower, but it all came together and it was beautiful. I will have pictures of it tomorrow or Friday!

Go on a family walk with Rhys and Justin at least twice a week. | This didn’t happen. However, I did go on a hiking trail with Rhys once while Justin went to the driving range to play golf.

Make Justin either breakfast or pack him a lunch every weekday. | This didn’t happen for multiple reasons.

Personal

Read an LDS doctrinal article (General Conference or from the Church magazine, The Ensign) twice a week. | This didn’t happen, and to be honest…I sort of stalled on my independent scripture study…Rhys kept waking up earlier and earlier and I’m in Jeremiah and I really don’t like his attitude of doom and gloom and hatred.

Try to remember to do personal prayers at least three times a week. | I did really well with this! Yaay! But, only for evening prayers…not in the morning. I really got to get better at that.

Pay attention, participate, take notes during Church every week (and attend Church every week). | I wasn’t at church every week, but when I was, I tried my best, especially now that I am in a youth leader in my church (Laurels advisor)…and Justin and I both gave talks (“sermons” of a sort) one Sunday.

So, as you can see…I basically failed all of my goals. But, everyone is allowed to have a crappy month. And again, all will be revealed in the future as to why this month was crappy.

June 2016 Intentional Goals

Blogging

  • Post at least twice a week…I barely posted at all in May, and I’m going to ease myself back into it.
  • Update SEO, images, links, and Pins for at least 5 posts per week.
  • Update my “Hire Me” page.
  • Get caught up on reading blogs….holy moly…you should see my Bloglovin feed!
  • Get caught up on my email…again, I’ve let it slide a lot this month!

Health

  • Exercise at least three times a week.
  • Make smart choices with eating.

Family and Marriage

  • Enjoy my sister’s wedding in two weeks and help as much as I can with final details and setting up/taking down.
  • Celebrate my mom’s birthday, my youngest sister’s birthday, and father’s day.
  • Do a learning activity with Rhys every day–coloring, reading, shapes, numbers, songs, etc.
  • Play a game with Justin at least once a week.

Personal

  • No griping, no groaning, no moaning, no murmuring, no complaining, no whining, no backbiting, no sharpness, no fighting back, no being stubborn, no rudeness, no laziness, no feeling sorry for myself.
  • Create church youth class presidency binders and train myself as a youth leader in my church.

Wish me luck!

What are your intentional goals this month?

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.