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Intentional October 2016 Goals

Intentional October 2016 goals.

It is my favorite month! October! Fall, orange, leaves, crisp winds, pumpkin, apple cider, hay rides, etc! I love autumn so much. And, we are finally beginning to get a respite in heat and humidity. It’s still in the low 80s every day, but it’s a little more rainy. I’m also glad it’s getting closer to the holidays. I love the last quarter of the year. Also, there are only 92 more days until Evelyn’s due date! Woohoo!

September was a bit of a roller coaster with this pregnancy. Nothing dramatic or dangerous, but it was definitely hard. We definitely ate out a lot and I had a bunch of down days. This PPD/anxiety  affecting my pregnancy really is killer.

Intentional October 2016 goals.

How I Did In September

Blogging & Work

Vamp up content posts | Meh. Didn’t really do much content-wise.

Network better and engage in friendships. | Meh. Didn’t really do that either.

Update my pages and media kit. | Done! Didn’t really do much except update my media kit and work with me page.

Send out 3 inquiries/proposals. | Done! Had negative/no responses to all three, but at least I put myself out there!

Get ahead of blogging schedule. | Nope.

Create a balanced schedule/routine for blogging and virtual assisting/freelancing so I don’t feel overwhelmed. | Still working on it, but I’m getting a bit better.

Health

No snacking after Rhys goes to bed. | Total fail! I also put on a few pounds this month…I really need to work on it again!

Workout 3 times a week for 20 minutes a day. | I was about 50% good with this. But, I also did go on a few long walks with strollers.

Marriage & Family

Game night with Justin twice a week. | About 50% with this…about two weeks ago, I pulled out a few Wii games to play with Rhys during the day, like Wii sports and Mario. Then, Justin and I really got into playing the Wii version of Mario World again. Rhys loves watching us. He says, “let’s go” like Mario, and gets all of us (including him) a Wii-mote. It’s so fun to do as a family. We can’t wait until Rhys can actually play with us!

Stick to meal planning schedule for dinners. | About 75% successful in this. We did try 2 new recipes.

Let Rhys have at least 30 minutes outside or in a big play area at least three times a week. | We are getting better at this, especially since the weather is getting cooler. And, I’ve had the car quite a few times this month.

Personal & Religious

Go to all three hours of church all month again! | Success…except for the last Sunday in September…the last Saturday, we went to 6 Flags, and I must have overdone it as a pregnant, because I could barely even get out of bed that Sunday. But, I did read scriptures, devotionals, and watched the Women’s Session of General Conference to keep it a spiritual day.

Be more intentional with personal scripture reading each day. | I have been reading scriptures, but I need to still be better about being intentional and getting up before Rhys to not get distracted by Disney Jr or Nick Jr shows.

Finish Rough Stone Rolling (the only book I’m working on reading this month–it’s a big one). | I’m about 3/5’s done with the book.

Come up with and plan idea for the Morrell family Christmas ornament exchange. | I have a few ideas, but I haven’t settled on one yet.

October Goals

Blogging & Work

  • 4 pitches for collaborations
  • Get all my history lesson plans I created when I taught history onto Teachers Pay Teachers
  • Prepare everything for my new Etsy shop I’ll be opening in November…that’s all I’m saying for now! But I’m super excited about it!
  • Earn at least $100 a week in freelancing/virtual assisting

Health

  • NO SNACKING AFTER RHYS GOES TO BED!
  • Work out 3 times a week for at least 20 minutes each.

Marriage & Family

  • Let Rhys play outside 3 times a week
  • Do tot school with Rhys at least 3 times a week
  • Go to the library’s story time at least 3 times a week
  • Play video/board games with Justin at least 2 times a week
  • Have a NO SPEND month!

Personal & Religious

  • Finish Rough Stone Rolling
  • Study at least 3 chapters in Preach My Gospel
  • Be more intentional with scripture reading and my prayersWhat 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 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.