Each month it seems that I rock at my goals the first week and a half to two weeks. Then, I completely fail the rest of the month. It seems that way every time I do one of these monthly goals. But I don’t give up. I don’t stop making goals. Why. Because it always helps to be striving toward something. Having a goal helps build motivation. It helps give life purpose. It helps me to live more intentionally. And, I may fail (a lot). I’m not going to give myself grace, but I am going to acknowledge that I am mortal. I am human. I have weaknesses. A lot of them. And so, rather than try to make things more clear or stringent, I am going to go back to basics. I want to figure out my who, my how, and my why.
How I did in September
Keep the house clean | I did about 55% of the time. I would get in the grove for a few days, then fall out of the grove. Back and forth. But, everything has a place. Rhys and Evelyn’s room is finished now that we bought the IKEA Kura loft bed.
Stay ahead of work and blogging | I didn’t get ahead…well, I did one week, but I didn’t stay ahead. At least I posted at least once a week this whole month. I also networked and worked on my traffic. I’m currently working on catching up on all the blogs I read.
Check off my rather large to-do list | It’s almost done! I even ordered and bought everything I need for our first ever family costume–Rhys chose the theme. I’m keeping it a surprise until I post about it later this month.
Stay on top of my new church calling: Primary Secretary (secretary of the children’s ministry) | I’m getting pretty good. I have a good grove going. I still need to update a few documents, but I need to talk to the clerks for updated lists and rosters.
Create a stick to a budget | hahahahahahaha. But, I NEEEEEEEEEEEEEED to do better. I’m going to put sticky notes on my cards saying “don’t spend money!” Hopefully that’ll help.
Discover Being Present
Enjoy time with my kids without electronics | I’ve been doing very good with this. We enjoy playing in their room or going out and about.
Enjoy time with Justin without electronics | Well, it’s been intentional time with Justin…but we’ve been watching the anime Bleach almost every night. We both watched this series as teens and loved it. So, now we are watching it together for the first time. We love to watch childhood favorites and analyze them. So, we’ve also been doing research on the Bleach Wiki and making connections, etc. It’s been fun.
Make a gratitude list | I haven’t done this
Work on my health–be intentional about working out, eating better, and lost at least 3 pounds this month | I was better at this during the first half of the month. But, I have gotten better at working out. I’ve also discovered that my double jogging stroller can fit through the door of our apartment complex’s gym!
Keep self-care away from Pepsi and treats | That didn’t happen. I NEEEEEED HELP!!!!
Do pre-school with Rhys at least three days a week | I am getting better at having Rhys do ABCMouse. I also have to help him with tactile skills, such as writing and cutting. We filled out all the paper work for speech therapy and just had his official evaluation. We will be signing his “IEP” later this month! Hooray!
Give 100% to Primary and learn all the primary kids’ names and faces | Meh, I gave maybe 75-80%. I am getting better at some names.
Do individual and couple scripture study | Individual study I’ve gotten better at, but we sucked at couple scripture study this month.
Read religious books only this month | I have been working on one religious book this month and I’m almost done. I did read a Neil Gaiman book for my church’s book club, though.
Enjoy and take notes during Time Out for Women and General Conference | I absolutely loved Time Out for Women!!! I was rejuvenated. And, as always, General Conference is amazing and answers my questions and gives me new religious motivation.
Stay alI’l three hours of church all month | Two of the weeks I went with both kids all by myself as Justin was out of town. The other two weeks when he was here, ironically, I didn’t go to church. But I still made sure to fulfill my calling and make sure everything was prepared for Primary those days.
Prayer twice a day | Meh. I really need to do better with waking up and praying.
I want to work on myself. I want to be a better me. By doing so, I can be a better mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend. I can be a better disciple and influencer.
I’m tired of feeling lackluster. I’m tired of feeling inadequate. I’m tired of feeling like I’m always playing catch up. I want to succeed. I want to thrive. I want to be a better me. I want to improve. I want to be motivated. I want to be turly happier.
I’m only going to give myself three simple goals this month:
- Be present with family
- Be healthier–lose at least 3 pounds
- Stay on top of responsibilities
Wish me luck!