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


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.


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.


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.


  • 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

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.


  1. Love your goals and the idea of being more intentional! That is definitely a challenge for me. I have a bad habit of trying to do everything at once and giving up too easy. If I just gave some things my full attention I know I could improve. Thank you for the reminder and have a great weekend 🙂

    1. Thanks! I feel that I get more productive and more intentional the past two years by doing monthly goals rather than year long resolutions.

  2. You did great in August! Also, I love that your goals are simple and measurable. Sometimes I think I get a little too ambitious with my goals. I love your goal to have a game night twice a week. How fun!

  3. August was a good month, you did so great with your goals!!
    Your church is three hours?! Holy smokes, ours is an hour and some weeks I’m not sure the kids would be able to go a minute longer!

    1. Hahaha! Yeah, Mormon church is long, but we do a lot more than just a sermon. The first hour is the sacrament and “sermon”-y type meeting. Then, the 2nd hour is Sunday School (taught by age group), then the 3rd hour, the men and women are split into Priesthood and Relief Society and we learn more about our roles in the Gospel. Thankfully, the last two hours, children 18 months to 3 years of age go to nursery where they play with toys, do a little singing time, have a 10 minute Gospel lesson, and snacks. So, really, it’s just the first hour that we have to make sure Rhys is entertained and quiet.

  4. You certainly accomplished so many of your goals last month! I’ve been doing so much work on the blog that I sometimes feel I spend no time doing anything else. I want to finish up the bulk of it all this month so I can get back to doing more things with the boys again as I’m really falling behind. Also, it’d be great if Hun and I could have some time just for ourselves together and not simply snuck in all the various ways. It sounds to me like you’re on a roll thought, so keep going! 🙂

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