How is it August already? July just FLEW by! I kept so busy and did so many amazing things this past month. The month started out great with the 4th of July, one of my favorite holidays of the year. We got to celebrate twice! That’s a big deal for me with my social anxiety. [ICYMI: Social Anxiety Survival Guide: 8 Hot Tips to Keep your Cool on 4th of July] My husband’s birthday was in July, so we celebrated that with a bunch of our friends. [27 Life Lessons on my Husband’s 27th Birthday] My dad’s birthday and my father-in-law’s birthday are also in July, so needless to say, I got to do a lot of celebrating! We got to watch some of our dear friends get married at the end of the month. (Well, I watched. David was in the wedding so he got a better view 😉 ) I spent as much time outside as humanly possible, including trying to run a 5k with my dear friend. Unfortunately, my migraine and her blistered heels got in the way, so we just enjoyed a nice 3 mile walk together.
On the flip side, I underwent some medical testing that ended up being pretty scary for me. Although it appears that I’m mostly out of the woods (thank you to all of you who prayed for me, sent positive thoughts, and healing vibes!), I’m not 100% out of the woods yet. I go back for some more imaging in two months. You may have noticed that I had a lot of posts this month about anxiety, [How to Stop a Panic Attack in its Tracks, 4 Action Steps to Worry Less and Feel Happier Now] and about the importance about self-care [Self-Care Isn’t Selfish: 3 Ways Self-Care Benefits Others, 8 Quick and Easy Self-Care Practices for Work]. I write about things near and dear to my heart, friends. Although I always have your best interests in mind, you can just about bet that whatever I’m sharing with you is something that I’ve personally experienced and want to encourage you with.
And then as if I couldn’t get any more stressed with my medical issues, my brand new laptop decided to crash and burn (RIP, old-new laptop!) so sadly I wasn’t able to pump out new content for you all for almost a week. I’m still super sad about that, but I am grateful for you and your patience! I was able to get quite a bit of blog planning done in my week off, and I can’t wait to share with you!
Let’s reflect on July’s goals, shall we?
JULY GOALS RECAP
1. Stick to a Consistent Workout Routine
Verdict: Enormous Fail
Super bummed that I wasn’t able to stick to this one. Working out is really important to me. It helps with my self-image, my physical health, and my emotional wellbeing. I think I set my goal of 3 days a week too high while I’m still getting used to blogging. I want to keep this goal for next month but maybe make it more manageable.
2. Read Two Books
Verdict: Sorta Fail, sorta pass?
Although I didn’t finish two books, I did start 3 or 4, and got at least halfway through them! My book ADD kept me jumping around from book to book. Sadly, nothing captivates my attention like Harry Potter. #sorrynotsorry
3. Be More Intentional with my Time
I’m actually pretty proud of myself on this one! I’ve been working really hard on making sure I finish my blog schtuff at a reasonable hour and having plenty of time to spend with the hub at the end of the day. I think having the few broken laptop days probably helped with this.
1. Write Ahead
Eh, I feel like I had a pretty good excuse for this one. Having no laptop makes it hard to write ahead.
2. Create a Content Calendar
Verdict: Fail (wah wah. This is starting to bum me out!)
This definitely didn’t happen. I have no reason for it. Just didn’t make the time.
3. Post More on Social Media
I’m actually pretty proud of this one! I’ve been way more active on Twitter and Facebook for sure, and think I did pretty decent on Instagram too! It’s really motivating for me when you guys are engaging with me, so thank you for those who reached out!
Okay, with those out of the way, let’s look forward to August!
1. Have a Consistent Workout Routine
Like I said above, I really do want to make this one a priority. Working out makes me feel so so good, and it makes me sad that I’ve been neglecting this part of my self-care. So I will find some way to get my heart rate up at least once per week. (Make it as easy as possible so you can’t fail, right?)
2. Keep up with the Housework Daily
David and I have been working really hard on this one. It’s easy to let household chores fall by the wayside until it’s time to have company over, but we’ve been talking about how nice it is to have a clean house all the time. Our house has actually been really quite clean the last few weeks, I’m proud of us! I want to keep this one up.
3. Recreate our Household Budget
Not much stresses me out more than feeling financially strapped. If my medical concerns taught me anything, it’s that I was really afraid of how we were going to pull together our finances to make sure we weren’t going to go broke with potential medical expenses. We had a lot of unexpected expenses at the beginning of the year and we are still trying to make up for it. This month I want to rewrite our budget so I don’t have to worry so much about money.
1. Reach out to Brands/Secure a Sponsored Post
Ah, guys, this one is one I’m really excited to do! One thing I love about blogging is being able to share my favorite things with you. Sometimes I share affiliate links, and other times I share links just because I love the product and think you will too! I’d love to be able to share more of my favorite things with you and get paid for it. I have had brands reach out to me already (which I think is pretty cool in just two months of blogging), but real talk: I care about you more than I care about making money. And I’m not going to market to brands that don’t align with my mission to help you grow as a person. Hopefully we’ll get there this month.
2. Write Ahead
This one is still really important to me. Even if I could just write a week ahead, I’d feel really good about that.
3. Develop an Instagram Strategy
For those of you who are not bloggers, hit me up so I can tell you a little bit about how much goes into blogging. I had no idea how much work it was when I decided that I wanted to pursue it! Where is my O_O emoji on my computer? I’m super envious of all those bloggers who have an Instagram theme. I also want to learn more about insta-stories and start using them productively.
What are Your Goals this Month?
Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear how your July went, and what your plans are for August!