Six Down, Six To Go

Friday, July 1, 2011

So with it being the beginning of a new month and passing the 1/2 way mark of 2011, I thought I would start bookmarking small, but attainble goals for each month here on out {or until I get tired of this "new me"}. I think setting goals is important--to keep yourself accountable, but not setting them too high because failing just doesn't seem like all that much fun to me...I wanted to see how I am progressing this year based on my overall 2011 resolutions, which I posted here. So, how is my progress? 
1. Master Copperplate Calligraphy--I got back on this when I addressed my invitations, though I would have to say this has been an epic fail...blame it on there only being 24 hours in a day
2. Complete Another 1/2 Marathon--I intended on doing the Women's Half in October, though with 90+ degree days with no end in sight, training outside could be tricky with dealing with my asthma and such...this could be pushed back a bit
3. Save More $$$--SUCCESS! We were able to pay cash for our portion of the wedding festivities and as of last week, our credit cards have a zero balance...music to my ears!
4. Read More Books--another positive check! I have read 6 this year, and am now reading my 7th...Beach Music by Pat Controy which is my Dad's all-time favorite book.
5. Learn to Use My Canon SLR Camera--ummm, negative. I can shoot and take pictures, but that's about it. Still need to take a class for this.
6. Finish Decorating the House--work in progress. Once all wedding gifts are catalogued and put away, I can get back to it. This weekend we have some decorating to do so I'm pumped to get moving.
7. Talk Time for Friends/Family--ehhh, this is in the middle. Yes, I am trying to "talk" rather than text and email so much, but it is a goal I have to constantly remind myself of.
With that, here are my small goals for July:
A. Workout at least 3 days a week...this is normal for me, but I want to keep at it--finally happy with my progress and overall tone, so maintaining should be simpler
B. Eating healthy... Continue to eat fresh fruits and veggies every day. It is so much easier to find fresh and not so costly produce during the summer, so out with the ice cream and processed foods, and in with fruit and stocking up on greens.
C. Church time...We've been so consumed with out-of-town weekends recently that we haven't been good churchgoers like we should be. I find myself to be so much more balanced and less stressed once I have more quality time with God so we're ready to get back into workship. Being back at our church last week felt great!
D. Finish thank-you notes...I know, etiquette says you have 3 months to get these sent out, but I want to get these done ASAP. Trying to do 5 a day so my goal is by July 11th
{1 month after the wedding} I will have these complete.


What goals do you or did you set for yourself this year, month, week, etc?? Never to late to make a list--so helpful for maximizing every hour of every day!

Happy 4th of July friends...hope you all have a great weekend--complete with fun in the sun, lots of sparklers and fireworks, festive cookout celebrations, and remembering just how lucky all of us are to be in a free country--prayers to all those men and women fighting for our independence, too...we are EVER grateful!

- 14 Comments

  1. Girl I've had my camera since March and still haven't completely learned the ins and outs of it. It takes time. There is always a lot to learn.

    :) Hope you have a terrific 4th!!

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  2. My "big" goal is always saving more money so we can buy a house next year!

    Happy 4th!

    www.sarahandthecityblog.blogspot.com

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  3. Natasha, I so relate with you over the goal to have more "talk" time with friends and family. I am so incredibly guilty of letting the day go by (and sometimes, an entire week) with relying on quick texts only. I'm not a great phone talker and I'm always pressed for time. This is a great goal for me to add to my life as well.

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  4. totally inspired to do a little 'check in' with myself and my own personal goals. thanks for the inspiration lady! loveeee your blog! and best wishes you new Mrs. you!

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  5. good job on keeping up with goals

    my goals for the next 30 days
    *eat down our pantry (no groceries for at least a week- time for creativity)
    *get a job
    *pack our home
    *move our home into storage
    *move into parent's home
    *move (or at least find) a home of our own (again)
    *finish the paper work for my multiple licenses.

    i like your list way better!- i didn't realize just how depressing my list was until i wrote it out :( maybe i will ad some of yours to mine

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  6. Great goals and excellent progress! I set some goals at the begginning of the year and I'm doing about the same as you. Great on some, room for improvement in a few others. I should go re-read the list and make sure I haven't completely forgotten any though!

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  7. This is a great idea! I need to make a summer to do list :) we need to finish decorating our place, need to get wedding and honeymoon albums, the list could go on and on!

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  8. Love this post! I'm also doing the Women's Half here in Nashville this fall! I did it last year and it was great! Also, I had a groupon for a crash course 90 minute learning how to use your DSLR camera from Silver Hill Images in Franklin! I'm taking my class the 12th. It's pretty good deal! Hope you have a great 4th!

    Tiffany
    teachrunlove.blogspot.com

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  9. That is great you are getting your Thank You's done. Some people say you have a year, and I think that is just rude.

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  10. Love the goals! This reminds me that I need to go through and refresh mine from January also. Beach Music is such a great book I loved it!

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  12. Setting goals is always great, especially when you stick to them! I like the save more. I think everyone could save more.

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  13. Many great and attainable goals

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  14. Making goals like these is so great! One of my current goals is definitely to work out more--it's hard though in the summertime when I'm busy busy! I'm also trying to save more money!

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