Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Goals Recap - Month 7

Can I tell you how impressed I am with myself that I've keep pushing myself to reach my goals? I'm recapping July today and let's face it, by this time, most years, I'm all like "Goals, what?" "Resolution, who?". But blogging about my goals (writing them down) and updating myself on my progress month after month has made all the difference. Here is how July shaped up...

.:BLOGGING:.
The best blogging decision I've ever made was made last month. I've decided to just blog. For me. I know that there are a plenty of you who want nothing more than to see your blog reach the "big and famous" level in the the blog world. And that's fine. But that's not me. That's not what I want. Cutting back and just blogging when I have something to share or say has removed any and all pressure from blogging and that's exactly what I wanted. No pressure. No stress. 

.:READING:.
Last month, I read just one book but boy was it a BIG BOOK. I completed The Goldfinch and I LOVED IT. While it is a big book (771 pages!), it was so worth the time it took me to complete it. The story is one of a kind and simply put, it's one that I highly recommend. This month, I'm aiming to read 3 books. How? I don't know but I'm going to try. As of the end of July, I've read 15 books, putting me halfway to my 2014 goal.

.:CLASSES:.
I've been self teaching myself Lightroom and focusing on really knowing the ins and outs of my Canon. I don't want to ever be a professional photographer but I would love to be able to capture great memories with my camera of our family and my friends and their little ones. As much as I would love to take a formal class, our schedule doesn't really allow for that nowadays so I'll stick to the (free) Internet to learn a thing or two. 

.:DEBT:.
Slowly but surely, we are saving and saving. It's tough since we live in a more expensive area than we are used to, not to mention we have just one income. But I'm finding ways to save here and there and it's slowly adding up to more bank in our savings account.

.:ORGANIZATION:.
We are planning to have a yard sale in September so I'm slowing pulling things from each room of the house that we don't need/use/want. It's a daunting task really but I know that anything we earn from the sale will help fatten up our savings account. Also? I don't know when or how we got so much shit. I'm working on becoming a legit minimalist. 

.:HEALTH/FITNESS:.
I'm 2 months dry... Diet Coke dry! It's like my drug really and I'm so happy to not have that craving any longer. It's a bitch, I tell ya. But in addition to cutting out Diet Coke, I've been walking 3-4 days a week and completing T25 4-5 days a week. I'm not following the T25 schedule because our days are hectic and I prefer to do it in the morning and that's not always possible. But with the changes I've made, I lost 3.5 pounds in July. I wanted to lose 4 pounds so I'm happy with getting close to that without killing myself or watching my caloric intake. August will be more walks/jogs/runs along with T25 and watching my food intake. I refuse to count calories or be hungry so I'm just going to make good decisions and hope to see a good loss this month. 

Are you still working on your New Year resolutions/2014 goals? How's that going for you? Is there an area you excel in? One that you just can't conquer? I'd love to hear how your year is shaping up. 

40 comments:

  1. Wow you have made some great progress!! 771! Goodness sounds like a Harry Potter book lol Proud of you for such progress :)

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    1. It's was a good read, too. It was a bit wordy at parts but overall, worth every single page.

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  2. You are awesome, girl! I agree, blogging just when you want to is wonderful. I'm going to have to cut back once school starts, probably, and this is something I have to keep in mind. Way to go with Diet Coke!

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    1. I don't know how you did it all. Working full time, raising two boys, having a family, a side business and a blog! You are Super Women for sure!

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  3. Love the blogging goal. It is such a great reminder of why most of us started our blogs in the first place!

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    1. It's easy to get caught up in the blogging madness but I'm over the hype. I'm blogging to just blog.

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  4. When you come home, you need to get your butt over here and I'll 'school' you in Lightroom. It's such a fun and easy application to use - I just love it. Also, check your email. I'll send you a couple of presets that I created that I just LOVE. Great job on keeping up on your goals - you're definitely doing better than I am!

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    1. I'm ready and willing! I have so much to learn.

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  5. You have done great with your goals!

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    1. Thanks Paris! Writing them down and recapping my accomplishments or lack thereof helps tons.

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  6. I've been wanting to read The Goldfinch! I'm glad to hear you liked it! I had a yard sale last year and it was so cleansing and refreshing! haha I love to purge.

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    1. I've started getting things ready for our sale and I can't believe how much extra stuff we have.

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  7. Go you on 2-months w/o your diet coke! I've cut back majorly on my Mt Dew habit, but I'm still tempted when it's at work ALL THE TIME! So I'm making it my goal to go cold turkey on it too, yikes! I'm adding The Goldfinch to my reading list, thanks for the recommendation :)

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    1. I haven't had Mt. Dew in over 3 years and I miss it on a weekly basis but it, along with all sodas, had to go.

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  8. Way to cut the Diet Coke! Thats a tough one! I just recently cut my nasty latte habit... Hard but so worth it!
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    The Accidental Mama
    http://theaccidentalmama.com

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    1. I just need the caffeine! I'm drinking Green Tea now and that helps a little.

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  9. Yay for meeting your goals! This year I did not write out any goals or resolutions....or if I did I already forgot! But I am working on getting healthy and although it is only one goal, but I am getting there. I am proud of you for defining what you want out of your blog as well. We all have to make our loves fit our lives!

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    1. I find that if I get to involved in blogging, other areas of my life suffer so this is a good medium for me.

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  10. My goals have included getting better and more consistent with my blogging and I am absolutely achieving it. Still not exactly where I would like to be, but getting there :-)

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    1. It's a process. I've been blogging for a while now and I'm not where I want to be but I'm comfortable in where I'm at.

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  11. I made the same blogging decision as you, only I made mine last week. I was so sick of the pressure and the competitiveness. I hope you're enjoying a new blogging adventure now :)

    Fiona @ www.dollydowsie.com

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    1. I am! Who needs or wants extra stress! Not me!

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  12. Great goals. I need to start saving as well, and pay off my student loans.

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    1. Those student loans haunt you for a while, don't they?

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  13. These are some fantastic goals. I read four books in a week in July, but I always squeeze in more book reading during the summer months. Halfway a little further than halfway into the year isn't bad; keep it up! I'm also working on some goals for cutting out diet drinks, but they're so good (and so bad for you). Ugh, the struggle!

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    1. I need the extra pick me up so I give in from time to time. But it's nothing I can quit for good. I'm doing so well so I'm going to stick to it.

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    1. Thanks! Looking back, I see all the progress I'm making.

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  15. August has been the first month that I created a list of goals. We'll see how I did when September rolls around. Creating goals and sharing them is a great motivator. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Good luck! I find that writing them down, I do more of them!

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  16. You goals are great! Good for you for blogging for yourself. Trying to meet the demands of blogging consistently (just to do so) is very stressful!

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    1. And who wants all that extra stress? Not me!

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  17. Well hey there rock star! Look at you kicking butt and taking names. Proud of you!!

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    1. I'm just livin' the dream, Desiree! Trying to make you proud ;)

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  18. I agree, I love reviewing my goals every month. This way I keep reminding myself and find ways to get it done. In addition to review my goals, I also write down the highlights of the month. I think it will be nice to review at the end of the year. So many little things I keep forgetting and it will be a nice reminder. Congratulations on your weight loss!!

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    1. Thank you, friend! It's nice to always look back and see how much you've accomplished.

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  19. I have also thought about taking some classes in my spare time. I stay home full time with my girls, and sometimes it can make you feel like you aren't using your full potential haha

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    1. The idea of classes sounds so rewarding but really, it's been a tough one. I have so much going on, it gets put to the side. I'm hoping to change that this Fall.

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