Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Goals Recap - Month 8

With only 4 months left in 2014, I can honestly say that without setting goals at the beginning of the year or recapping my progress month after month, I would never have accomplished so much this year. Let's see how I did in August.

.:BLOGGING:.
In August, I purchased a paper calendar to help organize what I wanted to post about each week along with linkups I wanted to join. I can't say how much easier blogger was because of this. By planning out what I was going to share, I didn't find myself sitting at the computer, wondering "What should I write about now?" In the past, I typically just stuck to blogging Monday through Friday. With 21 days available to blog in August, I posted 18 times. Overall, having a calender helped me from getting writer's block and I felt less scattered when I sat down to write.

.:READING:.
Last month, I read not 1, not 2, not even 3 but 4 BOOKS! I don't know if I just found easy to read novels or if I just spent more time reading but I am impressed with being able to knock out 4 books in one month. Last month, I read Water for Elephants, What Alice Forgot, Firefly Lane and Fly Away. Of the 4 books I read, Firefly Lane was my favorite, hands down. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good read with loads of emotion. This month, I plan to read at least 2 books. I think I'm going to read Bossypants and Sparkly Green Earrings. As of today, I've read 19 books towards my 30 book goal. I'm right on track to reach my goal but when I did the math, there will be 3 months were I have to read 3 books. Let's hope I can do that.

.:CLASSES:.
This is an area that I've all but forgotten about. With everything else I've been juggling, classes haven't really been a focus. I'm hoping to take one or two before the year is up. I would love to take a baking class along with an online Lightroom course.

.:DEBT:.
We've been watching our non-essential spending but of course, there are always areas we can tighten the purse strings. I recently started couponing and during my first trip to the grocery, I saved a little over $28 with coupons. Not bad for my first crack at it, right? September is going to be our first attempt at a no spend month. Wish us luck! 

.:ORGANIZATION:.
I must be nesting, not the pregnant type but the I'm over all the shit Mom type, because I cleaned our kitchen top to bottom, removing items that we haven't used in years or won't use ever again. I organized both hall closets and Connor's room along with cleaning his toy room, removing any toys that he has outgrown. Can I just say our kid has far too many toys?! This weekend we spent nap time and some late nights cleaning the garage. Again... where did all this crap come from?

.:HEALTH/FITNESS:.
In the month of August, I lost 4 pounds. BAM! Back in business. Between counting calories and running 3-4 times a week, I'm seeing the number on the scale drop and an increase in my energy and production level. I'm sleeping better and well, overall, feeling so good. I'm running the #djv5k on September 13th and I'm hoping to nail my goal time. Also this month, I am taking a month long boot camp class Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings 5:30 to 6:30AM. Yeah, I'm effin' nuts. But I bet I see another drop at the end of the month when I weigh again.

Overall, I'm totally patting myself on the back for doing so well with my goals this month. I didn't hit all 6 of them but there is no shame is 5 out of 6, right? Are you still focusing on your yearly goals? What keeps you motivated? How hampers your ability to reach your goals each month?

24 comments:

  1. congrats on the weight loss! That's awesome! So glad you're liking running too! Couponing is a great way to save money as long as you dont fall into the trap of buying something just because you have a coupon and a sale :) but $28 your first time? That's awesome!

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    1. You are so right about buying things JUST BECAUSE you have coupon. That's not me. I'm far too cheap to waste money on things just to save.. that doesn't make a whole lot of sense really.

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  2. We are doing a no spend month this month too!!! I clipped a ton of coupons and am hoping to shave even more off our grocery budget! And really all.the.toys. Where do they come from? It's crazy how little ones can have so much stuff!

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    1. For Connor's birthday in October, I'm including a "no gifts please" to the invite. Dude has more than enough.

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  3. Wow, you are on track!! Things are going great. Good job!!

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    1. Thanks! It's amazing what writing goals down and spending time monthly reflecting on what you've accomplish.

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  4. This sure is motivating, thanks! Sounds like such a good idea, I think I'll start thinking about what goals I'd like to accomplish next year and get things written down so when the New Year hits I'll be ready.

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    1. Do it! It helps so much to know what areas you want to focus on. Writing them down makes you a little more accountable.

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  5. Oh, and any chance on doing a post about couponing?? I've read so many but still have no idea how to get started with it and if it's really that great in a small town like mine where there aren't stores w/ rewards cards. Thanks!

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    1. Let me save a little more and I will love to put something together.

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  6. You did awesome girl. I'd learn to love to coupon. I've looked at it a few times but it just overwhelms me.
    You should do a post on your 1st trip :)

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    1. I will put something together. I'm not a pro nor do I extreme coupon but saving every bit helps our one income family.

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  7. Great update!! I routinely do no spending sprees as well...and I am currently doing one right now. It's liberating!! I wish you luck though because it's kinda hard at first. Oh and great job with the couponing and exercise. I coupon as well but not to the extreme (like the show). The majority of the food they buy on the show is crap...so of course they can get super processed food for 99% off. I figure, just try and use the coupons where I can!

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    1. That's what I do. Even if it's just 25 cents off toilet paper.. it's 25 cents. And I'm not buying crap just to use a coupon, either. Thanks but no thanks.

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  8. Wow, go you! That is an amazing amount accomplished and what a fantastic way to take stock! I may take a leaf out of your book, possibly not to post but just to look at what I have actually managed to get done!

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    1. It's a great way to see what you've accomplished in a single month. You'll be surprised with how much you can get done if you really focus.

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  9. How did you manage to read 4 books? I am still sitting at the same I started 2 months ago. Maybe I should simply make it more of a priority... Been thinking about getting a desk calendar for some post planning as well.

    Alex - Funky Jungle

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    1. They were easy books. Not ones that were very deep. Girly, fluffy ones.

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  10. So when are you coming to organize my house?! Seriously it needs it! Ugh!

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    1. If you go on a run with me, I'll tackle one room. One run = one room. Deal?

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  11. Couponing. I just can't. I tried once or twice and I was over all the little pieces of paper everywhere. Cartwheel is about as close to couponing as this momma is going to get.
    WHOOP WHOOP on the running and weight loss! Way to get after it!

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    1. I do it on a small scale. There is no extreme couponer dying to get out!

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