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Overcome in July 2016

By Everemma
Overcome in July 2016
I feel like I've been stuck in a rut for the past year. I accomplished my big goal of earning a M.Ed. and then. . .nothing. I have long-term big dreams, but that is for a different time and season. This season's focus is on doing the best I can to manage my home and focus on my family.
Here's the thing, I'm not a patient person. I like to see results, so I find myself discouraged by this current season of my life. I know that what I am doing is important and it's what I should be doing, but I still struggle. While I wasn't awesome at accomplishing last month's goals it made me feel like I had more of a focus, that I wasn't stagnant.
Here's how I did in June:

June Goals


  • Move to Wordpress by the end of June. | Eh. I just didn't care a whole lot about blogging in general the past few weeks. Technically I'm on Wordpress, but I'm not exactly where I wanted to be. 


  • Move more! Take a walk 3 times a week for at least 40 minutes. | I've been having some issues with my hips so 40 minutes has turned out to be a little too much. I have however, been making an effort to fit in some exercise and move around, so I feel good about this goal.


  • Come up with a realistic inspiration board for Master Bathroom and calculate approximate cost. | Ha! I know I want it to be purple and I picked out a vanity. That's about it.
  • Finish painting garage door. | Yeah. . .no.
  • Clean everyday but Sunday for 30 minutes. | Turns out this was excessive. I modified my goal to ensure that I spend 2 hours every week cleaning. 30 minutes for upstairs and basement seem to be enough and 1 hour for the main level.


  • Be a better neighbor. Get outside at least 3 times a week and try to be friendly. | I did so-so on this. It's weird, whenever Tom goes outside he almost always interacts with a neighbor. When I go outside, no one is around.
  • Ignore electronics every weekday from 6-8 so that I am more present. | I haven't been spending a lot of time, in general, with social media lately so this was a win!
  • Make vacations a priority when it comes to saving. | Yes! I was able to put aside $200 towards a vacation!


  • On a weekly basis find a scripture or quote to meditate on and find ways to incorporate the meaning I find into my everyday life. | Success! This was actually really awesome and I want to talk more about it another day.


  • Read only books I own for the whole month of June. | Success as long as we don't count audio books. Unfortunately, I didn't make it all of the way through The Pillars of the Earth, but will resume once I complete Erin's Book Challenge!


  • Come up with my ideal career timeline. | Fail. I sat down to do this and just ended up feeling super depressed. I want to focus on my family until all of the kids are in school, but I feel like there is so much that I could be doing in my field if I went for it. It's  hard to feel so conflicted. 
Here's what I've been working on in July:

July Goals


  • Decide what my long-term goals are and what it is that I really want from this space.
  • Respond in a much more timely manner.


  • Strengthen my hips
  • Plan lunches and dinners.


  • Just finish painting the garage door already!
  • Organize the basement. Get rid of things!


  • Plan some fun summer outings for this little family of mine. 


  • Reframe your thinking. Try to be less judgmental and more positive.
  • Work on allowing self to relax. 


  • Try to finish as much of Erin's Reading Challenge as is possible.
  • Write creatively once a week. 


  • Take a Coursera class in a subject I wouldn't normally gravitate towards.

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