6 Small Goals for August

Friday, August 3, 2018

I didn't slay my July goals quite like I did my June ones, but I didn't do too badly at them, either. Perhaps because it's summer, & I've been aiming low? Ha. Here's a look back on July:
  1. Be proud of the final version of my mental health essay. I feel really good about this one, you guys. So much credit goes to Kim, my editor, for being so kind & working through edits with me so that I felt comfortable with & proud of the final version. You can read it here. 
  2. Plan something for my birthday. I didn't go big here, but I did put together a small happy hour at a local bar for the night before my birthday (this Saturday). And we're going to Hamilton tonight, which is birthday gift enough! 
  3. Make as much progress as possible on my #HarnessTheSummer challenge. Yesss, so proud of myself for this one! I'm not done with the challenge yet, & I have a few really hard items left to go (namely taking back-to-back classes!), but I checked off 10+ items from the list in July. 
  4. Eat mostly vegetarian. I didn't do a great job of this, but I didn't fail at it, either. While I ate some meat in July, I did eat primarily vegetarian, & I tried to be thoughtful about when & why I chose to eat meat. 
  5. Plan a trip to Put-In-Bay with my mom. We didn't do this, & now we probably won't - but I'm counting this as done because instead, we're planning a weekend together in Pennsylvania & focusing on our week in South Carolina this September instead. We booked those flights! 
  6. Change my name with my banks. LOL didn't do this. Someday I'll finish all of this, but until then, I'm leaving it off my official goals lists so that I stop feeling like a failure about it.
I can hardly believe it's August, which means summer is ending, but alas, here we are. My birthday is in two days, which I'm not excited about but also not not excited about, if that makes sense. I feel like I've finally reached that point where I'm just like, "Oh, this is just a day where I get markedly older, woof." Still, I'm looking forward to our weekend plans.

Here's what I want to accomplish in my first month of being 34:
  1. Get my car fixed. Some big piece of plastic is draggggggging from the front of my Mazda when I reverse, which is A) annoying, & B) mega-tacky. Time to get this taken care of.
  2. Finish the #HarnesstheSummer challenge. I'm so close! Technically, the challenge doesn't end until early September, but I'd like to finish it this month just for peace of mind... & personal pride. I've got 10 punches left to go.
  3. Seriously curb my spending. I had some unexpected expenses in July, & the result was that I wayyyy overspent & was very low on funds for the last few days of the month. I don't know if I can manage a no-spend month, but inspired by an idea from Stephany Writes, I may try a no-spend week (or two), at least. 
  4. Make some doctors appointments. As I mentioned in a previous post, I have a few health concerns I need to sort out with various specialists. Time to stop procrastinating & make those appointments. (At the time this goes live, I'll have just had two appointments - a good start!)
  5. Plan my upcoming webinars. I have to host two social media teaching webinars in October, which will be here before I know it. I want to get the outlines & PowerPoint presentations completed so I don't have to worry about this during a very busy September.
  6. Start the Cleveland Brewery Passport. I've recently been to half a dozen breweries without picking up the new Cleveland Brewery passport, which means I could've gotten so many stamps! I want to work my way through it, just for fun (although not during those no-spend weeks).
What are your goals for the month of August? 

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