I cannot believe that just last month, we were still living in Kentucky and now we are living in Iowa! And furthermore, we move into our new rental home today! YAY! 🙂 We won’t be moving everything into the home until this weekend since we both work all week, but it will nice to finally be “home”… even if home is just sleeping on our mattresses on the ground for a few days 😉
Since I skipped making monthly goals for July, as we were in a state of limbo, I’m super excited to get back into a routine again. We’re still learning exactly what Andy’s job will look like but I plan to work on my goals while he is at work. I, of course, will be working too– yay!– but have figured out a general routine since my hours are consistent.
1. Read 4 books. One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to read 100 books this year, and as of the day I’m writing this, I’ve finished 80 books! I decided to cut my monthly reading goals from 8 to 4 since things will be getting busy around here. You’ll see why in a bit!
2. Do 4 e-courses. I’d like to do as many e-courses as I possibly can before they expire! This is more urgent than reading right now since the e-courses expire in a year and the books don’t expire.
3. Unpack and settle into our house. YES! Major priority for me! It will still be a while before I feel 100% settled in our home. I’ve been making a list of projects I’d like to do to the house, but they will have to be done slowly as we save up money. For now, just getting all of our furniture in the house, boxes unpacked, and food in the fridge will do 🙂
4. Put up a fence in the backyard (pending Army reimbursement.) We asked the owners if we could install a fence in the backyard for Lily to go potty without needing to be leashed and thankfully, they agreed! They have final say in how the fence looks, yet we will be paying for the fence ourselves. Thankfully, Andy was a professional fencer before he joined the Army as an Engineer, so he will be able to do all the labor himself!
5. Finish the engagement scrapbook. We’ve been married for over a year now, so I need to finish our engagement, wedding, honeymoon, and first year of marriage scrapbooks…. baby steps! I don’t think I will completely finish this, so I’d like to at least make some good progress!
6. Finish the Beth Moore Bible study. I bought this Bible study book from LifeWay back in June, fully intending to do the Bible study and watch the videos for free while they were on the LifeWay Women’s blog, but time slipped away from me! I need to finish this before they remove the videos from the site.
7. Figure out a schedule for blogging/Bible studying/etc. I have been telling Andy for a few days now that I can’t wait to get into a new routine. This “being in limbo” mumbo jumbo is not for me! I think settling into a routine will help me get involved in the community and make the most of our time in Iowa. It helps that I have an 8-5, Monday-Friday job because there is more consistency than I had in my previous jobs, when my hours changed weekly.
8. Begin new exercise routine. Ha! Y’all know my “exercise routine” at Fort Knox failed miserably. We’re super thankful that the YMCA gave Andy a free membership and mine was just $10 a month. Since Andy won’t be PTing with his work, that means he can PT with me! I’m hoping maybe all I need to get into an exercise routine is accountability. Also, I get a free membership to the wellness center at the college where I work, so I plan to take my gym clothes in my duffel bag to work so I can go to the gym on evenings when Andy will be working late. Ideally, I’d like to go to the gym 2-3x a week.
9. Figure out our new budget. Since we move into our new home on the first of the month, we should have a fairly accurate idea of a typical month, finance-wise. Even though there will still be some fluidity as far as Army reimbursements and buying things for the house go, it will be nice to figure our budget out! I also can’t wait to get my first paycheck from my job, because there are a lot of things we’ll need for this winter that we haven’t bought yet, like a snow blower, repair the heat in my car, buy actual winter clothes for the freezing cold temps we’ll be getting this year, etc.
10. Start my first day of class! With my new job at the community college, I will be able to take classes for free! I start my first class at the end of this month. I am nervous about going back to school while working 40 hours a week, being involved in the community, and maintaining my blog, so I just started with one class this semester. I eventually plan to bump it up to 2 classes a semester! Andy will be taking another college class this fall since he is just 5 classes away from his Associate’s degree!
What are your August goals?