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I cannot believe we are already almost in the month of September. Where did the summer go? And furthermore, where did this year go?! I’m posting my September goals a day early due to my new blogging schedule.
1. Read 4 books. This is the first month this year I actually haven’t met this goal 🙁 I only read 2 books by the end of the month! Who am I and what have I done with the real Bailey?!
2. Do 4 e-courses. I actually started some e-courses! I only did 2 e-courses instead of 4, but hey, it’s a start!
3. Unpack and settle into our house. Yes! It feels so nice to not be living out of a suitcase anymore. It’s amazing at how much more this house feels like home when I am surrounded by my things. 4. Put up a fence in the backyard (pending Army reimbursement.) We got reimbursed enough to fund this project, so we went to the hardware store and looked around at what we wanted and are slowly getting started building the fence. It won’t be cheap, but it’s totally worth our sanity since having to take Lily out on the leash multiple times a day to go potty is a pain. Depending on how our year in this house goes, we’ll either leave it up when we move or take the entire thing out when we leave 😉
5. Finish the engagement scrapbook. Haha, nope! I decided I’m going to set the scrapbook goals to the side and work on my scrapbooks during the month-long break between the fall and spring semesters of classes.
6. Finish the Beth Moore Bible study. Nope. We didn’t get Internet as soon as I had thought, so I couldn’t watch the videos before they expired. I do still have the Bible study book and plan to walk through it in the future! I am joining a Bible study this fall through our church so maybe we’ll go through this one!
7. Figure out a schedule for blogging/Bible studying/etc. Yup! Back when I was in college a few years ago, I remember making an Excel spreadsheet to prioritize my time. Four years later, and I’m back to that same spreadsheet! I’m still adjusting this routine since classes just started last week, but it looks like weeknights will mostly be for homework, small group, and AWANAs while weekends will be for date nights, blogging, and catching up on housework. I’ve been reading my Bible in the mornings as I get ready for work, instead of surfing through social media, which is such a great start to my day! 8. Begin new exercise routine. Yup! My work is actually hosting a Wellness challenge for 6 weeks that started last week. For my challenge, I decided to incorporate 20-30 minutes of exercise into my day. The first week of the challenge was exercising 4 times a week and by the end of the 6 weeks, I will be exercising every single day! Andy and I have also been going to the gym to do the weight machines to help with some back issues I’ve been having. 9. Figure out our new budget. Yup! It seems like our budgets will change from month-to-month as we settle into our house, but I have a general idea of what it will be each month. Working full-time again has definitely helped in regards to finances! 10. Start my first day of class! Yup! This was one of the most exciting things about this month 🙂 Andy is also taking 2 classes this fall, although his classes are on shortened 8 week schedules (so he does one class at a time.) I actually really like this because we can both push each other to study. I always loved studying with a friend at the library in college, but rarely did so. Instead of studying in the library with a friend, it looks like I’ll be studying at the dining room table with my husband!
6 of 10… Yay! That’s pretty good considering how chaotic life has been here!
1. Read 4 books. I originally thought this goal would be impossible, but I think I can make it work with some determination! If I read for 30 minutes on my lunch breaks even a few days a week, I should be able to finish a book or two. Add in the amount of time I’ll be spending in the car or at airports, and I think I can do it!
2. Do at least 2 e-courses. This goal is a bit of a stretch considering all I have going on this month, but I’d like to do at least 2 e-courses this month.
3. Travel home to see my family! I am going home to surprise Mamaw for her 75th birthday and I am so excited! It’s going to be a super-quick trip home– I fly out of Minneapolis on the last flight that Friday and fly back on the first flight leaving Nashville on Sunday– but it will be so worth it to see the smile on her face! I am so blessed to still have my Mamaw on this Earth, so I want to be able to see her when I can.
4. Exercise for 20-30 minutes 5x a week. Like I mentioned above, this goal is 100% for my work’s “Wellness Challenge” for the month of September. Andy and I plan to meet at the Y after work to exercise together, and on days that he’s busy, I will stop by the gym at my work as I head home.
5. Replenish our emergency fund. I’ll post more about our PCS budget as soon as we get reimbursed from the Army, but basically, we had to tap into our emergency fund for the move. I hated doing this, but that’s what it’s there for! I’d like to replenish our emergency fund to the amount it was before the move ($2,500) before we start paying off our final debts.
6. Stay caught up in all of my class assignments. I probably should list this goal at the top of my list, but I’d like to do well in the 2 classes I’m taking this semester. Even though my classes are online, I think working on campus will help me to stay focused on college.
6 goals for September… a fair amount considering all I have going on this month!
What are your September goals?