Happy July everybody! June was a crazy fun, filled month. My husband celebrated his birthday, we took the kids on their very first boat ride, and purchased passes to our first homeschool convention (Eek!) which is later this month. Without further ado…
June 2016 Goals
Eat three meals a day. Pass. As crazy as this is, but plugging “breakfast”, “lunch”, and “dinner” into my planner schedule actually made a huge difference.
Continue tracking my health and wellness goals in my planner every day. Pass. I’ve been tracking the amount of miles I walk in a day (using a FitBit) and the amount of water I drink a day.
Have July’s lesson plans (including printing, laminating, to-do lists, and shopping lists) completed by 18th. Fail. This one hurts. We are already in July and I have no lesson plans for this month, but frankly I’m not really going to worry about it. I spent most of June working on our homeschooling plans for the 2016-2017 year. I have a loose plan for July that will continue reviewing preschool materials. I found an old preschool/kindergarten workbook that we never finished, so I divided up the pages for the month. Our new “school year” will officially begin on Sunday, July 24, so I put most of my efforts this month working on a scope and sequence, goals, and gathering materials for both kids.
Clean zones four and five. Use checklists and planners to stay on target. Pass. I rocked the housework this month. Zone four included the laundry room, stairway/upstairs hallway, office, and downstairs closet. Zone five was the kids rooms… and drumroll please, I ALSO cleaned zone six. Zone six was the master suite (minus the bathroom, as that is lumped together with the other bathrooms in zone three) and the backyard. Boom! Excuse me while I do a victory dance.
Have July’s editorial calendar complete by June 15th. Pass. I completed this one pretty early in the month. While this isn’t a hard goal for me to meet (since I have 12,001 ideas spawning out of my head), the deadline is really important and this is likely something that’s going to continue to stay on my goal’s list for some time. I’ve also completed my editorial calendar for August.
Have all of July’s photographs taken by June 25. Fail. I have good reason for this, I promise. I haven’t completed the projects that I’m writing about in July just yet. The majority of July and August’s posts will revolve around our 2016-2017 homeschool plans. As a result, most of July (and likely August) will be spent flying by the seat of my pants. Oh joy!
Watch three AFI films. Pass. This month I watched The Manchurian Candidate, The Grapes of Wrath, Chinatown, AND My Fair Lady. I really, really enjoyed The Manchurian Candidate. I did not care much for the 2004 remake (which I watched to compare to the original). It wasn’t a strict remake and was made more modernized to fit with the times, but it just lacked the charm of the original. The Grapes of Wrath was good, although incredibly sad. I didn’t care much for Chinatown or For My Fair Lady. About halfway through My Fair Lady, I realized that I watched it high school and the reason I didn’t care for it was the ending.
One of the best things I’m getting out of this journey is that I’m finally starting to understand references in modern movies (even in cartoons). For example, at the end of Chinatown, one of the characters says “Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown.” Well… in the film Inside Out (yes, I know, a cartoon… by Disney or Pixar, or both, whatever) one of the cloudtown cops says, “Forget it Jake, it’s Cloudtown.” Welp, now I get the reference. I feel so smart (sarcasm… kind of).
Read or listen to “Othello”. Fail. I just wasn’t feeling the Shakespeare this month.
July 2016 Goals
Continue to eat three meals a day. It’s amazing how much better I feel when I eat three solid meals a day along with small (healthy) snacks throughout the day.
Walk 135 miles. I’ve been using my fitbit to track my miles. My goal for the year is to walk 1,500 miles total. If I walk 135 miles this month, that is 4.35 miles a day. However, I’m more concerned with the monthly total, rather than the daily. Life happens. Especially when you have little kids.
Drink 16 gallons of water. Living in such a hot climate, this should probably be a larger number. However, anything larger would very likely be setting myself up for failure. 16 gallons of water is approximately a half a gallon of water (or about 64 fluid ounces) a day. Again, I’m not so much concerned with the “I must make this number every day” as much as I am with the total number at the end of the month.
Attend my very first homeschool conference. Whoop! Whoop! About mid-month my husband and I will be attending our first homeschool conference. I’m nervous and excited.
Have Term One’s lesson plans and materials completed by July 23. I’ve broken our school year up terms based on a 3 week one, 1 week off, schedule. (A post on this is coming later this month). Yes, this is the day before our school year officially starts, but so long as it is done before we start, rather than me scrambling during, I’ll be happy.
Clean Zones 1 and 2. Back to zone 1. *sigh* I was just here… three months ago. Zone 1 is the front yard (which never seems to stay clean or weed free), the entryway, and the garage. Zone 2 is the bane of my existence and includings the kitchen, living room, and playroom. The rooms in our house that get the most amount of use, therefore the biggest pain the rear to clean.
Figure out and “fix” adsense on the blog. The ad you see on the side? Yea, that’s the test ad code that adsense gave me when I first signed up… a year ago. I should probably figure out where to put ads and put them in places that they belong. I’d probably make more money if I actually did something with the codes. Oops.
Post 3 times a week on the blog. This has been a goal of mine, since about forever. However, I have SO many posts coming up related to our homeschool year that I’ve clogged up my editorial calendar for all of July, and four Wednesdays in August. This also ties into accountability. Sunday-Tuesday I’m pretty good about joining link parties, posting, working on content, etc. Wednesday-Saturday it all goes downhill, which is something I want to change.
Complete March-August (2015) Project Life Pages. Ugh… I am so far behind on my project life/scrapbooking albums it is downright sad. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve likely seen some of the photos. It’s not pretty. My plan is to work on these for at least one hour every day during the kid’s quiet time. Their quiet time in their rooms (since neither one of them naps) has been set aside as dedicated “scrapbook catch up time.”
Did you complete your goals for June? What are your goals for the month of July? (Pssst… is everybody ready for back to school season!?)