It’s JUNE. I know we say “time is going by so fast” often, but seriously, what happened to the first half of this year?!
I made myself a little sign for motivation, then I figured that you might like it too.
To download the 8×10 size, click on the link at the bottom of this post.
Since the year is half gone, it’s time to take a look at my New Year’s Resolutions. One of the reasons I think many people fail to keep their resolutions is that they make them and then forget them until December rolls around. Also, I’m a believer in flexible resolutions, because you never know what road blocks can come up in a year! Instead of getting discouraged and throwing out all resolutions, I’m resolved to revise as needed to keep stretching myself while being realistic.
This is what I resolved in January, soon after my aunt passed way from cancer:
- Eat out less, have people over more. We have had people over more often than last year, but we still eat out too much. Trying to get down to once a week.
- Reach out the the community regularly with the youth group (hopefully once a month). Brian and I finally sat down and made a schedule, so for the summer, we will have monthly outreaches. If we have another planning session for the fall, I think we’ll be able to keep it up.
Go to Mexico on the church mission trip (taking place in March)Did it!
- Take time to celebrate my friendships and let people know how much I appreciate them. I’m still not doing well at sending cards and calling people, although in the last month I actually sent Mother’s Day cards (though late), two birthday cards, and letters to my brothers just because. This one definitely needs to stay on my resolutions list to keep working on.
- Make my wedding scrapbook, preferably before our two year anniversary in June. I started working on it on Memorial Day, and put together two pages. I’m not too confident I’ll finish it by June 19th, but maybe by the end of the year.
Make more art and crafts (this will happen this semester since I’m taking a drawing class)Finished drawing class, and still drawing in my free time. Keep blogging 🙂I slowed down quite a bit from my usual schedule for a few months, but I’ve picked it back up now.
- Grow as a writer and designer by learning new skills in school and seeking to get published. I have grown in my skills, and I have specific plans to continue growing.
- Get published in something. Hasn’t happened yet.
Graduate college (this will happen in May!)Yep!
Do Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred (time to be determined, probably Jan-Feb.)
- Exercising all year, keeping the goal of 3 times a week. I’ve been doing really well with exercise this year, although Brian being unemployed made it tons easier to find motivation since I had someone to work out with. I’ve been slacking off since he want back to work, and I’ve got to find a new way to stay motivated!
- Take care of my health by seeking to eat balanced meals and going to the doctor/dentist/dermatologist regularly (and get Brian to go too). When Brian lost his job, we didn’t have health insurance. Our new insurance won’t start for a couple months, so this will have to wait.
I’ve expanded my goals and made the existing goals more specific. Here’s what I have now:
- Read new devotional books regularly
- Work on discovering my passions and purpose
- Journal at least once a week
- Have daily devotions
- Serve at church
Graduate from college
- Grow as a designer
- Finish Swirl Shop Illustrator class from Reneepearson.com
- Do illustrator tutorials on vectortuts.com
- Create my logo, business cards, and letterhead
- Create my website
- Learn as much as I can from Codeacademy
- Promote services
- Redesign Newlywed’s Bliss logo, facebook, and website
- Grow as a writer
- Send 2 or more queries a month
- Write two or more articles per month
- Get published 😀
- Make arts and crafts
- Wedding Scrapbook
- Personal scrapbook
- Make curtains for my office
- Headboard for our bedroom
- Pillow cases for our bedroom
- Grow my blogs
- Set up Newlywed’s Bliss contributor system
- Email possible contributors
- Set up accounts and schedules
- Write and submit guest posts
- Blog 3 times a week on Scribbles From Emily
- Blog once a week on Newlywed’s Bliss
- Grow Scribbles followers to 300
- Grow NB followers to 100
Harry Potter 4 and 5Finished these already
- Business books
Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard LifeFinished it already
- Marriage books
- Keep working out three times a week
- Eat balanced meals, restricting processed foods
- Visit the doctor, dentist, dermatologist
- Celebrate my friendships and let people know I appreciate them
- Write Edward (my brother)
- Write Eric (my brother)
- Write Bessi (our sponsored child)
- Talk to Evi, Elissa, mom and dad regularly
- Go on weekly dates with Brian
- Eat out less, have people over once a month
Go to Mexico
- Help with VBS
- Teaching or assistant teaching the pre-primaries
- Movie and photography highlights from the summer
- Volunteer at church
- Update and manage the website
- Design brochures
- Design visitor packet
- Youth Group
- Plan monthly activities
- Help promote activities
- Girl’s Bible Study?
- Youth Group Blog
Wow… it looks a little ambitious. But I have a plan – at the beginning of each month I’ll pick certain objectives from each category to focus on. At the beginning of each week, I’ll pick some of those objectives to tackle. I can break bigger tasks into week long chunks, and then into pieces small enough to get done in a day.
So, it’s going to be vital that I seize the day!
If you’d like to just make the most of your summer, you might like this printable from Passion And Purpose:
Check it out here: Summer Planning Sheet.
Are you re-evaluating or checking up on your New Year’s resolutions? What’s on your bucket list for summer?