September Progress | October Goals 2018

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Happy October, friends. I love this season more and more as I get older. Summer is certainly fun, but fall has a special kind of magic. I’m a fan of changes: weather, seasons, focus. It feels fresh and I’m a fan.

We’re officially within the last 90 days of 2018 — can you believe it!? My PowerSheets help me stay laser focused on what’s most important which becomes even more crucial as we glide into the holiday season. I feel good about the progress I made in September and I’m fired up about the goals I have set for October.

September Progress

Monthly Goals

  • Budget communicationWe’re in a good rhythm and still going strong. We’re working towards our savings goals and are making good progress already.
  • Read book: I actually read two books in September. Food Freedom Forever by Melissa Hartwig since I had just finished my second round of Whole30. I also read Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker. I enjoyed both for different reasons. Both encouraged me — the first more practically and the second through stories and good truth.
  • Friend date: Being intentional with my friends and cultivating relationships is important to me. I understand it’s not going to fall into my lap, so we have to make an effort to reach out and then follow through on the plans we make. Coffee and dinner dates are so sweet with girlfriends.
  • Simplify a space: It’s overwhelming to make a goal to “declutter the house.” Like when would that ever get done?? Writing out all the different spaces in our home where clutter accumulates (closets, drawers, cabinets, rooms, etc) and then choosing a space to focus on makes it possible. In September I tackled our hall closet upstairs and my office. Little by little progress adds up in every area.
  • Growth + progress at work: I’m learning and growing a little bit each day. There’s of course still so much I don’t know, but I’m learning.
  • Nurture plants: I was worried about how my outdoor plants would do during the hurricane, but luckily they all did pretty well. My gorgeous yellow/pink potted plant got wind blown since I put them back out too early, but I think they’ll be okay. Plant mom in progress!
  • Begin new small group season well: Our small group is back up and running since our summer break. It’s so sweet to have this weekly gathering in our lives again. It also encourages me to go deeper in weekly sermons since we’re doing a message based study. All around good stuff.
  • Create healthy phone boundaries: I’m going to do a whole post on this soon since I think it’s such a struggle spot for so many of us. Although I wasn’t good at actually implementing, I created some phone boundaries that I want to exist in my life. Now to work on cultivating them.

Weekly Goals

  • Be curious — ask good questions — Achieved 4/4 weeks
  • Speak up for myself — Achieved 4/4 weeks
  • Rest — do nothing — Achieved 3/4 weeks
  • Blog post published x2 — Achieved 4/4 weeks
  • Mindful spending — Achieved 4/4 weeks
  • Life giving routine — Achieved 4/4 weeks

Using my voice well has been a theme lately. Using my voice to ask good questions, to speak up for myself, and to share my thoughts and encouragement right here through written words. I’m learning about how our words have the power of life or death. I want mine to bring life. Doing this well doesn’t happen in a month. It’ll take more time to be mindful of it and practice. It’s worth the time it takes because I believe it’s so important to use the voice and platform we’ve been entrusted with well.

Daily Goals

  • Pray with E — Achieved 26/30 days
  • Love E well — Achieved 8/24 days
  • Bible plan — Achieved 30/30 days
  • WTW (Write the Word) Journal — Achieved 27/30 days
  • Dental care — Achieved 30/30 days

Loving Eric well was a challenge we did in September inspired by Rachel & Dave Hollis. I’m not going into detail here, but it definitely challenged us. Although we were far from perfect with it (33% accomplishment), it still brought us closer and improved our communication. That was eye-opening to me. Even when I’m not perfect, even when I “miss” way more than half, goodness can still come from it. It’s easy to look back and see how far off you were, but what if you looked back to see how far you have came? 

October Goals

Monthly Goals

  • Last 90 Days Challenge
  • Add $2,000 to savings — budget communication
  • Contentment Challenge
  • Parade of Homes — represent well
  • Growth at work — 3 sales
  • Simplify a space
  • Celebrate + Share PowerSheets Launch
  • Create “Facts of Life” book
  • Create “Personal Timeline”
  • Dream about future

Weekly Goals

  • Speak life to/over Eric
  • Be an encouragement
  • Blog post published + shared intentionally 
  • Use my voice — boldly + mindfully
  • Rest + care
  • Cultivate healthy phone boundaries

Daily Goals

Your steam may be running low, but don’t let all that motivation and intention drift away until New Year’s Day. There’s nothing special about January 1st (except that it’s my birthday, so that’s pretty special). Your life is happening right now. Each day is a new opportunity, lets use it.

What will you do with these last 90 days? We are pushing forward together! ❤

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