September Progress | October Goals 2019

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It’s supposed to be Fall, but right now in North Carolina it’s still in the 90s. Heat records are actually being broken… yuck. But that should all shift tomorrow and I cannot wait!

I’m excited for the cooler weather, but I may be even more excited for the 2020 PowerSheets launch! Yall, this year is big! The team has made some incredible changes (hello, hard cover, inside pockets, and updated inside pages) and I’m thrilled!!

Set your alarm for October 16th 10am ET and grab your own set of PowerSheets here! Brand new products will be announced October 9th, so be sure to sign up for the full collection guide!

I’m already thinking about 2020, but there’s still work to do for 2019. Lets get into this month’s update.

September Progress

Monthly Action Items

  • Save $4,000: Mission accomplished! We’ve been finished saving for the house for a couple months now, but we’re continuing to save aggressively in case something comes up with the house and for all the exciting things after we close (furniture shopping, decorating, baby, etc). It feels really good to have a healthy savings account.
  • Clarity on maternity leave: The maternity policy at work was pretty confusing, but HR was a huge help. They explained what I can expect pay and time wise for maternity leave and that makes me feel much better. It’s not the best (as with many American companies), but I’m grateful for the support post baby and knowing allows us to have a plan.
  • Declutter: Done! If you’ve been around here for a bit, you know we try to declutter (and prevent clutter from coming in) regularly. I thought about doing my Flourishing Contentment Challenge, but that felt overwhelming. I’ve been decluttering room by room as I prepare for packing. So far it’s worked out really well.
  • Post house items for sale: We have so many items that we’re not taking to the new house. Since we knew we no longer wanted them, but they could still serve someone else, we decided to post them for sale on Facebook Marketplace. It wasn’t always an easy/enjoyable process, but the first batch of selling items is pretty much done and we made over $300. Win win! We still have some more items to part with, so we’ll post what we can on Marketplace and then do a yard sale/donate the rest.
  • Read a book: I’ve been reading two books — What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Where the Crawdads Sing. I usually only read self help/informational books, so a fiction story has been nice. I’m enjoying both! As a dad-to-be, Eric has been liking We’re Pregnant! The First Time Dad’s Pregnancy Handbook. We’re going to check out our library today to see what we can borrow instead of buy (budget hack if you’re a big reader!)

Weekly Action Items

  • Rest + relax — Achieved 3/4 weeks
  • Intentional time with E — Achieved 4/4 weeks
  • Simple AM routine — Achieved 4/4 weeks
  • Write + share blog post I enjoy — Achieved 3/4 weeks
  • Unplug on days off — Achieved 2/4 weeks

Maybe it’s because we’re accessible 24/7 with our phones, but unplugging is not something I’m very good at. Can you relate? I’m working on getting better though. The world isn’t going to stop spinning if I don’t see that email right away or miss a text for a couple hours. Things feel urgent to me that usually aren’t. I need to set up the right boundaries with myself and then respect them. My mental health and rest level will be much better for it.

Daily Action Items

  • Word before world — Achieved 27/30 days
  • Journal — Achieved 17/30 days
  • 7+ hours of sleep — Achieved 26/30 days
  • 10,000+ steps — Achieved 29/30 days
  • 90+ oz water — Achieved 27/30 days

I was inspired for “Word before world” by Well Watered Women. It just means I commit to filling myself first with God’s Word instead of all the things of the world (social media, news, emails, etc). It’s not a fancy routine and it may evolve through the different seasons.

Right now it looks like reading one chapter from a book of the Bible (in September I read through Proverbs, one chapter a day) and then prayer. It’s simple and takes maybe 5 minutes, but it’s transforming my mornings and the way I feel. When we fill up on the good things first, we’re nourished and we have less room for the junk.

October Goals

Monthly Action Items

  • Tackle house/moving items
  • Gender Reveal!
  • Save $4,000
  • Match/exceed Sept 2019 blog views

Weekly Action Items

  • Connect with Eric
  • Unplug on days off
  • Fitbit goals

Daily Action Items

  • Word before world
  • Journal
  • Read
  • Train with Stella

Yes, there’s only 90ish days left in 2019, but that’s still tons of time to make progress! Have you set your intentions for the month? Here’s some tough love: you won’t accomplish the things you want if you never make up your mind about them. Set your goals and get after them! I know you can do it.

What would you like to accomplish before 2020?

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