Since it is the 1st day of the month, I thought it would be a perfect day to tell you guys my goals for July. I’m hoping it will keep me more accountable by sharing them, and then giving a recap at the end of the month. I have split them up into categories, and then have included how I’m hoping to accomplish them.
Last month I increased my following from the previous month, and I’m hoping to reach an even greater number of people this month. Not only will this help me reach other moms going through similar situations, but it will help me take my blog to the next level financially. Since I stay at home with the kids, it’s really hard to find a job that I can do from home. I’m hoping this blog will serve that purpose…someday. I really love writing, so it would be fabulous to make money doing something that I love.
How am I going to get there?
I’m going to continue to write as much as possible on the blog. I’ve joined a 30 day challenge, so I will be posting every day. I also am making it a goal to submit to at least 2 other publications. I was so honored to be on Mamalode back in March (wow! I didn’t realize it had been that long!) but I haven’t had a chance to submit anything since then.
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Trying to take this blog to the next level really takes a lot of time. I need to make sure the time I spend on it does not take away from the time I spend with my family. Since I’m home with the kids everyday, it’s easy for me to feel like I can just hand them off to my husband when he gets home from work. I know that’s not fair to him, since he works hard all day too. It’s just that sometimes at that point of the day, I can’t stand to hear one more scream, break up one more fight, or have one more person hang on me.
How am I going to work on this goal?
When my husband gets done with work, I’m going to give him a minute to get settled, then I’m going to take just 20 minutes to myself. Maybe I’ll check emails, maybe I’ll just sit in the silence of our room. After that, I’m going to make it a point to make dinner at least 3 out of the 5 weeknights. With everyone having different bedtimes, and with activities like T-ball and Ballet, we sometimes all eat at different time. At least 3 nights, we’re all going to sit together as a family.
When it comes to the weekends, I like to get to the store by myself at least once. I also want to give my husband a chance to do something for himself. Then, I want us, as a family, to do another activity all together.
I also want to get back to having date nights. Once a month, I would like a date night with just my husband. Once a month a date night with my husband and my oldest. The twins aren’t quite ready for date night yet…but soon.
I’ve been working really hard to lose weight and get healthy. I also have been making an effort to get in better shape. This month, I’d like to continue to lose weight, and make an even greater effort to exercise.
How will I accomplish this?
I’ve been having other health issues (which I’ll write about another time,) so I will now be taking a daily probiotic, and drinking lots of water. I got a water bottle, and I need to fill and empty it at least 3 times a day.
I also want to do either an exercise DVD, Ballet class, or a walk, 5 out of 7 days. I’m going to be marking what I do each day in my calendar to keep me accountable.
I need to experiment with new vegetables to give my diet more variety. This will be hard since I’m not the best cook. So send me your healthy vegetable recipes!
Lastly, I need to get more/better sleep. I end up staying up late at night to relax and watch TV, when I should just go to bed. I’m instituting a 10:15 pm bedtime.
I find myself yelling A LOT during the day, and I just don’t like it. I feel like such a mean mommy. This month, I want to cut way back.
How am I going to stop?
This one is going to take a lot of work. I really need to be very conscious of my stress level. When I feel it rising, I need to take a step back (and probably a step out of the room,) until I can just speak in my normal voice.
If I’m good at following my other goals and getting my health in check, I think this will improve my mood, which will also decrease the yelling.
Our house is slowly (maybe not so slowly) being taken over by stuff. This month, I want to get rid of a lot of it, and get organized.
How will we do this?
Rummage Sale! My parent’s are having one sometime this month, so I need to get them to pin down a date. I then need to start going through closets, especially in my own room. Whatever we don’t sell, we’re going to donate.
See Blogging Goals. Also, spend less money on unnecessary items.
I’m a shopper. I can’t help it. I love to buy stuff for the kids, for my husband, and even for myself on occasion.
How am I going to break the habit?
I’m not going to buy something on impulse. I read somewhere that if you’re trying to curb your spending, you should take a couple of days to think about the item to see if you really need/want it. If after a couple of days, you can’t stop thinking about it, then, and only then, you can buy it.
I’m going to try my hardest to stop the impulse (and not so impulse) buys.
Wow. That’s a lot. I hope I can accomplish most of this stuff, and I hope you’ll help me. What are your goals for the month?