Setting and sharing these goals also has made me more conscious of the fact that I fail EPICALLY at reaching my goals. In the beginning of the month, they seem completely attainable and it feels as if 30/31 days is plenty of time to accomplish such small tasks. But when the end of the month comes around and I am going over them, I just bow my head in shame. For some reason, I just can't do it all. It doesn't help that I'm only "home" 3-4 days a week, for a few hours at a time. I'm home long enough to sleep, get in some reading, blog a little, shower, do some laundry (maybe), and eat supper. That's it. A few hours a night and time is up. So, it's no wonder why some of these things don't get done. HOWEVER, it won't stop me from setting goals for myself each month. I really like the accountability that sharing them gives me, and one of these days, I'm going to be successful at meeting each monthly goal I set for myself. One day. And that day is not today...so let's recap June's goals to find out why, shall we?
1. read three books
Fail. Again. I got 2 out of 3 for the second month now, but another two pretty great reads! Head over to check out what I read in June here. I've had this goal in May AND June and have come up short both times. Again, I was close but not quite closet enough. Time just really sneaks away from me!
2. sponsor two blogs
Done! I sponsored Life As Rachel and The Samantha Show. These two girls are very different but both hilariously funny and entertaining in their blog presence. Go check them out. You won't be sorry!
3. organize room
It was a big, fat, fail on this one. I didn't even get started on this goal. See above, wherein I explain that I'm only home for a few hours a night a few days a week, and I just didn't get around to this one.
4. prayer journal
This one was hit and miss. I'm going to say that I failed because it didn't happen quite as I had hoped or anticipated, so I can't count it as a success. Sad day.
And now, for my July goals. Let's see if this month fares any better than the previous two! *fingers crossed*
Read three books.
Okay, I'm trying this AGAIN. Third time's the charm, right? ;) Let's see if I can break the cycle and go 3 for 3 this month.
Co-host a blog giveaway.
I need to put a little more energy into my blog, and I'd love to co-host a giveaway this month. I'm on the hunt for an amazing prize that won't break the bank. *If any of you fellow bloggers want to join me in this one or have a giveaway going on that you need more entries for, please let me know!*
Organize my room.
Since this didn't happen last month, it's even more crucial to get this done in July. It's just way overdue and totally necessary for me to be more efficient in everything else that's going on. Especially laundry. Clean, dirty, it's just chaos. It's time to reign it all in and take care of it. Oh, and mail. It's everywhere, and it's a problem. Time for my room to get a facelift! And by facelift, I just mean not cluttered in junk and clothes. Again, even organized chaos would make me happy.
Give myself grace.
I keep beating myself up about failing things (like monthly goals) and not meeting my own expectations in so many areas. But this month, I want to try to really give myself grace. I'm in a phase of "new" (again), and it's been a lot different than anything I've known. I live at home with my parents, I commute to work 2 hours one way, and I got a promotion at work, so that means a new job function in which I'm trying to stay on top of (and am succeeding at, don't worry ;) ... hehe). I'm also putting time in with my sister one day a week and focusing some time and energy on my relationship with Cory. All of that together leaves me exhausted and some things lacking. I don't have a routine, and while that stresses me out, I can't let it get me down. Grace. It's all about extending a little grace. And I'm focusing on that this month something fierce.
Try a new recipe.
I've seen so many good recipes that fellow bloggers and people on Facebook are trying and sharing because they're delicious. I'm determined to try something new!
I'm so far behind in editing my pictures, and I want to make some headway with that this month. Photography is a passion of mine, and I don't want to let it get too far behind to where I feel completely overwhelmed and let it all go. That's unacceptable, so I want to work on that.