Monthly Goals

Image from   Ashley Ella Design Happy Tuesday All!   Today's post will be a little different than the normal. I think I may even ...

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Happy Tuesday All!  Today's post will be a little different than the normal. I think I may even do this series monthly, it will serve as a monthly checklist and kind of like a "what to expect" for the month type of thing. I normally make a mental checklist of everything I need to do, but like most moms...my brain is fried and I forget. Yes, I do have an online calendar and a calendar I carry around on the daily...in fact, I have 3 calendars (2 online and one in my purse). My life is hectic, crazy, and stressful so I figure that I would make a checklist of my monthly goals so that I can be held accountable for it. I would hate to disappoint anyone...so if I let it be known, more than likely I will do it. 

July Goals

1. Get my body back---not literally. Basically, I just need to be more consistent with my workouts. April-June (the end of June) has been taxing on my family, because my kids have been sick back to back to back...one of my children was even diagnosed with Stevens Johnson Syndrome during this period. With that said, I sacrificed working out on a daily so I can dedicate my time to my children and focus on them. Now that they seem to be better, I would love to finish off my workout program where I left off. My ideal workout situation would be to lift weights 3-5 days a week for an 1-1.5 hours and possibly squeeze 10 min of cardio a day into my workout. I dread cardio! Working out is essential to my well-being...trust me it is! It clears my mind of clutter, it eases me and relaxes my body, and it (for some reason) makes me feel more confident about myself. I noticed when I do not workout I am uptight, a grouch, moody, and lazy. 

2. Operation Mom is Coming to Town---This probably should have been number one on my list, but I think I need to workout to ease my mind that my mom is coming. Ha! I love my mom. Anyways, since my madre will be in town, I will be decorating, decorating, DIYing, DIYing, DIYing....until everything is decent and mother approved. Ha. 

          1. Living Room Makeover-This has been on my mind for the past month or so. I would like to repaint my shelves and maybe even paint my makeshift entertainment center. I need to finish my gallery wall and I would love to DIY some decorative wall plates. I do not know if it is in my budget to purchase a new coffee table (I will be on the look out), but I think I need one in my life despite what the mister thinks. 

          2. Clean Out the Hoard Room- I basically need to sell some stuff. That is it! No point in getting down to the nitty gritty in this room, nobody really goes in here. I just need to be able to close the door, I cannot do that now because it is overflowing with furniture. 

          3. Deep Clean-Lately, my rental has been a hot mess...we have not been neglecting it, things just need to get fixed. This month the landlord promised to fix the problems. It is hard to organize or do anything when you have no where to put stuff. It is literally annoying. Hopefully, these problems will get fixed ASAP so I have time to deep clean thoroughly. 

3. Change Out the Lighting---The lighting in my rental is a NIGHTMARE. Yes, it is. I have been researching light bulbs and I have narrowed it down to what I think would work in my rental. Now all I need to do is purchase them and switch out the bulbs. 

4. Create a Command Center---I have been putting this off for two years too long. I really need to have this up and running by the first week of August. Two of my babes are in school and this would help ease all the homework confusion and keep them on track.

These are my July goals, I think they are doable and I cannot wait to get started. Wahoo for projects and so far my kids are looking great so hopefully we still have a bit of summer fun that I can enjoy with them. Happy July, I will see y'all on Thursday. I will be guest hosting for Thrift Score Thursday. 

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  1. I need to deep clean and I want to redecorate my guest bathroom!

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    1. Deep cleaning is something...I need motivation whenever I deep clean, but redecorating a bathroom should be fun!

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  2. I definitely need to make a command center as well! I move around a lot so I never really end up making one, but I need to commit to the project!

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    1. Yes, I feel you! We moved around a bit and are so unorganized...I just need to find a spot and commit. I am still in the planning stage with that.

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  3. We may or may not be the same person... I'm not sure yet. Based off of this list, we ABSOLUTELY are. :) Making-over my living room and adding some much needed lighting are on my To-Do list STAT! :)

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    1. haha! I purchased new lighting for the main areas in my rental and lighting is not cheap. I basically blew through my July budget on lighting. We got to take it room by room.

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  4. These are great goals, and I think you'll be a total rock star at them!

    You should link up with our July Goals linky!

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  5. I'm working on deep cleaning and organizing myself!

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    1. those are good goals---once summer is over organizing goes out the window due to all the fall activities!

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  6. It sounds like you and I are on the same goal plan for this month :) I love that you blog about your monthly goals -I need to do that! :) GOOD LUCK this month!

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    1. Thanks Miranda! I really need to get it a lot of things done before fall begins, it is crazy in my home!

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  7. Love the idea! I've been thinking about doing a command center too. Good luck with July! :)

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  8. It's good to set up goals. I am doing the same!

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    1. yes, it is...thanks for stopping by!

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  9. I love setting goals but it seems I overwhelm myself with very long to do lists when I do. Anyway I am also on a redo the living room mode this month and trying to knock all the projects off my to do list that have to do with that. Good luck on your goals. I'm cheering you on.

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    1. Awww, thanks Cathy! I totally feel you, goals, especially cleaning goals can be VERY overwhelming. Good luck with your living room makeover.

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  10. It seems like a lot of people are working on organizing, including myself. Guess if it's too hot to go outside, what else can you do?

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    1. I agree! It is TOO hot to do a lot of things and since I cannot swim, the pool is out of the question, ha!

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  11. Ouu! I need to make a list just like this. Want to pop over and help me with mine? ;)

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    1. Haha! I would love to. I know where we can start...your electrical issues, is a good starting point before summer is over.

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  12. Sounds like you'll be busy in July! I realllly need to do the deep clean thing, it's getting out of hand.

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    1. I have no other choice but to deep clean, my mom is a neat freak...if she saw my house at this moment she will probably have a heart attack...it is not that bad, I just have a desk in the middle of living room and clean unfolded clothes chilling on my sofa. LOL!

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  13. Love having goals written out for the month!! :) Have a great time with your mom!! :)

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  14. Goals are the first step to change...Right?

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  15. HA! All my kids are coming in next week and I've been purging, cleaning, and organizing too!
    Cynthia @craftoflaughter.com

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    1. I feel ya, I hate having guest over (family or not) come to my home when it is not in prestine condition. I get so embarrassed.

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  16. Love love love the goals! I've been consistent with my workouts but since I twisted my ankle, I've come to resent cardio :( Wish you the best of success! Cleaning is definitely something that I need to do ASAP.

    Alessandra | blog.pumpup.com

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    1. Thanks! Ouch, I twisted my ankle in college and it has NEVER been the same! Literally, I can not wear certain heels because of it and after I twisted it, they put me in the wrong brace and it took forever to heal. I hope all is well with your ankle and thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  17. I just recently posted my summertime goals on my blog too because I thought if I put it out there, I would stay more accountable! I too need to get my body back! My daughter is three so I can no longer use the excuse that it is baby weight!

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    1. I feel you, my youngest is 3 and although I do workout...I feel the pressure. Thanks Amanda for stopping!

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  18. It's always good to write down your goals! I find I actually get them done that way because I like to check them off! lol. You can do it!

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    1. Thanks, everytime I want to throw in the towel I remind myself that I put myself out there and I plan to check in on my goals come August.

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  19. Great goals! Thanks for sharing with us :)

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  20. Great goals! Mine this month are to pack as much as I can and keep up with my blog as best I can! We are moving at the end of the month and have so much going on... I need to be more organized and detail my goals like you! - Jeanine

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    1. Wow...moving is no joke, I understand why you are having a hard time keeping up. I wish you the best with your move and thanks for stopping by.

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  21. Yay! Living room makeover! I love home redecorating! I hope you'll post about your changes. These are great goals!

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    1. Hey heather! I will be posting about my changes once the room is complete so be on the lookout. Thanks for stopping by!

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  22. I have been working on getting my body back too- it's so hard to build it up but so easy to lose it, right? Good luck with your goals!!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, when I am not working out I feel so guilty because my body is not being pushed like it needs to be, but when I do workout I get so frustrated because it takes so long to see results.

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  23. I just did a July goals post for the first time to. We can keep each other accountable! Best of luck completing all yours!

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    1. Thanks Shann! we should do just that!

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  24. I really want to start making a monthly goal list too! I just feel like I have too many things on that list!

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    1. You should, it is a good way to hold yourself accountable.

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  25. Oh man. I dread cardio too! Good luck on your goals!

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  26. Woohoo! You can do it! The command center sounds like a great idea! Good luck!

    xo, Chelsie @ Life with Rosie

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  27. I love goal setting, I just haven't been able to get it on the blog recently. I also love that when mom or in-laws come we tend to quickly do everything on our to-do list! lol. I am the same way when my in-laws come - because my parents live so close they get to see how we 'really live'. Good luck and I can't wait to see how you accomplish everything.

    P.S. Working out is ALWAYS on the goal list...and almost never accomplished for me too :)

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    1. You are so right. My mom and my in laws live in the TX and I always try to do my best cleaning job whenever they come, the last thing i need is for them to say something---I agree about the whole working out part, that goes with eating healthy too! haha!

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  28. I need to work on my body too. I have been walking every day.

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    1. That is a GREAT place to start....especially in the summer heat! That is a whole workout in itself!

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  29. Yes! I agree - working out does help to clear you mind! I do it as a stress-reliever! I am having such a struggle creating a routine for working out. It seems to only be happening on the weekend. These seem like some great goals! Good luck accomplishing them!

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    1. I feel you, my routine changes constantly. Sometimes I go during the day others at night...it all depends on how my son feels. Thanks for stopping by!

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  30. Wow, these are ambitious goals! I hope everyone feels better (and stays that way!) so you can get it all done!
    xo, Caitlin
    And Possibly Dinosaurs

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    1. Thanks girl, I am crossing my fingers that I am able to complete everything.

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  31. You have a very ambitious list! My summer goals include cleaning and organizing the garage and sorting through old photos. I hope that by chunking it out and devoting a bit of time each day to the projects I will get it done before I go back to teaching in mid August. Not much time left at all!
    Good luck with your goals.

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    1. That is a big list you have going on. Garage cleaning is no joke and can take days! good luck with your goals I hope you can get it all done before school starts up again!

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  32. Haha I love the 'operation mom is coming to town'...I do exactly the same thing every time my mom comes to visit - not that it matters, as she always finds something anyway (I don't think she means to - its just what mom's do :) ) Good luck with the list, sounds like you will have a busy busy month :)

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    1. Yes, moms are so critical--well, mine is. Glad I am not the only one who preps for their mom! Thanks Donna for your comment!

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  33. I certainly have some similar goals! Hopefully we both can achieve them!

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    1. Thanks and Good luck with your goals!

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  34. Haha I would totally make sure my house was fully decorated before my mom comes, too!!! :D I have also been looking for bulb replacements!! What did you decide on??

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    1. I decided on White "NATURAL" lights from Lowes--they are more blue in color than yellow. However I have a throwback chandelier and had to settle on regular chandelier lights for that they did not sell them in white "natural" lights. The natural lights look more realistic and true to color that the yellow, especially if you take a photo with the lights on.

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  35. I think those are great goals! Working out is definitely at the top of my list too. I stopped breastfeeding a few months ago and my body is definitely not used to all those extra calories. Can't wait to see how things go with your goals!

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    1. Thanks! I stopped breastfeeding 3 years ago and I still am packing on those calories, I definitely need to hit the gym harder and maybe change my eating lifestyle around. Good luck with working out.

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  36. These are some great goals, I've been thinking that I need to change out some of the light fixtures in my house too!

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    1. I changed my lights to white "natural" lights and if feels so much brighter and whiter in my rental. The walls look more white than cream which I like. You should definitely do it!

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  37. How you doing with these goals, now that it's mid-month?! I'm checking in on ya girl! xox

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    1. Ha girl! I am doing well on most of my goals, I have yet to workout for the month...I cannot seem to motivate myself with the children in the house for the summer. If you count cleaning as working out then...I did, otherwise, my gym membership has gone to waste for this month. I am hoping to pick up going back to the gym next month and maybe workout at home this upcoming week while my girls go back to school. Thanks for checking up on me Christina!

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