I'm turning 30 next month! What?! How did this year go so quickly. And how did I miss a month of updates? Technically month 11 isn't over yet, but I'll be in Hawaii next week and don't plan to be blogging. (wink, wink!)
Things here have become so un-routined. I think that this is worse than being busy. There's no rhythm to the days really. We've really just been in go-mode trying to finish up summer projects and get things ready for my in-laws to come and house-sit and stay with our kids, so that we do what needs to be done whenever. The only thing that is really sacred in our day is when John takes a nap because I won't get anything done with a fussy, clingy toddler.
All of that to say....the progress is minimal.
Goal #1: Read More
Three things made me want to read Shannan's book originally. 1) Emily P. Freeman recommended it. 2) The cover is the perfect shade of green. 3) Shannan and her family live in Indiana! And the content turned out to be fantastic. I'll have a full review for you tomorrow!
Goal #2: Continue Going to Yoga
Progress: I've been to class every time these past weeks as far as I can remember. I love it! It's my plan that after we get back from Hawaii to get back into a routine and add in more "on my own" yoga here at home.
Goal #3: Lose the Baby Weight
Progress: No gain or loss this month. However, a tropical vacation may be in my future in September, so I need to kick the weightloss into gear!
Goal #4: Learn Italian
Progress: Duolingo says I'm still 9% fluent.....I've practiced like twice.
Goal #5: Take a Cooking Class
Progress: I don't think that I'll have this completed before my birthday, BUT there is a Holiday Wines class in November and a Christmas in Provence class in December that look like fun!
Goal #6: Make Time for Play
Progress: I've been trying to not necessarily "play" with the kids during the day, but simply include them into what I'm doing more...which is a task for me the control freak. It's more my style though. I have a hard time making plastic ponies talk to each other...
Even though Hawaii is a business trip for my husband, it's just the two of us going and we have a few days to do fun stuff. We're planning on visiting Pearl Harbor and I'm trying to convince him that we NEED to swim with sea turtles even though I'm not much of a swimmer. Turtle are my FAVORITE! Plus we wear life jackets the whole time. And I'm hoping for a luau.
Goal #7: Develop a Signature Style
Progress: I have signed up for and started Hayley Morgan's No-Brainer Wardrobe Course (the class is closed until spring, but here is her ebook). Again, planning to really dive in once we get back from vacation.
Goal #8: Master the Top Knot
Goal #9: Continue Making our House Our Home
Progress: My office/craft room is pretty well complete for now. I need a few more storage items, a piece of art to cover the ugly electrical panel and maybe a small bookshelf. As soon as I can get over to IKEA, I will buy the desk I want instead of the folding table I'm using now, but I just can't justify $350 shipping for a $70 desk, so I'm making due.
I'm still editing things out around the house. I still fell like things need to be more minimal and clean around here. It's just getting harder to part with things now that I did the initial purge.
Also, you can find all of my fall decor in this post. I love being able to decorate for the seasons.
Goal #10: Make Devotions & Bible Study Part of My Daily Life
Progress: I blame my lack of staying on track with this on our lack of routine, but really its probably me just being lazy instead of intentional with the downtime that I have. It's so much easier to watch another episode of whatever Netflix show I'm on than to open my heart and use my brain to study the Word. Not pretty and a little embarrassing, but its the truth.
I could easily get discouraged about the lack of progress in some areas, but that won't change the past. All I can do is to take a deep breath, realize that at least some progress was made in almost every goal on my list, and just keep trying. I will never be able to simply check most of these goals off the list as "done." They are goals about how I want to live, and hopefully, my life is far from done.
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