Start Fresh in June: Goals Update Part 2

As part of my plan to #StartFreshJune, I spent yesterday talking about my number one goal this year and my main focus this month: getting up early. But, I do want to also revisit the rest of my 2014 goals, so let’s take a look at those too.

2. Have date nights.

I’m eliminating this one from the “goals” list. Hear me out…Eric and I talked about this together, and we both agree that “date night” is just not a priority for us right now. I’m honestly surprised that we both came to this conclusion, and I could spend a lot of time on the how and why, but the bottom line is that we are enjoying this season in life when our children are little; we are tired; and, there are things other than baby sitters and nice dinners that we would rather spend our money on right now. This is not to say that our relationship is not a priority or that time together is not a priority. We’ve just decided that making “date night” a goal is not the approach for keeping our marriage strong right now. I’ll talk more about what is working for us in this season in a later post.

3. Find a new church home and attend regularly.

We started out strong early in the year, but we’ve lost steam in the last month or so. Mostly, the kids have been sick, and that’s kept us at home. I’m looking forward to getting back to church and back on track with this goal.

4. Achieve higher levels of fitness.

I broke this one out into two areas: physical and mental. I’ve been successful in both areas with regular trips to the gym, regular walks, and with taking mental breaks for myself. For June, I’m working on more specific action steps and also on doing a better job of logging my progress, especially with regards to my physical fitness. I’ll share those in a future post too.

5. Read more books.

I’ve read a few books this year, but they are not the classics I’d planned to tackle. And, to be honest, other than the two most recent books I’ve read, I’m having a hard time remembering what else I completed. As with my physical fitness goals, for my June reading goals, I’d like to set more specific action steps and also log the books I’ve read.

6. Make this new house a home.

I started out strong in the dining room, but then I hit a wall (no pun intended). I’m just lacking a solid vision for this room. So, as part of my “start fresh in June”, I’m picking a different room to focus on. I’m hoping the fresh start and clean slate will help me get excited and inspired again.

7. Financial goals. 

These goals are shifting with another baby on the way. I still have hopes of paying off the credit card and of not incurring any new debt at Christmas, but we no longer think it makes sense to put extra towards the student loans. Instead, we’ll focus more on putting extra money in savings to cover any unplanned expenses related to the new baby.

8. Set up a schedule. 

I’m revising this one. Instead of setting up a schedule, my new goal is to continue to set aside time to plan each day. Starting each day with intention and a plan has made all the difference for me. My new planner has also really helped. I’ll spend more time on this in a future post too.

9. Curate

I’ve done a great job of blogging about our family recipes, but I haven’t started on the photos.  As with several of the other goals, I’m setting up action steps here. Specifically, for June, I want to (1) write the recipes that I’ve blogged on recipe cards and place them in my own recipe box. And, (2) I want to make a specific plan this month for tackling our gazillion digital photos.

10. Blog regularly.

This one is a work in progress. I have a million post ideas; I just need to focus on execution. And, perfection is the enemy of progress for me in this category. For June, I’d like to post at least 3 times a week, despite a lack of perfect photos or perfectly staged parties or perfectly decorated rooms.

11. Keep Christmas all year.

This one has been harder than I thought. But, I’m still as excited as ever. And, I have a few “Christmas” posts that I planed. So, I’m starting fresh here too, after losing a little momentum. Again, I need action steps.

And, that’s where I am so far. I simplified a few areas, like date nights and finances. I shifted my focus in others, like a daily plan instead of a daily schedule. And, I’ve realized with nearly all of my goals that setting more specific action steps and logging my progress will be crucial to my success. I’m working on those action steps behind the scenes; some were too personal to share, and I’m still hammering others out.

What about you? Are you excited to start fresh in June too?

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  1. I LOVE all of this and a lot of these are on my list- great inspiration!


  1. […] Update: I ended up breaking up my June goals into two posts. Here is a link to Part 1 and another to Part 2. […]