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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

AUG 18

August was a literal blur. And somehow we are already 4 days into September, so I’m guessing it will be a blur as well. I need to hit the pause button because this year has gotten away from me. Anyone else? I haven’t felt connected to my goals this year and plans change, which means goals change, so I’m just trying to go with it. And thinking about it, maybe that should be my theme for the last four months of this year: acceptance. I’ve done a lot of accepting this year. And it’s made me grow, think, and shift. 

When I look at the goals I made for myself back in January, I didn’t know where I would be here, in September. And while I could be disappointed in the ways I’m not succeeding in these goals, I’m actually happy with the way I’ve embraced and accepted the way this year has progressed. 

I don’t know what the next four months are going to look like (who does?), but I’m going to accept them for what they are and use them to continue to grow. 

So while it’s not perfection, here’s where I’m at with my goals for the year:



·         Read 52(ish) books. 

I’m still chugging along here. I read 4 books in August:

1.       Model Mormon: Rosemary Card

2.       Soulful Simplicity: Courtney Carver 

3.       ***

4.       All of us and Everything: Bridget Asher 

·         Learn/try something new each month

I did a lot of learning this month! I read books and participated in trainings of the subject manner. 



·         Attend the temple monthly

I haven’t been in the longest time. I would really like to go this month

·         Read the Doctrine and Covenants

I finished this month! (If you remember, initially I wanted to read the Book of Mormon, which I finished. So at least for the month of September, I want to read “At the Pulpit”. 



·         Run 400-500 miles

August wasn’t my best month, but it wasn’t my worst. I’m at 331 miles. I hit a little slump in August. I’ve been so tired and added a lot to my plate. I want to remember how good running makes me feel so I can use it as my self-care as I enter into a busy few months. 

·         Trilogize with Runtastic.

I will be running race #2 for this next month. (Haunted Half Provo…come run with me!)

·         Go to the dentist

Sooooo…….still haven’t done this. I was totally, 100% planning on doing this in August. And then August became a month full of other priorities. I did see the doctor in August, so that’s got to count for something, right??? I’m still hoping/planning on doing this by the end of the year, but am guessing it will be more like October or November. 



·         Create a bucket list with Mike and cross off at least one item

We are working on crossing off one item, I don’t know that we’ll actually cross any off this year, but it’s in progress. 

·         Travel to 3 places we’ve never been to together

I really want to hit one more place together this year. We did Thailand and South Dakota. Both trips were so fun! I’m trying to convince Mike we should do Yellowstone. So we’ll see. 

·         Catch up on scrapbooking

Have I mentioned how time consuming my August happening were??? Literally, this project ate up nearly all of my time outside of work. So, September, here’s looking at you to at least work on one book. 



·         Create 72 hour kits

And nope. I’m thinking I may ask for these for Christmas. 

·         Save 10% of income

Still working on this. 

But I did pretty well with my no shopping for August. Not perfect, but there was a definite improvement. 



So yeah. August was a blur. And I’m excited to share what we’ve been working on. But until then, remember that your dreams are YOURS. And no one can take them away from you, unless you let them. Chasing big dreams is scary, but with baby steps, you can make it happen! September has always been my favorite month and I’m hoping this year it’s extra good for me!