July In Review and August Goals

Due to a visit from my parents and a sewing machine that just wouldn’t cooperate, this post is coming out a day later than I planned on.

July went pretty well overall as far as life goes, but my goals for July went decidedly less well. The month started off well enough, but after a very minor shoulder injury I fell off track on pretty much everything for a couple weeks. While I did get back on track with my workouts, I would have to say I failed at all of my other goals for this month. This failure really has had me examining how I set goals, what caused me so much difficulty and what I can do differently from here on out to help myself succeed.

The thing that probably caused me the most difficulty was expecting too much out of myself. Even as I say it now it sounds kinda like a cop-out, but I do believe that I was a little overly-ambitious in my goal setting last month. Most of the goals were to be completed every day, which didn’t leave much flexibility for days when I didn’t sleep well, came home from work exhausted, or just had a rough day. Another thing that contributed to my difficulty was that I decided to adjust my sleep schedule by two hours. Getting used to waking up two hours earlier and going to be earlier as well had me feeling a bit zombie-like for a week or so.

These things considered, I had to decide how to go about setting my goals for this month. I don’t want to have the same downfalls to happen, so this month I’m doing things a bit differently. I’m only going to set two goals, and both of them will not be an every day goal.

August Goals

1) Week 1-4 of Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide! I am super excited about starting this guide and can’t wait to get started. I have actually be planning on doing this guide for almost a year now, but I wanted to wait until I was in better shape. And now I am finally taking the plunge and starting!

2) Meditate 3 times a week. I didn’t do well with my meditation goal last month, but I really do want to succeed at this. However, every day was just a bit too much for me starting out, so 3 days a week seems a little more manageable.

And now for some fun! Here are some of my favorite moments from July!

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Mosaic ice cream table. I made this years ago, but decided to have some fun playing with my camera and took a few pics of it. Still one of my favorite pieces!

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I love that I caught this picture! Achilles looks equal parts ridiculous and adorable!

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Hopefully next year I can get some better pictures of the fireworks. I still had a great time! It was the first time in probably 5-6 years (at least) that I got to go see fireworks!

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I still can’t get over the fact that I am actually successfully growing plants! Even better, that I am growing food! I really have never been much for gardening, but I am loving watching these plants develop.

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Can you believe that this narrow path is what leads to the stunning view in the picture below?!

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So that’s it for me! July didn’t go quite as planned, but I have high hopes for August! How was your July? Did you meet some goals? What goals are you focusing on for August?

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