My Goals…Why do I set them? Why do I share them here?

  • Setting goals helps me remain focused.
  • Sharing my goals helps to hold me accountable.
  • I hope that it may inspire you to set goals for yourself? Give it a try! Start small if it seems overwhelming or like too much work. Or maybe it seems pointless to you? Give it a shot and see what you think.

Are you new to goal setting? Here are a few posts that may help or inspire you:

 July Goals and June Update. Monthly Goals.


Record my wake-up & bedtimes

June: I enjoy the morning time when I am up before my girls, so I wanted to get back to my 6 AM wake-up. Creating an early morning wake-up habit was partially my inspiration for starting this blog. (Read my Early Morning Summary here.)

One of my June goals was to complete the online course called Make Over Your Mornings. I went through the entire course and found it helpful. I enjoyed getting up every morning to watch the quick video and go through the workbook. I completed most of the tasks, but still have a few items left to complete (like long-term goals…I have no idea what that looks like). I plan on going through the course again at a later date to spend more time on some of the action items.

Sleep It Does a Family Good was recommended as an additional resource in the Make Over Your Mornings course. The book hits it hard when listing the many reasons that sleep is so important. (My brain is aging faster because I do not make sleep a priority?!? Yikes!)

July: Instead of setting a wake up and bedtime goal, I have considered setting a goal with the number of hours I would like to sleep each night. If I have to set my alarm for later than 6 AM due to going to bed late, I could potentially miss my alone time before the girls wake up. I am hoping that would be motivation enough to get to bed at a decent time. Realistically I don’t think I could do this all month. 

My goal is to make myself get 7 hours of sleep each night for one week during the month of July. I am hoping that it will feel so wonderful that I want to continue for longer than a week…

Computer shut-down

June: I’m getting better at shutting the computer off earlier. I have wanted to make more time in my evening for reading. It’s key for me to shut my computer down early if I want to read. As a bonus, it’s much easier to fall asleep when I have spent the last half hour of my evening reading a book instead of being on the computer.

July: My goal is 11:00. During the week that I shoot for 7 hours of sleep, I will have to move this earlier. Let’s see if I actually do that. ;)

God’s Word

June: I continued to read from my NIV Mom’s Devotional Bible* or another devotional. My goal was to read my devotion first thing in the morning at least 5 days a week. I did this in June. It’s the perfect way to get my morning started off right!

July: Read my devotion first thing in the morning at least 5 days a week.


June: My goal was to read 2 books. Done. I completed 3 books.

I read The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard. I followed Kara’s blog towards the end of her struggle with cancer and am glad that I picked up her book. She shares a vivid and honest account of her journey. She is an amazing witness of faith. She found her hope in her Savior and His great love for her and her family.

Real Life on a Budget: 17 Practical Challenges to Live and Thrive on a Budget was just released today. I always enjoy reading Jessi’s blog at The Budget Mama. I was able to read the book before its release and think it’s a great resource. Jessi is excited to help out anyone in need of budgeting help and so she is offering her book for FREE through July 5th.

Real Life on a Budget is a sensible, realistic and encouraging guide to living and thriving on a budget. The 17 practical challenges clearly break the process down. Jessi uses her past experiences to guide you towards making your own wise financial decisions. She helps you find solutions to the possible roadblocks you may come across. The book showed me that even while I feel like I have made fairly good financial decisions in the past, I have room to grow! Real Life on a Budget will help you on the road towards financial success regardless of whether you have been budgeting for years or if you are just looking to start.

Sleep It Does a Family Good I must admit I skimmed the book more than reading every word. I have heard much of the information in the book already. I just made myself read the book to help encourage (or force) myself to make sleep more of a priority. It might be working as I have made changes to my sleep since starting the book. 


July: Read 2 books from my Summer Reading List


Summer Reading List 


June: I met my cardio (running or elliptical) goal every week, but fell short on doing burpees, core work, or pilates/yoga video on non-cardio days. I enjoyed taking my girls for walks in the jogging stroller. It’s one of my favorite ways to spend a beautiful summer morning! If we include a stop at the library or park, they are typically willing riders for a couple miles.

July: Cardio (running or elliptical) – 3 days per week at minimum. Run twice per week. Decide on whether or not I will be signing up for a fall running road race.

Weekly “date” night with hubby

June: My goal was one movie, game or date night in June. Twice! We rented two movies in June. One lame and one good. If you are a runner and appreciate the sport of cross-country I recommend watching McFarland, USA.

July: One movie, game or date night in July.

Organize, Declutter, Simplify

June: My goal was to pack up & drop off at least 2 bags of clothing and such at Goodwill. I also wanted to list 5 more items on ebay. I listed about 7-8 items on ebay and sold 2, but I did not gather up 2 bags of clothing for Goodwill.

July: Pack up & drop off at least 2 bags of clothing and such at Goodwill. Find a few more items to list on ebay or sell on Twice.


June: Our garden didn’t thrive last summer, so I want to stay on top of it this year. Gardening is still fairly new to me so I want to take the time to research how best to tend the garden.

July: I am staying more on top of it and our garden is thriving so far. Continue in July.

Make Over Your Mornings

June: I completed the Make Over Your Mornings course. I also led a Facebook Accountability group through the course.

July: No goal.

New July Goals

  • Celebrate daughter’s 4th birthday! 
  • I am not going to add more goals in July. I want to make sure the girls and I have plenty of time to enjoy summer outdoors.

July Goals


Do you make monthly goals? Feel free to link to your July goals in a comment. I enjoy reading goal lists. I find encouragement hearing what others are desiring to focus on.

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50 comments on “July Goals”

  1. Thank you so much for your kind review of Real Life on a Budget and THANK YOU so much for being a part of the launch! :) I love following your goals and I completely agree with you that it’s so much easier to fall asleep at night when you spend the last 30 minutes reading instead of online.

    • No problem, Jessi!! I enjoyed being a part of your launch team and sharing about your awesome book.

  2. Great list. I always start a new fun book for summer time and I haven’t done that yet. Can’t seem to find one I want to read.

  3. I am so bad at writing my goals out which I should do more often. I love how you not only write them but you post it on your website for everyone to see and get inspired. I will try my best to write my goals in my journal every morning! Thank you so much for inspiring me!

    Visiting form Ladies Collective LP =)

    • It definitely holds me accountable knowing that I have shared them here. It’s strange how that works. ;)

  4. It looks like you are doing great on your goals. We watched McFarland, USA last night. It was fantastic! So inspiring. I’m finishing up Make Over Your Mornings right now. It’s been really helpful.

    • I enjoyed McFarland, USA! It made me wish I was back running with my old cross-country teams. :)

  5. Wow – your goals are very inspiring. I haven’t taken to the habit of writing mine down and right now they are more intentions. :) And burpees – oh, I would skip a few of those too. #coffeeforyourheart

    • Burpees get easier once you have been doing them for a while. They do take time to get used to as they are not easy!

  6. Thanks for sharing your goals! I just started sharing mine after spending June basically on vacation and having almost everything done for me. You can find my July goals at my blog! Have a great week :D.

  7. Great book options- can’t wait to hear what you read this month! I really enjoyed Make Over Your Mornings. Love sharing monthly goals together :)

    • I’m happy you also enjoyed the course. I am enjoying the books I’m currently reading and am looking forward to sharing more in the future!

  8. Great goals! Sleep is so important. I’ve learned to shut down my computer before dinner most nights. I do check things on my iPad occasionally during the evening but I am weaning myself off that too. From dinner-bedtime is family time.

    • Before dinner?? Impressive! I am not sure I could do that. It’s awesome that it’s a priority for you. Nice work. :)

    • It’s too easy to neglect and forget it’s importance!! I don’t want to go down the road of not making it a priority.

  9. Yay! Another monthly goal planner! We have some similar goals for this month. I’ve started a 30 Day Morning Prayer Challenge at my blog! You’re right; there is nothing like reading the Word in the morning.

  10. I am REALLY struggling with a good morning routine. Mainly just the part where I actually get out of bed on time. It’s like my brain and body just refuse to cooperate. But I’m continuing to work on it and hopefully I’ll get it eventually.

    • It took me a while to get it down, but now I miss the morning time if I don’t get it. That is motivating enough for me!

      Good luck to you!

  11. I like the idea of setting monthly goals in every area of life. I work hard to set them in some areas, while others, I barely think about. I may have to take up this practice myself to help keep me on track from one month to the next.

  12. Stopping by from the monday madness linkup. I always say that I’m going to start doing monthly goals but I always forget. I’m lucky this month I actually remembered to write down my new stats, only 3 days late lol. But than the 3 months prior where I forgot to write them down all together.

    • I often write down reminders for stuff like that. I would forget SO much if I didn’t write everything down. :)

  13. I really need to do this. I have done goals in the past and am always surprised how setting a goal helps me to focus and achieve it. I haven’t done monthly goals before, but I may start – at least quarterly goals. Thanks for sharing!

    • Try it out and let me know how it works for you! It definitely helps me to be more aware of how I’m spending my time.

  14. It’s so good you set goals like this. I really like your goals too-great post!

    If you have a minute to spare my weekly Sundays Down Under linky party has just started and this would be a great addition. Hope you can stop by and say g’day!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

    • Even though I have goals around my bedtime…I still am up later than I should be. Hopefully you will have better luck than I do!

  15. I’m thrilled to see you link up with me this month. I need to work on reading my devotions each morning. I think next month I will strive hard on that goal. Good luck with your goals this month.

    • Thanks for hosting the linkup! It’s a wonderful way to start your morning. I hope you give it a try. :)

  16. I used to make quarterly goals but I’ve gotten away from that recently. I think that going back to it would help me to be more focused. And I totally agree that getting up before my kids is the best way to start off my days. Thanks for sharing a little goal inspiration.

    • I want them to enjoy running around out outside! And when living in the Midwest, I need to take advantage of nice weather when we have it!

  17. Love how you are still focusing on turning computer off earlier to fit more reading time in. Our garden is suffering in this heat too. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday linkup. Pinned to our linkup board and hope you join us again this weekend.

    • I am trying! I’m not always good at shutting down and getting my book out. But I am always so happy the evenings that I do!

  18. I understand how hard it is to stay focused on what you need to do. I for myself know that. I always go around the schedule I give myself. It helps to write them down I agree. Reminders and alarms too as I have the tendency to get carried away with what I do. :)

    Lights out vary but I’ve realized that setting a certain time actually helps you sleep better and wake up feeling great. :)

  19. LOVE these goals! I to had to decide to wake up early to get in some peace and quiet moments, it sets the tone for my whole day! Thank you so much for sharing this on Making Memories Mondays! Hope to see you back Sun night 9PM EST! :-)

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