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My Monthly 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.

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

Monthly Goals - August

Sleep

July: I originally started my blog as a way to create an early morning habit. Read more about My Morning Motivation here. Due to my daughters waking up and pregnancy exhaustion, I was losing out on my morning time and tried to get it back. 

After resetting my mornings in June didn’t work so well I wanted to get back on track in July. I got up around 6:30 consistently so I had 30-60 minutes before my daughters woke up most mornings. It helped that I am working on a new project so I was more motivated to get up and work on it in the morning!

August: Continue to wake up at 6:30 each morning. Possibly move it earlier?

If you have trouble making sleep a priority, check out these helpful resources: 

How to Create a Morning Routine: Free Printable Worksheets

Exercise

July: Cardio 3-4 times per week. Try to walk or run (I’m done with running this pregnancy!) at least once per week. DONE. I feel so much better when I continue to workout while pregnant!

August: Cardio 3-4 times per week. Try to walk at least once per week. Do you need tips on getting exercise into your daily life?

Weekly “date” night with hubby

July: One movie, game or date night per week. Done for most weeks?

August: Continue one movie, game or date night per week. We have been using VidAngel to watch movies at home. It’s just $1 per movie, we don’t have to leave the house to find a Red Box, and it’s not a subscription service. We have watched well over 20 movies with it and are happy with how easy and cheap it is. I wrote a post about VidAngel if you are curious how it works.

Monthly outing with our family

July: Plan one fun activity for the four of us in June. We got in a cabin trip, a day at the Children’s Museum, and a morning strolling around the lakes

August: Plan one fun activity for the four of us in August.

Habit from my 12 Mini Goal Challenge

July: My goal was to increase and track my water intake. This was much easier than I thought! I started off the month being more intentional about how much water I was drinking and that is all I needed to get on track. If you need tips to increase your water intake, check out my tips and get the printable tracker here: 8 ways to Drink More Water Each Day

8 Ways to Drink More Water. With free printable water intake tracker.

Read more about my 12 Mini-Goals Challenge.

August: I know the importance of reading to children and reading has been key to my girls’ lives. We spend so much time with books. They love having books read to them and also enjoy looking through and “reading” books themselves. I am realizing that during the summer months we occasionally have days where reading is not a priority. In August I am going to read daily to my girls and track the time.

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. - Emilie Buchwald

Faith

July: Read Daily Devotional New Testament: Through the New Testament in a Year every morning. This daily devotional includes two readings from the New Testament, a short reflection, a portion of the Psalms and a thoughts for prayer section. I enjoyed reading this devotion every morning. I have spent the last year or so changing up my daily devotion and I liked just having one that I go to every morning.

August: Continue to read Daily Devotional New Testament: Through the New Testament in a Year every morning.

Morning devotion with my girls

July: Read a daily devotion or bible story with my girls at breakfast each morning. I don’t know why I struggled with this goal so much in July. It’s such a great way to start our morning together and I want to get back into this routine.

August: Read a daily devotion or bible story with my girls at breakfast each morning. I wrote more about this new morning routine here.

Books

July: I almost finished Gone South.

August: Read one book. I picked up The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child’s Heart for Eternity from the library. I have heard good things about this book, so I may start it in August. 

Home

July: Backup pictures on my computer. Nope…

August: Plan mom’s group at church. Backup pictures on my computer? With a baby due this fall…find a new car?

July Blog Goals

  • Now that I can make use of the additional features within the paid version of Mailchimp, I want to set up an automated sequence for new subscribers. This will save time once it’s set up. – Not completed.
  • Set up e-mail sequences for purchasers of the Travel Planner Printable and Health and Wellness Printable Planner. The printables are sold via Gumroad and the e-mail addresses do not directly import into Mailchimp. – This is approximately 90% complete.
  • Create a new e-mail opt-in to replace the 7 Habits to Add to Your Morning Routine Printable. – Yes! I created a set of worksheets to help you create a new morning routine. Read the post How to Create a Morning Routine or sign up for the worksheets here!

Because I tend to create a long list of blog to-dos, and don’t have the time to do them all, I am giving priority to the goals above and will move onto the goals below once they are done.

  • Set aside time to plan next printable workbook or other printable project. Possibly based on the survey responses. – Yes!! I am excited about my newest project! I have an eBook/workbook that is launching in August. I based the product off of what I heard on my survey responses.
  • Set up sharing schedule for new posts. Possibly make a printable for this? – Not started.
  • Update About Me or Start Here page. – Nope.

August Blog Goals

  • Launch eBook/workbook in August! Includes: finalize design in InDesign, cover design, figure out what to use for landing page (any suggestions??), set up sales pages, e-mail sales sequence, and quite a bit more…
  • Set up automated sequence for eBook purchasers within Mailchimp.
  • Research details on accountability group for anyone who purchases eBook in August. (Facebook group & e-mail automation)
  • Set up automated sequence for new subscribers within Mailchimp.
  • Complete set up for e-mail sequences for purchasers of the Travel Planner Printable and Health and Wellness Printable Planner.
  • Work on two sponsored posts.

If you blog about goals, I would love to have you stop by the first Wednesday (at 7 AM EST/6 AM CST) of each month to linkup your goals post. We look forward to reading your posts and encourage you to look around at the other posts linked up here.

Please join us to share your goals and progress for the week, month, or year. We are all about building a positive community; please remember to read, comment on, and share the post of others. 

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35 comments on “Monthly Goals – August”

  1. So question. At what point in a pregnancy have you felt done with running. I have a good friend who is 8 weeks now and she is hoping to keep it up for a long time. I know there isn’t an across the board answer, just curious about your experience.

    Thanks for hosting!

    • I think it varies greatly depending on the person. Some moms run until 6 months pregnant or even longer! I run comfortably during the first trimester, then typically focus on the elliptical after that. I usually run at least a few times during the second trimester, but just to get outside and get fresh air. My body doesn’t like running at that point. ;) The elliptical is so easy on the body while pregnant, so that is all that I’m doing right now! Well, and also some walking. I think it’s just important to find something that still feels good and isn’t an entirely new form of exercise. Hopefully your friend can stick at it a while!

    • Hi Beth!
      I was a big runner while pregnant with our first at 32. I ran up until my 6-7th month (5x/week- then replaced with stairmaster). I continued my strength training routine, also. I believe that my exercise gave me the endurance and grit to handle a very loooong labor! Two years later, my SI joint was more lax, so running was painful while pregnant with our 2nd child. I substituted the stairmaster (continuing the strength training.) IMO, prego moms should talk this over with
      their OBs and listen to their bodies. Seasoned exercisers shouldn’t have a problem! ;)

  2. Setting goals for your blog is soo helpful! I’m just starting up but I’ve set out to do this and have even had to change up my goals because they were being achieved far in advance~

  3. I love this! I’ll have to remember your link up parties next time I have a goal related post. Glad I found your blog, look forward to reading more! XO

  4. I started waking up really early in the morning, too, so I can have some time to myself before my children wake up. It makes such a huge difference in my day. I love that you set monthly goals for yourself. I’d like to start incorporating exercising in my schedule again. I miss working out.

  5. I love this. Setting goals is a great thing to do and doing it monthly really keeps things on track. I have found that by simply training myself to get up earlier helps so much! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Have you checked out Zapier? It’s an online platform connector – you could use it to automatically import new GumRoad purchasers into MailChimp, add them to specific lists, etc.

    There’s a free level, and a paid level. It might help ease some of the administrative burden, especially when you’re looking forward to a new baby!

  7. I have loved writing and publishing my goals the last few months I’ve done so. I find that it really helps me to stay focused and also to redirect any wandering thoughts or ideas I have to another time. Congrats on meeting your July goals! :)

  8. Awesome! I am in accountability groups to help me with goals but I think sharing them would probably keep me more honest about what I have actually accomplished! I/m going to write mine down and share them here later. Thanks for a great link up!

  9. I’ve been wondering whether to expand my MailChimp, but haven’t made that a priority yet. I’m curious to see how you go about that. For the gumroad purchases, do you have to manually add the emails or is there a plugin/extension you can get?

    • How I expand my e-mail list? I think the main thing is having an opt-in offer that makes sense for my readers. I have had 2 different opt-ins and both of them have been about mornings, which is a big topic on my blog. And I have tried to get the posts that talk about them plenty of views. :) One of the posts did really well in Pinterest, which definitely helped!

      I think there is a middle-man software (I don’t remember the name) that can pull the e-mails from Gumroad to MailChimp. But I decided to switch routes on that. I’m not adding them directly to my e-mail list at this time. I just send a few e-mails that are on topics specifically related to the printable they purchased.

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