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 - July


June: If you have been around my blog for a while you may know that I originally started it as a way to create an early morning habit. Read more about My Morning Motivation here. Due to the sleeping issues with one of my daughters and pregnancy exhaustion, my mornings reverted back. I still would get up a little before my daughters, but I was missing the hour or so I used to have every morning. My mini goal for June focused on resetting my mornings. My goal was to get up at 6 AM every morning.

I did a decent job on this goal for the first half of June. Then vacation, pregnancy tiredness, and books that kept me up too late stopped the early morning waking. I’m not going to beat myself up over this as I know when I need to get more sleep, but I want to get back on track in July.

July: I want to focus more on getting to bed at a decent time. I would also like to wake up at 6:30 every morning. This won’t allow for much time before my girls get up, but it’s better than nothing!

If you have trouble making sleep a priority, check out these helpful resources: Sleep It Does a Family Good and Make Over Your Mornings.


June: Cardio 3-4 times per week. Try to walk or run (I’m done with running this pregnancy!) at least once per week. DONE. 

July: 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

June: One movie, game or date night per week. Done for the first few weeks of June, then vacation happened.

July: 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

June: Plan one fun activity for the four of us in June. All 4 of use didn’t get to the Farmer’s Market like I hoped. Just the girls and I made it to the market. We had an almost week-long trip to the cabin and a family wedding so that counts as quite a fun outing for us!

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

Habit from my 12 Mini Goal Challenge

June: In June, my goal was to reset my mornings and get up at 6 AM every morning. I did a decent job on this goal for the first half of June. Then vacation, pregnancy tiredness, and books that kept me up too late (I couldn’t put down The Light Between Oceans!) stopped the early morning waking. I also stopped tracking my bedtime and waketimes. Because I started to ignore writing anything down on my goals calendar this became less of a priority. I want to get back on track in July, so I will be carrying this over to July.

Read more about my 12 Mini-Goals Challenge.

July: Drinking water is not the habit it used to be. Because it is summer (and I’m pregnant), I often have a feeling of thirst and know that means I am dehydrated. In July, I am going to try and stay on top of my water intake. Join me and get the printable tracker to record your water intake in July!

12 Mini Goals Challenge (4)


June: 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.

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

Morning devotion with my girls

June: Read a daily devotion or bible story with my girls at breakfast each morning. Because I slacked on waking up early midway through June, our morning routine went out the window. I stopped tracking this goal and forgot about it towards the end of the month. I will need to get back into writing down and tracking my goals.

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


June: I finished Brooklyn. I read the Amazon reviews when I was 100 pages in and not that into it. One reviewer said they didn’t appreciate the book until the end. I thought it was ridiculous to keep reading if I wouldn’t like it until the end. But…I finished it and I’m glad I did. I completely agree with the reviewer as I appreciated and enjoyed the book more and more as I approached the end. The movie is enjoyable too!

I read The Light Between Oceans. Whoa. The emotions in this book. I highly recommend!


July: Read one book.


June: Get the girls outside to play at least 5 times per week. We had no trouble with this goal.

July: There is no need to keep this goal around as we are spending plenty of time outside. I will probably be adding it back in during the fall. When the baby is here and it’s chillier, I may need more motivation to bundle the girls up to play outside.


July: Backup pictures on my computer.

Monthly Goals – July Monthly Goalsetting and accountability.

June Blog Goals

  • Post new printable. – Check out my Travel Planner Printable!
  • Promote Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Flash Sale. – Complete.
  • Clean up mailing list. I am using the free account through Mailchimp, which limits the number of subscribers. I cleaned up my list a few month ago but keep approaching my 2,000 subscriber max. I need to clean up my list to delete old, inactive subscribers. – I decided to bite the bullet and sign up for Mailchimp’s paid account. While I try to keep my blogging expenses minimal, I think this a good decision. I can now focus on growing my list and can use the additional paid features within Mailchimp. 
  • Once room is opened up for new subscribers, add a content upgrade to 10 Habits to Add to Your Evening Routine. – I am switching gears on this goal.
  • Send a survey to readers. – I sent my survey to my newsletter subscribers. I received more responses than I expected. If you filled it out, thank you!! The responses were both interesting and helpful. I now have an idea of what direction I should go on a few ideas I have. *The survey is still open if you want to fill it out.
  • Look into adding CommentLuv for commenting. – After a bit of research, I decided to keep my commenting as is.
  • Get a better Boardbooster plan. – Not done. I am going to skip this goal and call it good enough for now.
  • Set up sharing schedule for new posts. Possibly make a printable for this? – Not yet done.
  • Set aside time to plan next printable workbook or other printable project. – A small amount of time, but yes.
  • Schedule new morning time three times per week to work on above goals. – Complete during the first half of June. 

July Blog Goals

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.
  • Set up sharing schedule for new posts. Possibly make a printable for this?
  • Update About Me or Start Here page. 

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.

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25 comments on “Monthly Goals – July”

  1. I was just thinking that my about page is in serious need of an update. It is funny how quickly it goes out of date. I meant to put it in my goals, but I forgot. Maybe I’ll do it anyways… or wait until we are home bound after August gets here

    • Why does the About Page not sound fun to work on? I just keep ignoring it…

      I thought you redid yours a while back and it was great! I have barely touched mine since I wrote it over 1.5 years ago…that is out of date. ;)

  2. Your goals always inspire me. One of my goals this month is water and I have a huge cup a friend gave me that stays cold all day even in the hot Texas sun. Exercise yes I’m working on that too this month.

  3. I read The Light Between Oceans a couple years ago. I really liked the story itself but not the way it was told. However, I hear it is going to be a movie and I am excited for that. I feel it will be good on screen!

  4. I have been looking into commenting options for my blog- also interested to see your sharing plan for posts! I love learning anything blogging related! Books are always causing me to have less sleep! Love to read but has a price haha

    • I have the sharing plan in my head, but haven’t had the time to write it down and set it up! I hope to have one to share with you soon.

      I don’t stay up late reading as often anymore, but it can be a problem! But…it does mean it’s a good one if it keeps you up, right?

  5. These are great goals! It seems you’re keeping on the goal achieving and productivity track! I started doing a few goals each month myself and find they can be so helpful and give me a sense of direction in certain areas. Plus, when I go to write a new goal list for the following month, I get to take another look at all that was (or wasn’t) done and how I can improve or scale back on my high expectations! :)

    • Yes, writing down and reviewing goals can be a great way to make sure our expectations are realistic. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I love reading goals, you make me tired just reading yours, but they are all such good goals to have. I mentally do goals, but never write them down. I’m thinking if I actually wrote them down maybe more things could get accomplished…stopping by from Living for Naptime

  7. I love all the goals you set for yourself! I am in major need of doing this for myself. I have a list of things I need to do and then they tend to get pushed off to the side because I don’t make an effort to get them done. Love your idea of adding your goals into your blog, I feel like it must help you stay accountable and motivated :)

    • Yes, accountability is one of the reasons I blog about my goals! Otherwise I don’t know if I would sit down every month to think about some of them. :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Lauren!

  8. Wow, that are some goals you working on every month next to family life, i am impressed! How do you find the time for all of it? And even more impressed with your exercise / running rhythm through pregnancy, you go girl!

  9. Great suggestions and good blog. We all get in a rut of not being persistent, and lose time without making serious strategies toward our success.

  10. I love how you’re using these goals to form habits – well done with getting up at 6am, even if it didn’t last. I’d love to get up and start my day before the kids are up but I love my bed too much. I had getting outside as a goal earlier in the year too – it’s just not needed in summer is it!

  11. Hi Neighbor!

    Wow! Do you have goals! There’s nothing like putting pen to paper to sort through and clarify what’s important to us.

    The coach in me loves this!


  12. I’ve been thinking about trying to find the movie Brooklyn, but now I may be adding the book to my list as well! I also adored The Light Between Oceans and can’t wait to see Michael Fassbender in the movie! He’s amazing : )

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