I have plans for July.
I don’t know if they are reasonable, or how they will pan out but I decided to start my morning early. Not 1 am going to the airport early like my hubby, son and daughter in law but, early.
4:49 am I snap, crackle and pop my way out to the living room where the above photo was snapped. Kids sleeping all over the place, the sun still hiding, birds silent.
The first bird decides to chime in at 4:54 am. The daughter in law is checking in and waiting to go home for a July 4 visit. She’s excited and I’m excited for her. It’s always good to go back home and catch your breath. The husband and son are on their way for an adventure, plans are made, it’s a good day.
Quite a while ago I realized that focused challenges make me happy. This month I have a few in mind and in my bullet journal ready to go.
1. July Cohort
Blog every day for the month of July. I failed in June. Traveling makes it a little harder, but I learned a few things and have a few things I can just hit publish on when the day gets away from me.
Learning that you don’t have to publish the same day you write has been strange for me. I use to be afraid to dive in despite that uncomfortable strangeness.
Did you know there is a phobia for that?
It’s called xenophobia; having abnormal fear or hatred of the strange or foreign.
No, I don’t read random dictionary pages. I had to come up with some adjectives beginning with x for a game. Yeah, I had to look those up.
For the blogging challenge I went here:
Sarah and Kevin have so many helpful tips and tricks for bloggers. When you sign up, you’ll get an email everyday teaching you about different aspects of blogging life. I have learned so much after completing one challenge, round 2 wasn’t completely successful as far as getting blogs done every day but I still learned from the “fail” (so it wasn’t really a fail), starting my third round and am picking up new things all the time.
2. Exercise Every Day
I do ok with exercising pretty regularly but I’ve decided to challenge myself to exercise EVERY day this month.
3. 31 days of gratitude
Every day I’ll write down something I’m grateful for. Being purposefully grateful can boost your happiness significantly. When we are writing it down we look for things to be grateful for throughout the day changes our focus from negative to positive. As grateful as we are for family and friends it can get very boring to write that down 31 days in a row, so we actually pay closer attention to the positive things going on around us, or things that change us in a positive way. I’ve gotten pretty good at noticing things to be grateful for but I will still go back to the Joy Dare for inspiration when needed.
4. Write daily.
I’ve been wanting to stretch my writing muscles. This will go along with my blog really because I’ll share what I end up with each day here. 15 – 30 minutes daily of writing a story. Since writers block is a frequent issue of mine I am getting a little help with this app:
You set a time limit, they give you prompts. It’s fun, it still allows you to use your creativity and imagination. You won’t get “stuck”.
5. Summer reading.
I started a 4-year biblical course last year. It was incredible! I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to keep up or do the work, but I did! And I’ll do it again this year. I have a book that needs to be read and homework due the first day of class.
This is the book:
I’m taking the classes through the Catholic Biblical School
I’m starting year 2.
The world has started to wake up around me.
Ok, there it is. My Hello, July. You see my July goals, plans, and lessons. I’m still on vacation for a week, this should get interesting.
What are your goals, plans, and lessons for July? Share in the comments, I’d love to hear from you.