Monthly Goals, July 2016

The year is halfway over.

Did you really let that sink in?
Halfway over!

We are only 4 short months from me going full-blown crazy Christmas and putting up my 6 Christmas trees? … I think it’s 6, I forgot exactly how many I own but needless to say, it’s a lot. The Fourth is over, school starts in just over a month, and I am definitely feeling some sort of denial about how fast the year is going by.

Why must time pass so quickly?

July Goals
Like it or not, time flies.

With the end of one month comes the beginning of a new one.
That means it is once again time to look back on my goals.


*Keep posting 4-5 days a week.
*Post one photo a day to Instagram and grow to 1600 followers
*Reformat 25 blog posts since my WordPress transition.

Posts were written, IG followers are sitting around 1630 but the post reformat… yeah I might as well hang that up until summer is over. Do you want to know how many I did? One. Yup, just one single post #pathetic.

June goals 2
*Celebrate Marissa’s 8th birthday
*Go swimming as a family
*Try something new together

Marissa had an amazing 8th birthday, We went swimming together twice and as for trying something new, we recently started taking family bike rides. We’ve been going about 3 miles at a time and the girls are doing so awesome. I can’t wait until we can go even further. 

June goals 1

*Pick a new event to train for this fall
*4-5 workouts a week
*Kids Classic 2016 for the girls

I found an event I am really interested in, a duathalon, but I have yet to register for it. I also logged 17 workouts so I can check that off my list. Then I dropped the bomb. I wrote the wrong day for the Kids Classic on my calendar. I assumed it was on Sunday since it is always on a Sunday. Not this year. By the time I realized that, it was over. I am so thankful my girls didn’t cry when I told them what I did.

June goals 6
* Summer morning devotions with girls
* Read a book of the Bible
* Attend VBS

I have been working through and ABC devotional book that my MIL gave us in the mornings and I read through Ephesians. VBS was loved by all, which is exactly what I expected. I think they are already counting the weeks until next year.

June goals 4
Home School-
* Continue lesson planning for 2016/2017
* Shop for some used curriculum that I still need
* Start lesson planning for the Co-op Kindergarten class I’ll be teaching

Lesson plans for next year are SO close to being done since I now have all of the curriculum I need (boy is it a big stack). Anna and I have decided on a plan for next years co-op class. We just have a few more things to put together before I begin to share some details with you.

June goals 3
* Finish our spring bucket list
* Create & Start our summer bucket list
* Girls Night Out WITH Marissa
* Go to a cruise night
* Try a new recipe
* Swim lessons

Done, Done, Done, Done, Done and DONE!

Boy was I close to finishing everything this month. Maybe if I wouldn’t have bombed on the Kids Classic I would’ve reformatted those posts just to cross it all off. There is always next month I suppose. 

June goals 5
All in all June was a great month and I feel pretty happy about that since June also felt like a very busy month too.

Now for new goals.


* Keep posting 4-5 days a week.
* Grow Pinterest to 1300 followers.  
* Reformat 25 blog posts since my WordPress transition.*Take two*

* Go swimming as a family
* Have a movie night with the girls
* Go on a family bike ride

* Register for an event to train for this fall
* 4-5 workouts a week
* Eat a healthier breakfast 6 days a week

* Continue summer morning devotions with the girls
* Read a book of the Bible
* Attend VBS round 2 *Marissa only*

Home School-
* Finish lesson planning for 2016/2017
* Finish a language book we’ve been wrapping up from last year
* Get lesson plans for co-op finalized

* Work on our summer bucket list
* Mom-cation with Anna
* Go to a car show
* Try a new recipe
* Build a desk for me in the school room

Recapping June and setting new #goals for the month of July on the #blog today #WithGritandGrace Click To Tweet

What is your number one priority for the month of July?

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  • Meghan Flinn

    Thanks for the warm welcome :). I’m always impressed with how well you do with your goals! And a Mom-cation… Tell me more!

    • Mom-cation equals a 2 night get-a-way with Anna. We are going to Eureka Springs, AR which is the very quirky town that Russ and I “eloped” too. It should be a lot of fun and very productive.

  • Another productive one for the books! And yay for mom- cations!!

    • Yay indeed only 10 days until it happens too!

  • Chelsea Williams

    They are so cute I love it πŸ™‚ Love your monthly goals Chelsea @

  • Great job on your goals! Hope you have a great July too!

    • Thanks friend. I think July should be pretty awesome!

  • You rocked your goals this month!!! I am definitely in denial that summer is half way over πŸ™

    • I mean really?! How in the world is it possible. We start school back on AUGUST 8th?!?! I know we’ve been out for a while but I just don’t wanna go back :P.

  • I’m way late replying to the comment you left me about a style post coming up…but seeing as it’s your goals post, I would just like to add that I’m excited to see it!

    • Hehe he! Hopefully it turns out well. I need to start plotting it out.

  • Desiree @ Macke Monologues

    You ROCKED your goals. WOW. You accomplished so much! Summer is just the best for all sorts of fun and goodness.
    And, I’m LOVING your colorful wardrobe these days. So bright and cheery.

    • Thank you , thank you friend. May I never go back to boring and bleh. I finally have lost the desire to buy boring stuff too. So that really helps as well :).

  • chall1018

    WHOA! You did so great with your June goals! Way to go!! I know that you will ROCK July as well!

    • Thanks friend, I am going to do my best. I need to write them in my planner asap before I forget about them :P.

  • Whew!! You’re just knocking those goals OUT! Great job – and I’m also in denial that the year is half gone. I feel like I just started thinking about goals!

    Whitney @ Come Home For Comfort

    • Thank you so much, it definitely keeps me busy and working on something. I need to write these down before I forget about them. The first week of the month is almost over!

  • I truly can’t believe the year is halfway over already! You did such a great job with your June goals. Can’t wait to see what you accomplish in July!

  • Whitney Jordan

    I can’t believe we’re at the halfway point in the year! How did that happen?!?! Way to go on getting so much done in June. It sounds like you’re getting so much accomplished and having a great time. Good luck knocking out that summer bucket list and working on the rest of your July goals.

    • I know, right?! And y’all have had such and eventful year friend. So much fun stuff it has to be blurring together. Thank you!

  • Deborah Will

    That’s a whole lot of wonderful goals you are making happen. I’ve found now that I’m blogging about them it holds me more accountable.

    • Yes! Me too!!! I sometimes kind of feel like they must be boring posts to read but putting them on here is the best way to make sure they happen so that is what I do :).

  • Yeah for duathlons! I did a few (pre-kiddo) and loved it! Have you done any in the past?

    • I never have. The only problem is I don’t really have a good road bike. I have an amazing mountain bike though. So I am not so sure it’s going to work out. I’ll find something to do soon.

  • Girl, you ROCKED your to do list this month! And don’t fret about not reformatting enough of your old posts… it’s summer! Live it up! Nobody wants to spend all day on the computer when the weather is nice. You’ll have all winter for that. :o)

    • That is exactly how I feel about it. Thank you for saying that and making me feel better about my thinking :). I am stuck inside this house for like 9 months of the year. Why would I work on this now when I’m not?!

  • What a great month for you! 4-5 workouts a week is awesome!! I struggled with getting 2 per week πŸ™ I haven’t heard of duathlons. I will have to look into that! And your girls are so beautiful! Happy bday to Marrisa!

    Visiting from Tuesday Talks.
    Here are June/July goals:

    • Thank you so much Elle! The struggle is SO real I have only gotten out of bed early twice since Monday so I REALLY need to kick things into gear for the rest of the week. The long holiday weekend is always so hard to recover from.

  • Have a good summer, reformat those posts when it is cold and you have to be inside! You have baby watermelons? I am so jealous, the dang birds eat mine and leave us holey melons πŸ™

    • Oh my word I would be so flipping angry! I guess they do it for the water inside them? Or just to be spiteful :P? I think your plan is definitely what I am going to go with. Gotta soak up the end of summer.

  • You are killing it with your goals, good work lady! And I think I’m going to work on my pinterest following too, what do you do to gain more followers?

  • So glad to find this linkup and your inspiring family goals, Beth!