So far this year I've been sharing my goals with you every month. All of my goals from business to personal but this month I am making a slight change. I love sharing because I hope you can learn from my successes as well as my mistakes and remember that you are not alone.
However, I've realized that in my heart I have made my work too much of my identity. The truth is I am not what I do and life is so much more than my job. I am trying to live out that truth, and giving a greater emphasis to Christa the human not just Christa the photographer and business owner.
While I still have many goals for my business I will only be sharing my personal ones. This is an attempt to help shift my focus and to see myself as a whole person.
Here is how I did with my personal goals last month:
Run 3 miles + do three pull-ups: I was able to run 3 miles but I am still building my body strength and only able to do 2 pull-ups.
Summer-ize Home: This is something fun I do every season and was so excited to switch things up and make it feel a bit more like summer in our home!
Opening Summer Ceremony: Nailed it! We opened up summer by having a lovely day at the beach and then getting burgers and shakes at the Shake Shake in Crystal Cove.
Go For a Hike: This didn't happen. I basically forgot about it. hahah
Go to the beach: I was able to spend a day at the beach almost every week, even if it was not sunny and warm.
Connect with family: I did it!!!! I was in touch with my family every week! Boomtown. If you haven't followed along this is a goal I have been trying to cultivate for a while now. We've been using Voxer and it has been such a success!
Exercise 5 days: The last couple of weeks I wasn't able to exercise all 5 days like normal. We have had a lot of activities and friends visiting and it has thrown off our routine!
One social Media free day: Was able to do this most weeks! I love doing this and it brings me so much life. I hope to eventually have two social media free days but I am starting small and working my way up to it!
Check Personal Email: Totally did not do this goal. I think I checked my email maybe once? Not good but hoping to make progress.
Cook with seasonal veggies and fruit: This has mainly looked like having Artichokes and nectarines for snacks but I hope to make popsicles this next month!
1 hour outside: I was able to do this most days! It was the best!
Learn Italian: I am really wanting to be less casual and more intentional about my learning! I was able to spend time every day!
10,000 Steps: I did this almost every day the first few weeks of the month but slacked off a little bit the last week.
End work on time: This is by far the most difficult goal for me. The first week of June I did really well but haven't been as intentional about it. I've created an end of workday routine that I hope will help me wind down and wrap things up so I can end when I am supposed to.
No Instagram outside of work: I have been really good at this and it has just been the best! I feel more present and less scattered.
I seriously cant believe it is July! It is crazy how fast June flew by! Here are my goals for this next month!
Run 4 miles + 3 Pull-ups: Since I made my mileage goal in June I am upping it this month! I have a summer goal of being able to run 5 miles comfortably! But since I didn't progress when it comes to pull-ups, I am leaving the goal at 3!
Plant Seeds for Fall Garden: To be honest, my summer garden has not been flourishing. I have had a ton of trouble with pests and made a couple rooky mistakes. But I am not letting it discourage me from continuing gardening! This fall I am hoping to have Sunflowers, Black-eyed Susans, and a Chinese Lanterns!
Learn to use past tense in Italian: In the past, I have just set really general goals for my language learning but I really want to progress more and I think setting specific goals will really help!
Go on a Hike: Even though we weren't able to make this happen in June, I hope we can do it this July! I love the ocean but it is nice to have other scenery too!
Paint table: A couple months ago I did a really bad job painting the table for our kitchen nook and it really really needs to be redone!
Go to the beach: You might think it is weird to have this on my list because I live a 3-minute walk from the ocean but it can be so easy to not spend time there if you aren't intentional. I want to make the most of it this summer!
Connect with family: I am still wanting to cultivate this goal and make it into a habit!
Personal Email: I need to create some sort of routine for this.
One social media free day: As I said above it helps me be more present in my life! I love how Lara Casey calls her days off, "days on" to help her be more present and engaged with her family!
Exercise 5 days: Even if that is for 5 minutes! Anything helps and creates the habit!
Cook Seasonally: This month I really want to make popsicles!
No Snooze: I used to never ever snooze my morning alarm. But since being married it can be tempting to just roll over and snuggle with my husband for 5 minutes more and I have gotten into the habit of snoozing. I want to break this habit so that I can get up and have my life giving routine!
Respond to friends: I am really bad at responding to texts. I sort of treat them like emails and I get easily overwhelmed when I have a ton. But I want to be intentional with my friends more than I want to not be on my phone so I am hoping to create a time each the day where I can respond and not let the texts pile up.
End work on time: Making progress and trying to cultivate this goal!
30 minutes of Italian: In the past I've been spending anywhere from 5 - 30 minutes studying but I really want to get better so I am investing more time!
10,000 Steps per day: For me this looks like getting up every hour to walk 250 steps and going for a mile walk on my lunch. If I can do that I can make my step count no problem!
And there you have it! My personal goals for July!
What is one goal you are hoping to cultivate this month?
Let me know in the comments below!