Monday, July 30, 2012

July Goals Update


Last week I posted three personal goals for the month of July.

Here's how I did & my plans for this week:

(1) Continue Couch to 5K (C25K): By accident, I skipped a week of the C25K program, so instead of completing Week 2 last week, I actually completed Week 3! I am pretty proud of myself for not giving up and am LOVING how I feel after exercising. It's amazing, but I actually look forward to my next day of working out! 

I bought the app for C25K on my Android, which has made keeping up with the time so much easier. If you aren't familiar with C25K, you run and walk at different time intervals, so it is tricky and annoying to set your watch over and over again. The app does all the work for you and keeps track of distances and your pace. Plus, you have a virtual trainer pushing you on. 

Today I will start Week 4 of C25K, which means I'll be running 1/2 a 5K this week! I can't believe it! If you have been a couch potato (like me) and want to start exercising slowly, then I can't recommend C25K highly enough! Check it out here.

(2) Continue reading for 1 hour every day: I did a pretty good job meeting this goal. The only times I stumbled were on nights when my husband and I were watching Downton Abbey. {By the way, we're hooked!}

I finished Grace for the Good Girl, an excellent book that will definitely require a re-read because the ideas continue to swim around in my head even now. The depth of this book demands close attention, and I really need to go back and allow myself to be consumed by it. But not yet. I'm still processing it.

I'm on page 151 of Bird by Bird, which I'm reading and taking notes for some general writing advice. I love Lamott's style, and her humor keeps me attentive. However, I would advise you not to read it if you are offended by profanity. She has a bit of a potty mouth. Still, I am learning a lot more about a writing life.

In addition to Bird by Bird, I am also re-reading Tedd Tripp's Shepherding a Child's Heart. I'm on page 22.

I am also reading and taking notes on Growing Grateful Kids: Teaching Them to Appreciate an Extraordinary God in Ordinary Places by Susie Larson. My sister-in-law gave me this book for Christmas last year, and I've been meaning to read it for a while now. I love how anecdotal and practical Larson is. She reminds parents that we can't do our jobs effectively unless we are living for God. Each chapter concludes with a personal and parental application that is very helpful and insightful. I'm on page 61. 

(3) Continue writing for 30-45 minutes a day. Most days I am writing for at least 30 minutes whether I'm blogging, taking notes, or journaling. I do intend to write more in the coming weeks, especially once my "31 Days of Play" challenge ends on July 31st. 

The reading I am doing has definitely sparked some interesting writing ideas that I will share with you soon. 

A New Goal for August 

I know baby steps are key to keeping goals, which is why I have only 3 so far. However, I would like to add a new goal for August, that is, to give my undivided attention for at least 10 minutes each day to each child. I would like to work towards longer one-on-one time, but for now, I think 10 minutes is a good start. If I've learned anything from my "31 Days of Play" challenge, it's that my children crave my complete attention, and when I am playing, talking, or just spending time with them without my phone, computer, or other distraction, we have some fun times together with minimal whining and bickering. I hope this goal will smooth out some of the wrinkles we've had recently since our newest arrival. 

What about you? Do you have any goals set for August? If so, will you share?

Blessings to you!

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