goal setting

August Goals

Hello Monday, you came too quickly old friend.

Ben and I went on a whirlwind trip Saturday to Little Rock, AR for a family wedding. We drove 5 hours for the wedding, and left after the reception and drove 2 and a half hours to Ben's parents home in MS...and then woke up yesterday morning and drove two more hours back home...whew, it was crazy. We had a blast though exploring downtown Little Rock, and hope to make a trip back sometime when we have more time to explore.

So here we are with another week, and a brand new month! So it is time for some goal setting. Oh goal setting, what a tricky little guy you are. Just being real here, somehow July goals were never set...oops. So here is a recap on the goals I set for June, and my August Goals!

July Goals-
-Finish a book...just one, and no restrictions on which one! Finished 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp!! Finally!
-Have a family from church over for dinner We had a couple friend over in June and July!
-Finish all current design orders before Cox Family Beach Trip!
-Crate train Piper She is doing awesome! :)
-Cook 4 more recipes from Bread & Wine...eh this did not happen!
-Take an Influence Network Class
-Blog about my purpose for blogging...coming this week!
-Google Hangout with some blog friends! Madison and I have hungout via Google several times now!
-Have a date night, or two with Ben
-Set new fitness goals with Ben, and meet June's goals...HA! that is all there is to say really.
-Begin gratitude journal (also, a post coming soon about this)

August Goals
-Begin my new part time job (I start tomorrow!!!)
-Finish to do list for my secret project
-Announce my secret project :) sneak peeks coming soon! 
-Read one book
-Celebrate Ben's Birthday! (big 25)
-Crochet 20 headwarmers for Fall sale
-Write 2 handwritten letters
-2 Date Nights with Ben
-2 Social Media Free weekends!

I really do love sharing these updates with you all...mainly because it keeps me so accountable to do what I have said I am going to do! So yay for accountability! 

Great Reads:
10 go to Blog Post Ideas - love these ideas!
My First Fashion Post - love the honesty about self talk, and how it is okay to be a "normal girl" as do a fashion post every now and then!
Foodie PenPal - seriously obsessed with this...so much so that I immediately signed up for this month, the foodie in me just couldn't resist!
Daily Communication - Thoughts on communication in marriage!

What you may have missed:
Oh Simple Thought's 2nd Birthday! - Dont forget to enter my giveaway for your chance to win a year subscription to Elle & Co Printable Library, a retro headband, and motivational coffee mug!
Bicycle, Books, and a Beautiful Dress
How to write a Mission Statement for your blog!

Also, bear with me this week as I start my new job. I will be only posting 3 days this week as I try to navigate and create a new schedule. I promise I am not leaving you guys but just trying to adjust to some new exciting changes. Come back Wednesday for the 2nd Bread & Wine Project recipe link up. The question this month to discuss is "How do you make your table a safe place for those that come into your home?" Hope you can join me on Wednesday! 

June Goals

Summer is here, and I have had the hardest time developing a schedule and consistency in managing my time well. I blame it on the summer. Don't get me wrong, I am so thankful for this season, and for some time to myself, and to pour myself into this blog, and design work, but I have found myself neglecting a lot of other things and just struggling to find a good balance every day. 

So a little recap on my May Goals, I surprised myself this month, and got a lot more accomplished than I realized, so cheers to that!
  • Finish Seven and start The Pleasures of God -(Wah, wah....reading has been slipping through the cracks these days.)
  • Host a Noonday Trunk Show as a fundraiser for the Ragan Family Adoption (This was such a joy! And it is not too late to purchase an item from the Ragan Trunk Show, read how to purchase here!)
  • Grab coffee with Lauren of Sincerely, Lo, when we go to Memphis for the weekend! (So much fun getting to meet Lauren and talking over coffee!!) 
  • Have a family from church over for dinner
  • Cook 4 recipes from Bread & Wine  (I have made the esquites, dark chocolate toffee, risotto, basic vinaigrette, bacon wrapped dates, goat cheese biscuits, and greenwell salad! So I exceeded this goal!)
  • Go to the beach for anniversary (We are at the beach now! :))
  • Get everything we need for Piper, and have house ready before anniversary beach trip (We will pick her up next week!)
  • Attend the Farmer's Market, and take pictures. 
  • Finish blog design for Martha Kate's personal blog and business blog!  Check out all my recent designs here!

Now for June Goals: 
  • Finish a book...just one, and no restrictions on which one!
  • Have a family from church over for dinner
  • Finish all current design orders before Cox Family Beach Trip!
  • Crate train Piper
  • Cook 4 more recipes from Bread & Wine
  • Take an Influence Network Class
  • Blog about my purpose for blogging
  • Google Hangout with some blog friends!
  • Have a date night, or two with Ben
  • Set new fitness goals with Ben, and meet June's goals (will be sharing more soon)
  • Begin gratitude journal (also, a post coming soon about this)
So here is to a new month, and new opportunities! Do you set goals? How do you feel you do at following through with your goals? 

Also, don't forget to fill out this survey to help Madison and I moving forward with our link up! We will be giving away a $20 Starbucks card to one lucky person who fills out the survey, so please fill it out even if it is just for a chance to get some free coffee! ;) We would love to get your feedback!

Meet my sweet sponsor this month, Madison of The Wetherills Say I Do!

101 in 1001

Good Morning to you all! So we had quite the surprise when we woke up this morning...ice and freezing rain. Yesterday I was in shorts and a t-shirt all day and we spent most of the day outside and today the wind chill is 23 degrees...like what is happening??? Anyways...I am longing for Spring more than ever now so I am sharing a little flower love with you in hopes of brightening your Monday morning. 

Don't flowers just make you smile? They surely make me grin from ear to ear. 

So what is 101 in 1001 you may ask? Well...I am so excited to share this awesome idea with you! I stumbled upon this over at Happily Ever Strader while Victoria was working on my rocking new blog design. Reading Victoria's list was so inspiring to me, and I knew I wanted to participate in such an awesome idea. The original blogger who conjured up this idea was Mackenzie over at Design Darling . I perused through several lists that were included on Mackenzie's blog and began creating my own list. The whole concept behind 101 in 1001 is that you choose 101 tasks, goals, or dreams and set out to do them all in 1,001 days. How neat? It gives you a longer time span than just a year so it allows the freedom for big goals and small ones. I have included fun and practical goals as well as large and kinda scary goals. So let's look at my list shall we?

My start date for this journey is TODAY! EEK! March 3, 2014. The end date is November 28, 2016.

  1. Complete the 5 pallet wood side tables
  2. Complete the kitchen hutch
  3. Organize our pantry
  4. Clean out dresser and nightstand table
  5. Put plants on on front porch
  6. Read 20 new books
  7. Try and blog 20 new recipes
  8. Have 100 people follow my blog
  9. Go camping with friends
  10. Celebrate our 1 year anniversary!!
  11. 2 year!!!
  12. 3 year!!!
  13. Celebrate turning 24!
  14. Get a puppy
  15. Post a tour of all rooms in our house
  16. Blog a crochet tutorial
  17. Go to the Gospel Coalition Women's Conference
  18. Blog my story
  19. Surprise a friend with happy mail
  20. Send someone flowers
  21. Host a cookout for Ben's co-workers
  22. Have someone we don't really know over for dinner
  23. Finish my crochet blanket
  24. Send a letter to a family member
  25. Inspire someone else to do 101 in 1001
  26. Write a guest post
  27. Have a guest blogger
  28. Do a giveaway (or 2)
  29. Blog every day for a month
  30. Go completely without my phone or computer for a day
  31. Organize our office space
  32. Organize my craft supplies
  33. Finish calendar project in the master bedroom
  34. Go to visit friends in another state
  35. Go on vacation to the beach
  36. Go hiking in Birmingham
  37. Go to see a Broadway musical
  38. Go to a concert (or 2)
  39. Start a skin care routine
  40. Begin to run regularly again
  41. Complete the 52 date nights with Ben
  42. Learn to shoot a pistol
  43. Finish reading the Chronicles of Narnia together
  44. Finish the office desk
  45. Learn how to coupon
  46. Make book monograms for bedroom
  47. Go on an unplanned spontaneous trip
  48. Ben graduate with his PhD
  49. Have our pictures taken professionally
  50. Have our small group over to our house
  51. Have a couples game night
  52. Learn to make cheesecake
  53. Learn to decorate a cake
  54. Have a Noonday trunk show in our home
  55. Pay for a stranger's meal
  56. Volunteer in our community
  57. Learn to sew well
  58. Learn to knit
  59. Learn how to use my camera (take a photo workshop?)
  60. Get all the pioneer woman's cookbooks
  61. Get a stove top espresso maker
  62. Try different types of tea
  63. Try to meet 6 Instagram or blog friends in real life
  64. Master the pie crust
  65. Bring plants and fresh flowers into our home
  66. Start collecting something
  67. Wake up at 5:30 every morning for a week.
  68. Have my family over for dinner
  69. Have Ben's family over for dinner
  70. Mail care packages to my siblings
  71. Give 5 "just because" presents to my family
  72. Visit a museum
  73. Visit an art show
  74. Participate in a crafts festival
  75. Teach myself calligraphy
  76. Move to a new city
  77. Have a picnic
  78. Go to the mountains
  79. Send 50 handwritten notes
  80. Go to New Orleans for the weekend
  81. Order from a food truck
  82. Run in a color run
  83. Get a new computer
  84. Have someone of a different religion or culture into our home
  85. Try 10 new restaurants
  86. Try 5 new hairstyles
  87. Go without wearing sweatpants all day for a month
  88. Create a new tradition
  89. Read through the Bible chronologically
  90. Create my own recipe
  91. Support someone else in ministry financially
  92. Memorize The New City catechisms
  93. Display some type of Mississippi art in our home
  94. Invest in camping supplies (dutch oven, socks, boots, enamel mugs)
  95. Send Christmas cards
  96. Support a local artist
  97. Tackle a major sewing project
  98. Spend the day with my sister in laws
  99. Watch a documentary
  100. Learn how to make my Grammy's homemade pickles
  101. Learn how to make a caramel cake from scratch
So this is my list. Like I said, there are some fun ideas like create my own recipe, and there are some more serious ideas like move to a new city (if the Lord allows). What do you think? I would love for some of my readers to jump into this journey alongside me and create your very own 101 list. 

I have created a button under my categories section for you to follow along with my progress. I am really excited to post on here for the added accountability and extra encouragement to stick with this. So I will mark off tasks as they are completed, blog some updates, and included info in the 101 in 1001 section about how/when I complete the tasks. 

If any of you have fun or creative ideas on how to help me complete some of these goals please let me know! Let's be doers and seek to motivate others by setting goals both big and small!

Happy Monday!