Twice a month I link up with The Nectar Collective to join the community of bloggers who share their goals for the week in the Weekly Wishes link-up. I’m continuing to update my goals for the entire month twice a month rather than having a new set of goals each week. Right now, thinking about my to-dos in this big picture format has been working the best for me.
First I’ll recap my August goals and report my progress on them. Then I’ll share my list of September goals.
1. Get as far as I can in the summer reading challenge I’m participating in. Well, the reading challenge is now over. I did not do much reading this month unfortunately, but I had such a great time participating in the challenge and getting as far as I did. See the bottom of this post for the progress that I made overall on the reading challenge.
2. Organize our linen closet. Done! I’m so happy to have a more organized space in our bathroom closet. I went through all of my make-up and nail polish and other products; I found lots of fun products that I forgot I had as well as many things that were definitely needing to be thrown out. I was able to use organizational tools that I already had, so no purchases were necessary for this project. This was a definite success!
3. Write and post all of my Paris Travel With Me posts. Nope. I wrote and published one, and I’ve mostly written my second one. That means I’ll publish the second either this week or next and then try to follow up with the third shortly after that.
4. Start and complete a SkillShare class (or two). I’m almost done with the blog content planning class – I’ll finish it this week.
5. Starting today, post a daily photo on Instagram. I didn’t post an Instagram photo every single day, but I did most days! It was a lot of fun. I’m going to keep trying to post Instagram photos regularly.
Oh, September, how I both loathe and love you! The first half of September is always overwhelmingly busy with work due to the 9/15 tax deadline, but the second half brings a slower time at work and Fall, my very favorite season. So, I’m writing these goals knowing that I probably won’t be making much progress on them until the second half of September.
1. Make an Artifact Uprising book for our London/Paris trip from earlier this year. Originally, I was planning to make separate Project Life albums for our travels, but I think that keeping one Project Life album per year for our daily life is enough. I have seen a few friends’ and bloggers’ photo books created with Artifact Uprising, and they are gorgeous! They are a decent price as well. I’m looking forward to starting this travel book tradition!
2. Organize the cabinet under our kitchen sink. Continuing on with my one organizational project per month, I’m giving myself a bit of an easier task this month. While this space under our sink is really out of hand, it is small, so it should only take a couple of hours in one afternoon to get into good shape.
3. Make good progress on another SkillShare class. I’m going to try to get myself into somewhat of a routine in taking these classes. I think I’ll start with the goal of two hours per week to see if that is manageable.
4. Read two books. I have a fun reading list for myself, and I’m excited to make some progress. We have a short beach vacation at the end of the month, and I can’t wait to do some reading in a beach setting.
5. Decorate for Fall. Again Fall is my favorite season. It is one of two seasons that I actually buy seasonal decorations for (the other is Christmas, of course). I can’t wait to pull out our old Fall decorations and pick up a few new ones.
Final Semi-Charmed 2014 Summer Book Challenge Check-In
Now here is my final update for the SCSB challenge.
5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 200 pages long.
— Someday, Someday, Maybe, Lauren Graham (344 pages, 4 stars) [from Month 1 update]
25 points: Read a book written by a blogger.
— Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way, Shauna Niequist (252 pages, 4 stars) [blog] [from Month 1 update]
15 points: Read a historical fiction book that does not take place in Europe.
— Out of the Easy, Ruta Sepetys (346 pages, 3 stars) [set in the United States]
20 points: Read a book that was/will be adapted to film in 2014.
— The Fault in Our Stars, John Green (318 pages, 4 stars)
20 points: Read a book with “son(s),” “daughter(s)” or “child(ren)” in the title.
—The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Kim Edwards (401 pages, 5 stars)
25 points: Read a biography, autobiography or memoir.
— Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), Mindy Kaling (222 pages, 3 stars)
15 points: Read a book another blogger has already read for the challenge.
— The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman (352 pages, 4 stars)
PREVIOUS POINTS: 125
TOTAL POINTS: 140