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Hi, friends! I might be biased, but I think September is a really good month. My birthday is in September. My husband’s birthday is in September. We met in September 11 years ago. He proposed in September 2 years ago. I guess what I’m saying is that you can expect good things in September. I’m sharing all of my September goals today, but first, an August recap!

August Wins

relationships – plan a fun date night with my husband

We didn’t plan anything out super far in advance, but we went out to dinner a few times and it was tons of fun.!

money – get our food budget under control

We tried using only cash for food, and while we weren’t always successful (kept leaving the cash at home), it made us much more aware of how much we were spending on food.

career/blog – get ahead and implement my blog course

I got somewhat ahead, though not as far as I would have liked, and I did start implementing strategies. This course has been such a huge help in knowing what areas I can improve and what action steps to take. I have a lot more to work on!

personal development – focus on improving my prayer life

This is one of those things that you never really feel like you’ve “arrived.” The most important thing is that I actually spent time talking to the Father.

environment – clean out iPhone pics and organize bookshelves

Womp womp. I didn’t clean out my iPhone pics. But I DID organize my bookshelves, which felt really great! (Psst! Read more about how to organize your bookshelves here!)

fun – read a YA novel

I started reading Redwall, which is on my Fall Reading List.

How cute is this? 

service – donate clothes

  • Donate clothes

As I mentioned before, it didn’t really feel like I was doing anything that was a HUGE service by donating clothes. I had to be more organized and drive much further out of my way to bring my clothes to this ministry, but it was so worth it. I love their mission and I’m glad I was able to contribute!

Goals to save for later

It happens. Sometimes we don’t reach all our goals. These are the ones I struggled with this month.

health – clean out my beauty products

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to figure out all of my skin allergies so cleaning out my beauty products will have to be saved for another day.

environment – clean out my iPhone pics

I have even more than last month.

September Goals

Each month, I’m setting goals in 7 basic categories. I’m doing this so that I can make sure that I’m developing all the different areas of my life. It also helps me when I’m planning. Sometimes when I sit down to write out my goals, I draw a complete blank! Categories help me think of the things that are important to me and make sure I’m not neglecting anything.  As you can see, some months I’ll lean more heavily into certain categories

health – eat breakfast every day

Confession: I don’t love eating breakfast. Unless it’s a carb-filled delight half-way through the morning. Another confession: I get super hangry if I don’t eat breakfast. It’s going to be better for my health and my happiness if I start eating breakfast every day.

relationships – text and email back on “first touch”

I can’t remember where I first heard of this, but having a “one touch” policy could seriously help me in texting and emailing people back. I’m really bad about reading something, telling myself I’ll think about a response and write back later, and then forgetting to write back. I shared about this in my post about my least favorite habits, too. I’m gonna work on this, you guys!

money – try different budgeting websites

I’ve been using Mint for years, and since I’m way more obsessed with personal finance than my husband, I forced talked him into using it when we got married. Now that we’ve been married for a little over a year, I’m wondering what else is out there and if there’s grass greener on the other side, or at the very least something that we BOTH like using. Hit me up with your best suggestions.

career/blog – start my editing business

This is something that I’ve wanted to do for years! I love editing. I do it for fun. With that in mind, it’s the perfect side hustle for me. I’m really excited about this, even knowing it’s going to be a lot of work to get it all started. Let me know if you’re in need of a proofreader!

personal development – practice a rest day

I’ve talked about honoring the Sabbath for years. I wholeheartedly believe that when God told us not to do any work one day a week, He meant it for our GOOD. And yet I never take Him up on that offer. I’d really like to start taking one whole day off each week and trusting Him to provide all of my needs.

environment – clean out my iPhone pictures

Eventually this is going to happen… maybe this month! 😉

fun – read for fun!

I stopped reading for fun while I was working on my English degree and just haven’t totally gotten back in the groove of it. But now I don’t have any homework deadlines looming over me so I can get back to that reading life that I adore.

service – meet a foreign exchange student

My husband and I are partnering with my alma mater to help out an exchange student for the semester. I’m really looking forward to this! I love meeting people from other cultures and doing my best to make them feel welcome.

How about you?

What do you guys have going on this September? What are your goals? Leave a comment and let me know!

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