Friday, August 7, 2020

Five on Friday - August Goals

Happy Friday, y’all!  As I mentioned in my post Wednesday, I feel like I hit a bit of a slump this month and I thought my goals would reflect that, but I honestly didn’t do all that bad.  Here’s the recap…

As always, I’m using a Y for YES and N for NO to indicate whether or not I accomplished my goals.

July Goals


Y  Sunday lunches with my in-laws. – Got in a couple this month!
Y  Sunday dinners with my parents. – Got in one!
Y  Call/text old coworkers and check in with them. – Yes!  I texted with three of my girlfriends from work, talked to one guy on the phone, and Facetimed with another.  It was great to check in with all of them.
Y  Facetime with Mama Cass. – We actually did one better and visited with her in person instead... outside and far away, of course, but we got to see her nonetheless.

Y  Meditate every day.
Y  Quiet time every day.
Y  Drink 64 oz. water every day.
Y  Close all rings on my Apple Watch at least 20 days.
Y  Read 2 books for fun.
Y  Start reading White Fragility.
Y  Start reading Get Out of Your Head.
Y  Visit with therapist via Zoom.
Y  Donate blood/test for Covid-19 antibodies.
Y  Visit the allergist for my 6-month checkup.


Y  Pick up kids’ yearbooks from school.
Y  Celebrate July 4th.
Y  Celebrate Jacob’s 9th birthday!
N  Register Olivia for 2020-2021 dance classes. – They decided not to open registration as expected, so we’re just waiting to see what will happen.
Y  Sign Jacob up for fall baseball. – Don’t know if he’ll actually play, but he’s signed up.
Y  Work on teaching the kids how to ride bikes without training wheels. – We practiced, but they still don’t have the hang of it.  Waaaahhhh.
Y  Meditate with the kids. – We only meditated once together, but I feel like they got a lot out of it.  I explained the principals of meditation and why it can be helpful, and they seemed to enjoy it.
Y  Life skills refreshers for the kids – how to wash hands, brush teeth, tie shoes properly.
N  Kids take swimming lessons with my cousin. – We ended up canceling this because my uncle came down with Covid (he’s okay now), and we obviously didn’t want to be around my cousin since she lives with him.
Y  Buy new uniforms for back-to-school.
Y  Find some things to do that allow us to (safely) get out of the house. – We did get out and walk the trail at a local park.
Y  Start looking at mountain houses to rent for fall break (if it’s safe to do). – B has started browsing but we haven’t settled on anything yet.  Still don’t know what to do.


Y  Change air filter.
Y  Clean out kids’ closets.
N  Test drive 1-2 SUVs I have my eye on (only if we can do this safely). – Never took the time to do this.
N  Spray paint travel frames white and hang in bedroom.
N  Transfer pictures and videos from last few months to hard drives and Amazon drive. – Started to do this, but I’m having connectivity issues between my phone and my computer, so I haven’t been able to get everything off of my phone, which means I can’t transfer everything yet.
Y  Complete 2 things on Master To-Do list. – I did four!


Y  Post 3 times per week. 
Y  Plan content for July – September.
Y  Catch up on link-ups.
N  Take a few pictures for my oils Instagram account.


30 items accomplished
6 items not accomplished

Monthly Stats

Books Read: 2
    The Towering Sky – Katharine McGee
    American Royals – Katharine McGee

Meditation Days: 31

Rings Closed on Apple Watch:
    Move Ring: 20
    Exercise Ring: 22
    Stand Ring: 31

Workouts Completed: 27
    Dance: 3
    Mixed Cardio: 6
    Outdoor Run: 1
    Outdoor Walk: 7
    Stair Stepper: 3
    Strength Training: 3
    Yoga: 4

Time Spent Working Out: 17:48:57 (hours:minutes:seconds)

Calories Burned During Workouts: 4,438

Pictures of My Successes


Apple Watch rings

Covid antibody test results
Celebrating July 4th

Bike riding practice

Celebrating Jacob's birthday

Sunday dinner with my parents
Book #1

Book #2

Now for the August goals… I’m not sure what August will look like considering the kids could end up having to do distance learning at any moment, so I’m keeping my goals for August light in case we have to pivot.  And since I’m no longer doing bucket lists for summer, fall, Christmas, etc. our bucket list items will now just be included in my goals.

August Goals


One last Sunday lunch with my in-laws before kids go back to school.
One last Sunday dinner with my parents before kids go back to school.

Meditate every day.
Quiet time every day.
Drink 64 oz. most days.
Close all rings on my Apple Watch at least 20 days.
Walk/run 41 miles. 
Start revamping skin routine.
Read 2 books for fun.
Finish White Fragility.
Continue reading Get Out of Your Head.
Visit with therapist via Zoom.
Schedule annual dermatologist skin check.
Schedule annual well visit with midwife.


Take Jacob for his nine-year well visit.
Take Jacob to meet his teacher.
Take Olivia to meet her teacher.
Send the kids back to school and pray that we’ve made the right decision.
Continue to check on registration for Olivia’s dance classes.
Make decisions regarding baseball for Jacob.  (He’s signed up but should he play?)
Continue looking at mountain houses to rent for fall break.


Test drive 1-2 SUVs I have my eye on (only if we can do this safely).
Spray paint travel frames white and hang in bedroom.
Decorate the house for fall.  (Yep, I’m doing it earlier this year!)
Complete 2 things on Master To-Do list.


Post 3 times per week. 

Friday Funnies

Literally me

On the Blog This Week

Previous Monthly Goals Posts


  1. Well done on your goals!! I am very impressed. My goals these past few months have basically been "survive".

    1. I hear ya, girl. That's exactly why my August goals are so much lighter... we'll just be trying to survive!

  2. YES to decorating for fall, haha. I am still trying to figure out how early is too early!

  3. Not too bad at all for being in a funk. I think you’ll do really good in August. My mind is constantly brewing up fall decorating ideas, I seriously would do it now except for all the N O’s from my family, LOL!

  4. you did great with your July goals.
    I can’t wait to decorate for Fall!!

  5. Girl you crushed it!! I just started pinning some ideas for fall decor and not going to lie, it got me excited!! Hope you have a great weekend! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

  6. That's great you were still able to accomplish so many of your goals! It's always a nice surprise when that happens. I hope you have a great weekend!

  7. Amazing job on the goals. I haven't done much of anything towards mine!

  8. You did pretty awesome this last month on your goals. I love that you included your fitness goals in there. I should do that for me. I want to get the girls back in swim lessons, but they are in group settings here, and I am not sure I am up for that. Have a great weekend!

  9. You really hit it out of the park with your July goals! That's fantastic. It's so crazy trying to make plans for the Fall. Who knows what will happen from one day to the next? We do the best we can though!!


  10. You did awesome with your goals!! My husband has been trying to get me to trade in our vehicle for a new one but so far I am holding pretty firm that I just don't want to. I hate all that decision making process. LOL

    1. Thank you! You've got that right! It is SO much work and SO time consuming!

  11. Way to go on the goals! I got my covid antibody test back and it was negative too. Have a great weekend!

  12. Why does it seem like some folks have been tested for COVID like 5+ times and then there are others who haven't been tested at all? After the "false-positive" test for the governor of Ohio, I am starting to question how many other false positive tests there are?!?
    Where are you guys considering going for your fall vacation to the mountains??

    1. I'm sure the number of times a person has been tested has something to do with how many times they've been exposed. We know people who have had to be tested several times due to being exposed so many times, but we've been tested zero times because we've neither exhibited symptoms nor been exposed that we know of. We usually go to the North Georgia/North Carolina border area for our trips to the mountains!

  13. You always acheive so much - even in straightened conditions - always so inspiring. Looking forward to seeing all of your Autumn goals too! BTW I still have no idea what the apple phone rings are / do - I am so behind. Hopefully I will catch up soon to modern frames of reference haha!

    1. Thank you so much! The rings on the Apple Watch just track your activity, exercise, and movement throughout the day. You can set the goals individually and then as you move around throughout the day, your rings close. Your goal is to close the rings each day!


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