Friday, September 4, 2020

Five on Friday - September Goals

August was probably my toughest month of this year so far… in addition to my usual August funk, there was lots of anxiety with the kids returning to school in-person, Brian had to have an unexpected back surgery for a ruptured disc, we watched several people we love suffer from Covid, the weather was miserable, and my mood was just, well, crap.  August was not my favorite.  Haha.

But after the longest month six months everrrr, we’ve finally entered the sweet spot of the year… the last four months, which are my FAVORITE four months!  I love every single thing about September through December, and I have high hopes that these last four months are going to help salvage this year that will go down in history as the craziest one ever… well, it better be the craziest one ever… we don’t need future years being any crazier!!  Haha. 

Today I’m recapping my August goals and going over my September goals.  As always, I’m using a Y for YES and N for NO to indicate whether or not I accomplished my goals.

August Goals


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

N  Meditate every day. – Our schedule changed when the kids started school, so I accidentally forgot twice this month because I was out of my routine.  Boooo.
N  Quiet time every day. – Quiet time is done right after meditation, so this was forgotten twice, too… on the same days, of course.
Y  Drink 64 oz. most days.
Y  Close all rings on my Apple Watch at least 20 days. – Yep, closed all of them exactly 20 times.
Y  Walk/run 41 miles. – I ended up doing 49.62 miles!!
Y  Start revamping skin routine. – I started using a few new Neutrogena products.
Y  Read 2 books for fun. – I read five!  All of my library holds became available at the same time, so I was forced to read them all very quickly.
N  Finish White Fragility. – I’m almost done with it, but I didn’t quite finish… because I was too busy reading all of my library holds.
Y  Continue reading Get Out of Your Head. – I didn’t get to read very much of this either, but I did read some.
Y  Visit with therapist via Zoom.
Y  Schedule annual dermatologist skin check.
Y  Schedule annual well visit with midwife.


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


Y  Test drive 1-2 SUVs I have my eye on. – Yep!  We test drove three and I decided on one, too! 
N  Spray paint travel frames white and hang in bedroom.
Y  Decorate the house for fall. 
N  Complete 2 things on Master To-Do list. – I did big fat zero.


Y  Post 3 times per week. 


21 items accomplished
5 items not accomplished

Monthly Stats

Books Read: 5
    Come Back to Me – Mila Gray
    Since We Last Spoke – Brenda Rufener
    In Five Years – Rebecca Serle
    Feels Like Falling – Kristy Woodson Harvey
    28 Summers – Elin Hilderbrand

Meditation Days: 29

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

Workouts Completed: 29
    Dance: 1
    Mixed Cardio: 2
    Outdoor Run: 1
    Outdoor Walk: 18
    Stair Stepper: 3
    Strength Training: 3
    Yoga: 1

Time Spent Working Out: 19:16:24 (hours:minutes:seconds)

Calories Burned During Workouts: 4,868

Pictures of My Successes


Apple Watch rings
First day of school

Test driving SUVs

Getting in those miles!

Jacob's nine year well visit

Watching Jacob play baseball

Decorating the house for fall
Book #1

Book #2

Book #3

Book #4

Book #5

Now for the September goals… so far everything is going well at the kids’ school, but there is always a chance that they will have to move to distance learning, so I’m hesitant to set too many personal goals.  I am, however, including lots of fun fall bucket list items since I’m no longer doing seasonal bucket lists. 

September Goals


Visit and/or call Mama Cass.
Call/text two old coworkers.
Celebrate my Momma’s birthday.  (Don’t know what that will look like, though.)
Celebrate my littlest brother’s birthday.  (Don’t know what that will look like either.)

Meditate every day.
Quiet time every day.
Drink 64 oz. most days.
Close all rings on my Apple Watch at least 20 days.
Make a serum with Frankincense essential oil and incorporate into skin care routine.
Annual dermatologist checkup.
Visit with therapist via Zoom.
Read 1 book for fun.
Finish White Fragility.
Continue reading Get Out of Your Head.
Enjoy a pumpkin spice latte or three.  ;o)
Try a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew.


Find out when we can all get flu shots.
Start looking for Halloween costumes for the kids.
Buy Halloween PJs for the kids.
Watch Jacob play baseball!
Get Olivia registered for dance and start classes.
Book mountain house (if we’re able to go).
Watch as much college football as we possibly can!
Start watching all of our favorite fall/Halloween movies.
Take the kids to play on the playground in our neighborhood.
Get pumpkin pie blizzards from Dairy Queen.
Get pumpkin donuts from Krispy Kreme.


Hang UGA flag.
Clean and descale Keurig and change filter.
Clean out my old SUV.
Pick up my new SUV!!!!
Clean out Jacob’s bedroom.
Clean out Olivia’s bedroom.
Clean out playroom.
Spray paint travel frames white and hang in bedroom.
Complete 2 things on Master To-Do list.


Post 3 times per week. 

Friday Funnies

On the Blog This Week

Previous Monthly Goals Posts

Happy Friday, y’all!

*Linking up with A Little Bit of Everything for Friday Favorites.


  1. Right there with you girl, you know I love these last four months of the year! The inside of my house is all decked out with pumpkins everywhere and I told my husband, don’t say anything, just give me this, LOL! You will slay girl and I hope you have a sweet September weekend!

  2. I'm sure you'll do great on your new list of goals!

  3. August was a real doozey for everyone, but especially your sweet family. I hope Sept-Dec are festive and cozy, no matter what is going on with covid, the election, etc. We need a break!! Take care!

  4. Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew is so good. You have to try it.

  5. Congrats on the new car! I wish you well with all of your goals.

  6. Ahhhh so exciting your car is coming this month!!! Hopefully September is the start of the turnaround this year needs - no surgeries, no more sickness, no more funk!

  7. You still killed it on your goals this last month. Only missing 5 is great. I can't wait for your new car!!!


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