June! What a happy month. It’s warm and summery but not so hot and humid outside that you can’t enjoy it. For me, June holds the anticipation of all the good things of summer — playing in the sprinkler, lemonade on the back porch, catching fireflies — before they are tempered by the summer realities of oppressive heat, mosquitoes, and that greasy sunscreen feeling. I also have some fun activities to look forward to this month, like a family reunion, a visit to my hometown, and my husband starting work at his new church.
I like to use my first post of each month to set my intentions for the month, and help steer my busy brain towards a few key goals to accomplish during the month. But first I like to look back and see how I did on last month’s goals.
May Goals in Review
Wardrobe refresh. B. I still feel like I don’t have anything to wear about half the time, but between a shopping trip with my mom and a Stitch Fix shipment, I have a few new spring clothes! I’ve been thinking a lot about my personal style and I feel sort of schizophrenic – I tend to like either really classic styles or sort of a bohemian look. I think I can work with it though — classic styles for work, and more relaxed hippie-wear on the weekends.
Also, I am not afraid of colors and patterns, so I am trying to take advantage of that and actually wear them. If you follow me on Instagram, you got the first look at my “crazypants” from Stitch Fix. (Referral link.) Yes, I was actually brave enough to wear them out of the house several times last month. (The right shoes are essential…wear the wrong shoes and these things look like pj pants!)
Keep working on the budget. A. I can’t say I’ve completely got a handle on budgeting yet, but I’m still sticking with it and doing well. Matt and I actually sat down ahead of time and figured out what we thought our trip to Lexington/Louisville would cost, and we stuck to it! (Referral/discount link to YNAB.)
Plan my workouts. B. I wrote down workouts from the Hal Higdon 10K Intermediate plan in my planner, and I found this resistance band workout to do on my non-running days, BUT… I’ve been a little lacking on the follow-through! I exercise on my lunch hour, and I had a lot more lunch meetings than usual last month, so despite my best-laid plans I didn’t actually work out that much. I’m planning to stick with my plans as best I can next month, though… I’ve got a family reunion 2 mile race to compete in!
Moving planning. B+. I am still hiding my head in the sand about the number of boxes that need to be packed, but we’ve got movers coming to give us a quote and we mostly have our Antiques World furniture allocation figured out. I think everyone has a bed in both locations except the baby… hopefully the pack-n-play will work for a while!
Packing. We still don’t have a firm moving date, but we really need to be 99% packed by the end of June.
Keep working on exercise & diet. I love eating healthy in the summer because there are so many great fruit and veggie choices, so this is a logical time for me to clean up my eating. And from everything I’ve read, diet makes a big difference in diastasis recti recovery. I’m tracking on My Fitness Pal if you want to friend me there!
Figure out a blog writing schedule. I tried to chart out my posts for June only posting once a month, and I couldn’t do it! I really do enjoy writing here, I just need to find the right time to work on it.
Take more pictures. I’ve really slacked on taking pictures recently, even snapping pics with my phone! I am not going to worry about learning more about photography at this point, I just want to get back into the habit of taking pictures of our every day life. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the way things are today is the way they’ll always be, but of course I can look back at pictures from just 6 months ago, not to mention 6 years, and of course that’s not true! Photography is a way for me to capture these moments while I’m living in them, since I don’t always remember all the details.
Did you catch that about the 2 mile race at my family reunion? It’s pretty intense — we have trophies and age divisions and everything. If your family had a competition when you got together, what would it be?