And just like that, we've experienced half of 2014. We've laughed half of the laughs, hurt half of the hurts. We've worshiped King Jesus for six months, and we're looking forward to worshiping Him for another six!
Last month was the first time I had written here about the goals I've been trying to set for myself each month through the year, inspired by Hayley Morgan, and I definitely found it more motivating to work on them when I knew I would be reporting on my progress in a month's time!
At the beginning of June, I mentioned that I want to work on four areas of my life specifically: my marriage, my home, my heart, and my time. I'd like to add another that I've stayed silent about, out of pride and roots of comparison in my heart. I'll be talking about it more in its own post soon, but first, let's take a look at my June goals and what happened there:
- Speak wild hope into my husband. I'm never as good at this as I should be, for my poor words-focused husband of mine. I worked hard, and I know my heart coming through my mouth is getting softer towards him specifically, and most people in general. I'm still pretty sure this goal would be on my list throughout my whole marriage -- maybe it's on everyone's? I'm going to take it off the list for next month, not because I accomplished it, but because I will never not need to work on it.
- Set up a modest cleaning schedule & follow through. I didn't set up a solid schedule, but I cleaned more of my house more often through June than any other month since we moved into the house in October. Yikes! I'm going to move this goal over to July, and really dig into keeping a clean and organized home.
- Spend some time really poring over Ephesians. Yes! I used the book 66 Love Letters by Dr. Larry Crabb, along with my ESV Study Bible, and read it through, trying to really digest each verse. I had to miss the monthly community group chat where we were talking about it, but I'm glad I really went through it on my own.
- Write down my want-to-do list & find the time. I didn't actually write this down, but I have a very clear idea after thinking it through all month of the things I want to prioritize in my life, and made strides on how to make time for those things I love.
- Eat at least three meals in community. Man, I love eating with people! There's just something about sharing a meal that makes me giddy. We ended up doing a few day- and weekend-trips in June, and made a point to eat with friends or family each time we were away. I didn't keep a count for the month, but it was definitely more than three!
And now a few things for July:
- Set aside a good big chunk of day/evening for a really great date night. June was a busy month and we didn't really get to spend much time alone together even on the couch at home, with opposite work schedules and traveling with a kiddo. This month, I'd like to get at least one date in!
- Write down that cleaning schedule! This is something that I seem to thrive with. My home tends to be cleaner and tidier most of the time if I know when I need to clean what, otherwise it just gets away from me. Ultimately, this makes me more at ease in my space, so it just needs to get done!
- Stay current with the She Reads Truth study on the Sermon on the Mount, as well as the Abide journal. I had been reading the Bible on my own since March, because I saw myself looking more to the devotion parts of She Reads Truth and other studies, rather than the Scripture itself. I ordered the Abide journal from Naptime Diaries and have already found a lot of rest within its pages.
- Find my summer rhythm. I got pretty good at making myself take the time in June to do things I love, and in July I'd like to solidify those rhythms and make it part of my normal, instead of something I'm reminding myself to do.
- Run 50km [cumulative] in July. This is one of those things I love to do, and I worked hard in June to make time for it. I was able to run 30km without any trouble in June, and if running is part of my summer rhythm it shouldn't be hard to increase my mileage through July!