Happy August, friends! Just like my What I Learned in June post, I wanted to share a recap of my month of July and share some August goals.
July seemed to fly by, as the hot days got hotter and I went on a couple adventures with my family and friends. We started the month at Knoebels, an amusement park in Pennsylvania, and the next weekend we went berry picking in the mountains. Besides being attacked by bugs and spider webs, getting out of town was a perfect way to relax on the summer weekends.
Last month was also my first full month of working full-time at a local nonprofit. I have adjusted my schedule and routine to complement working 9-5 everyday. I have learned that it takes a lot of time to be a full-time worker, blogger and freelancer all at the same time. In the midst of the chaos, I’m glad I can come back to this blog to reflect and build relationships with you all. (Tell me, what’s new with you?)
I’ve been able to experience a lot of new things this month. Here’s a little bit of what I learned.
What I Learned in July
1. How to actually use Excel.
Excel isn’t something they necessarily teach you in college, and I’m now glad that I’ve been able to practice using it and knowing how it works!
2. I really want to go to Arizona.
There seems to be so much to see in Arizona, despite the dessert heat. Madison has been inspiring me with her Arizona road trips, and my family from Arizona visited in July, so I’ve been inspired to find some cactus!
3. You cannot love learning and not love discipline.
Discipline has been an important word for me this month. Personal discipline, spiritual discipline, etc. This verse really stood out to me this month: “To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.” (Proverbs 12:1). As much as I try to be a perfectionist and try to control my life and environment, that is not the way life works. I’ve been learning to embrace failure and to allow people and the Lord discipline me into doing the best work I can and to stay motivated in upholding my commitments. Discipline is something not to overlook.
4. Our generation needs people to live simply.
Whether you call it minimalism, it is so important to realize that simple living is a journey that helps us focus on things that truly matter in life. Our generation now has a prime opportunity to love the world in ways that are innovative, unexpected and truly life-giving. Daisy from Simplicity Relished expands more on how we can live simply in our everyday lives.
While I don’t have major plans for August, I still wanted to build off what I learned in July to establish some goals for August. August is going to be a very busy month for me, as I already have a list of deadlines for work, for the blog and for some extra design work I’m doing on the side. At work, I’ll be knee-deep in planning a 5K race and festival and applying for grants. At the end of the month, I’m traveling to Williamsburg for the weekend, too, so that should be exciting!
1. Establish a time to read every night before bed.
I want to get in the habit of not being reliant on technology at the end of the day, and I want to take time to either read a book that helps me grow creatively or my Bible. To develop discipline, I want to try to take baby steps to make this part of my routine.
2. Get work done at least a day before the deadline.
This may be a hard one to accomplish, but I would love to get some of my work done before the day its due to have some time to look over it and be ahead of schedule. Because this month is full of a lot of this, it’s important to be aware of my timelines for projects.
Only two goals for this month! I don’t want to overwhelm myself, as I try to continue blogging multiple times per week as well. August will prove to be an interesting month, and I am now motivated as ever to grow as a professional, blogger, and friend.
What are your goals for August and what do you want to accomplish the most? Let me know in the comments!