Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Making AUGUST Happen

You know, I think I've always been a fan of August. I was that kid who loved going back to school, particularly the school supplies shopping part that falls about at this time of year. Bouquets of sharpened pencils, crisp clean notebooks, a good set of black pens... I'm in heaven. This August will send me back into school mode and I couldn't be more excited! Orientation is next week and classes start the following Monday. Woohoo! Grad school, here I come!



August also marks the completion of my first set of PowerSheets! That is definitely a reason to celebrate! I have shared about these goal setting sheets before on my blog and Instagram, and I'm sure I will be using them for years to come. Lara Casey, the editor of Southern Weddings magazine and founder of Making Things Happen, has come up with an incredible goal-setting method infused with hope and inspiration in her PowerSheets. They are a game changer and definitely worth the investment. 

I bought my first set last summer and only managed one month's worth of worksheet, so the five months left over will finish out 2014! Last night I re-read my big goals, fears sheet, core chart, and dreams pages for a little August inspiration. But before I jump into this month's goals, let's check back in with July's progress.

July Goals:
Move to Texas. Check, check, and check!
Soak up time with familyMom and I took a trip to Austin and I've had plenty of lazy days at home.
Follow She Reads Truth's Sermon on the Mount plan. Ehhhh... I do plan to finish this plan. It didn't happen this month. I did get about halfway? A few days in? Maybe? 
Organize my storage room. Oops. Time escaped me on this one.
Spend a week with my bestie! Claire came for a week plus we went to a wedding together this weekend.
Turn 23. I couldn't skip out on this one ;) It was a great birthday!
Appointments, appointments. I successfully checked the orthodontist and dentist off my list.
Rest, Relax, RefreshYes, yes, yes, and praise the Lord for it! I needed this down time, believe me.

Not too shabby if I do say so myself! July appears to be another funny month, but let's see if we can't knock out a few things along the way, hm?

August Goals:
Move to Oklahoma State University. The countdown is on! But the prayers have also increased because move-in is scheduled for the Saturday before classes and my apartment building is behind. It's brand new and I am eager to get into my space, I'm just afraid I'll be homeless for the first week of classes. Yikes!
Celebrate Ross & Shannon's wedding. This totally counts and I can already check it off because the wedding was on August 1st. It was gorgeous! I'll share more about my trip to Kansas City later this week
Party it up at Joy's bachelorette weekend! Talk about a small world. Joy went to Baylor, but she and I didn't meet until I moved to Seattle, and now she's getting married in Texas. I cannot wait to celebrate with her and my sweet Seattle friends! And when I say "party it up" I mean spend a weekend on the lake with my gal pals. ;)
Organize my storage room. This is a work in progress. I started going through boxes last night, trying to get a feel for just how much I will be squeezing into my one bedroom apartment. I'm a bit of a hoarder packrat collector.
Explore campus/Stillwater. Last week I drove around campus in the pouring rain, but it still looked beautiful! I am eager to find my way around the school and see what all the tiny town has to offer.
Continue the 90 day Bible plan. I get the feeling this will take more than 90 days. Even so, it has already been so refreshing! Re-reading Genesis and Exodus last week brought fresh perspective on the stories I have been hearing since childhood, and I look forward to sharing more with you about this in the weeks to come!
Buy a couch and bed. We sold the ones I had from college so I'm on the hunt for a new set. Wish me luck! I may have found the perfect set of living room furniture and today will be the deciding factor!
Post 3x's per week. I would love to get back to a Monday through Friday schedule, but I need to minimize my stress level this month. The Be You Bravely series will continue on Wednesdays, and check back throughout the week for at least two more updates :)

What are your goals for this month? Anyone else gearing up for school? Also, does anyone have any packing/moving/grad school tips? I'm all ears!


12 comments:

  1. I love that so many of your July goals focused on relaxing and just "being" rather than "doing". We all need seasons like that, ESPECIALLY before entering a whole new season in a whole new state, so I am happy that you got so much time with family and friends!! The Sermon on the Mount series was one of my favorites, and so is the current Justice series that just finished.

    Hope everything works out with your apartment in Oklahoma! Excited for your new adventure!

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    1. Thanks, dear! July was full of much needed rest. I need to make intentional time for that more often :) I'm so glad you liked the series! I do intend to finish it... sometime soon.

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  2. i am seriously considering buying a set of powersheets! i need some motivation and a creative push. making goals has always been intimidating to me because what if i don't accomplish them? but then i read somewhere about holding oneself to a standard of grace, not perfection.

    and i know i've said this before, but if you need anything, i live 25 minutes from stillwater. i'm there alllll the time. [in fact, i'm helping my best friend move into her apartment there this weekend!]

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    1. Oh girl you should! They have been a game changer for me in so many ways! Lara's power sheets are all about that space for grace. It's progress not perfection :)

      I don't know how but I missed that you are from the area! How great! I would love to grab lunch with you if you're in town once I'm there. I only know a friend of a friend so OSU is brand new territory for me.

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  3. So many exciting things are on the horizon for you!! Praying for you to have a swift transition and an amazing first year in grad school!!

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    1. Thanks, Allie! I greatly appreciate it!

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  4. This is such an exciting time for you! Best wishes on your first semester in grad school! I'm starting my last semester (graduating in December), so I'm nostalgic for the feelings of "firsts" :)

    I wish I would have known about PowerSheets earlier. I just looked into them and I think I'm going to have to invest.

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    1. You are going to LOVE the power sheets! I can't imagine not using them anymore! And thanks for the reminder :) It's time to savor the firsts not stress about them.

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  5. Oh! so wonderful! I love August too!!! The whole bouquets of sharpened pencils - my favorite movie ever! You've got Mail!! :)

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    1. Isn't it great?! One of my favorites, too. There's nothing quite like it.

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing! August looks like a big one for you — especially with your upcoming move. My month looks a bit similar, and I am moving as well. And a glimpse of your Power Sheets look so cute... I always see them all over my social media, but I'm on the fence on trying them myself.

    I'm actually right about to post my August goals, too! :)
    We should do a monthly goals link-up sometime.

    Cheers & best of luck! XO!

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  7. Hooray for PowerSheets! Those babies are worth every penny. I just started my second set :)

    Also, your storage room sounds like a massive undertaking. Best of luck, friend!

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