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Believe 2016: June Goals

Oh, June. You beautiful thing you. June feels like summer. May had just enough school left in it to linger in the academic year, but now vacation can swing into full force! Well... sort of.

May was packed to the brim, and my goals were swept to the wayside more than one. However, I knew that might be the case going in, so I lugged a suitcase full of grace with me wherever I went ;) May held many reasons for celebration --finishing grad school, my sister's undergrad graduation and engagement to name a few-- as well as plenty of time in the car trekking across Oklahoma and Texas to see friends and family. Exciting things are in the works for the summer, and I cannot wait to tell you about them!

But first let's take a look at May's goals before diving into June's to-do's.

Making May Happen
Verse of the month: Colossians 3:23
"Do your best. Work from the heart. Work for your real master, for God, confident that you'll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance."

1. Graduate from grad school! Done, done, and DONE! I have a Masters!
2. Keep with ketogenitic planI did this pretty well for about half the month. Travels and moving sort of threw this off, but I still count it as a half-success.
3. Participate in The 100 Day ProjectYES! I am on day 42 of 100 Illustrated Days! Occasionally a page will be posted a day late, but I'm so proud of myself for sticking with it so well thus far. Check them out HERE!
4. The Contentment Challenge + Study. Okay, gotta be honest. May was rough. The Contentment Challenge has definitely put a spotlight on my bad habits. May gets covered in grace though, and June looks more promising.
5. Meet my savings goals. I've started working towards them, for sure! I picked up a retail job --not at Anthro, once closer to home-- so this will carry over.
6. Read 5+ booksYou betcha I did this one! I started by re-reading The Selection Series since The Crown came out at the begining of the month. Therefore in May I read: The Selection, The Elite, The One, Happily Ever After, The Heir, The Crown, A Severe Mercy, I'm Glad About You (don't recommend), The Longing in Me, and Princess Ever After (listened on Audible). I started Girl Meets Change, The Fringe Hours, Passenger, and I Don't Wait Anymore. 10 books completed this month which means I completed this goal twice over! 
7. Complete online certification. I made progress! It's not finished, but It's getting close!
8. Collaborate with intention (and enthusiasm!) onlineOh, this has been so fun! You can find my Illustrated Faith posts HERE and HERE, an article I've written on singleness will be published later this summer, and I've got a fun retreat in the works for you Bible journalers out there! Details soon to come.
9. Find a job. Well, I picked up a retail job, but I still haven't secured a job for the fall. I'm trying to choose to trust instead of stress, and I'm hoping now that high school schedules are coming to a close for the year that I'll begin to hear back from some high schools.

Progress not perfection, y'all. PROGRESS not perfection. I knew that moving and finishing school could throw a monkey wrench in my best laid plans, so here's to a new month doused in a whole lot of grace.

Making June Happen
Verse of the month: Colossians 3:12-14
"So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It's your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it."

1. Summer goal refresh! This will come towards the end of the month. I LOVE that the PowerSheets have seasonal refresh pages to spruce up your goals for what the next season will hold. I did that at the end of March, and this summer brings a fresh set for July, August, and September. ALSO! BIG NEWS! Did you know that the PowerSheets are on SALE?! This never happens! Snag your own HERE for 40% off with the code SUMMERGOALS! Holy cow, this is a good deal, y'all. I swear by these things!
2. Visit Rachel! This has been on the calendar for weeks and I'm SO EXCITED! If you don't know Rachel Nordgren, you should. Im talking push pause on this post and go soak up her wisdom. I know it's done me a world of good to have her in my corner over the past year or two! This trip will be a great getaway from the day to day here, and plenty of time to listen to my latest Audible book on the long drive.
3. Help my sister wedding plan! Maid of honor duties are in full swing! My little sister got engaged last month, and earlier this week they found a venue and picked a date! I've been named the in-house wedding planner, so I'm putting my Pinterest board to work and my experience interning with a wedding planner in Austin so we can get this party started. We're meeting up this weekend to go over the next round of details and to iron out a schedule for the next six months. The big day will be here before they know it!
4. Finish The Contentment Challenge + Study. The Contentment Challenge has certainly had its ups and downs. April was strong, May was a struggle, and hopefully June will be better! It's the last month, though certain pieces of it will carry over into the months to come. This month I'm steering clear of eating out alone, not stepping foot into my fave stores (did this well in April but ignored it in May... oops) and no more Amazon ordering! I need a kick in the pants about this, y'all. Wish me luck.
5. Pack the apartment to move. I may not know where I'm going yet, but I've scheduled in some time this month to get my apartment into boxes so that when we bring the moving truck in July everything is ready to go. It's a little overwhelming to think about, but Mom and I will be able to knock it out in a couple of days. I think.
6. Read 5+ books. The reading list is going strong! I've read 42 books so far this year, so it appears my 52 Books in 52 Weeks goal will be met by the end of the month! My reading list this month:  FlawedNotes from a Blue BikeEligibleI Don't Wait AnymoreThe Shadow QueenI Was Blind (Dating) But Now I SeeA Court of Thorns and RosesA Court of Mist and Fury, and Cress I'm also revamping the Brave Love Book Club, so stay tuned.
7. Complete online certification. JUST GOTTA GET THIS DONE. 
8. Creative team duties and collaborations! I have guest posts to write for several sites and other duties for my creative teams/brand rep positions to take care of this month. I need to put them into my Day Designer today!
9. Prioritize heart healthy habits. I'm jumping back onto the ketogenic way of eating, and I can already tell a difference! Sugar and carbs make me feel so sluggish (and sometimes physically ill) so cutting those out has been a big deal. I am in two weddings this fall, so I have good motivation to kick physical fitness into gear with dress shopping on the horizon. But most of all, I want to break the bad habits and honor the Lord with how I treat my body (and my finances!) in this area. I haven't found a plan that works yet, so I'm trying something a little different this month.
10. Get new headshots/revamp BLB! It's been a long time coming but I'm getting new headshots this month as well as giving Brave Love a little make over (maybe). One of these days I'll find a layout that I like to keep around longer than six months. Grad school took some of the joy out of blogging, and I put most of my time and effort into Instagram, but I miss blogging. So hopefully you'll see more life around these parts.

Annnnnnnd that's all folks!
So what are YOUR goals for the month?
What do you want to make happen this June?

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