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Believe 2016: August Goals

Alright, August. Let's do this thing. Last month was overflowing with adventures and blessings! I took my first trip to New York City, I saw eight Broadway shows, and I got a POST-GRAD JOB! Hallelujah! But with all that said and done, August is going to be brimming with new experiences and the second half of a major life transition. I move to my new town at the end of the week and start new teacher training on Monday.

With all this change I am SO thankful for the guidance that my PowerSheets bring every month. I just picked up a second set to use for my job so I can have a separate set of school goals. (And did you know you could bundle up and get a 6 month set PLUS a gold foil binder for only $30? A great way to finish 2017 strong if you ask me. Check it out HERE.)

Making July Happen
Verse of the month: Proverbs 31:17
"She girds herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task] and makes her arms strong and firm."

1. Celebrate turning 25! Done and done! I spent my 25th birthday with Micah in the big apple and then hanging out with her church friends at an "Authentic Austin BBQ" joint in Jersey. It was such a blast!
2. See my first Broadway show! Oh yeah. That happened. And it happened again seven times. Claire and I squeezed in eight shows in six days during our stay in New York. They were AMAZING! I left feeling so inspired and I can't wait to go back hopefully next year!
3. Take my certification testEither I misread the website or it was written incorrectly, but I went into my text expecting it to take somewhere around 5 hours only to finish in 30 minutes! The woman giving the test looked at me like I was crazy. But hey, it's theatre, and I have two degrees in the subject. I know my stuff. Not only did I pass but I missed TWO questions total! I'd call that a success ;)
4. The Contentment Challenge Round 2. Errr... I sort of forgot I was doing this. Or I ignored it. I blame New York and the sales at Anthropologie. Actually I totally blame myself. I could have and should have done better.
5. Finish the move. Well, everything ended up in a storage room in Texas as planned, but the move won't be finished until this weekend. We'll load everything back into a U-haul and drive 200 miles to my new apartment. I can't wait to settle in!
6. Read 5+ books. Ha! This DEFINITELY didn't happen. I started a book or two that I am really enjoying, but I didn't finish a single one of them. I was given Life After Life by Kate Atkinson for my birthday, and it's a fascinating read! I received How to Survive a Shipwreck* by Jonathan Martin from Book Look Bloggers and it is SO GOOD. Such a beautiful book that encouraged me so much during this hard transitioning season. I highly recommend it! *Full review to come soon.
7. Give myself grace. You know, I'm a little hesitant to cross this one off. July was hard. July was good. July was FULL. Grace came from a lot of different places in a lot of different ways, and I do think I was able to ease up on myself in moments. Not always, but sometimes. And that's a win in my book.

Making August Happen
Verse of the month: Isaiah 40:31
"But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired."

1. Move to my new city! Ahhhh! I will be in my new town in three days! It was quite the adventure finding an apartment, especially in such short notice, but I found one that I absolutely love and can't wait to show you the makeover I have in mind.
2. Start my first year teaching! AHHHHH! (Yes, most of this month's goals will start like this. Sorry not sorry.) I am both nervous and excited about getting into the swing of things at the high school later this month. I'm sure my first year teaching will be like drinking out of a fire hydrant, but I'm ready. Hopefully ;)
3. The Contentment Challenge. Fo'real. No kidding, that's how I wrote it down in my PowerSheets this time. I may finally be making "big girl money" but it's time to set that "big girl budget." This time I'm setting specific criteria/rules in the challenge: no fast food, no Target, and any "wants" go on a list on the fridge. If I still want the want next month, I can choose one to purchase with my "extras" category in the budget. 
4. Visit churches/life groups. I know from experience how easy it is to let finding community fall to the wayside in a major move. This time I want to make it a priority. I know which church I plan to attend (it's a sister church to the ones I went to in college and in Seattle), and I need to bite the bullet and just start showing up in Lifegroups. Community is a game changer and I know I need it!
5. Illustrate my faith. One of the hardest things about this in-between stage this summer has been falling out of my routine and not making time for what fires me up. Illustrating my faith not only inspires me creatively but it roots me in the Word on a daily basis. Or it did when I was doing it consistently. Luckily even when my travels took me thousands of miles away or when my journaling Bible got packed by accident, I had the "I Am Strong" devotional to keep me company. This month I'm excited to find my routine again and MAKE time in my new routine for illustrating my faith.
6. Read 5+ books. Yup, it's here again. It's going to be a monthly thing. I've read 44 books so far out of my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge, so I'm hoping to pick the momentum back up this month. I want to finish Life After Life and How to Survive a Shipwreck, and I have plans to read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Uninvited, Circling the Sun, and I Don't Wait Anymore if possible
7. Plan The 3rd Annual Blog-tember Challenge. Ahhhhh! It's back, it's back, it's just around the corner! Hosting The Blog-tember Challenge in 2014 and 2015 was SO much fun, and even though I know this September is gonna be ca-ra-zy, I simply can't give it up. I'm compiling my prompt list (taking your suggestions, too!) and I'll post it in a few weeks. My hope is to pre-write 75% of my posts to save my sanity. We'll see how that goes.
8. Ketogenic eating + yoga. Y'all, my body is so much happier when I cut out the carbs and sugar. It just is. Sadly, I listen to my cravings more than my common sense. Putting a NO FAST FOOD sticky note on August and in my wallet will hopefully keep me away from those tempting things and help me stick to the keto plan that has worked well in the past. My new apartment also has a dining nook, but I have no dining room table, so I plan to use that space to try out Holy Yoga again. Caroline Williams Yoga is my favorite! I'll keep you posted. 
9. Start a prayer planner. Have you seen the new Illustrated Faith planners?! Oh my stars they're stunning! BUT I already had a Day Designer going as well as a Happy Planner Teacher Planner. I couldn't see using a THIRD planner in the traditional way, so I'm taking a page out of Shanna's book, as well as some advice from Natalie, and making it a prayer planner. Full details coming to the blog next week!

New routines, here I come! Goodness, the thought just makes me giddy!
So what are YOUR goals for the month?
What do you want to make happen this August?
Also, any Blog-tember Challenge prompt suggestions?!
I'll take'em! ;)

...the text in this post is all kinds of crazy, I know. Random colors, sizes, etc. Oops.
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