Helloooo August! Normally I dread August and the fact that there is only a month left of Summer vacation - I don't really understand why considering I don't actually get Summers off anymore but pretty much as soon as the last few days of July come around I get anxious about Summer coming to a close. This year, however, I am embracing August because its FINALLY wedding month! My baby brother is getting married in just TWELVE days y'all! I know that as soon as the wedding is over I'm going to be wishing we could do it all over again but for now I am anxiously awaiting the 15th!
I've went on and on (and on...) about how busy this Summer is for me and when I first sat down to write out my August Goals and also update on my progress on July's goals I was wishing I didn't have to update on July's because I thought for sure there wouldn't be a single thing crossed off. Imagine my surprise when I got looking and realized I had crossed some of them off without even realizing it! But I'll let you see for yourself.
I half completed this with 7 things crossed off the list. I completed a 30 (actually 31!) day photo challenge (#31photosinbetween on IG), hosted a bridal shower for Kelsey, enjoyed a staycation (at the end of June/beginning of July - it went by waaay to fast!), threw Kelsey a stagette, read 3 new books (only 7 more to go), celebrated Toni's Dirty Thirty in Vegas, AND made Moscato wine punch for Kels' bridal shower. Now I have 21 things left to cross off and a little less than 2 months to do it!
2. Host Kels' stagette and bridal shower
DONE! Though I LOVE planning and hosting parties I am SO glad the stress is all over and that it's just the wedding left to look forward to!
3. Get rid of my tan lines in preparation for the wedding
I'm getting there... slowly. I bought a new strapless tankini top from Target just before we left for Vegas so I wouldn't have to worry about any additional tan lines in Vegas and laying by the pool for half a day helped get rid of some of my tan lines. This afternoon, after the Blue Jays game, I plan on laying out outside to try and work on this a little more. We're getting spray tans next Thursday (just typing that gave me the chills - the wedding is SO close!) so if I don't completely get rid of them its not so bad.
DONE! Whoop whoop. I completed a month long photo challenge and FINALLY purchased a DSLR camera - I can't wait for it to get here. Be prepared to be bombarded with all the pictures I'll be taking!
5. Read three (of the 7) books sitting on my nightstand
Done! And just in the nick of time. I read 'The Heiresses' by Sara Shepard (the author of the Pretty Little Liars series) while on the plane home from Vegas. I got through the entire thing in that short plane ride, it was SO good. I've never read the PLL series (though I LOVE the tv show) so I wasn't sure how I would like the book but I was really surprised at how much I did like it. I also read 'Summer by the Sea' by Susan Wiggs. I picked this up in Wal-Mart solely because of the recommendation given by Jodi Picoult on the cover of the book. It was another great read - I got through it really quick and now it has me craving some good Italian food. The last one was a bit of a bummer. I grabbed 'Long, Hot Texas Summer' by Carolyn Brown in Wal-Mart one day. It was 25% off and said that the author was a NYT bestselling author so I figured it would be okay. However, that was not the case. I had to force myself to keep reading until the end of the book - which NEVER happens - it was a bad storyline combined with terrible characters. But at least the other two were good!
6. 10K steps per day 5 days out of the week
I did not do so great with this in July. The stress of party planning and prep usually had me falling asleep on the couch before 8 pm, before I could get the remainder of my steps in. I did do really good in Vegas though. I know that I always do a lot of walking in Vegas, but had never had my FitBit while there before, so I was shocked to see that in one day I took 27,243 steps and the next 21,149. No wonder I never gain any weight while on vacation in Vegas!
7. Work out with Jillian Michaels 5 days per week
Epic fail on this one. I did two days of her DVD's and then the busy month of July got the best of me. August is a brand new month though!
8. Cross every item off of my 28 Before 28 list and create my 29 Before 29 list
I didn't even look at my 28 Before 28 list once after making my July Goals - it was absolutely the last thing on my mind during that crazy month. But its onwards and upwards from here and I'm excited to show off my 29 Before 29 list (going live later this week). Giving myself the extra 6 months will definitely help!
9. Take Krickit for a morning walk at least three mornings a week
Considering most mornings Krickit was being held hostage by my parents at their camper, this definitely didn't happen. They are back down at their camper again and have been taking Krickit down so she doesn't feel left out (we're crazy dog people, remember) but I pick her back up in the evenings so she's home with me in the mornings and ever since Saturday, the first of August, Krickit and I have gone for an hour long morning walk to start the day. I'm loving August already!
10. Hold a couple of giveaways on the blog
DONE! I held my Canada Day Giveaway and Belinda was the lucky winner AND I also just had my Birthday Giveaway go live on Friday. Don't miss your chance to enter - the link to the giveaway is at the botton of this post!
I technically have until September 22nd to complete all the items off my Summer Bucket List but I'm going to try and get as many of them crossed off during what I consider the Summer months (Jul & Aug)
2. 10K steps per day 5 days per week
3. Read the remaining books on my nightstand INCLUDING the rest of the Harry Potter series
I have four books left on my nightstand and then my annual HP Summer Re-Read to get through. Good thing I have lots of vacation days coming up this month!
4. Take Krickit for a morning walk 5 days out of the week
I've starting the process of forming a habit of this and I'm really hoping I can stick to it! Now if only Krickit could learn to stop barking at everything and to not be afraid of silly things like sprinklers and blowing leaves (HA!)
5. Stick to my new monthly budget
After Vegas I sat down and created a new monthly budget for myself. I don't have any big vacations coming up (unfortunately) and I really want to kick my saving into high gear. Then, almost immediately after creating my new budget, I completely blew it with the purchase of my new camera. I debated really hard about whether now was the right time to get the camera but ultimately decided that with my brothers wedding coming up I'd like to have it by then to get practicing. August is a new month though and I'm committed to this new budget. Wish me luck!
6. Stock the freezer with freezer meals
Things are going to be shooken up around the Mathison household in the upcoming months and I want to be as prepared as possible. Having freezer meals on hand for quick suppers will definitely help things!
7. Practice, practice, practice with my new camera
Can it just get here already?!?!
What are YOUR August goals?
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