I’m one of those people who would forget everything if she didn’t write it down somewhere, that’s why I’m sharing my goals for the month of August. This month I’m keeping things simple with just a handful of goals that should be easy to accomplish. I hope!
*Set-up the kids’ homework station. The start of the new school year is just around the corner and I’d really like to set up a homework station on the desk I have in the living room with supplies the kiddies might need to do their homework. Also on my to-do list is to clean out the desk drawer. It’s the kiddies’ catch all for chargers, odds & ends, and everything else they don’t know what to do with. Who knows what I might find in there! I’ll share pictures of my finished project if/when I’m done.
*Use only one journal for the month of August. This is the one goal I am most excited about. Something you may not know about me is that I love notebooks and journals. I carry around five or six journals/notebooks in my day-to-day purse at all times. I have my gratitude journal, a journal where I track all of my dreams, another journal for my daily to-do lists and random lists I come up with, a notebook dedicated to just meal planning, another notebook for writing (my least used notebook), and a small notebook for my 365/30 lists. That’s a lot of notebooks! And that doesn’t include my monthly/weekly planner that I keep on my desk where I track appointments, deadlines, and all of the kiddies’ school/sport schedules.
Last month I came across something on YouTube called the #onebookjuly2014 challenge. The idea was for journal/notebook enthusiasts like myself to use only one book for all their journaling/planning needs instead of the piles and piles of journals, notebooks, and planners that they usually use. After watching a handful of videos about #onebookjuly I was ready to join in the fun, but we were already more than halfway through the month of July. So, I decided to wait until August to give the one book idea a try. I will still use my desktop planner for scheduling, but I will be replacing all of my other journals/notebooks with just one notebook for the entire month of August. I don’t think it’s going to be easy for me, but I’m super excited about it and will let you know at the end of the month how it went.
*Declutter my top kitchen cabinets. This is that one goal I’m not sure if I should even include on my list, because it’s the goal I’m least likely to accomplish. But, if it’s on the list I’m more likely to get it done than if it weren’t on the list. Does that make sense? I haven’t touched the contents (mostly dishes, glasses, and my least used coffee cups) of those cabinets in over a year, and it is high time I sort through them. I know I’ll be glad I did so towards the end of the month, because our rental contract for the house and shop is up for renewal. In the event we don’t renew, I’ll have less clutter to pack and move. (Rental contract renewal always makes me so nervous!)
*Eat out only once a week. Because Hubby thinks we eat out way too often (and by “we” he’s mostly referring to himself), and because everyone we know and their mother has gotten sick with some strange stomach bug that won’t go away, we’ve decided to eat out only once a week. We don’t eat out much for breakfast and lunch (our biggest meal of the day), but for dinner we do make frequent visits to our favorite taquerías (taco stands). And by “we” I’m referring to Hubby and the boys. The girls and I are more than happy to eat any leftovers from lunch or we’ll have a bowl of cereal for dinner. What’s that saying? Breakfast like a king, lunch like a queen, and dinner like a pauper? But Hubby has a hard time resisting the intoxicating aromas of roasted peppers, caramelized onions, and tortillas fried in manteca (lard). I can’t say that I blame Hubby too much, because just thinking about it is making me hungry.
Cooking three meals a day plus clean-up means more work for me, but until La Canicula ends (August 24th) it’s probably the wisest choice. And we might even manage to save a couple of pesos.
*And my final goal for the month of August is to relax and have fun. Being a work-at-home wife, mom, and caretaker all at the same time can be a little overwhelming. Adding this goal to my list is my way of reminding myself to take time for me to relax and/or do something I enjoy, instead of doing more work which is what I usually do. I sometimes forget that I have to take care of myself too, so I can continue to take care of everyone else.
Do you have any goals you want to accomplish in the month of August? Share them with me in the comments below.