September goals + August goals update

September is finally here!  I always have a hard time giving up the last of summer, but this year I think I am more ready for fall than usual.    Ready for 70-80 degree temperatures instead of 90-100 (yep, that is what we get for fall here in the south) and ready for fall projects and decorating.

Since it is a new month, it is time to revisit my goals from last month and make some new ones for this month.  I am going to change the way I do these next year but for now, I will continue to do monthly goals updates and new goals for the coming month.

So here goes…

Monthly goals (goals to accomplish each month)

  • Date nights every other week (Yep, did this! )
  • Find ways to better our marriage – notes, meaningful conversations, make his life easier (work in progress)
  • Read 1 book each month (no books this month)
  • Do a monthly Pinterest project and blog about it (somehow I missed this one this month although Pinterest inspires many projects that I do.  I just didn’t do a specific-Pinterest inspired or copycat project this month!)

January’s project (Hang my measuring cups)
February’s project (Make a DIY Clothespin wreath)
March project (Spring Green wreath and DIY plate hangers)       
April project (
Pinterest inspired Frugal Fashion)
July projects (
White and yellow summer wreath) and (DIY sunburst mirror)

August project (Cleaning out my garden and using stems in my décor)

  • Save a specific amount of $ towards our “pay 75% cash for a car” goal(DONE!)
  • Have guests in our home for a meal or overnight (didn’t get this done this month)
  • write and send at least 2 handwritten notes or cards (this is actually a new goal that I have accomplished the last 2 months so I am adding it as I think it is goal-worthy) (did this – really enjoying this goal)

The month of August wins the prize for the most unmotivated month of the year. I even wrote about my lack of inspiration or lack of motivation in this post and shared some projects I would like to be working on.   I am going to blame it on the heat and not utter laziness.  BUT, I am happy to report I think my motivation has returned and I am eagerly looking forward to completing a ton of projects in September

These were my goals for August (that mostly didn’t get done)

    • Finish adding pictures to my gallery wall and reveal it.   (going to make a slight change to it and then show you)
    • Work on a lamp project. (I did do this!  Check out my brass to classy lamp makeover in this post)Spray painted brass lamps
    • Make some DIY envelope pillow covers. (didn’t get done – but they WILL get done this month.)
    • Work on my photography class.   (again, didn’t get done.  But I did work on my photography and took some 1 year old pictures of my nephew!   Wanna see?)  DSC_1230DSC_1234 (1)Dakota turning oneDSC_1370 (sepia)I am one college
    • Help host a certain soon to be 1 year old’s birthday party. (can’t believe my nephew is going to be ONE!)   (I babysit him 2-3 days a week

I made a banner of pictures I have taken of him from each month of his life and displayed it the party.DSC_0140

And I made a teddy bear cake and cupcakes.

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And a smash cake for him to enjoy!  And enjoy he did!

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    1. Work on some blog updates.   (again, didn’t get much done, but hope to do some this month.)
    2. Gradually work on cleaning out and organizing our spare room/my craft room. (nope, not one bit of work done on this, except maybe adding a few more things to the pile, aka the room where projects go to die.)
    3. If the heat lets up a little I might start working on painting the guest room furniture.   (didn’t work on the furniture but I find a door at an incredible deal so I can make my DIY headboard!)DSC_1155
    4. Take a trip to Ikea to check out the new stuff and pick up some things for upcoming projects! (did this but didn’t find much)
    5. Make a DIY jewelry organizer.  (nope, didn’t even start this)

Here’s a few other projects I did manage to get done (or maybe just post) in August:

Shared how I updated my vent covers with spray paint.

How to update your vents for cheap with spray paint

Took a tour of my local Value Village store

a day of shopping at Value Village

Spray painted a yard sale brass mirror and added it to my half bathroom.How to spray paint a mirror frame

 

Whew… glad that month is done!  Now to do all the projects I didn’t get done last month THIS month!  LOL!

Here’s my goals for September:

  • Do some blog updates
  • Work on my photography class.
  • Paint at least one piece of furniture in my garage.
  • Get to work on my DIY headboard.
  • Revamp my gallery wall and show you.
  • Finish my half bath and show you.
  • Decorate for fall!!  (I already made my first fall project – a new wreath I plan to show you on Wednesday.)  And a new fall mantel and other fall décor will be coming in the next week or two.
  • Work on writing a blog series I plan to share in October. 
  • Would love to start working on painting my kitchen cabinets???  But not sure if there will be time to tackle such a big project this month. 
  • Do a mini-makeover in my living room.
  • Make some pillow covers and share a tutorial.

Ok, here’s to hoping my motivation is ready!  Projects here I come!

What did you accomplish last month on your to-do list?  What do you hope to accomplish this month? 

{cj}

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