Thursday, August 1, 2013

July 2013 Goals Update

July was a pretty great month. We were incredibly busy with a lot of travel for both Jarrod and I, but with the holiday, our anniversary, and a few days off, we had wonderful month. First, I need to amend a few previous goals that were unmet...

We're (finally!) DEBT FREE!!

It happened a few months later than we expected, but we can finally check that off our list! We also scheduled our appointment to scream "We're DEBT FREE!" with Dave Ramsey and a little family vacation to Nashville in November. Check and check!

Here are the goals we made for July:
  1. Do something special for our 4th wedding anniversary 
  2. Jarrod reads one non-fiction & Leanne reads one book 
  3. Try a new recipe 
  4. Have one family activity 
  5. Leanne walk 75% of days
We did really well on our goals this month! 
  1. Not only did we have an open house on the 4th of July, but we also went out to dinner and frozen yogurt for our anniversary. We went to a local vegan restaurant because we were in the midst of the Whole Living Challenge
  2. Done and done! Jarrod read Rob Bell's What We Talk About When We Talk About God and I read Jen Hatmaker's 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. I was late on the 7 bandwagon, but I'm officially obsessed. I have already suggested it to multiple friends in casual conversation. In fact, last night I left it on the table for our babysitter to look through. I would have let her have the copy, but I borrowed it from the library. (Hi, Marianne!) Because of 7, I also listened to In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto on audiobook in the car.  
  3. Check, check, and check! Because of the Whole Living Challenge, we tried a lot of new and delicious recipes. We're also trying lots of new things because of the CSA we joined. Here are some of our favorites:
  4. We went to the pool! I did a few other things around the house, but we went to the pool as a family. Wes wasn't so sure about the splash park for Father's Day but after a pool party with friends, I knew he would be okay. And he was! Until he wasn't... then it was time to go...
  5. Probably not. Jarrod was gone for a whole week this month so walking at 6am wasn't possible. I did stick with it and walk when I could with Wesley, but July was tough. I'm still committed, though!
I feel like each month I'm getting better on the goals. I'm working really hard at reading more books. I've stopped trying to read books I think I should read and am now reading books that are interesting to me. Thankfully, these include thought-provoking books that are stretching me and forcing me to grow spiritually as well. 

How do you stay on track with your goals? What are some good books you've read lately that you think I would enjoy?
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