5 Goals for Summer

5 Goals for Summer

Goal setting has been my jam lately. At nearly 30 years of age, I’ve finally realized the importance of sitting down and writing out real, tangible goals. Something about writing them down helps motive me to actually work on accomplishing those goals, instead of just saying what I want to do and forgetting about it a few days later. I’ve tried doing this at the first of each month since the new year and it’s really been a good thing for me. So today I thought it would be fun to share with you five of my goals for summer!

1. Early Bird

Over the past month I have been waking up around 5:30am to exercise. Generally my goal is to get this done Tuesday-Friday and my workout of choice lately is Insanity, which I’ve done off and on for a few years now. After getting my booty kicked by Shaun T, I get a few glorious moments of quiet time before the littles wake up. This is my favorite part about getting up early. The house is calm and peaceful, and the coffee is hot. Plus, is there anything more beautiful than a fresh summer morning? It’s my favorite. I usually read the day’s devotion in the First5 app, pray, and spend some time on the blog if I’m lucky. Getting this time in makes me a much better version of myself. So this is my first goal–continue waking up early and carving out that time for me.

2. Grow a Garden

One of my favorite things about our home is the elevated garden beds. I didn’t get to really enjoy them last summer since we didn’t move in until late in the season, so my goal this year is to get this garden cleaned up and growing veggies pronto. Unfortunately, I don’t know a thing about gardening. Zilch. Nada. But I can learn, right?! I’ve been pulling weeds like crazy this week, and I still have plenty more to do, but I think it’s about ready for planting. If I can grow even one edible tomato by the end of the summer I will call that a win!

Elevated Garden Beds

3. Mini Monthly Goals

Each month this summer I want to create 3 mini-goals our family can do together. I recently converted an old window into a dry erase board and hung it in our dining room, where we will see it every day. It’s the perfect spot to keep track of these family activities I want us all to do. For June the goals are to make homemade ice cream, sleep outside at least one night, and take a weekend trip to the mountains.

Monthly Goals on Old window in Dining Room

Monthly Family Goals on Old Window

4. Finish Unfinished Projects

Of all my unfinished projects, and there are many, painting the fireplace in our front room is at the top of the list. I removed some trim a few weeks ago and that’s as far as I got. So right here and now I am pledging to paint this dang fireplace before the summer is over. The time has come. I can’t be stopped. Nothing will get in my way. I am a painting machine. (Positive affirmations help, right?) This project has been hanging over my head for 10 months now and it’s time to just buck up and GET.IT.DONE.

Old Door in Entry Way 13

5. Be Present

Above all else, I want to be present and fully enjoying every minute with my family and friends this summer. For an over-thinker like me, whose mind is always running in 12 different directions, this is a tough one. But as I grow older I’m realizing what a waste of time it is to stress about things that just don’t matter, all the while missing the goodness that is right in front of me. I want to slow down, spend less time on my phone and computer, and manage my time in a way that allows me to truly “be” with my loved ones and enjoy this season. And have FUN. Lots of it.

So those are a few of my goals for the next 3 months. I’d love to know what your goals are and what you have planned this summer in the comments below. Happppppy summer my friends! xoxo

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  1. 6.11.16
    Ann Lietz said:

    This is great advice. I plan on doing the same this summer. Especially the BE PRESENT goal. Thanks for sharing. I enjoy reading all that you share and love your design style. You are one gifted lady!

  2. 6.12.16
    Jane said:

    I need to do what you have planned out, Sarah. First-it’s very hard for me to get up that early although I did it as a working girl and for endless years while raising 4 kiddos! ;-D Now I love to lay in bed until 9 or 10. Downside, by the time I have coffee, read emails and have breakfast, then housework and errands call and I put exercise on the back burner. I know this hasn’t been a very healthy way to do things but it’s liberating to plan my own time instead of revolving around others schedules. But you’ve inspired me to get my bum moving.

    As a long time gardener and from looking at your pictures, I would (If I were you!!), spend the next couple of weeks cleaning up, weeding, creating flower and veggie beds with a lot of topsoil and manure. If you plan to have beautiful plants for years to come, you really only get to do this once. It’s like the foundation of a house. If you can get all of this completed in a few weeks I would buy perennial plants which come back every year, as they go on sale in August. If you get those planted they are going to make you smile next summer when they pop up with no work at all. Take time planning your garden…flowers that do well in your area and climate, veggies you love to cook with, a little herb garden maybe. You sound like a planner and this is one area you really need to plan and you can have fun reading a few books, googling plants you like, talking to people at nurseries and you will have an enviable garden!

    I know you love to paint-I’ve seen some of your pretty pieces. Why not pencil in 2 days, or however long it takes to do the fireplace and the night before have your drop cloth and supplies all assembled. Then you have no excuse unless you want to look at that stuff! Works for me! I thing that fireplace is going to be a real focal point when you’re done.

    Thanks for being ‘real’ Just love your blog. Please stop by sometime! 🙂


  3. 6.22.16
    Brittany said:

    This is fantastic! What a great post idea. I want to sleep outside too…… love it.