Wednesday, September 3, 2014

August Goals Review

I had posted my goals for August, earlier in August.  Now it is time to look back and see how well I did with my goals.  Did I accomplish my goals?    
Spiritual:  Continue to perform daily devotions/meditations, be more present in the moment, and attend the monthly prayer meeting (scheduled for 2nd weekend in August) - Daily devotions were performed without fail, attended the monthly prayer meeting, and went to the temple twice.  However, I wasn't always able to be present in the moment; in fact, I walked out of a store without half my purchases just this weekend!  Paid for them and left them at the checkout stand and went back to daughter's apartment and didn't even realize I had forgotten them until several hours later, when daughter asked where was this and that item!  (We went back to the store an hour before the store closed and retrieved the items!)

Environment: Outside: Continue to spruce up the garden (regularly weed, water, prune, cultivate, landscape, etc.)  Inside: Continue to clean and declutter (daily/weekly routines) - Did some.  The garden was mowed, one tree was pruned, some weeding was done; the house was tidied and cleaned (and now it is messy, again!

Daughter: Spend time with her before she leaves for grad. school; drive her up there and settle her in towards end of August - DONE!  Took a week off from work to spend time with her, drover her up and settled her in her apartment, drove back, again, to visit her last weekend!  Also, spending time every evening video chatting with her and spending time with her on-line.  :)
Family: Keep in touch through letters, e-mails, phone calls; Get together with family once or twice - Goal attained; met some family at the prayer meeting, had an aunt and cousin visit twice including once to dinner; several phone calls with other members of the family.

Friends: Keep in touch through letters, e-mails, phone calls and also get together with them once or twice - Goal attained; I got together with several friends during the month, have exchanged e-mails and phone calls with others.

Career: Need to balance career demands with family obligations, this month - Took a week off from work to spend time with daughter, while still completing assignments in a timely manner.

Finances: Start a new budget/spending plan!  There will be several changes in my expense categories, this month, and so, this month's budget will be more trial and error than in months past.  I paid off my mortgage in June, but I will be paying for daughter's apartment and utilities while she's in grad. school; also, her tuition has increased as grad. school costs more than undergrad - August was a "spendy" month!  Paid daughter's fall semester tuition, paid her apartment rent for part of August and all of September (rent includes utilities), and bought a new car!

Health: Be mindful of diet and exercise; get adequate sleep; call to schedule a dr's appt. for myself (regular check-up) - Well, can I claim good intentions?

Organizing:  Organize daughter's move.  Lists, lists, and more lists!  In previous months, I've made lists of items she'll need for her new apartment and we've shopped and bought most of the items she'll take from here.  This month, I'll make the list of items we will buy up there and the list of all the things we need to do before she leaves, and all the things we need to do once she's moved - Goal accomplished!  Daughter has been successfully moved and settled in. 

Leisure/Crafts/Hobbies: Sew, knit, read, garden; finish knitting the blouse for DD, sew a table runner and cushion covers for her - Sewed the table runner and cushion covers and did a bunch of mending.  Didn't finish knitting the blouse, though.

Time Management: Lots to do before DD moves up north; I basically have 3 weeks to get stuff done.  It's going to be a busy month - Goal accomplished; we did most of what we wanted to do.

Did you make any monthly goals for August?  If so, how did you do in accomplishing your goals?  Were you able to do a good portion of what you wanted to do?  Will you make goals for September, too?

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