Tuesday, July 2, 2019

July Balanced Life Monthly Goals

The first half of this year is over and behind us!  Time to look forward to the second half!  July is a special month for me for a couple of reasons.  My cancer was detected in July 2015 - it wasn't confirmed until later, when additional tests were done, but July was when the mammogram results came back, stating an anomaly was detected and to contact my doctor, immediately.  July (2018) was also when I stopped working!  I didn't officially retire until October, but July was when I went on vacation until my retirement went into effect.  It is also the month in which my father died.

 Time to post my July goals for a more balanced life.

As I've explained before, my monthly balanced life goals are similar to the spokes of a wheel, with the length of each spoke representing my satisfaction in that area of my life, from 1 to 10, with 1 being most dissatisfied and 10 being most satisfied.  Ideally, all the spokes are of equal length and the wheel will roll along smoothly.  If the spokes are of unequal lengths, then, the resulting wheel will be lop-sided and wobbly.  My current ratings for each segment are shown within the parentheses.

July Balanced Life Goals:

Spiritual: (9.5):   The goal is to live a spiritually meaningful life:
- Continue with daily prayers and gratitude; focus on being positive and joyful
- Continue to practice meditation at home and at the temple
- Continue to cultivate non-attachment to material things
- Attend the monthly rosary prayer gathering if there is one!

House (9.5):  The goal is a home that is pleasant, comfortable, and welcoming:
- Clean - do one deep cleaning task per week
- Organize - continue to find a place for everything and keep everything in its place
- Well maintained - continue to implement the cleaning schedule

Garden (8):  The goal is a garden that is productive, yet drought tolerant:
- Maintain (water 2-3 times per week, depending on the temperature; weed)
- Plant the rest of the vegetables and flowers 

Daughter (10):  The goal is to continue to have a close relationship with her:
- Daily texts, phone calls, and video chatting, etc. 
- Enjoy her planned visits (two visits planned, in July!)

Family & Friends (10):  The goal is to have a connection with family members and friends:
- Regular phone calls and emails
- Will be seeing several members of the family and friends at this month's prayer gathering
- Celebrate friend R's birthday
- Wish friend A for her birthday

Community (10):  The goal is to be involved in my community:
- Continue to participate in the blogging community
- Participate in the Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt
Weekly phone calls with neighbor T
- Continue to participate in the online group of which I am a member

Finances (10):  The goal is financial security:
- Continue budgeting and spending mindfully, with purpose

 Health & Well Being (8):  The goal is good health:
- Attend the doctor's appointment scheduled for 7/22
- Mammogram when it is scheduled
- Continue to work on the following life style changes: 
   - better diet - eat more vegetables, less carbs
   - better hydration - drink 8 x 8oz glasses of water, daily
   - better sleep habits -  get 6-7 hours of sleep
   - more exercise - visit the gym and see what they offer 
- Lose 5 lbs  

Time Management (7.5): The goal is to spend my time in a mindful manner:
- Get back on a more regular schedule
- Procrastinate less

Leisure/Crafts/Hobbies/Me-Time (10):  The goal is to relax doing something I enjoy doing for the pleasure of it.
- Engage in daily joyful activities
- Go on at least a couple of outings - visit a museum, revisit the Japanese Garden for bonsai exhibit

Those are my goals for a more balanced life in July.  Are you making any goals for July?


  1. I love the variety of your goals, especaillt the spiritual one:)

    1. Thank you, Natalia. Variety is the spice of life, they say! :D

  2. Good luck with your July goals ... maybe you'll get the house category up to 10 this time, you're so close.

    1. Thank you, Eileen. Oh, I'd love the house to be a 10! Wouldn't that be fantastic?! A little more cleaning, a lot more decluttering and organizing, and I might be able to get there! Then, of course, I'll start thinking of all the repairs and upgrades that need doing! :D

  3. You are doing great with your goals! I think you are living a pretty well balanced life.

    1. Thank you, Live and Learn. Yes, I think things are fairly well balanced, finally. Yes, I need to work on one or two areas, and they are important areas, but, I know I will get there, eventually. :)

  4. Those are excellent goals. You are such a fine example. Congratulations on your anniversary. I need to sit down and write some goals for July.

    1. Thank you, Stephenie. I need to write down the timeline of what happened with the diagnosis and treatments before I go to my appointment with the new primary care physician, because she won't have any idea of my medical history! The other clinic had the whole file.

      I'm looking forward to seeing what your July goals are. :)


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