Thursday, August 1, 2019

August Balanced Life Monthly Goals

I had a pretty good month in July where my goals for a more balanced life were concerned.  Time to post my August goals; I am hoping for an equally balanced, if not more, month in August!

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 ratings for each segment are shown within the parentheses, with the beginning of the month ratings in black.

August 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 by donating/decluttering more
- Participate in prayer ceremony at the temple
- Attend the monthly rosary prayer gathering

House (9):  The goal is a home that is pleasant, comfortable, and welcoming:
- Clean - do one deep cleaning task per week - focus on flea abatement!
- 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) 

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 visit in mid-August (for her friend's bridal shower)  

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
- Maybe get together with friend R for lunch

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 (9):  The goal is good health:
- Attend the medical appointments scheduled for August (3 appointments, so far)
- 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 - get back on a walking schedule
- Lose the 5 lbs. I gained!

Time Management (8): The goal is to spend my time in a mindful manner:
- Keep to 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

Those are my goals for a more balanced life in August.

Are you making any goals for August?


  1. Good luck with the weight loss. I'm struggling with that, or I should say a lack of that, too!

    1. Thank you, Eileen. I really need to get my weight under control!

  2. 8, 9, and 10's. I'd say you are succeeding!

    1. Thank you, One Family. I'm getting there, aren't I? :)


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