August has felt like the longest month ever and, yet, I’m looking back wondering where the time went. I was busy the entire month, but not entirely productive. But now it’s September and time to share my September personal growth goals!
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In case you’re new to these posts, I’ve picked six goals that I’m working on between now and the end of the year. The hope is to establish these goals as habits, so that going into next year they’ll be second nature to me.
For each of the goals, I’ll first review how last month went and then talk about what I plan to do differently this month.
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Get out of bed at 6am consistently
Like many previous months, this didn’t go so well in August. I’m pretty sure I didn’t get up at 6am at all last month. (It’s a struggle.)
However, I will say that I’ve been waking up earlier overall. Generally, I’m up by 7. It’s not quite 6am, but it’s an improvement from the past.
This month, I hope to start waking up a bit earlier. Aiming for 6:30 seems more achievable than 6. Then, once I make it to 6:30, I can start aiming for 6 (probably next month).
Read the Bible every day
This is another area I really struggled in August. I read the Bible a couple of days, but that was about it.
Part of the problem is that I’m reading through the Bible chronologically and I’m currently in Deuteronomy, which, in my opinion, is one of the least interesting books in the Bible.
But Joshua is right around the corner and I’m beginning to see the light at the end of this Deuteronomy tunnel. So, hopefully, I’ll pick it back up this month and find more joy in my daily reading once I make it into Joshua.
Journal every day
I should rearrange these goals so that the ones I don’t accomplish are hidden at the bottom of my posts. (Just kidding.)
As you can probably guess, this was another area I didn’t do so well in.
I really just need to make time for this and force myself to do it. It’s one of those things I think I would enjoy if I just took the time to start.
I also need to start carrying around a journal to write in, so that I can journal at any time during the day, not just when I’m at home.
Exercise every day
Finally, a goal I did well on.
I think the “every day” part of this is a little dramatic and misleading, but, in August, I did exercise most days.
I generally exercise after work Monday-Thursday and then do some quick exercises on Saturday, as well.
Now that I’ve been keeping it up for a bit, I’m starting to see some improvements in my strength exercises, which is super exciting! I can tell that my core is getting stronger each week and I’m feeling much better than I used to. In fact, I just realized that I rarely get tired at work anymore, so, yay!
Eat 1600 calories or less a day
I’ve decided to go ahead and change this goal to be that I “eat a balanced diet”.
The calorie count doesn’t really matter as much as ensuring that what I’m eating is actually good for my body, so I want to put less focus on the calories and more on the quality of the food I’m consuming.
In August, I did really well with eating a good range of healthy foods.
I’m pretty sure I ate more vegetables in August than I did the previous few months combined. I also made a point of eating vegetables I had never really given a fair chance in the past, such beets and radishes. (I still don’t like them, but, hey, I tried.)
I’m planning to keep up the same good momentum in September and focus a little more on keeping to a healthy diet over the weekends when there’s more free, delicious, but entirely unhealthy food.
Eat gluten no more than once a week
Another successful goal! I barely touched gluten for most of the month and it wasn’t a big deal. I just didn’t think about it most days because I’ve figured out pretty good substitutes for most of the foods I enjoy.
On a related note, I also gave up soda this month and it’s been great! I haven’t had a Dr. Pepper in approximately 4 weeks. (Seriously impressive!)
I don’t think it will be difficult to continue on my no-gluten and no-soda streak in September.
Books I’m Reading
When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
A few years ago, I read Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and loved it! It was such a well-written book with a twist you’d never see coming.
So, naturally I was curious about some of the author’s other books and I finally got around to reading When We Were Orphans.
I have to say that my expectations for this book were probably a little too high from the get-go, so I found it slightly disappointing. Not because it wasn’t good, but because it wasn’t as good as Never Let Me Go.
Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines
I rented the audiobook of Capital Gaines from the library as something to listen to on my way to work.
The book was enjoyable and shared some of the funnier and more serious moments of the Gaines family, while relaying some important messages.
I appreciate Chip’s emphasis on learning to see the good in others and found the book to be a good reminder of treating others the way you would want to be treated.
Overall, it was a good read, but not a great one. I’d say it’s worth it if you’re a Fixer Upper fan and enjoy some personal anecdotes that end in a lesson.
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
This was my book club book for the month. It’s an older fantasy novel that was surprisingly good.
Most fantasy novels have very complicated plots with a lot of characters, but this book was very simple with a strong plot line and a strong female lead character, which I appreciated.
If you enjoy fantasy and are looking for an easy, enjoyable read, I highly recommend it!
I’m planning to find some more of Robin McKinley’s novels, because I enjoyed this one so much!
The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
This was my second time reading through The $100 Startup. I first read it a little over a year ago when I was just beginning to think about starting a business. It and The 4-Hour Workweek served as the inspiration to start this blog!
I love The $100 Startup because it’s the perfect step-by-step guide for starting a low-cost business. It goes through all of the basics of deciding what kind of business to start, how to market your business, how to increase revenues, and so much more.
As I was reading through this book for the second time, I realized that so much of what I know about running a business and so much of what I do on a daily basis for my business, I learned from this book.
If you’re interested in starting a low-cost business of any kind, this is a must read!
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One Last Note
August flew by, but, as we move into fall, I’m so ready to tackle my September personal growth goals!
Let me know in the comments what your goals for the month are!