Let’s Talk | June Goals

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I honestly cannot even believe that it is June 1st, and that we are already six months into the year. Last month was filled to the brim with God’s provision, fresh starts, community, and learning. A couple weeks ago, I wrote about my fear of goal setting. I wrote about how hard it is for me to embrace being a work in progress. But, since Ann says June is the new January, I’d like to try to befriend the process once again. It will probably be an uphill battle, but I’ll start here.


Follow the Every Dollar budget we created for June. Every Dollar is designed by Dave Ramsey and covers pretty much everything we need to set up a great budget and stick to it. But of course, sticking to the budget is up to us. I feel like sticking to a budget will make me feel more like a responsible adult, and if we abide by our financial parameters for ten months, we should have enough in savings to put a great down payment on a house (and I really want to buy a house).

Deep clean our apartment. It is a little late for spring cleaning, but I want to spend one hour per day cleaning. This, like the first goal, will really go a long way toward helping me feel like a successful, responsible adult. Plus, it is much easier to spend time in a clean house than it is in a messy one.

Eat out less. With groceries included in our June budget, I want to cook more and eat out less. This will help me be mindful about what goes into my body. I’d like to significantly reduce the amount of caffeine and sodium I consume. (Funny note here, I was looking at a Whole 30 cookbook in Target yesterday, and Craig literally said he would take a bullet for me before he would do Whole 30). Also, I’ve learned that I actually enjoy meal planning!

Track all of my meals. I recently started using an app to track meals, but I haven’t been as consistent as I should. So in order to be healthier and keep a record of what I’m consuming and how it affects my overall health, I am going to make an honest effort to enter all my meals.

Go to the gym at least 2x per week. Honestly, I haven’t really pushed myself at the gym, and I know that I need to. But I don’t love cardio — so I want to try to figure out what will work for me.

Finish the She Reads Truth Genesis study as well as Jane Johnson’s quiet time challenge. I am currently seven days into the Genesis study, and Jane’s challenge started today. I have about an hour and a half in the mornings once I get to work before the darling girl I nanny gets up for the day, and I want to use that time wisely.

Read 2 books. At the moment, I’m looking forward to reading Sarah Bessey’s Jesus Feminist and Henri Nouwen’s The Only Necessary Thing, but I have a hard time committing to books, so I may read one or the other or two different ones entirely.

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Honestly? My skin is already crawling just at the thought of clicking publish, so will you say a prayer that my attempts to befriend the process are successful? Do you have goals you would like to share? I’d love to know how I can encourage and pray for you this month.

  • Proud of you, girl! Cheering you on. And totally joining Jane’s challenge, because YES.

  • Chandra

    I know it’s hard to put yourself out there like this, but accountability is so important when making goals. You are able AND He is able to do this work in and through you. Since I started tracking everything I eat, I’ve lost 11 pounds in one month! And, I’ve stopped drinking sodas, which is HUGE for me. Your goals are attainable, and you can do it, one step at a time!

    • It is so funny that you bring up accountability — for as long as I can remember, I have had a terrible relationship with it. In my mind, you only needed accountability if you were making bad decisions. It felt very shame based. But recently, I was talking with a friend about how I really wished I had someone to come alongside me who could push me and encourage me and not let me get away with my endless list of excuses. She said “so, you know you’re talking about an accountability partner, right?” Ha! CONGRATULATIONS on the weight loss! I’m hoping to lose some as well. I appreciate your encouragement, friend.

  • I have SUCH a hard time with goals – I don’t do stuff I don’t want to do. (In the flesh, at least.) So I totally get how hard it is to set some and hope to stick to them. You’ll do exactly what God calls you to, I know!

    • I just don’t want to let myself or anyone else down, so for as long as I can remember, I have avoided setting goals. If you don’t set them, you can’t crash and burn, right? That was my thought process. Trying to break those chains now! Thanks for the sweet encouragement, friend. You are the very best.

  • Lindsey Brackett

    I want to read Jesus Feminist!

    • I’ll definitely let you know what I think! :)

  • THESE ARE ALL SO GREAT! I seriously love reading other people’s goals and you didn’t disappoint. My husband and I just started using Every Dollar this month too. Neither of us has budgeted before, so it should be interesting! I’m really nervous about it, but excited and hoping that it works for us! I have student loan debt that I reeeeeally want to get rid of in less than 10 years!

    • Thank you, Leah! We haven’t really budgeted either, and I REALLY want to buy a house so we can settle down and start a family. I’ll be praying that you guys stay committed and consistent with how you manage your money! Let me know how it goes!

  • go girl go. you can conquer EVERY ounce of these goals because YES. :) on your team of cheerleaders because YOU CAN DO IT! :)

    this month, I want to be dedicated to bible study. i want to find a way to make it a time i look forward to. i want to create it into something that gives me joy and that reaps abundance in my daily life… and so, that’s a (not so) minor task. :)