July goals, what I want to accomplish this month

June is over and with it, we shift into the second half of 2019. Where has the time gone? July’s arrival means it’s time for monthly goals. June was a crazy busy month, and as it sits, I have no idea what July will be like. It could be busy or quiet. Before I share my July goals, let’s take a moment to see how I did with my June Goals.

How did I do with my June goals?

  • Read at least 10 books. Just barely. I still read every day, but certainly didn’t put as many hours into it as in previous months. Check out what I read in June.
  • Watch 1 season of a show. Surprisingly, this didn’t happen. Despite being busy, I did try to set aside some time to watch shows. However, the season I intended to watch didn’t turn out to be something I wanted to see through to the end. Thus it didn’t happen. However, I did watch 4 episodes of Fruits Basket, 4 episodes of The Rising of The Shield Hero, 5 episodes of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, and 7 episodes of Re: ZERO -Starting Life In Another World-.
  • Try 1 new recipe. I don’t think I did this. Ah well, there is always next month.
  • Write 1-2 chapters. Not even close. I barely had time to do blog work, so novel writing took a complete back seat.
  • Walk every day. Yes. We missed one day due to rain but otherwise, we were out there every day walking for an hour.
  • Spend 30+ minutes learning Japanese every day. Not quite. I missed about a week’s worth of days over the course of the month thanks to being so busy. Even so, I put in many hours learning and reviewing, so I am making good progress.
  • Plant the garden. I honestly wasn’t sure this would happen, since the weather wasn’t exactly garden friendly for a while. However, at the end of the month approached, we finally were able to get it done. Even the front flower garden was planted and that one normally doesn’t get much or any attention.
  • Home improvement projects. Yes! We finished updating all of the garden paths and they look so dang good! Well worth the many hours of shoveling and sifting dirt and rocks. We also managed to give our computer room a fresh coat of paint. The room is beautiful now and I love spending time in it. Painting the room also gave us the opportunity to do a massive declutter of this room.

Blogging goals

  • Update 5 posts. Yes. I managed to update 4 posts that had not previously been updated. A post that was previously updated got a secondary update when I noticed a few things that were missed the first time around.
  • Get ahead on posts. Nope! I was ahead in the first and last week of the month. However, the middle of the month was a complete write-off.
  • Create new pin images. Yes. I’m not a huge fan of making pin images, but I did get some new ones made. I also started to slowly add some of them to my Pinterest.

July goals

I’m honestly not sure how busy this month will be. May and June were extremely busy months, however, we’ve tackled a lot of the projects we had going, so July might be not so busy.

Life goals

  • Read at least 10 books. We all knew this would be the first goal. I love reading after all. Let’s see how much of my TBR I can knock out this month, but at the minimum, I’m aiming for 10 books.
  • Watch 1 season of a show. I am so close to knocking out all of my to-watch-list. Oh, more will be added in the future, but for now, I just want to clear it out. Watching at least 1 season each month will help me reach that.
  • Try 1 new recipe. This again! No, but seriously, I love trying new recipes. So it has to be included.
  • Write 1-2 chapters. I’m hoping this one happens, especially if we end up not being overly busy this month.
  • Walk every day. Exercise, fresh air and possibly sunshine. What’s not to like?
  • Spend 30+ minutes learning Japanese every day. This will be an ongoing goal for me. I am making good strides at learning the language and if I keep it up I may even be fluent one day. Wouldn’t that be neat!
  • Weed the garden. Now that it’s planted, I need to make sure it stays weed-free. This is the one part of gardening that I don’t like, but I know it must be done.
  • Home improvement projects. We knocked out a lot of these in May and June, however, there are still a few I want to do. Fingers crossed I can get them all done in July.

Blogging goals

  • Update 5 posts. I consider this a regular part of blogging now. Even if it’s just fixing grammar and spelling mistakes, it’s important to do.
  • Get ahead on posts. I can do it!
  • Create new pin images. Okay, I’ve finally reached the point where I don’t hate this task. Yes, it’s time-consuming but I need to get it done. My new pins are pretty awesome looking.
  • Add a ‘Work with me’ page. I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time now. So July is the month it will finally happen!
  • Update my ‘About me’ page. I feel like it’s time this gets a bit of an update.

Have you made any July goals? What is your biggest goal for the month?


  1. My daughter wants to learn Japanese. 🙂 Good luck with all your goals! My biggest goal is to keep working on the home renovation. And to actually blog. 🤣

    1. It’s a great language to learn, so I hope she has the chance to do it. Thank you. Good luck with your home renovation!

  2. Good luck with all of your goals! I’m sure you do well, as you normally do.
    I didn’t realise you were learning Japanese, how cool! I’m glad it’s going well for you!

    1. Thank you! I’ve only been working on learning Japanese for a couple of months, but I’m really enjoying it. It’s difficult but also easy to learn.

  3. Oh good luck with all of your July goals!! I’m ashamed to say I have not read a book since I graduated …. I think. I’m not sure if manga counts…but if it does, then I technically have read then. I used to study Japanese by myself but I dropped the ball and stopped. I’d love to take it up again though. Good luck again!

    1. Thank you! Oh, manga definitely counts as reading. If not, then a lot of my previous months I did very little reading, haha. That’s awesome that you used to know Japanese. It’s such an interesting language, hope you are able to pick it up again sometime.

  4. All the best with your July goals Sarah! I hope you achieve everything you want to. I love the idea of walking for an hour a day, it’s such a great way to stay fit and get some fresh air too, plus the weather is gorgeous here at the moment 🙂 That’s so cool you are learning Japanese too, such a fun hobby! Thanks for sharing and have an awesome month <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    1. Thank you. It is a great way to make sure you get outside and enjoy the nice weather. Plus our dog, Penny, makes sure we get out there even on days we might not feel like it. Japanese is a fun and challenging language to learn. It comes along pretty easily but there are also moments when I completely get lost, mostly because it’s such a fact-paced language.

  5. Great job on last month’s goals. Last month was basically a write off for me but eh summer vacation will do that! Hopefully this month will be productive. It sounds like yours will be!

    1. Thanks. Ah yes, summer vacation does have a way of interrupting things, but it’s always nice to get away, break the routine and relax. It is bound to be a productive month – heck it already has been and it’s only just begun.

  6. Good luck with your July goals. I’ve been slacking on my reading too, and have been watching more TV and listening to podcasts instead. One of my goals for July is to go walking every Saturday. I spend a lot of time indoors during the summer because of my allergies. So it’s been nice going for walks and getting some fresh air. Hope you have a great month.

    1. Thank you. Sometimes it’s okay to take a step back from something like reading and do something else. I totally understand about the allergy thing, they hit me hard this year and I suffered every time we went out walking. Luckily that has ended now, so I am free to walk as much as I want.

  7. Learning Japanese sounds like a lot of fun. I used to know basic Indonesian when I lived there (and studied it), but I am slowly losing it after 10 years. We just went back 2 years ago, and I decided to freshen up–so much fun. This round I invested in Rosetta Stone vs the free podcasts I had when I moved there. Ironically, the free stuff was WAY better. How are you learning Japanese? I have to go back and look at June’s post. Did I already mention that I love to read children’s books set in a language to help me learn too? That and TV with captions.

    This month we are moving so August will be all about home decorating for me, ekkkkk! I’m not great at interior design.

    Cheers to a good month. I need to update blog posts too. It’s never-ending! But updating is SO good.

    1. It is quite fun and a bit challenging but I’m really enjoying it. That’s great that you are trying to relearn Indonesian. I am using a combo of free sites and podcasts to learn. Oh, using children’s books sounds like a great way to learn a language. That’s so exciting that you are moving! I can’t wait to move and hoping it happens soon. I suck at interior design as well, but it’s still fun to try to set things up and make the house a home.

  8. Good luck with all those goals! Most of my goals have to do with keeping up on my blog posts and making new pins. And maintaining my garden! It’s tough since I’m juggling a few jobs this summer. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you. Those are great goals as well, good luck with keeping up with all of them!

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