Welcome to the monthly goal update series. At the end of each month I’ll write a wrap-up post on how I am tracking with my goals. I know the only person interested in this much detail about my life is my grandmother, however science says that you are more likely to achieve something if you have to share your progress publically, and who am I to question science?

July in a nutshell

What a great month! July is always one of my favourites. It just so happens to hold my birthday (always a reason to celebrate no matter how old you are), you’ve passed the halfway mark for the year, and summer is getting closer each and every day. Not that you would even know it is winter around here recently with temperatures reaching the high 20’s  (about 78F) the past couple of days. July also meant I went on my birthday freebie adventure (stay tuned for a post next week). As far as goals go, health was a big focus this month with my first dental clean and check up in 7 years (I know..) and an increase in consciously choosing healthier foods – well more towards the end of the month when I had to write a food diary for the nutritionist. I do however plan to have this flow into August and beyond.

The goal review To check out what my original goals were go here.

1. Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night 

A little bit of a struggle to get to sleep some nights due to pressures and stress at my day job led me to google ‘meditation for sleep’ resulting in some interesting discoveries. I tried a few different ones and found one that really did help my brain to switch off and get to sleep which was great. <– I wrote that last month and to be honest not much has changed. I really need to roll out the yoga mat again and start to relax and unwind a bit more. I did switch some late night screen time for reading an actual paperback book which I believe as helpful. Comment below with your favourite tips to help me stop stressing about work so I can get a good night’s sleep!

2. Do more physical activity

Soccer is still amazing! I had such a great game last weekend. As a team we are also getting so much better and it shows, we have made the finals for the first time in 5 years!

I’m going to have to start looking at summer sports again soon. I usually switch back to netball around September each year, however I’m open to other options this year as well to try to fit in around my work schedule. Let me know your favourite summer team sports.

3. Find a way to ‘give’ each month 

A big wardrobe clear out led to donations of some very good condition clothing. It’s really confronting to look at so many items in my closet that I’ve only worn once or twice ever. Donating them to someone in need helps a little.

I also donated some time to a cause I feel strongly about.

No monetary donations this month – however I believe the value of my time and the skillset I can provide to others more than makes up for it.

4. Increase my savings rate by 1% each month   

With a saving rate of 54% in June the for goal for July was 55%.

Taking advantage of tax savings for the year due to my company’s not for profit status means I had a little extra cash flow for July, hitting my 55% savings goal with ease. These extra payments will stop mid August and then I will readjust my spending plan for the rest of the financial year.

5. Learn as much as I can about blogging and update this blog at least once per week

For any regular readers you may have noticed some changes around here. I purchased a new theme, created new blog header photos and finally fixed the subscribe button on my sign up form. I still had a few questions marks on how to tweak little things, but feel as though it was a bit easier this time around setting up the new theme.

I’ve also written some posts in advance (for the first time ever!) and have a couple of guest posts coming up over the next couple of months. I’ve never been more organised or enjoyed this more.

It just goes to show that this isn’t a pastime I want to give up on, so when push comes to shove, I may have to consider dropping something else to keep this going (well the writing part – I’d happily outsource setting up the technical things!)

Got some tips for other ways I can improve my blog and offer you more relevant content? Let me know in the comments below or contact me here.

That’s a wrap!

Did you set goals for 2017? How are you tracking? What have been your major hurdles and how did you get back on track?