As I sat listening to Gretchen Rubin‘s podcast the other day about planning your summer, I realized exactly what I wanted to do this summer. I’ve always wanted to be a writer. When I was younger my dad once told me that I’d be an author someday, and I think that is when the dream truly began. So, for the month of June I will be focusing on my passion, writing.
June Goals: Writing (+ Reading)
- Write 1000 words a day. Over the past few weeks I’ve been creating a storyboard on Pinterest, writing about characters, and building the world of my current work in progress. It’s actually a story that I wrote in high school, but it’s time to rework it! I am so excited for the changes I’ve made and I’m ready to write this novel. I want to write 1000 words every day for the month of June & July to have a solid size draft to begin editing in August. Wish me luck (and if you ever see me, please ask how this is going, I need to be held accountable!)
- Read (at least) 50 pages a day. I LOVE books. Reading is one of my favorite things to do, and the more you read, the better you write. So, I’m wanting to read at least 50 pages a day, if not more!
- Daily blog post. Yup, you read that right! I’m going to write a blog post every day (M-F). Ever Tuesday you can head over to The Simple Writer for a post about social media and/or writing. Then on Monday’s, Wed-Friday you can watch for an update on this blog. I know it’s a HUGE commitment, but I’ve been struggling to write only once a week. The more I write, the easier it is, which is why writing posts for every day will be a good thing!
- A poem a day. Have you ever read Milk and Honey? When I was a missionary I always had this little notebook with me where I wrote poems about my past experiences. Poetry is a powerful way for me to express my feelings about the past and the present. I’d like to create a collection of poems to tell my story. (In other words, I’m working on 2 projects this summer, and I am so happy about it.)
Mental Health Goals:
Writing and reading are my 2 main coping skills when I’m having a rough anxiety day, but there is more I can be doing to improve my mental health!
- Plug phone in at 7:00 pm (and no social media on Sunday). I use my phone way too much (ummm I am a social media manager) but even when I’m not at work, I’m constantly on my phone. In order to reach some of my other goals, I’m going to have to put my phone down. Scrolling through Instagram is fun, but it does not help my anxiety. It will be nice to unplug in the evenings, and then on Sunday’s I want to be social media free. I did this when I was in high school and had a phone, why can’t I do it now? But I am very excited to unplug and focus on other things.
- Keep a Gratitude Journal. I’ve been sooooo grumpy lately. Or maybe just always *shrugs* but no more! To break this habit of being a negative Nancy I want to be grateful! I recently started a weekly blog series, Thankful Thursday, to help get me started. Every night I will pull out my journal and write ONE thing that I’m grateful for that day. Writing more than that doesn’t seem to happen, so one it is!
Other (because IDK what category to put these 2 goals in):
- Read the Book of Mormon Daily. I STRUGGLE to keep this habit. But I love being in God’s word every day. I have started listening to the scriptures on my way to and from work and it’s made a huge difference. How do you make time for the word of God? I need tips!
- Make Dinner. Ugh. Dinner is the worst (well planning, prepping, and cooking actually are but..) when I make dinner it’s healthier and cheaper. I really just want to make this a habit. Griff does make dinner some nights, which helps a lot, but while we’re home this month, I’m hoping to make dinner every day. Wish me luck (and send me tasty recipes… I NEED NEW IDEAS.)
I am so excited for this summer and for the month of June. My main focus will be writing (my novel, poems, and blog posts) but why wouldn’t I spend my time doing the thing I love the most? This month will be challenging as I push myself to write and focus on what I love, but I know that it will be worth it! What are your goals this month?