September Progress & October Goals


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If you’re new here, I love to set short term monthly goals that fit with my values and hopes for the New Year’s Resolutions that I set. I think that short-term checkpoints create a greater chance for success because it keeps our goals fresh in our mind and they’re more manageable than our wild and crazy ideas from January 1st.

September Progress & October Goals in the areas of faith, fitness, frugality and blogging to conquer those new years resolutions, one month at a time!

Let’s review my September Goals:

September Goals


Read 1 Book and Listen to 1 Audiobook – KINDA

Physical Book: The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst – I like it so far, I was just lazy. I don’t have a single excuse for not even opening this book this month except that it was upstairs and I normally read downstairs. So a few times I just played monopoly on my computer or sudoku on my phone instead. It’s a great book and I do intend to finish it, just not now.

AudiobookCrash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick. My church read this book when it first came out in a group bible study, but for some reason that I don’t remember, I couldn’t participate. I finally started it this month and I love it! I think Pastor Furtick’s sense of humor is perfect for this kind of book because he shares wisdom on an intense topic, but is able to keep it appropriately light hearted with his stories. I already see a counselor a couple of times a month who works with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, so I had a foundation of these ideas before I started listening. But I can say that it has helped to gain a biblical perspective and shift my thoughts. I’d definitely recommend Crash the Chatterbox!

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Keep Up With My Bible Reading PASS!

I have been reading bible plans on the YouVersion app this summer. I started the Stay Positive series from Life.Church, pastored by Craig Groeschel. It’s a six part series and each one was only a handful of days long. I really liked it! The new season of my in-person bible study starts soon and we’ll be going through another Beth Moore study (yay!). Once that picks up, I’ll move to Beth’s homework being my morning quiet time.

I’ve really appreciated the flexibility of YouVersion with their short plans and variety of topics while I get back on track with my bible reading habit.


Do One Blog Giveaway PASS!

I gave away a $40 gift card to Amazon! Giveaways are so fun. I love being able to show you guys appreciation for coming here into my space :). Also, in the process of promoting that giveaway, I entered a giveaway for one of those funny Sallie Mae shirts, and won! I can’t wait to get it!

Get Ahead One Week PASS!

Done!  It’s so nice! I woke up this morning thinking about what I was going to write about and when I signed on, a post had published this morning. I forgot I had it scheduled, because I’m so used to working through the week on that week’s content! I’m stoked!


Run Another 5k FAIL
I wanted to do this, and even looked into a couple of 5k possibilities, it just didn’t work out. It’s too bad I didn’t have a general workout goal this month, because I had all kinds of opportunities for fun workouts in CA… if only I hadn’t forgotten my sneakers! But I at least got to go on a super fun bike ride with two of my cousins and J.

September Progress & October Goals in the areas of faith, fitness, frugality and blogging to conquer those new years resolutions, one month at a time!

Fitness goals can be reached in all kinds of ways!


Come up with a payoff plan for my student loans and a posting schedule to keep you guys updated – PASS

I posted my first monthly progress report on my student loan repayment. I have to confess, it was terrifying. But in only a couple of weeks you’ll be able to read report #2!

And if you missed it, you can read Part One, Two and Three of how I got into $11,000 of credit card debt and how I finally paid it off. I have maintained a zero dollar balance for the last month and it is a totally bizarre feeling!

October Goals

Unfortunately, I’ve received some bad news about the health of a very dear family member, so I’m going to be giving myself some grace this month and not setting intense October goals. There’s a chance I’ll be making an unexpected trip to Nevada this month and I already have an intense litigation calendar for the rest of the year. So I’m going to be realistic.

Remember, goals are really important, but it’s OK to be kind to yourself and not place unrealistic expectations on your own shoulders!

September Progress & October Goals in the areas of faith, fitness, frugality and blogging to conquer those new years resolutions, one month at a time!


Read 1 Book and Listen to 1 Audiobook – This goal will be present all year long.

Physical Book: Read See Me by Nicholas Sparks.  I don’t want to say that I’m giving up on The Best Yes, but I would like to add a fiction book to the mix. So See Me it is! This is out of order from my book list I shared two weeks ago, but I borrowed it from a co-worker so I want to promptly return it.
Audiobook: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. My book club (which I haven’t been to in awhile, so I’d like to start going again) picked this book for the month, and luckily, I had already used an audible credit to purchase it! Wahoo!

Keep Up With My Bible Reading

Given how busy and emotional the rest of 2016 is lined up to be, staying focused on my bible reading is going to be very important. I don’t want to make the same mistake I did over the spring where I stopped taking care of myself and ended up exhausted, sick and anxious! One way to remain focused on the bigger picture and let go of my sometimes-need for control is to keep my eyes on the Lord.


Stay Ahead One Week

If I can do this, then I can stay active here while the rest of my life is super busy, too.


Register for Another 5k
I don’t know if I’ll be able to run another 5k in October, but I can at least find one to register for!

Are you interested in starting Barre? Check out my list of must-haves for your first class. Or find my Tips for Running Your First Color Run.


Do the Best I Can with My Snowball Payment if I Have to Travel 

Frankly, I don’t know if I’ll be making an unexpected trip out of state this month or not. If I am, I want that flight to be paid for in cash, not credit cards. So I’ll be taking money out of my snowball if it has to come from somewhere. As a result, my plan is to do the best I can in this regard.

You can read more about my debt payoff strategy here.

September Progress & October Goals in the areas of faith, fitness, frugality and blogging to conquer those new years resolutions, one month at a time!

My favorite way to save money – PB&J sandwiches. They’re delicious and filling! Plus, they’re kind of fun.

What are your goals for October? How did September go for you? Are you still on track for your resolutions? If not there’s nothing stopping you from figuring it out now, or setting new ones to get us through the last quarter of 2016! I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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    October 6, 2016 at 8:16 am

    I just came across your blog and have been happily reading through your archives as I eat lunch. I love the YouVersion Bible Study Plans, I just finished 10,000 Gifts by Matt Redman and it was SO good. I love that I can use it on my phone so I always have it on me and I can make it as long or as quick as I need it to be on that particular day.
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      October 13, 2016 at 7:06 am

      I’ll have to check out that study plan! It sounds great! I completely agree about the benefits of YouVersion. It’s so nice to have it right on hand if I realize I forgot to do my reading that morning, or something just comes up that I need an extra dose of God’s word!

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