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June Highlights

June was such a happy, sunny month. It always is! Here are some memories we made last month:

June 2014 Highlights

June Highlights:

+ Peonies!
+ Leia riding in the trunk
+ Weekend trip to Boone for J’s birthday
+ Boston with the birthday boy
+ Bike riding to Harvard
+ Getting lost in the North End
+ Business trip to Blacksburg, VA
+ Card playing with friends/family
+ Antique shopping with my SIL

Recap of my June Goals:


  • Keep my tomatoes and basil alive
  • Organize and create a plan for teaching ESL this summer
  • Build wainscoting in dining room // I’m halfway done, so I’m keeping it in the accomplished pile. This project is not for the faint of heart, but it should be done in the next few weeks.
  • Learn to grill pizza
  • Start a neighborhood running club, if anyone is interested :) // Sort of? I found a neighborhood running buddy and go at least once a week for a run through our neighborhood. Yay! 
  • Go to a Red Sox game with J
  • Throw at least one cookout with friends

Did not accomplish:

  • Read at least one book // I have had such a hard time getting into books recently. Hoping lazy July days will change that.
  • Blog at least once a week // Nope, no blogging last week.

How was your June? :)

July Goals

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I was walking in Target yesterday looking for the seasonal outdoor section, when I realized that entire section had been taken over by Back to School stuff. What the what! It is July 1st people. Don’t let time fly any faster than it already is! However, as I was walking away in defiance, I did pause and glance at the aisle of colored pencils and beautiful clean notebooks. Schools supplies are just the best! But not yet. Not yet! Stay strong, summer.

I kind of feel like Target sometimes in the middle of summer — ready and longing for the next season. June is so happy and sunny and warm and wonderful, but July and August are hot and humid and make me long for autumn to arrive already. But I don’t want to be one of those people constantly wishing away today. So this month I’m looking to be intentional about choosing joy and savor these long days of summer.

July Goals:

  • Finish wainscoting in dining room (halfway done!)
  • Host friends for Fourth of July
  • Do one thing on my DIY or craft pinterest boards
  • Clean out all of our closets
  • Go to the pool / beach / lake / some body of water
  • Finish one book
  • Start training for the Savannah Half Marathon
  • Keep basil and tomato plants alive
  • To be present and look for the beauty in every moment. When I catch myself complaining, acknowledge the blessings and goodness around me instead.

What are you up to this month?

PS – July goals from 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009. It’s funny how a lot of them are the same. :) Also, I’ve updated my 2014 yearly goals since we are halfway through the year. WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN?

May Highlights

Last year I shared highlights and goal recap each month, and I got out of the habit of sharing those this year. I plan to bring them back, though, as it’s always a nice refresher of what I did each month. Maybe I’ll back-post January through April… we’ll see. :)

May was a full and good month. The first three weekends I was out of town — first to Hillsville, VA for a mountain weekend with my family, next to Knoxville for a wedding in J’s family, and then to Sunset Beach for a relaxing girls’ weekend with friends. The last two weekends were spent at home, mainly doing yard work and painting.

May 2014 Highlights

May Highlights:

+ Pet-sitting for a friend’s bunny
+ An impressive sandcastle sighting at the beach
+ Attending a wedding in Knoxville with J’s family
+ Camp fire with my family
+ Bide riding on the beach
+ Cinco de Mayo fiesta
+ Painting the foyer and stairwell
+ Watching dogs swim in the river
+ Tasty margaritas with friends

Here’s a recap of my May Goals


  • Get pricing for painting our two-story entryway // Yes! And it’s painted!
  • Run at least two times a week
  • Start working on transforming my dining room // Bought paint. Hoping to get this one accomplished in June. :)
  • Write recap posts from my Haiti trip on the blog // See all Haiti posts here.
  • Revisit our monthly budget and adjust with new financial goals
  • Create a time-capsule wardrobe for the summer // It’s not exactly time-capsule, but I have a better idea of what items to rotate in my summer wardrobe.

Not so much:

  • Finish at least two books // Finished just one
  • Do hot yoga at least once a week // Major fail — I didn’t go once!
  • Buy a bouquet of peonies // Does it count if I smelled a hundred bouquets? I was out of town the peak of peony season so didn’t get to buy any. I really need to plant some in my garden!
  • Go strawberry picking // I am so sad this one didn’t happen, but every time we were able to go they were closed for ripening. Maybe we can go before the season is up.
  • Refresh the blog with new sidebars/about page // Hoping to get this one accomplished in June. :)

June Goals

It’s June! I love this month. The beginning of summer, which means the bugs are small and the warm weather is very welcome. We are taking a couple of trips this month. First to Boone, the prettiest place on earth to visit in the summer, and then to Boston. A while ago J and I realized we haven’t taken a trip just the two of us just for fun without any agenda since our trip to New York almost three years ago. So we picked a city (Boston) and decided to go for a long weekend. I’m so excited! Anyone have any Boston recommendations? We are trying to pack in as much as we can in three days.


June Goals:

  • Keep my tomatoes and basil alive
  • Read at least one book
  • Blog at least once a week
  • Organize and create a plan for teaching ESL this summer
  • Build wainscoting in dining room
  • Learn to grill pizza
  • Start a neighborhood running club, if anyone is interested :)
  • Go to a Red Sox game with J
  • Throw at least one cookout with friends

Memory verse:Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:7,8

What are your goals this month? 

PS – See goals from June 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009.

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