September 2020 Goals

Hey friends! It’s been a hot minute (since May) that I shared my goals here on my blog. I’ve still been setting goals, but I took a step back from blogging for a bit.

I’m slowly coming back to blogging more regularly (ish) but on Friday I asked if you guys wanted to see my goals for September and it was a resounding YES from the people who voted in my stories! So here we go!


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I use Powersheets, which is a goal-setting planner, to help me cultivate, come up with, and track my goals for the year. You can read all of my big-picture goals for 2020 here. All of my monthly goals go directly into one of my big-picture goals to help me get to where I want to be by the end of the year.

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My goals are broken up into things that will take all month/one time tasks, things I do weekly, and things I want to make a daily habit.

September Monthly Goals

Finish my current draft

I am so so close you guys! If you want a chance to read my book (soon!) and get writing updates, be sure to click here to get on my author newsletter! But my big, end all be all goal is to finsh this round of edits this month (preferably by Sept. 14, because that’s when my semester of school starts!!)

Pick beta readers + send my book to them!

Okay. So this is a big deal. I have an editor hired to read my book at the end of this year


I need a few people to read it and give me feedback so I can do another round of edits before I send it to her. So, again, if you want to read my book + help me make it better, all the details will be going out on Friday, so just put your name + email in here and you’ll be on the list!!

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    Finish Budget Bootcamp

    I just started Budget Bootcamp by Jordan Page. Yes, we bought a house!! But, our spending habits have been out of control and I feel us slipping into some very familiar money habits that got us super into debt a few years ago. I’m nipping it in the bud before it gets worse and learning some more $$$ skills to help us get back on track with our financial goals.

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    Writers, this one’s for you! How’s your writing going? What part of the process are you in? What’s your goal this week?
I’ve been trying to share writing updates in my stories more frequently but if you missed it, in the past few weeks I:
• rewrote my outline
• started over with this draft
• got almost 20k in and restarted ?
• am currently at 10k words and waking up every day at 5:30 to have 1-2 hours of quiet time to write and edit.
My goal right now is to finish this draft by August so that I can send it to beta readers (!!) so tonight I’m gonna go to bed before midnight so that when my alarm goes off, it’s not so hard to get up ?

    September Weekly Goals

    Family Home Evening (FHE)

    Even though we’re home every night together, on Monday’s people in my church do something called Family Home Evening. Usually, there’s a little gospel lesson, a game, and a treat. We have never been good at doing FHE consistently, but I’d like to start now! Plus, now we get the Friend Magazine which has activities to go along with what we’re studying in church!

    Budget Bootcamp Videos

    There are 27 videos in Budget Bootcamp, some pretty short and others a little longer. I’ll be watching a few each week then doing the exercises with each video so I don’t get overwhelmed by trying to do it all at once.

    What does your morning routine look like? ☀️
Lately, I’ve been trying to make my routine a very serious (and stressful ??) routine. Yesterday I read @ericaligenza post about the 3 things she’s doing in the morning to keep it simple. I realized that I’ve been trying to cram WAY TOO MUCH into my mornings which leaves me frazzled if i don’t get it all done.
Today I kept it simple. I wrote in my Write the Word journal, I did a quick 10 minute yoga practice, and then I read a mini devotional. That’s it. I’m excited to keep it simple tomorrow morning and every morning after that. I can do this routine if V is sleeping or awake, which is exactly what i need.
Do you have a routine? Or a few things to get your day started??
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    September Daily Goals

    Morning Routine

    Last week on Instagram I shared my new morning routine which includes doing my Write the Word practice (read more about why I love Write the Word journals here) and a quick 10-minute yoga practice. I needed something simple to start my day. I’ve only been doing it for a week and I love it!

    Book Edits

    It’s crunch time! I need to be working on my book at least 30 minutes a day, if not longer so I can get it done before school starts!

    Spend Free

    I’m also joining Rachel (@happygolovelysleeves) in a spend free month! She’s focusing on not buying books, but I’m not going to buy books or anything else for me. Regular expenses (groceries, bills, etc) are not included in this spending freeze. But I feel like I’ve had a lot of impulse purchases recently, and I want to stop that, so no spending!

    Those are my goals for September!

    What are your goals this month? I’d love to hear about them and then we can cheer each other on!

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    1. Wow! Your goals are very impressive. Good luck with your book. And it’s great to begin your marketing efforts now. It will surely pay off later!

      1. Thank you so much! With my blog, I didn’t start my email list until this year, so I’m starting now as a writer/future author, so things will already be going when I’m published!

    2. I love your goals for the month. I have thought about trying PowerSheets, but every time I’ve gone to order them, they’ve been sold out. I know they usually go quickly. Also, I’m so excited to hear more about your book. 🙂

      1. Thank you!! From what I can tell, there’s still some in the shop as of right now 😉 And their new ones launch in October!

    3. I love your goal posts! I’m going for a spend-free September, too. The quarantine was rough on my budget, and I need a reset.

      1. Oh yeah, quarantine came, and our budget sort of went out the window. Trying to reset and do better!

    4. This is almost spooky! I was just thinking at how, a few years ago, I used to set small goals for myself each month and then I just stopped, and I was wondering if I should start up again – and then I run into this post! Perhaps it’s a sign.. Either way, good luck on your September goals! Working on your own book sounds incredibly, and has always been a personal goal of mine too, but I’m still waiting on that sudden burst of inspiration on WHAT to write about. People have always told me to write about my life (as I have lived through more than my own fair share of surreal events in my life time!), but I’d like to move beyond my past, and I feel like writing about it would bring all those memories back. So until I come up with another topic, that’s on the back burner for now. I look forward to hearing about you sending your book off to publishers sometime in the future! I know you can do it!

      1. Oh! Definitely a sign 😉 Setting small goals helps me break it down into bite size pieces instead of just saying "I’m going to do xyz" because then I have something I could do today (or this month) and that makes it feel more manageable.
        I know the feeling of waiting to start. I’ve been writing stories off and on for years, and last year I finally just started writing and kept writing! I’ve been told I should write about my life too, but I don’t know if I will. I like writing the stories of all the characters who come into my head all the time! Best of luck with all of your goals and your book someday!

    5. I always love seeing people’s goals! Sounds like you have a lot of exciting things going on – congrats on being so close to finishing your current draft!

      1. I love seeing other people’s goals as well! It’s so fun to see and to cheer each other on! And thank you! It’s super close!

    6. These are really great goals! It’s so exciting that you are finishing up a draft of your book and sending it to beta readers. That will be such a wonderful feeling!

      1. Thank you so much! It really is an exciting time!

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