I’m done with my school semester on July 18th but unfortunately Connor and I will have to work throughout our entire “summer break.” I guess we’re turning into official adults. We even have our own first aid kit and checks with both of our names on them (crazy!)
Even though we have to work all through summer, it’s still by far my favorite season and I plan to make the most of it!
The past few years I’ve completed a lot of long term goals that I’d been wanting to accomplish for awhile, including going to Europe, working in Alaska, being an EFY counselor, working with special needs kids, and marrying the perfect guy for me.
I feel like I’m at a new chapter in life and at a point where it’s time to come up with new goals for the future. It’s extremely fulfilling to have set goals that you’re working towards accomplishing!
I’ve decided to set my goals in terms of seasons and months, so I’ll be focusing on the summer months first. Summer officially ends on September 22nd so I have the rest of June, July, August, and most of September to complete the following goals!
- Plan a trip for fall or winter 2017: (a tropical trip, so that we can get away from the cold weather) I’ve already started working on this goal the past few weeks. I’ve sent in my paperwork to get a new passport (since my name changed) and I’ve been looking into potential vacation spots. Yay, how exciting! Planning a trip is always a great way to stay positive and to look forward to something in the future.
- Spend quality time with our families: Quality time with family is so important! We look forward to going to Oregon and Colorado and having my family from California come visit us. When we’re with our families, my goal is to be present and to make the absolute most of my time with them (which means more being happy/communicating and less worrying/using my phone.)
- Make an effort to make a difference in the world: Donate money to important causes, spread awareness and inspire people to help those in need through blog posts, Facebook posts, writing a book, writing poetry, etc. To break that down into trackable goals, I’ll commit to:
- Writing two blog posts to spread awareness on an issue that I’m passionate about
- Donate money (at least $20) that would have otherwise gone to fast food, clothes, etc. to a cause that I’m passionate about
4. Finish reading Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling: If you’re going to commit your life to a religion, it’s so important that you do your research on it and base your decisions off of more than your feelings, which is why I’ve decided to read Rough Stone Rolling, a book written by LDS author, Richard Lyman Bushman. This biography of Joseph Smith goes over how the Book of Mormon came to be and dives into all the different aspects of Joseph Smith’s life and his revelations. I really wish that more people would read this book so that they could know the origins of their religion. It’s a great book and has helped me understand Joseph Smith a lot better! I’ve already gotten through a big portion of it but my goal is to finish it by September 22nd!
5. Spend more time outdoors: Connor and I are “homebodies” so making a goal to spend more time outdoors is necessary for us to actually leave our house! It’s more motivating to accomplish a goal when it’s something that’s trackable and achievable so my goal to spend more time outdoors will be broken down into three parts:
- Go to 7 peaks (with our 7 peaks passes that we got for $20) at least 8 more times before September 22nd.
- Go on at least 3 hikes before September 22nd.
- Go camping at least twice this summer (camping with Connor’s family can count as one of the camping trips).
I will give a follow up on my goals in a couple of weeks to hold myself accountable for them and to show you that goals can be accomplished!
I’m always looking for new ideas for goal setting, so if you have any cool ideas, let me know in the comments.
I hope you make time to set some goals for your summer so that you can make the most of it!
Until next time,