July is the best and worst month of the year lol! I know, I’m a contradiction.
It’s the best because it’s strawberry season, my favorite fruit!
It’s the worst cuz of the crazy heat in LA. The Valley turns into an unbearable sauna!
It’s the best because it’s my birthday month! July babies, it’s our time to shine!
It’s the worst cuz it’s my birthday month. Lol!
This month’s planner theme is dedicated to my birth-month, one of the hottest months of the year. I decided to do an ice cream theme cuz it’s one of the only things that’s going to get me through this summer!
Maybe it’s because it’s my birthday right around the corner, but this month’s theme is going to be self care. I really want to focus on improving and showing myself some appreciation even in just small, subtle ways. I may not be able to afford a luxurious massage or a mani/pedi right now but daily prayer time, listening and watching positive content, taking care of my skin, eating right, staying hydrated…even these small things always help turn my mindset into a more positive one.
As I mentioned in my July Goal Setting post, I’m going to switch up how I structure my weeks and days in my planner to see if that helps me get closer to achieving my July goals. It’ll also help me to focus on what really matters to me this month: self care. Stay tuned for my July Goals Update post coming in a few weeks to see how I’m progressing. If you want to grab these templates for yourself you can click here, and if you want to plan with me and progress together make sure you follow me on Instagram and Twitter. Make sure you tag me if you decide to make your own version! Maybe I’m putting pressure on myself, but it’s my birth month – it should be a good one!
June is a great month! In LA, we feel the June gloom almost every year so it’s my last chance to basque in the cool weather before the summer hits. Summers are my least favorite because it’s hot.as.heyl.
I’ve been dreaming about a relaxing getaway lately so I decided to make this month’s theme palms and palm trees. I have this beautiful picture from Hawaii when we went in 2013 where I captured the sunset with silhouettes of palm trees. It was such a memorable moment for me. The photo definitely doesn’t do it justice.
I was thinking of what else to add to the design so it wouldn’t be so monotone and so many Pinterest pins had birds on them. But if you know me then you know that isn’t an option lol! So we’ll stick with just the leaves. Plus, I think it goes well with one of my main goals for this month – be a Plant Lady. Please LAWD! Don’t let me kill my plants lol!
I’ve got big, big plans for you June! I feel like I say that about every month lol.
But really, life has been great! Not saying that life is full of ups. Trust me, every day is a challenge. I never know what kind of hand I’m going to be dealt. But because my goal in April was to focus on “faith” and May was to “simplify.” I know my outlook toward every day life has changed in the last 2 months because I’ve shifted and made an effort to focus on the right things. I feel more at peace about things, I appreciate all the good things so much more, and I have more room for things that lift me up. Why fill myself with negative things when positivity is so much better!
That being said, this month the keyword is “Balance.” Balancing life between work and personal life has never been my strong suit, TBH. I think it just goes with the type of person I am. I’m a work-a-holic. If I’m into something or I find it useful I’m 110% dedicated and hard core about it. I guess you can call it passion lol! But like I said, that doesn’t lead to a balanced life.
“Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.”– Thomas Kinkade
Aside from work goals (restaurant sales goals, posting 3 blog posts a week, and creating content 5 days a week) I’ve created 5 fun personal goals for this month to keep the balance. I’m going to keep track of these goals in my Digital Planner to keep me on track.
Be a “plant lady.” Guys, this goal is the one that probably gives me the most anxiety. I am so bad at keeping plants alive. Even low maintenance plants die at my hand lol! So I bought 2 plans at the end of May and I am determined to keep them alive and watch them grow!
Finish our backyard patio. This one is pretty embarrassing. We started on this DIY project a year ago and it’s STILL not done. We have a really nice covered patio attached to our home and we wanted to extend it out because we have such a big back yard that we don’t use. The project came to a screeching halt when we moved the restaurant at the end of 2017 and continued until recently because we’re lazy AF. But Charlie and I agreed that it’s finally time to finish this one. Mind you, we still have a LONG list of home improvement projects we want to complete. But, one step at a time.
Start exercising again. I miss exercising which surprises me lol! I know I’m not at the place where I used to be (working out 4 days a week, sometimes 2-a-days) but I just want a little pump. I miss that feeling after a work out.
Go to church. I’ve been watching/listening to sermons weekly but it’s so different when you’re physically there in person. This is the one thing that truly turns my attitude and approach on life a complete 180 degrees.
Make time for creativity. I guess the graphic designer in me is yearning to come out. Now that I don’t really get to draw and hand letter as often as I used to I want to make space to excercise the creative side of my brain.
Hope you have a happy June everyone! Half way through the year, let’s keep it going!