The Adventure Starts Here: Monthly Goals | August 2015

Monday, August 3, 2015

Monthly Goals | August 2015

This year, instead of making resolutions for the year, I decided to make monthly goals instead.  I will be sharing five goals each month that I'd like to work on.   Each month I will also reflect on how I did with the previous month's goals.

August 2015 Goals

Go pick peaches at the farm
We are "members" at the local farm so I'd like to take advantage of it and pick more than just strawberries and apples.

Celebrate our 5th Wedding Anniversary
Chris and I will be married for 5 years on August 28th.  In addition to exchanging gifts, we plan to go out to dinner where we got married :)

Go to the beach
I've taken Noah to the beach once so far and he loved it!  We plan to take a few more times this month.  

Work on my photography style
I've been having some photo envy on Instagram lately.  While I now know how to shoot manual, I feel that in order to take my photography to the next level, I need to focus on finding my photography style.  I want to practice a lot and try different angles and lighting and find what I love!   

Get a pedicure
This should be a simple goal to achieve this month.  I got one last month, and while in the past I'd get one before going to the beach, this time I've decided against it.  As soon as I step in the sand, my shiny pedicure becomes dull.  So instead, I plan to go to the salon after our last beach trip this month :)

Keep one weekend free of plans
We did succeed in keeping one weekend free of outside obligations.  It doesn't mean that we weren't busy that weekend, but it was nice to decide what we wanted to do each day when we woke up.  And when Noah didn't want to do something, we just skipped it without having to cancel any plans.  

Get an updated cousins photo
I got a few group cousins photos when we were at Hershey Park.  While I usually like more posed shots, I actually really liked what I got because it showed each of the kids in a more natural way.   

Go for family walks
We failed miserably this month.  Chris worked late A LOT!  Also, I feel like this month was either super hot or raining, neither are very pleasant for walking ;)  Or I'm just making excuses.  

Lose a few pounds
Major fail.  My love of junk food and sweets beat out my desire to lose a few pounds this month.  Not much else to say about the matter.  

Read at least 2 books
Easily completed this.  I ended up reading 4 books this month and started a fifth.  I read Looking For Alaska and The Summer I Turned Pretty series.  They are very different from each other but I really enjoyed them both.  Looking For Alaska was more serious and deeper but still very entertaining.  While The Summer I Turned Pretty series was a coming of age story about love.  

What are your goals this month?


  1. I so want to work on my photography too! I feel like I have slowly been developing my style, so I'm okay with that. It's my actual camera skills that need work! I want to take an online photography course and an editing course.

  2. I really want to find extra time to work on my photography as well. Style and technically speaking. I have the basics of manual down, it's just making the adjustments quick enough so I'm not missing the moment. I also need to resolve to whip out the fancy camera more and my phone less.

  3. Photo envy heck yes!!! All my favorite IGers are SO talented and I just snap away and hope for a smiling picture :) Maybe you can teach me a thing or two!
    PS having dinner at the place you got married is such a fun idea!!! We'll be married for 5 years in November and I may have to steal this :)


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