Monthly Goals: July

Holy crow! How is it already July?! I guess it really is true what they say . . . “Time flies when you’re having fun!” And last month I was definitely having some fun. Father’s Day was spent with close friends and family chilling out by the pool and eating delicious home cooked food. I’m finally starting to check off books from my Summer reading list. I’ve been spending a lot of time with the people I care most about. And I made some major changes in my bedroom and bathroom for the start of the new season. All in all, June was a pretty good month.

In case this is your first time here, I decided to set myself a new goal at the beginning of each month for 2017 with the intention to uplift my body, mind and soul in some way or another. But instead of setting multiple goals, I only set one main goal with a list of action steps.

I feel like with one main goal, there’s more focus. They’re easier to commit to and each month offers a fresh new start (especially if the previous month didn’t go quite like I planned). The more time I spend focusing on myself and checking in with what I need in my life, the more I realize that monthly goals are great! But just because a new month is starting, doesn’t mean I forget about my goals from the months before.

Inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, I set one new goal or intention for myself at the beginning of each month while continuing the goals I set from the previous months.

Monthly Goals: July | Original Caroline

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Monthly Goals: June

Happy June, beautiful people! I do hope you’re first week of June really kicked off the Summer season with a bang! And with a new month, that means a new round of monthly goals to get in the right head space. 

In case this is your first time here, I decided to set myself a new goal at the beginning of each month for 2017 with the intention to uplift my body, mind and soul in some way or another. But instead of setting multiple goals, I only set one main goal with a list of action steps.

I feel like with one main goal, there’s more focus. They’re easier to commit to and each month offers a fresh new start (especially if the previous month didn’t go quite like I planned . . . ). But just because a new month is starting, doesn’t mean I forget about my goals from the months before.

Inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, I set one new goal or intention for myself at the beginning of each month while continuing the goals I set from the previous months.

June Resolution | Original Caroline

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Monthly Goals: May

Well, hello lovelies! I hope your May is off to a great start so far. Here on the blog, with the start of a new month, also means a new monthly goal. And boy am I feeling good about this month’s goal!

In case this is your first time here, I decided to set myself a new goal at the beginning of each month for 2017 with the intention to uplift my body, mind and soul in some way or another. But instead of setting multiple goals, I only set one main goal with a list of action steps.

I feel like with one main goal, there’s more focus. They’re easier to commit to and each month offers a fresh new start (especially if the previous month didn’t go quite like I planned . . . ). But just because a new month is starting, doesn’t mean I forget about my goals from the months before.

Inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, I set one new goal or intention for myself at the beginning of each month while continuing the goals I set from the previous months.

Monthly Goals: May | Original Caroline

 

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Monthly Goals: March

I’ve always been someone who likes the idea of the perfect routineOkay, maybe not ‘perfect,’ but a consistent routine that I’m capable of keeping up with on a daily basis. Dare I say, a consistent and balanced routine! 

The trouble is trying to fit everything I want to accomplish into just 24 hours. From working eight to ten hours a day to trying to see friends to taking care of myself and stay sane — I’ve got a lot on my plate. And I’m sure you can relate! Plus, I tend to lose interest in new projects or hobbies; I’ve gotta switch things up to avoid getting bored.

And despite all of the Life Hacker articles and blog posts I’ve read on the importance of a routine, there’s just as many posts that argue “trying to schedule an equal number of hours for each of your various work and personal activities is unrealistic. Life is and should be more fluid than that.” And while everyone is entitled to their own opinion, it makes it very difficult on deciding whether or not to try the whole “work/life balance” thing.

The way I see it, it’s important to have some structure in our daily lives, but we also need to be okay with the unexpected twists and turns that life throws at us. 

Easily said. But how tha heck do we actually do that?!

March Resolution | Work-Life Balance

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Monthly Goals: February

One of the hardest things for me to remember is that I am my own provider of love and comfort.

My January goal was all about crafting the perfect morning routine as well as creating a nightly routine to prepare me for the following day (which will be posted in next month’s series). And although it wasn’t “perfect,” I now know how much time I need to get ready, what order I like to do each task, and how important a nightly routine is for a smooth sailing morning.

I’m also really happy I decided to just set one resolution per month; our minds don’t perform as well when we try to juggle five different things at once (especially if you’re as scatter-brained as I am!). And now with January coming to an end and February right around the corner, it’s time for a new goal.

So, without further ado, my goal for the month of love is . . .

to commit myself to 28 days of self-love! Each day, I’ll have a new post for what I feel will get me one step closer to real self-love. I am on a mission to spend the next 28 days learning how to truly love myself. Using every part of me to love and light myself up. Not with luxurious or superficial things that often fade, but with simple pleasures. Nurture myself with tenderness, tiny gestures and magical moments. Fall in love with myself and my life. Let myself be taken away with emotion. Practice finding joy in each moment and noticing the gifts in each situation. Try to look for the blessing in the lesson. Combat my stinking thinking. And throw myself into the beauty of it all!

And I want you to join me! This coming month may be all about self-love and learning to love yourself, but a girl needs her tribe of sisters to encourage her to keep on keeping on even when the going gets rough. So I hope that you can learn from my experience, but I also want to know about your journey of learning to love yourself. Maybe you’re already completely and totally in love with yourself, and you have amazing tips to share to help another out; there is always a story within you that can be beneficial for others.

The great thing about really learning how to love yourself and accept yourself completely is that your journey will be totally different than someone else’s because we all have many different ways to show ourselves love. The goal is not to see how well the other girl is doing, but to stay focused on how well you are doing on your own journey.

This month, start your own self-love conversation!

Learning To Love Yourself With 28 Days Of Self-Love

February Resolution | Learning To Love Yourself

What you can expect to see in this month’s posts.

01. Put Yourself First
02. Write Out What’s Working For You In Life
03. Create An Inspiration Board
04. Identify & Release Your Limiting Beliefs
05. Make Time For Your Passion
06. Find A ‘Self-Love Totem’ & Wear It Daily
07. Your Body Is A Temple
08. Stop The Comparisons
09. Start Using Affirmations
10. Make Any Over Due Appointments
11. De-Clutter Your Closet
12. Make Your Bedroom A Sacred Space
13. Galentine’s Day: Build Up Your Sister Tribe
14. Write Out Attribute For Your Ideal Partner
15. End That Toxic Friendship
16. Give Up The Need For Approval
17. Go Somewhere You’ve Always Wanted To Go
18. Step Outside Of Your Comfort Zone
19. Find Self-Love Through Food
20. Be Mindful Of Negative Thoughts & False Feelings
21. Set Out On Learning A New Skill
22. Create A Nightly Routine Filled With Love
23. Be Productive Even On Your Day Off
24. Break Up With Your Excuses
25. Keep Track Of Your Expenses & Set A Budget
26. Forgive Yourself
27. Write Out Your Personal Mission Statement
28. Learn To Let Go

Phew! Get ready to invite some transformation into your life.

These next 28-days I want you to realize how worthy and lovable you really are. I want to show you that everything you could ever want is already inside. And I want to be there with you, side by side, as your journey through the ups and downs of learning to love yourself.

Oh, and I’d love to see all the exciting accomplishments you’ll be doing throughout next month, so be sure to post your journey on Instagram with the hashtag #OCSelfLoveChallenge

Much love & good luck