July. You read that right. JULY. I know some of you are just now getting out of school for the summer while some of you are counting down the days 'til school starts again. Target has moved in all of their school supplies (in my area anyway) and we're already getting back-to-school flyers in the mail. Seems like the rush happens earlier and earlier every year.
While I love planning and prepping for a new school year, I love savoring every bit of summer, too. It goes by quickly and I don't want to miss any of it! I thought it would be fun to ring in a new month with a little list of "goals" I've set for myself. I'm not saying I'll follow through with it all, but writing it down and being able to cross it all off makes me eager to try. I love checklists. They motivate me :)
1. Read three professional development books - I'm pretty sure I can do this. I think. I asked for some suggestions on Facebook and got a TON!!! These seem to be a common theme and topics that really interest my teaching heart, so I'm attempting to read these first.
2. Start a new Bible study - This is an important one. Our bible study group just finished A Confident Heart by Renee Swope and I can't recommend this one enough. I realize how important a good bible study is in drawing me nearer to the Lord. I CRAVE His word. Any suggestions?!?!?
3. Perform 36 Random Acts of Kindness on my birthday - I've been DYING to do this. I'm finishing up my list of 36 RAKS and I've asked my ENTIRE family to join me this day. I want us all to do them together!!! My husband did something for someone on Mother's Day that inspired me to keep paying it forward on "big days". I absolutely CAN'T WAIT for this one!!!
4. Wake up an hour earlier for intentional prayer time - I've been feeling really convicted lately about the time...or lack thereof....I spend with Jesus. I pray every night and tons of time in between, but I don't start my day in prayer all the time. I want quiet time with Him. I want to wake up, pour a cup of coffee, open my Bible, and pray without any distractions.
5. Clean out my closet and donate clothes & shoes to a local women's shelter - I've been meaning to purge for months. But if I'm keeping it real, I need to tell you that I've been far too lazy. Not just too lazy to clean out my closet, but too lazy to do any real cleaning at all. #hotmess I want to take what I have to the local women's shelter and then see about volunteer opportunities while I'm there.
6. Take my boys to the Science/History/Art Museums - we have an AMAZING museum district here in town and I don't take advantage of it like I should. I know my boys would love going if I would just take them. I thought it would be neat to organize a scavenger hunt to make it really interactive. They tend to do a lot better & get more involved when they have a goal or checklist to keep them on track....kind of like me ;) #theapplesdontfallfar
7. Start summer theme days with the boys - I want to have fun summer theme days kind of like I would in the classroom. Lemonade Day/Week, Bubble Day/Week, Watermelon Day/Week, etc. I thought it would be fun to do little activities with them (math & literacy) and then follow it all up with a science experiment. I won't do these everyday, but I do want to incorporate these here and there. My boys would LOVE it. I just need to get off my lazy rear and plan it!
Do you have any goals for the month?!?! I'd love to hear them!