Looking at the events of June, it's been a good month. I got to see some friends, read the book I'll be teaching this fall during my student teaching, had plenty of down time, and visited some cool places. But mental health wise, it's been a bad month. I'm not really sure what caused it, but I felt so numb and bleh this month. I just couldn't seem to get rid of this oh so wonderful sort of depression. The last week of or two of June it started to get better though and I'm feeling back to normal now. I'm hoping that July will find me in a happier state of health for the whole month. July is also the month I move into my new apartment and my last full month of summer before starting my student teaching. So I guess we could say July is kind of my transition month?
So first, before talking my goals for July, let's talk about how I did with my June goals.
Goal #1: Make better use of my growing stamp collection. ☑ This is the only goal I made for June that I absolutely achieved. I've been only using stamps and paper in my bullet journal, and I've found I really like using the stamps!
Goal #2: Join at least one Twitter chat a week. ☑ I'm calling this a success, although there was a week that I didn't join a chat. I'm glad I made this goal and followed through with it because Twitter chats are just so great for bloggers. It's great to talk to other people who get what you're doing and enjoy it as well. It's also a great motivator to continue blogging.
Goal #3: Continue to wake up at 8 am Monday - Friday. ❌ This was a big no. There were a few days I woke up at 8 am, but I mostly slept in. Like every day. I'm going to say this partly has to do with not feeling the greatest this month, because when I feel so uninterested in doing much of anything, it's so easy to just lay in bed and watch Netflix all morning or sleep in.
Goal #4: Walk 2-3 miles at least twice a week. ❌ This was an even bigger no. I only walked a few days. I know it would've been good for my physical and mental health, but it's really hard to motivate myself to get up, get outside, and start walking when I can barely get myself out of bed some days.
Now that you know how I fared with my goals for June, let's talk about my goals for July.
Improve my mental health.
As I already mentioned, June was not a good month for my mental health. This month I want to work on improving my mental health, one step at a time. I usually find the best way for me to do this is to practice self-care and have some time alone.
Take 1 e-course.
I have emails from several different e-courses I've signed up for in the past year, but have never opened. That's so bad! So this month I'm planning on learning more about blogging and clearing out my inbox a bit.
Read 2 books.
I've been on a roll with reading this year, and I want to keep it going into the second half of the year. In June I finished reading A Game of Thrones and read the book I'll be teaching this fall. So this month I want to do some more personal reading, starting with Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou.
Make the apartment feel like home.
Moving into my first apartment by myself, I feel like it's really important for it to feel like home in order for me to be happy living there. So probably my main goal for this month, is to make my new apartment feel like my space, a space I love and a place that feels like home.
Look into my tasks for student teaching.
With student teaching I have a few big projects I'll have to complete throughout the semester to get my certification at the end of the semester. Luckily, the details and requirements for these projects are already posted online, so I'm going to spend some time looking into what each of these will entail. Hopefully having this information ahead of time will make the semester a little bit easier and less stressful.