July has been a very good month. The best part has probably been moving into a new apartment. I've loved decorating it (you can see how I decorated my bedroom here) and enjoying time to myself. There really hasn't been anything bad for me this month. The worst thing (which really isn't bad) was realizing how close I am to the end of summer break. I'm excited and sad and nervous since this is my last semester of college and I'll be spending all day, every day teaching (as a student teacher/intern)!
So before sharing my August goals, I'll let you know how I did on my July goals.
Goal #1: Improve mental health. ☑ I haven't done anything major, but I've just done little things to improve my mental health like sleeping more regularly, spending time or reaching out to friends and family, and practicing self-care.
Goal #2: Take 1 e-course. ☑ Like I said I've signed up for ecourses I've never even opened, and one of those was Refresh Your Blog (free!) from Chelsie. This e-course would be really good if you're behind on blog admin tasks or don't know where to start with blog admin. It's helpful and got me to finally add a search bar (go ahead and give it a try if you want!) and to update my mini bio/intro in my sidebar and on my social media accounts.
Goal #3: Read 2 books. ☑ I'm counting this as a success, even though I didn't finish 2 books. I read and finished Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou. I really admire Maya Angelou for her wisdom and kindness and strength. The second book, A Clash of Kings, I read half of but didn't finish and I don't think I will. I feel like I'm supposed to like A Game of Thrones since the series is so popular, but I just don't like the series that much. So I returned the book to the library and I'm not planning on reading more of the series.
Goal #4: Make the apartment feel like home. ☑ As I've already mentioned, I loved decorating my apartment and making it feel like home. I really like my apartment and spending time in it. Now I just need to get more familiar and comfortable with the area I'm in.
Goal #5: Look into tasks for student teaching. ☑ I'm counting this as a success, even though I only looked into the first 2 (of 4) tasks. These tasks are big projects that you have to create, implement, and analyze so there is a lot to read and I also wanted to look at the examples of exemplary work they have available to get an idea of what the people who score the tasks are looking for.
Have a great birthday.My birthday is August 7 (mark your calendars!) and I've been planning some fun things for it so I can't wait to make it happen! If you're curious, I'll be turning 23.
Adjust to working full time.
I start student teaching this month, which if you're not familiar student teaching is a semester long internship for teaching. So I'll be at the school from about 7:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday-Friday for 4 months. Obviously that is a big change from the college lifestyle where I try to be productive/go to class from 9 am - 4:30 pm and try to sneak a nap in at some point and watch TV while I work.
I think the hardest part will be the wake up time (5:30-6 am) and being "on" for that long. With teaching you have to be on the ball all day since you have to present material, help students learn, and keep students on task - no time to sneak in a game of solitaire or check twitter!
Blog 2-3 times a week.
Since I'll be starting a whole new adventure I'm going to cut back on how often I blog so I don't get overwhelmed. I'm going to switch my schedule so I post new content on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
I've also been wanting to change up my Weekend Wrap Up posts and considering a different style of weekly life updates, but haven't decided on anything. I've also been completely forgetting to write them on Sundays! So you might see me try a few different things, but I might just take this month off from those posts. I just don't know yet!
Read at least 1 book.
I want to keep up my year of reading so I want to read at least one book this month! I'm starting with This Same Sky which is good so far. I picked this up from a thrift shop a while ago, so I'm glad I'm finally reading it! It's a pretty short read, so hopefully I'll get another book read this month, too!
That's what I'm hoping for in August! Are you setting any goals for this month? Let me know in the comments!
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