Monthly update: July 2018

Happy Canada Day, everyone! And, in a few days, Happy Fourth of July to my American visitors!

I don’t know about you, but I’m happy to say my June didn’t speed by quite as quickly as the months before it did. It still passed more quickly than I would have liked, but I was able to take some time to slow down and enjoy it.

And, of course, I was able to take some time to work toward accomplishing my goals for the month. Now that it’s July, it’s time to look back on them and set some new ones.

June’s goals

  1. Get my routine back in order.
  2. Rebuild my good habits.
  3. Write!

True, none of these goals were very concrete. They didn’t have overly measurable outcomes. Regardless, they were each something that I was striving to achieve.

On some level, I managed each of them. Maybe not quite to the extent I wanted to, but I did get something done in each area. I’m slowly getting back into a routine, in all areas of my life. My habits are getting better. And I wrote again. I didn’t write a lot, but I wrote. I put words down in a creative fashion, and it felt damned good.

July’s goals build off of that. Before I get to them, though, I want to update you on a couple of other things, so I’ve decided to add two new portions to my little monthly updates: a writing update and a print shop update.

Writing update

As I mentioned when talking about June’s goals, I didn’t get a ton of writing done this past month. I did get a few thousand words in, though. I also figured out a plan for July (more on that in a moment), and I’m feeling reinvigorated when it comes to my writing. My hope is that I’ll have a longer, more impressive update for you next month.

Print shop update

I have a bit more to share here. I added four new photos to my print shop in June–three flower pictures and a landscape shop. I also set up a table as part of the town garage sale in Balgonie at the beginning of the month, where I got a lot of great feedback and handed out a bunch of business cards. It made me think that getting out to some craft sales would be a good idea, so they’re next on my list of things to look into.

Now, let’s look forward into July….

July’s goals

  1. Fix antagonist’s arc in CD
  2. Catch up on emailed webinars
  3. Brainstorm edits for BC
  4. Make a list of possible craft sale opportunities

As you can see, my goals are still largely writing-related, though I do have a learning one and a print shop one in there, too. I think these should be something I can accomplish in July, as long as I keep my routines and good habits on track. And as long as I stay realistic. I know I haven’t been writing much in the evenings, and I know my writing has been slow lately. So I can’t expect too much from myself, or I’ll end up disappointed.

So, that’s what I have planned for this month. How about you? Have you figured out your goals for July yet?

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