The Goal for July…

Happy July!  Actually my goal for July is to get to New Mexico, but since I have to wait until at least the 28th for the beginning of our journey, I thought I’d set some other goals and just try to accomplish things between then and now.

For whatever reason, with no preparation, I decided on Sunday morning to join the Ultimate Blog Challenge.


This is different from the Blogging A to Z Challenge in that there is no set theme.  The key is simply to post every day (I do that as a rule, anyway) and to post to Twitter and Facebook.  I’m pretty sure I can handle it.  Part of the intention is also to create more traffic on the blogs.  One of the best things I learned from the A to Z is that there are SO many blogs out there that I never would have found without the challenge.  I’m hoping that will be the case this time.  If you’re interested in the Challenge, just click on the badge above and join in!

Another pop goal I set for myself is walking !  I actually have been thinking of this since Thursday or Friday and decided I would start Sunday morning.  I didn’t disappoint myself.

Up and out the door by 6:45am!!  I walked for 30 minutes and what I would calculate as almost 2 miles.  I had the route measured out quite a few years ago when I used to walk a lot.  I need to add one more block to get all the way to 2 miles, but I think the distance I went was great for my first time out.  It wasn’t even too hot that early.  Proud of myself!  I also finally got a battery for my pedometer and I will be trying to get my 10,000 steps in a day. 

In order to get it out of my system for the rest of the week, we decided to go out for ice cream.   Again, I’m proud, I only had a small dish.

Black raspberry, my new favorite!  And guess who’s here for a visit?

Little Michael with his brand new summer hair cut and Grummy (my sister, Ele looking lovely in turquoise!)

Ralph, little Michael and Ele.  We had a good time!

Knowing that our trip is coming up at the end of the month, I have some other goals I’d like to take care of.

1. Go through clothes that I have in the laundry room in boxes.  Separate to have the clothes I need for the trip and to start a collection of the things I plan to add to my yard sale items.

2. Go through the huge collection of paperwork in and around my desk.  Shred what needs to be shredded, get bills lined up to be paid before and during the time we’re away.

3. Start making lists for the trip so that nothing is forgotten. I usually make a master list and I rarely forget anything.  Now if I could just get Ralph to subscribe to this practice!

I think those are enough goals for now.  I’m sure as the weeks go on, I’ll have more to add.  I think I’m going to start making lists of what I accomplish during the day.  I feel sometimes that I haven’t done anything, then I realize I have done quite a bit.  If I make a list, I won’t have to think so hard.

So Here’s July!  Hope we can all survive it.  The Ultimate Blog Challenge?  Yes…I can do this!!!

Happy Monday!!


16 responses to “The Goal for July…

  1. congrats on your walk yesterday, fran! way to go! isn’t it wonderful to have it be LIGHT out so early in the morning – i love getting out just before 7a.m. too.
    i got my ice cream yesterday, too! lovely photo of michael and ele and yes that colour DOES suit ele!
    another blogging challenge – now if i had seen that, i would have been tempted to modify my july blogcation plans!! i agree: during the a-z challenge my blog traffic went up and i did check out some new-to-me blogs…so many blogs, so little time. i have to set limits or i get overwhelmed!
    yes – stick to those july goals and you’ll be ready for nm on the 28th!! so excited (for you!) for your trip!

    • Glad I’ll still be hearing from you! If you click on the button for the challenge you’ll see the details. It’s four times a year and I think after July it’s also in October. You could consider it then! Glad you like the photo of Ele and Michael. I think she looks great! Take care, Cathy!

  2. I love what little Michael is doing behind Ralph and Ele. My 8 yo does that ALL the time, it’s such a kid thing! Luckily the teenager has outgrown it. Good luck with your goals (I should be tacking 1 and 2 myself!) and the ultimate blog challenge!

    • Thanks, Stacie! Little Michael is pretty special to all of us. I asked him not to do that for the photo, but as you say…he’s a kid! I think we’ll keep him any way. Got a lot done today. I’m excited!

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    Aww….little Michael looks like such a character!!! So cute. Good luck with your July goals Fran. I’m sure you’ll kick ’em all.

  4. I love walking! So glad you’re getting into it. It’s just so peaceful and calming, and yet still good for you! And oh, NM and the end of the month are going to be here before you know it!

    • Allie, I used to walk all the time, but got out of the habit when I got a job that required me to get up at 4am! I should have gotten into it sooner. My sister has inspired me, she’s doing almost 5 miles a day now. I know NM will be here soon and I’m no where near ready…Yikes! If I could just get EVERYTHING ready and then be there permenantly, that would be good. No such luck just yet, but soon!

  5. I’d love to walk more often this summer, too. it’s so beautiful so much of the time! I’d have to do it very early or later at night, though… and I just wanted to sleep this morning, so again wake-up time got pushed back.

    I think I can take a nice walk wednesday morning. 🙂 and i walked all afternoon on the beach on saturday. beach walks are my favorite.

    • Hello, little chickadee…Beach walks are wonderful! I like that better than actually being on the beach. I’m really enjoying this so far. I won’t be able to do it when we get to NM because there are no sidewalks…mountain road…and the people drive a little crazy. Trying to decide if I would be able to walk into town. It’s only about a mile, if that, but Very hilly. Maybe I’ll let Ralph drive in…I’ll walk and then he can bring me back UP the hill. That could work! 😉

  6. Hmmmmm….do I have it in my to do another challenge during the summer? You’re tempting me, Fran. Really, really tempting me….

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