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July Goals


All of our summer plans are packed into the last two weeks of July! Filling out our whiteboard calendar with more than just the days of the week felt so satisfying. I’m holding this all in open hands, knowing how quickly things can change nowadays, but as of right now, we have visits from my parents and my sister and a trip to the beach scheduled. Even though this month is busier than recent ones have been, there are still a few projects I’d love to tackle. My goals this month are mainly focused on our house (perhaps due to our upcoming visitors, I’ve been itching to get some more walls painted!) and my health–physical, spiritual, and emotional. I remember the four-month postpartum mark being a turning point for me after Charlie was born when it came to getting into a healthier routine, and I’m feeling the same way this time around.

June Goal Progress
1. Carve out time during the day to prayer journal with Charlie. (Could not make this work. Moving along with Plan C!)
2. Invest in one new book for each member of our family to start adding more diversity to all of our bookshelves.
3. Curate the list of educational resources and recommendations I’ve been saving over the last week and start working through them. (I’ve been going through things in an unorganized way so far, but I would still like to make an actual list so I don’t forget about anything. Moving to July!)
4. Make use of our neighborhood pool weekly.
5. Experiment with doing one big cleaning night per week (everyday tasks like dishes and laundry excluded). (YES. Working so much better for us than the “a little bit each day” approach.)
6. Help plan a big Kirk family photo session that will take place later this summer.
7. Do some intentional summer planning. (Here!)
8. Start doing our grocery shopping by myself once a week. (Why didn’t I start doing this ages ago?!)

July Goals
1. Scripture journal OR pray the rosary daily. Let go of what it looks like to do either one “perfectly” and let God work through whatever I can give Him.
2. Go blueberry picking.
3. Paint the hallway by our bedroom.
4. Paint the frame of our bedroom mirror.
5. Be consistent with Tone It Up postnatal workouts.
6. Curate the list of educational anti-racism resources and recommendations I’ve been saving and continue working through them.
7. Do ten minutes of focused time with each kid individually every morning and evening, inspired by what Nancy shared in this podcast episode.

Year of wellness focal area: fruits and vegetables! If you have any favorite ways to enjoy summer produce, I’d love to hear them!






  1. Em says:

    Um, does peach and blackberry crumble count? :) If not, this is a favorite (super easy!) recipe with corn, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes! https://www.skinnytaste.com/summer-cavatelli-with-corn-tomatoes-and-zucchini/

  2. Ditto to what Emily said! I love, love, love baking with summer fruits, though that’s not always the healthiest!!
    We aren’t big on tomatoes, so we do peach caprese salads all the time: peaches, fresh mozzarella, basil, and a drizzle of balsamic and olive oil. You could also do both tomatoes and peaches! Peach and/or mango and/or pineapple “salsa” is amazing and so fresh. We also love this shaved zucchini and squash salad (https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/shaved-zucchini-salad-with-parmesan-and-pine-nuts) and use whatever cheese and whatever nut we have on hand. And, of course, loading a salad with fresh fruits and veggies is so summery!

  3. Mary W says:

    Homemade salsa! So easy and good. You can use a good processor or blender. I like to use Joanna Gaines’ recipe.

  4. Dana says:

    We can do work outs when I visit!


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