June 2018 goals

1 June 2018

Friends, I am SO EXCITED for June!! As you’ll see below, we will be traveling for two weeks, and our trip promises to be full of some of my most favorite things: family, our dear high school friends, the New England coast, beloved restaurants, beach days, boat rides, evening walks, and so much more. Is it weird that I’m even looking forward to the 10- and 15-hour road trips we have ahead of us?? I just love going on adventures with my people! :)

Despite being gone for half of the month, I’ve got an ambitious list of things I’d like to tackle. Let’s take a look…

pizza party

On my calendar this month:
— A week in Connecticut for a dear high school friend’s wedding (John is a groomsman!)
— A week in Maine with my family
— Father’s Day
— Blueberry picking at our favorite local farm, hopefully many times!

What I’m loving right now:
— I made this chocolate cream pie for a pool dinner date with neighborhood friends, and it was SO GOOD. The recipe might seem a little intimidating, but I found it to be pretty foolproof!
— I promise we eat lots of healthy things, but over Memorial Day we also had Trader Joe’s chocolate croissants as a special morning treat, and they were delicious! You let them rise overnight, so they seem pretty legit :)
— As a step in this year’s ongoing photo organization project, we purchased this external hard drive (and this case) to be our photo back-up back-up (we also back up all of our phone photos with Amazon Prime). Relieved to cross this step off the list!

What I read in May:
We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter: I read this for my neighborhood book club, but didn’t love it. If you’re looking for a book that helps you have more effective conversations, I would highly recommend this one instead!

Revisiting my goals for May:
Make a plan for new baby’s nursery (hope to write a post about this soon!)
Purposefully plan for Memorial Day, since we’ll be staying local
Do something nice for June’s teachers for Teacher Appreciation Day (May 8th!)
Fill out the two-year-old section of June’s baby book
Inquire with three more designers/services about e-design (inquired with one, or rather, they actually reached out to me! We shall see what develops…)
Decide which baby book to use for new baby (Not yet! I’m stuck!)
Organize my 2018 personal photos into my new organizational folder system (made progress on my overall photo project but moving this to June!)

June goals:
— Prepare entertainment for our long road trips (my tips for traveling with an infant are here – planning to write the toddler version later this summer!)
— Photograph our backyard to share with y’all! Finally!!
— Attempt to DIY some maternity photos… should be interesting :)
— Make a master list of things to do before baby boy arrives
— Upload all random digital photos/videos and sort them into external hard drive folder system
— Cull and edit all 2018 iPhone photos (thus far) and categorize them in our external hard drive folders
— Decide on a blog series for after baby boy arrives and start working on it
— Finish organizing baby boy clothing
— Film June in June, Volume 3!!

Whew! Again, that is a LOT, but the clock is ticking on baby boy’s arrival and I’m feeling ready to roll my sleeves up and get to work! If you have goals for the month (or something you’re loving right now!), I’d love to hear in the comments!

P.S. Would you be interested in a pregnancy update? Now that I’m in the third trimester, I finally feel like I have a few things to share, ha! I actually only did one official update last time around, too… let me know what you think!

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June 1, 2018 7:31 am

That is a lot! Do you use any list-making apps? Preparing for a new baby can feel daunting, but hopefully less so the second time around.
Would love to hear a pregnancy update!
We had a rough Memorial Day weekend car trip with our toddler so I’d love to hear tips – we don’t use screens for him and we didn’t share the back seat, so that probably made things harder. I actually think planes are easier!
And please let us know which baby book you decide on.
Here’s to a wonderful June and both getting things done and staying in the moment!

June 1, 2018 10:46 am

Hey! This may seem like a weird question, but how, exactly, do you move photos from your iPhone to your external HD? The only way I know is to export them from Photos, and it’s pretty tedious…love all the exciting stuff going on with y’all in June!

June 1, 2018 11:07 am

Here’s to a productive month, Em! I have to say, your monthly goal posts are definitely ones I look forward to and inspire me to roll my own sleeves up. Would LOVE to hear what you decide on for baby boy’s baby book. Assuming you’re not going with the EL Baby Book the second time around? I love the Artifact Uprising book, but just can’t justify the price tag.

June 1, 2018 12:40 pm

Always some of my favorite posts from you my friend – and what an exciting month of June!
I would LOVE a pregnancy update x

Kelly Strawberry
June 1, 2018 1:13 pm

Sounds like a busy month! Definitely give us a pregnancy update. Have a great weekend! :)

June 1, 2018 3:16 pm

This sounds like such a marvelous, life-giving month ahead! I would love to hear a pregnancy update. The insight is so valuable to me in my future-mama season of life. :)

June 6, 2018 2:37 am

Sounds like a very fun month for you guys!! Definitely a yes on the pregnancy update :-) And here are my goals if you’d like to take a peek. https://kerstinthomas.com/
What I’m loving right now: our new portable speakers! So much easier to listen to podcasts or music now ANYwhere! The kids love dancing to music in the back yard! And my involuntary social media detox since I broke my phone. Okay, it’s a “I love it, but I hate it” sort of thing. But it’s definitely not all bad.

June 8, 2018 11:19 am

That’s a big to do list! We just moved across country so mine is similarly long! I feel like I probably just missed this somewhere along the way but what photo organization system are you using?! Mine are out of control and it’s one of my big goals for the year!