October 2017 goals

2 October 2017

I’m as ready as I’ve ever been for a new season, and my goals reflect that! In light of my imperfect home thoughts from last month, I’m focusing on making what I have more beautiful, and taking care of it well as we gather in for the colder months. When I’m not cleaning or organizing this month, I hope you’ll find me having fun with my two favorite people — and on that note, keep an eye out for a fall fun list coming to the blog soon!

apple cider scones

What I read in September:
You and Me Forever (I always try to read a marriage book to coincide with our anniversary, and this was a good, if unusual, one! If you’re familiar with Francis Chan, you know it’s going to be challenging and convicting, but I welcome the sharpening :))
For the Love (Re-reading this with my neighborhood book club!)
Nyxia (My friend’s debut novel! It was REALLY good. If you like dystopian YA, I would highly recommend it!)
— Books I’m reading throughout the year: The Power of a Praying Wife and The Lifegiving Home

Revisiting my goals for September:
Write the Word every day (I did this more days than not, and LOVED it! Such a great practice.)
Eat a fruit or veggie at every meal (Embarrassing or not, I loved this goal! I didn’t keep a great record, but it was something I thought about at every meal, and it was a great reminder!)
Make a donation to Harvey relief through our charitable giving account. (We chose to donate to UMCOR.)
Bake apple cider scones for June’s teachers on the first day of fall (Yes! Pictured above.)
Put Financial Peace University plans into motion at our church (Baby steps, but yes!)
Celebrate my parents well on our Asheville trip, as it’s sandwiched in between their 60th birthdays! (Yes! We got them Hamilton tickets (!!!), which will count for their birthday, Mother’s/Father’s Day, and Christmas gifts for the next five years, haha!)
Celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary!!! (Yes! We went to the NC Zoo on Friday, then went out to dinner at The Durham that night without June, and it was SO GREAT to have a leisurely, long dinner together, something we hadn’t done in way too long.)

October goals:
— Start my work-from-home days with Bill Hybel’s prayer journaling practice (Trying this again!)
— Have a magic eraser party all over our house (I am new to the magic eraser magic and after cleaning off just a tiny portion of our baseboards, I’m hooked! Plus, June thinks it’s realllly fun to help (she works next to me with a normal sponge! :))
— Re-color code book shelf (I tore a page out of a magazine as inspiration, and am excited to give our colorful shelf a facelift!)
— Spruce up our bedroom dresser (I was majorly inspired by the styling in Alaina’s home tour, and am hoping to style this surface a bit and add more framed photos.)
— Organize our pantry
— Host the fifth annual pumpkins and soup party in our backyard
— Come up with something fun for June’s Halloween costume!

Any Halloween costume suggestions?? Bonus points for a concept John and I can get in on, too. Here’s what we did last year :)

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October 2, 2017 6:55 am

Dillon and I started Financial Peace University last week and I am enjoying it SO much. I love that we both have gatherings surrounding soup on our lists. The recent issue of Magnolia Journal has a feature about making soup and inviting community into your home to share it and it inspired me very much!

I am sharing my October goals here: http://kylamary.com/2017/10/october-2017-goals/ :)

October 2, 2017 10:56 am
Reply to  Kyla Shattuck

Kyla, you would LOVE The Lifegiving Home by Sally and Sarah Clarkson. It’s really hitting home for me right now and the mention of ‘soup’ in your comment made me reach out to you here!

October 2, 2017 9:53 am

1. Your colorful bookshelf inspired me to also sort my books by color. Now I’m intrigued to see what you will change. Please do share the final result!
2. Alaina’s home tour was a major inspiration for me too! Knowing that I will probably move in the next 6-8 months I’m not ready to make any big purchases but her living room decor inspired me to purchase new wall art and re-style my dresser as well.
Happy October – I’m sure it will be a great month!

October 2, 2017 10:54 am

Ohhh! You’re reading suggestions sound intriguing. And I’ll have to send you a few of my favorites I have here laying around if you’re interested, Em! Xo

October 2, 2017 11:57 am

I too am new to this magic eraser magic!! Definitely going to have to give that a try! Also very interested to see how you spruce up your bedroom dresser, if you don’t mind sharing a before + after and styling tips?! ;)

Also loved your costumes from last year! I’m sure y’all will be cute no matter what y’all choose, but I can totally see y’all as the Scarecrow (John), Dorothy (you), and Toto (June)! Haha :)

October 2, 2017 2:57 pm

Alaina’s home tour was literally the first home I’ve ever seen online that I wanted to move right into. So, so gorgeous and cozy!

October 3, 2017 12:44 am

I’m trying to come up with a Halloween costume idea myself, so I’ve been perusing Pinterest for ideas. What about Christopher Robin, Pooh, and Piglet? Christopher Robin seems like an easy Dad costume :)

October 3, 2017 12:34 pm

Alaina’s home tour was amazing! I love how she made it feel both fancy and livable. So much gorgeous inspiration.

Your annual soup and pumpkin carving party inspired me to start my own soup and pumpkin party with my former college roommates and add “try a new soup” to my goals list :). Thanks for always sharing your wonderful ideas! I can’t wait to see what soup you make!


October 4, 2017 12:04 am

As a preschool teacher, magic erasers are like GOLD to me! Haha. I love getting after stuff with one of those. Is it strange it brings me great joy to get some stubborn marks all squeaky clean?! Loved reading all of your goals! Fall is such a fun time!

October 4, 2017 2:49 pm

Another great month of goals – good luck sweet friend x