My June Journey: Mid-Month Update

Hi there! This series shares my goals, bucket list items, and progress made every month.

This Month’s Goals

This month has fewer goals (7) because I’m trying to scale back these months with the kids home.

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my june goals

1. Start Training for a Half Marathon

Read why I’m doing the half marathon here.

I just finished up week 3 of training. I’ve never run a half marathon before, and I’ve been surprised by a few things:

  • The first few weeks really aren’t bad. It’s a slow increase that is a lot more sustainable than I imagined.
  • Stretching is now a non-negotiable. I learned this in week 2 when my knee started hurting.
  • A training schedule is 10x more effective than just showing up. I ran the fastest 6 miles of my life yesterday. And the only thing I changed was making a race training schedule that was more well-rounded. It includes weights, speed work, marked days off, and other things I never considered before. It shows!

2. Check off at Least 4 Things From the Summer Bucket List With the Kids

2/4 – We’ve been taking a lot of night walks. Mostly because the kids are bouncing off the wall with energy in the evenings.

  • Use our trail to take a walk to a local coffee shop
  • Visit the Farmer’s Market
  • Go stargazing at a nearby park
  • Nightly family walks. DONE
  • Tea party with friends. DONE
  • Colorado hiking

3. Do the Monthly Reading Challenge

For this month, I have two learning books I’m reading for the challenge.

june goals books to read for learning
  • Poor Charlie’s Almanack: Words and wisdom of Charlie Munger.
  • The Creative Act: A Way of Being. DONE. This is a guide on creativity from legendary music producer Rick Rubin. It was honestly a little hard to get through. But there were also fascinating insights for anyone who creates anything for a living.

Check out the June reading challenge email and June book thoughts for more on our monthly reading adventure – led by a Reading Specialist! >>

4. Reset My Sleep

I’ve actually gone backward on this. But I have a plan for this week that includes a bit of night journaling, yoga, and reading before bed. There will be some testing!

5. Watch a Documentary or Inspiring Movie (12 for the Year)

I’ve watched 5/12 for the year. So far, I’ve seen:

April goals
  • King Richard (Based on the true story of Serena and Venus Williams)
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi
  • The Greatest Love Story Never Told (Jennifer Lopez)
  • Save My Squad (David Beckham)
  • The Race to Alaska

If you have any recommendations of documentaries you’ve loved, please let me know in the comments!

6. Do an “Ask for It” Challenge

I own a second site, Wealthy Woman Finance, where we share wealth-building tips for women. This month, I’ve started a new challenge from a book I read, Ask for It.

The concept is simple. Studies show that women never ask. For pretty much anything. And it’s a big reason they’re paid 20% less than men for doing the same jobs. Along with a whole host of other things women settle for.

Since the last goals update, I asked for:

  • a discount on an app I use for work. To my surprise, they immediately responded with a 30% off coupon.
  • Taking time for myself and work around hubby’s travel. This requires speaking up about what I need.
  • I asked my email provider about something that would lead to a better user experience. They don’t have what I was looking for. But he said he would bring it up to their tech support to consider.

7. Visit a New Coffee Shop Every Month

Alight, I feel like I found a hidden gem this past week. It’s in a location that I would never think to find a cool coffee shop. But it was amazing. It had tons of charm, fresh pastries, and unique coffees.

I’ve visited 5/12 for the year.

I’ll update you three times a month (beginning-mid-end) to share how I’m doing with these goals.

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