july goals

Happy Canada Day! Canada Day is always such a fun day to celebrate. a friend and I have a tradition of playing at a park on Canada Day, but this year I think we’re going to head to the Edmonton Prospects baseball game. the baseball field has a great view of the fireworks area, so I’m excited for that!

july is also my birth month, so it’s kind of one of my favourite months of the year. this july is stacking up to be pretty fun - I’m planning my 25th birthday celebration (I can’t believe I’m going to be 25!), going camping and going hiking. but, just because july is a fun month doesn’t mean that I’m not setting goals! here are my goals for this month.

one / eat better. I know this sounds fairly basic to have as a goal, but I’ve honestly been working on it for about 2-3 weeks now because I know that getting into shape is only going to get harder from here. in the last 2-3 weeks I’ve been working on it, I’ve actually lost 14 pounds!! I just really want to stay focused on eating a very nutritious diet (and not something that is necessarily just low calorie) through july, and to do enough research on veganism that I can decide permanently.

two / hobbies. I realized on a road trip a couple weeks ago that I don’t have a lot of hobbies. I’ve been into writing for a long time, but I feel like the majority of what I do is hang out with people, watch netflix/movies and eat food. when I realized this, I decided that I wanted to spend some time discovering new hobbies. I’ve picked up hiking, slack lining and running in the last couple of weeks. the goal for july is to try as many new things as possible, and to spend more time hiking and slack lining.

three / hiking. speaking of hiking… I found that I loved it and I want to do it more. I read a study recently that suggested hiking can change your brain chemistry and make it easier to handle depression and anxiety. in the month I’ve been ‘into’ hiking, I have definitely noticed a change in my stress levels and I am way less anxious overall. this makes me want to keep doing it! my goal is to do at least one hike per week in july.

four / journalling project. I’ve been a big fan of Try with Lucie for a really long time on Refinery 29, and her journalling video inspired me. this month I’m going to try out 4 different types of journalling (one for each week of the month), and write a blog post on each one after I’ve tried it. 

five / minimalism & interior design. I want to get more into minimalism. I’m not sure if it’s something you could call a hobby, but I really enjoy decorating and styling my house in a minimalistic way. I also want minimalism to become one of the main topics for this blog, so I feel like I need to have a better understanding of it. this month, I want to read more books and watch more documentaries on the subject, and hopefully redesign my blog to reflect these changes.

so, those are my goals for this month! it feels like a few of them are a bit lofty, but I have next steps lined up for each of them. 

what are your goals for this month?