Wednesday, August 31, 2011

August Report Card

I'll be honest.  I'm going through a real soul-searching when it comes to this blog.  I love reading blogs.  And I fight the Green-Eyed Monster every time I read the big ones.  Especially when those sweet bloggers say things like, "I'm just a normal person!" and "I never dreamed it would get this big!" and "I make a butt load of money off this blog!"  (Okay, no one ever says they make a butt load of money, but you can tell purely by the quality of the design and the amount of ads and the number of likes on Facebook that they make a decent bit of supplemental income.)  The biggest thing holding me back is original content.  I have zero.  Every single article on how to have a successful blog declares that you have to blog about something you're passionate about in order to be successful.  I can only conclude that I have no passion.  For anything.  At least, not enough passion about anything to come up with original content about it.  And I'm sad about it, because of course I'd love to be the kind of blogger that has something to say that many, many people want to read.  I guess I'm just not that ambitious. 

But if anything, this blog serves as a tiny bit of accountability.  I've posted a few goals, and simply knowing that I did and that six or seven of you know about it helps me to tear myself away from Gardens of Time on Facebook to follow through.  I did make a few hair bows this month, which was my goal for August.  Not a ton, but a few, simply because I said I would.  I also made a ribbon with a ring on the end to hang them up.  I'm actually quite proud of that little craft.  It's something I've wanted to do for a long time, and took me all of three minutes to do, so I actually did it.  It's almost like I'm organized or something.

I also completed my July goal of making homemade laundry detergent.  That was actually quite easy too.  The hardest part was grating the soap, which was made less hard as I did it during an episode of Big Brother.  I still have quite a bit of store-bought laundry detergent to go through, but I tested it out on a load of towels, and so far so good.  All the ingredients cost about $4.00 less than the usual detergent I buy, and I'll probably be able to get three times the amount out of it.  It was easy, and I had nothing to be intimidated about.

As for the rest of my goal list, I've decided to amend one.  My September goal was going to be to make throw pillow covers, but I'm going to replace it with making these letters for my girls.  I saw them on Pinterest, and then found letters at Hobby Lobby during their 50% off Wall Decor sale, making the letters $1.50 each.  At first I was just going to do my girls' first initials, but went ahead and bought their whole names.  I've been raiding the paint chip sample section of stores for a few weeks now, so I'm excited to get them done.  I've always wanted to put my girls' names in their room. 

So here is my updated goal list:

January - Move.

February - Make a Homemaking Binder.

March - Send out my story.

April - Make a Felt Doll Set.

May - Plant Garden Pots.

June - Make a Sourdough Starter.

July - Make Homemade Laundry Detergent.

August - Make hair bows.

September - Make paint chip letters

October - Cook a recipe from a Rachael Ray cookbook.

November - Make crayon caddies.

September is looking to be quite busy.  MOPS starts up, which will be nice.  Pumpkin Pie has been asking about her class, and I'm looking forward to gleaning ideas for the MOPS group I'm trying to start up at our church in January.  I also find myself involved in the women's ministry at church, and we have a big event planned.  And of course the thought of fall weather really makes me smile these days, so I'm hoping that this September is much more fall-like than last September.  (Last September I was pregnant and did not appreciate that full-blown summer weather stayed strong through the end of the month.)

And finally, here is my reading list for the month.  It's much shorter than other months, but the book about George W. Bush was long and totally worth it.  (Titles in red were books read for book reviews.)

Decision Points by George W. Bush
The Chocolate Diaries by Karen Scalf Linamen
Cherished by Kim Cash Tate
One Tough Mother by Julie Barnhill
Wrapped in Rain by Charles Martin
Worlds Collide by Alison Strobel
One Call Away by Brenda Warner
Clouds by Robin Jones Gunn

While my littles are too little to start school, this time of year still feels like a second new year for me too.  I welcome any and all fresh starts.

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