To Do in August

I’m one of those people who gets a new calendar in August instead of January. Since I transitioned from school to teaching to homeschooling, following the school year calendar makes sense to me. August is a time to evaluate how the year is going so far, set new goals, and get used to a new routine.

Here are a few things I have on my to-do list in August (a couple affiliate links are included):

  • Michael Hyatt is one of my favorite podcasters. He recently posted the encore episode on the 7 benefits of journaling. I want to start taking a few minutes at the end of each day to write down what happened. We’re hoping and praying we’ll get a referral for a boy in Ethiopia who needs a mom, dad, and two brothers, so this year will bring lots of changes to our family. I want to remember the journey.
  • Design by Insight has been posting on editorial calendars, and I’ve implemented their tips. I hope to continue this routine!
  • Take Mandi’s 10-week online course, “From Idea to E-Book.” Publishing an e-book was so much fun and I learned a lot from the experience, but I know there’s more to learn from Mandi who has had lots of success. If you’re interested, sign-up and jump in!
  • Buy the new album by The Civil Wars (releases Aug. 6th). They are one of my favorite bands and I’m excited to hear their new material.
  • Attend the Timothy+Barnabas retreat for pastors and pastors’ wives in Philadelphia. I’m always excited to spend time with Lee and I’m looking forward to what we’ll learn and the encouragement we’ll receive.
  • Go see “The Butler,” a movie about an African-American butler in the White House from the presidencies of Eisenhower through Reagan. It releases the 16th. There aren’t many movie I get excited about, but this one looks really good.
  • Relax with friends on our girls’ weekend trip. Ah, can’t wait!
  • Send my baby to kindergarten and start my big boy in 2nd grade. (Let’s quickly move to the next to-do on the list . . .)
  • Work toward our new book’s release in September. The writing is done, so we’re working on design, formatting, and marketing.
  • Have dinner with the deacons’ wives. Why should our husbands always have all the fun? 🙂

Are you looking forward to August? Anything fun on your to-do list?

3 thoughts on “To Do in August

  1. Nothing too exciting this month. Good to know what you’ll be up to! I can’t believe it is August tomorrow!! Christmas is right around the corner… 😉

  2. I think I will forever turn the calendar over in August/September. Old teacher habits die hard, don’t they? My life has been structured around the school year so long, it’s hard to imagine it any other way!

  3. I too usually get a new planner from B & N every late August/early Sept. I feel like I just got my last one so I’m kinda surprised it’s already time for another one.

    August is truly the DOG DAYS in south Texas – so unrelentingly hot. I plan to hibernate, get my kids their school supplies (a trip I enjoy even more than they do), and begin nesting for our new little one due in November. The cleaning chores are jumping out at me at an alarming rate! You can bet that I’ll be getting that Civil Wars album too. Oh! And seeing Austenland starring Keri Russell. If you haven’t read the book, I recommend it – very sweet and easy.

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