June 2016 in Review

What I Focused on in June: 

1. A couple of (really) big weeks at my non-writing job
2. I was sick for a couple of weeks, so trying to keep up with life while not feeling well
3. Family time

Birthday Challenge and Dream List Update 
Birthday Challenge: (The ones that are bolded are completed, and I’m just continuing to work on them.)
2. Pray the “prayer of Jebez” every day for three months {1}

4. Go to Wednesday night church 24 times {1}
6. Read 12 non-fiction “spiritual” books {2}
7. Read the Proverb of the day every day for six months {1}
10. Make 24 meals from different countries {4}
11. Get up at 6:15 or before 24 days in a row (not counting weekends) {12}
12. Go to bed at 10:30 or before 24 nights (not in a row) {12}
13. Write a monthly review on my blog within 5 days of the end of the month whenever internet is available {Yes}
14. Blog my 3 (or more) top goals for each month within 5 days of the beginning of each month whenever internet is available {Yes}
15. Write 24 book reviews {11}
23. Read 24 non-fiction books {4}
24. Read out loud for 24 hours {2}

Go to North Dakota

Reading Update

Fiction: 7
Non-fiction: 4
Reviews: 11
Audio Books: 3 

Nights gone: 7
New States or Countries: North Dakota 
June Goals 

1. Run or Jog at least 10 hours (not at once) – Haha. No
2. Make four meals from other countries – Yes – At least mostly 
3. Finish memorizing the second chapter of Philippians – No
4. Write 5 “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” short stories No
5. Read and review 4 nonfiction books – Yes
6. Read out loud for 4 hours – Only about 3 hours
7. Get to bed by 10:30 at least 12 times (not in a row) – Yes (I think, I might have only done 11 nights)
8. Get up by 6:30 at least 12 times (not in a row) – Yes
9. Write up a game plan for the next draft of WLHYL – Haha. No
10. Work at least 80 hours on my non-writing job – Technically no, but what I was actually meaning, Yes

What I’ve Been Learning

This was an interesting month for me. One of the biggest things I learned was that plans change and grace is often needed in abundance. Also, I’m not quite as good at getting things done as I thought I was. But, but, but… I can push through when absolutely necessary (and do a passable job, although you probably don’t want to be around). And, well, God’s grace and peace is amazing. I also discovered that my focusing ability is pretty much nil in certain situations, and that sometimes goals have to take a back seat.
I also read several good books this month and learned about finances, log lines (for writing), and how to create open friendships where spiritual conversations are natural. 
Along the lines of studying countries… Poland, Cambodia, and Honduras were pretty interesting to study. I’ve read a lot of historical fiction that takes place at least partly during Poland, so I enjoyed seeing more of what it’s like modern day, compared to back during WW2. 

June was a crazy month, and one I’ll be happy not to repeat. I was sick for about two or three weeks, which made June’s productivity very low and the non-accomplished wannabes rather daunting. Despite that though, I really actually enjoyed the month a lot. It was beautiful, enlightening, and lovely. 
I took a spur-of-the-moment trip to visit my sister and her seven kids. (Lots of reading, imaginative games, yummy, healthy food, and sibling time.) A friend invited me and my best friend to a camp out. During the first part of the month and the (almost) last part, we had some really busy days at my non-writing job which are always fun. 
On Thursday the 23rd, my adopted dad who was out in Montana had a heart attack. He’s been in a hospital in Bismarck, North Dakota ever since. I flew down a week ago to join him and my adopted mom. I’m incredibly thankful to be here, but it’s been a crazy week. I can hardly even recall June actually, so hopefully this post makes sense and I didn’t leave anything huge out.  

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