Can we consider all of June null and consider July a Mulligan month?

June was rough for me in regard to managing expectations: personal and professional. I had a big bump in my workload, and because it’s summer my social life seemed to be a wee bit more demanding than usual. This month I’m going to do something I have never done: I’m going to renew my resolutions two-months in a row. Slightly tweaked, but for the most part the same resolutions, I’m ready to take July by the…fireworks. (Okay, that was lame)

July should run slightly smoother, I have a decent hang on my new writing job, and I’m not going into magazineland again until August. I still have class work (and I’ve signed up for another class starting 7/11) but those are things I need to learn to include into my daily workload better anyhow.

So, without further ado, here are my June July resolutions:

  1. Five workouts a week. Last month I aimed to do split day workouts to keep my energy level up. I still really like that idea, but I’m trying to be more realistic this month about my schedule.
  2. Small frequent meals. I tried this out at the beginning of last month, but eventually just reverted back to my three-meal a day ways. I’m not quite ready to give up this little experiment though. It may be time for me to accept that sometimes things take time, and I can’t always expect to get it right the first time.
  3. Last month I resolved to “Keep alcohol to once a week.” Luckily I’m no longer reviewing bars, so I’m going to try to cut back even more. Summer time often feels like an adventure in cocktail drinking, but I don’t have to drink because everyone else does. I’m 28, not 18, I shouldn’t be quite so susceptible to peer pressure at this age. Plus, alcohol is expensive, dehydrating, and calorie laden—I just don’t need it.
  4. Write a book. Not the whole thing, but I sort of have a deadline to get my chapter outline to my agent by the end of summer. I’m aiming to have one polished sample chapter ready to go by the end of July, and another by the end of August. I may not sell this book, but by golly I’m going to try.
  5. Group fitness. Last month I challenged myself to go to more classes. This month I’m keeping that challenge, and adding the challenge to apply to at least five gyms for subbing positions. Now that my CPR certification is in order, I can start pounding the pavement.

I’m also resolving to blog consistently again. June was full of a lot of late nights, early mornings, and crazy deadlines, but my little blog is like my diary at the end of the day. It’s an indulgence at the end of the day, and without it these past few weeks I’ve been feeling all sorts of cranky.

What are you resolving for July?