The 52 Project: July

There's no way it's August. Impossible. But it's here. And just like usual, I devote each week to a different resolution. I call it The 52 Project. July was a re-do month, devoted to completing past months' failures. Let's see how I did:
  • Working Out--I've been walking, and while it's not Instagram-worthy, it is certainly a first "step" so to speak. Bonus: I've given up Diet Coke! I only drank these on weekends and when traveling, but still.
  • Reading a Book--I used to always have a book in my hand, but blogging takes up almost every free moment. I'm checking emails, visiting blogs and commenting, responding to comments, and writing posts (my fave part!). I would spend every second blogging if I could, and luckily my friends remind me to actually have a life. I managed to read a couple of books in July and a weekend in the mountains certainly helped.
  • Go to Bed an Hour Earlier--I've never been a good sleeper, so I'm up 'til midnight and up at 6 the next morning. It has taken its toll and I look awful. I went to sleep an hour earlier 3 out of 7 days. Not bad, but not like I had hoped.
  • Time Management--Ok, the week is still in progress, but I am KILLING IT this week with the time management! I have such a short attention span, plus I am unable to multi-task. Letting myself do one task at a time, and only doing that task for a set amount of time has really helped. 
So that's it for July's resolutions. Let's see what I did this past month:
  • I hit 100 followers on YouTube! Do you follow me on YouTube?
  • Finally cashed in over $100 in change and cleaned out the medicine cabinet. Is it sad I'm really proud of those things? #nolife
  • My fave DIY of the month were these Cupcake Bath Bombs. Did you see them?
  • 4th of July curls and stripes selfie...it rained, so no fireworks for me!
  • Braves game--we beat the Cardinals!
  • Amazing pool party for charity at my apartment. I won a hotel stay in DC!
  • Got my hair "did" this month! I always feel better.
  • Roses always make bad days better.
  • Charlie was very patriotic this month. My nails last month were based on that Rocket Popsicle!  July's nails were my Sandy Sea Nails.
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  1. Charlie is adorable, and great job on meeting most of your goals! I struggle with time management and going to bed early too, so we're on the same boat there. I love, love, love the natural curls that you did!

  2. I need to get back into reading too...thanks for the reminder! :-D

  3. You did really well - congratulations on giving up the Coke. I know how addictive this stuff is, so it's wonderful that you managed to break the habit. x

  4. Sounds like you've achieved many dreams this last month. Here's to many more this month! :) xo T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

  5. Good luck with all your goals. They are all great.

  6. i love all your IG pics of charlie; he's so cute.

  7. Haha I go to bed an hour earlier does not mean I fall asleep an hour earlier.

    Ali of

    Dressing Ken

  8. Sounds like you had a productive July! Time management is something I am always trying to work on, as well, especially with working from home. It's challenging to focus on things without getting distracted.

  9. I wish I had more time for sleep, reading, and even for time management, haha!

  10. nice to know more about you... thanks for sharing!

    It’s a GIRL Thing

  11. Your weekly goals are so inspiring. I think making small, manageable goals is a great idea. I've cut way back on my Diet Coke consumption this year. I wasn't worried about the health effects, but it was getting too expensive! I stopped buying it in January, and I started making pitchers of green tea. (I can't cut out caffeine, OBVIOUSLY). My boyfriend buys me 12-packs when they're on sale, and I did end up buying my first 12-pack in 7 months last week. I still only drink a few a week, though, instead of 3-4 a day!

  12. I can't believe it's August, either- where did summer go?

    I think you're doing a great job on the 52 Project- keep it up, doll!


  13. Charlie is just too cute! Good job on limiting the Diet Coke - if only I could get my husband to do that!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  14. Good wrap-up, Elle:) I hear you about the reading. I still read, but not as much as I used to, which I kinda miss....
    Here's to a great August!

  15. Sounds like your doing great!

    I need to get better at Time Management too.

    Any tips on what's working for you?

    I'd love to hear any tips you can offer.

  16. I think the fact that you're TRYING is definitely steps in the right direction. Keep up the good work lady!

  17. Looks like you've accomplished a lot!

  18. You have certainly accomplished alot. I know how addictive diet coke is and I am still trying to kick my habit. I am working on my time management issues too. I think making the effort is the first step.


  19. Sounds like great progress and congrats on your Youtube followers! Adore these cute pics! Thanks for your visit ... Have a Fantastic Friday!

  20. Haha, I'm working on some of these, too (especially, the one about getting to bed earlier).

  21. Your goals are so great! You're inspiring me to try harder at exercising -- and going to bed earlier (as I type this at 1 a.m.). :)

  22. Well done on your 52 Project goals in July. I too have given up on diet coke and would often grab a bottle of water instead whenever craving hits. When the thirst for it is far too strong, I go for carbonated mineral water with lemon as the closest alternative. Keep up the good work, Elle.

  23. I could use going to bed a little earlier this week! Last week I had the week off work so I stayed up later than normal since I could sleep in. 5:45 came SO early this morning, haha!


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