There are a few things going on today, so I’ve combined them into one long post of goodness. So, first…
On the 4th of July
I used to be quite angry about all the things going wrong and I let that anger rule pretty much unopposed.
But, here’s the thing. Barring a few days of vacation, I have spent all of my 27 years of my life in this country, and it’s about time I set the record straight.
America is awesome.
Unfortunately, patriotism in its natural form really kind of comes off as redneck enthusiasm for not being culturally diverse (or at least it did at the high school I used to teach at).
But I guess what I want to impart is that there are a lot of quiet, educated, possibly lame people out there who are just calmly and simply happy with having been born in America.
This is not to say that other countries are worse. Or that America is somehow “better” than everyone else (though I’m sure everyone has met people who feel that way and are rude about it).
Only that America is the best place for me to be, and I am just as fascinated and in love with a lot of our history as I am repulsed and embarrassed about other parts.
This is simply my perspective, based on a lot of luck, blessings, and chance breaks, but since it’s the 4th of July, I want to try to express why America isn’t all bad, despite its reputation around the world. And why for some of us “Proud to be an American,” is just one of a number of feelings, not a blaring anthem of culture-ism.
So… Happy 4th of July!
June Recap & July Goals
First, I want to give some credit to the awesome website I am going to steal the monthly goals template from — if you aren’t reading My Pretty Pennies, there’s a beautiful part of the internet you’re missing out on!Here’s how we fared in June:
Work out two times per week
Yeah. Just. No.
Replenish our safety net
Take a fun trip for JHubb’s birthday
In my defense, JHubbs did get an incredibly awesome birthday present. We just didn’t go anywhere!
Post consistently two to three times per week on Life [Comma] Etc
Hooray for my past self, who scheduled through June!
Get through Topics 2, 3, and 4 towards the ACFPE Accreditation
I am quickly falling off the wagon for my finance course! I will find the time very soon to make this a priority again.
Find our local farmer’s market
Okay, so, we found it. We just never quite made it there before noon, hah!
Find our local library and set up the Kindle
We found our library with flying colors, visiting almost every Saturday in June! I haven’t set up the Kindle to borrow books because we’ve been busy reading. So far since finding our library, I’ve taken in Austenland, You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up, The Sword of Shanara, Blue Nights, and one or two more I can’t remember. Loving it!
Here are our goals for July:
- Work out two times per week. With Josh taking on his birthday present challenge, we will definitely be making exercise a priority. And I’ll be along for the ride!
- Replenish our safety net to $500. This time, I assessed where we are and what the budget looks like for the month. $500 is a very reasonable goal. But it’s close enough to keep things interesting.
- Appreciate summer once per week. Whether that’s a summer-only food treat or stepping outside to enjoy the weather, I want to take a moment every week to appreciate the season.
- Get through Topics 2, 3, and 4 towards the ACFPE Accreditation. This again, right?
- Break 1,000,000 on my Alexa rating. Instead of a posting goal, I thought I would add a metric! While I am close to breaking this mile marker, with “the way the winds blow” on the internet, it could go up or down! So, I’ll need to keep up my consistency to make sure I meet this goal.
- Set up the Kindle with the local library.
- Read two books.
- Be social each week. We set aside a $25 social fund to encourage us to make new friends in town. So far, this has been working out really well! We grabbed Thai food with a new friend from church, and this week we’ll be using the fund to visit old friends in our college town.