My August 2017 goals and updates are late – this post was kind of tough to write. You’ll see why in the Updates section below. Things have been pretty crazy, but there is good stuff coming up! Here is an update on my July goals and new ones I have created for August.

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August Goals and updates on progress on my July goals!

July Goals Review:

  1. Release my first two freebies by July 15.  FAIL.  I am still working on getting these released in the very near future.
  2. Make my first blogging dollar!  PASS!  I’m not in the “profit” zone yet, but I was able to earn $15 in affiliate sales during the blog’s first month.
  3. Plan my Word for Students e-book. – ON HOLD.  I am getting ready to start a course that will help me a lot with this e-book and other projects, so I took this one off the table for now.
  4. Write 4 posts per week.  FAIL.  I was able to keep up with posting twice a week in July, but not with creating the additional content.
  5. Write editorial calendar for September-December.  PASS
  6. Sell 10 things.  FAIL.  Sort of.  I sold 5 old school books on Amazon, which isn't bad, but was hoping to make more progress here.
  7. Clean out/reorganize closet: PASS!  Best yet, it has stayed clean the whole month.
  8. Walk 350,000 steps with my FitBit.  FAIL. I walked 231,754 steps in July.  What went wrong?  I usually walk my lunch break at work, and that’s where I get the most of my step-action going.  In July I had a serious of doctor and other appointments that got in the way of that lunch-break walk, and I didn’t have a backup plan.  The new plan is to have a backup plan! I am going to try to add in a second walk in the evenings if needed to get to my steps goal for the day.
  9. Lose 10 lbs. I’m on a mission to get out of the danger zone! FAIL.  I hit a plateau on this one for a number of reasons, some in my control and some not.  But since me and Jesus are in charge of my life, I’m taking charge of the ones I can control for August!
  10. Get back in the habit of my nightly routine so I can start off on the right foot for the Fall semester.  FAIL (50%).  I haven’t gotten back in the habit of the routine yet, but I have been able to go to bed earlier and wake up earlier more consistently.


Sometimes, real life collides with your school plans! In this case it was a big truck that collided.

In July, real life collided with my school plans in a big way.  Actually, it was a big truck that collided…I had previously saved up tuition money for the Fall 2017 semester, as well as money for textbooks, supplies, parking permit, gas, etc.  In late June, I was rear-ended and my car was totaled.  Yikes!  Along with the long parade of insurance phone calls and doctor’s appointments, I ended up wiping out both my emergency fund and my school savings to make a down payment on a replacement car.  Totally not in my plans!  I am not taking out student loans (have enough of those already!), so I will be deferring my enrollment for now, until I can replenish my savings.  This was a really tough decision; I LOVE school and I really wanted to be making progress towards my PhD dreams.  I was heartbroken to have to make a pivot this time.  But here’s the thing: God knew this was coming, and he has good things planned for me!  I will still be here, studying in cafes and providing awesome resources for students from my experience as an undergrad and graduate student and as an adjunct professor, and I will be working on a curriculum writing project soon too!

August Goals:

  1. Release my freebies, already!
  2. Finish the Brilliant Pinning course.
  3. Earn $50 in affiliate sales.
  4. Write 10 blog posts.
  5. List 10 more things to sell on Amazon or Craigslist.
  6. Walk 300,000 steps with my FitBit.
  7. Lose 4 pounds.
  8. Get in the nightly routine 7 days in a row.
  9. Create a 12 Week Plan for the blog and health goals.  I recently read The 12 Week Year on a recommendation from Colette Broomhead, and I am all fired up to work on my own plan!
  10. Outline the content for my upcoming GRE Analytical Writing Assessment Workshop!


What goals do you have for August?

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When you have to Reorganize a Research Paper

Your organization and structure will probably change several times as you write your paper. Sometimes you come up with a clever way to word your thesis, and then you need to make your paper structure match. Other times, as you are writing and revising, you realize that something might make more sense in a different part of the paper. This can result in a bunch of cut-and-paste madness. It’s kind of a pain, and it is really easy to lose track of something or miss a section as you go, especially if you have to do a lot of scrolling to move a paragraph somewhere else in the paper.

The Cafe Scholar is Back! & My Focus for 2018

That’s right - I’m back!  The past few months I’ve been going through some major transitions and life changes.  I usually wait to share about transitions on social media, but now that the dust has settled, I’m so excited to share what’s been happening in my life and...


  1. I think July was kind of busy for us all. I tried my best to do the goals I had set for July too. I had my daughter move back home and that kind of got me off course. I have had a hard time fitting all my writing in over the last few months. I am thinking of doing this on my blog as well, I need something to keep me on track! Life happens so fast now days and before you know it the month has flown by and the goals you set haven't been accomplished. I can say I have bought a spin bike and put it on my front porch and ride every morning it's my favorite part of the day. I built me a treadmill desk for my treadmill and walk about 2.5 miles a day almost every day. So that I have accomplished. Yay! Great job Joy!

    • You BUILT a treadmill desk?? That is so awesome, Sherry!

  2. Joy, I am so sorry you've had to defer school. That is a tough decision. It's the tough things that happen to us that define us and provide growth more so than the easy things so hope this will lead to some fabulous new things for you! Wishing you a great month ahead!

    Elizabeth |

    • Thanks, Elizabeth! Sometimes, in the moment it really doesn't feel good. (That's why it took me 2 weeks to post this update…) But we don't grow from the easy stuff!

  3. Wow! After all you've been through I would consider July a success. You had a lot of circumstances come your way that you couldn't control. And you still met many of your goals. Keep up the hard work. I'm glad you are OK and you are correct-God is in control!

    • He sure is, and sometimes I need to reframe things. Instead of “why is this happening?” or “what am I going to do?” I need to reframe those questions as “what is God going to do?”


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