The happiest time of the year to me is definitely the Fall. The weather is cooler but not freezing, the scarves and boots come out of the closet. It’s all good. It also always gets me thinking about what I want to accomplish as I close out the year, and looking towards goals for next year. Also just trying to figure out how I can get through the last 3 months of the year and the craziness of the holidays with joy and intention and not stress and anxiety. Because even though Sept through new years is my absolute favorite time of year…let’s be real, it’s not without chaos.
I’ve also been working on a “30 before 30” list that I hope to share on the blog later this fall. It’ll be 30 things I hope to accomplish in the next 2 and few months years. (I turn 28 in January)
Q3 2015 Goal Progress:
Meditation - This year so far I have meditated 236 out of 267 days. That’s insane. I NEVER have been that consistent in past years. I think part of that has to do with monitoring progress via Elise's chart and via coach.me, forcing myself to never miss more than one day, and not having a limit on the time I needed to spend meditating. Anywhere from 2-15 min counted.
5-min Journal – Fairly consistent with this one, typically only on weekdays. I think my goal on coach.me for this one is 5 days per week? I do highly recommend the 5-minute journal though. It really forces you to find things to be grateful for everyday and to keep your head on the positive.
One Blog Per Week – This has been a great goal to force me to plan ahead on blog posts. One per week has been SO much more doable than other goals I’ve set previous years. I really think I’ve completely stuck to, if not surpassed this goal. I’ve toyed with the idea of upping it to twice per week for 2016, but I’m not sure if that’s setting me up for failure, or if by setting that goal publicly I’m more likely to actually stick with it…? TBD.
New Recipes – I haven’t stuck to this in any intentional way this year. I think we’ve definitely tried new recipes, sometimes more than one per pay period, sometimes not. I think for this last quarter I’d like to really track ones that we try. And as a longer goal, actually get all of our regular recipes in ONE place. We have some on Pinterest, some on paper, some in cookbooks, just all over the place. And having them in one central location would make meal planning SO much easier. Hmm, perhaps 2016 goal?
Monthly Date Nights – Again not real intentional about this one. I think in August we went to eat, and in September we went to a movie. Perhaps we also did something in July? I can’t even remember. Here’s to being more intentional for October, November, December and 2016 on this one. We will probably see the final Hunger Games movie in November, and there was talk of ice skating and Ginger Elizabeth hot chocolate in December.
Read 25 Books – Killing this goal! Already at 25 and it’s not even October yet. Maybe I’ll up my goal for 2016!
Learn to sew a Quilt – I have the quilt squares cut for a very simple quilt, but that’s as far as I’ve gotten. Still hoping to finish it before the end of the year.
Podcast Production: 25 Episodes – So far so good! About to release episode 20 and have 5 more in the hopper to finish out the year.
Complete Childbirth Coursework – This is becoming more real. I just ordered a bunch of class materials, my evaluated series is set for December. After that I’ll just have to attend one more birth and take the final test. So exciting!
Run Couch to 5K – Completed in March.
As the fall draws the year to a close, I plan to really pump it out and finish the childbirth work, teach my evaluated classes and hopefully schedule the test for early 2016. It’s a bit of a crunch, but I am optimistic that I can do it! I’d also like to get a few months ahead on my podcast recordings. So far, so good there. Another project that wasn’t on my original list is the book that I am working on. It will be an anthology about the first year of motherhood. The submissions close in December, and I am hoping early 2016 with the childbirth coursework done, I can turn new energy to the book and propelling that project forward. I also hope to complete Clare's Baby Book and Project Life Year 1 & 2 books at the end of the year.
It’s been a really good year for goals for me, and I don’t think that I can necessarily point that all at one specific thing. Coach.me has been a big help for tracking. Having a mantra of doing a little bit at a time and setting reasonable goals has also helped. I think following the miracle morning principals on most days has also contributed…and just picking goals that are really personal and near and dear to my heart.
I’m ready to finish out 2015 strong and prepare for even more great things in 2016!
How are your goals coming along?