One thing I've learned about myself is that "big picture goal setting" is not my forte. Sure, the end goal is sparkly and shiny and looks amazing, but that means nothing if I don't have a game plan filled with baby steps in place to reach it. Instead of just saying, "I want to run a 5k," I need those smaller goals like running x amount of miles each day, making sure to eat xyz before/after, etc. to make the big goal seem less daunting and more doable! (Are you like this, too?)
Thus, I'm trying out monthly goals.
PURGE THE CLOSET
I graduated from college over two years ago and my closet still resembles that of someone living on campus. I've been thinking about this for ages, but since I work full-time and second shoot weddings almost every Saturday (gotta love wedding season!), I just haven't had the time to sit down and really dedicate my time to it. Since I have free weekends coming up soon, the time is NOW! I love looking through Caroline's capsule wardrobe posts and videos on YouTube about purging the closet and adding in good quality staple pieces. I feel like having good, age appropriate clothes will make me feel more motivated to get things done during the day! Now, I'll still hold onto some of those TCU shirts, but a majority of my closet will be cleared out!
EAT BETTER, RUN MORE
Two weeks ago, I spontaneously decided to start running again. I've maybe gone running three times since my foot surgery back in December, so it was more of a test to see how well I could do. Surprisingly, I was able to run/walk 2 miles in about half an hour! I know that doesn't sound like much, but for someone who generally loathes running and has a derp foot, that's pretty solid for me. I started thinking about having a goal to run a certain amount of miles in a week, maybe a month. For now, the goal is simply to run more and pair that with eating better. I used to be on a smoothie kick a while back, so I want to get back into that, start meal planning, and generally make better food decisions for my body, inside and out. I want to try throwing some yoga in there, too, especially on the weekends. The ultimate goal here is to be fit, healthy, and feeling great in my own skin.
READ TWO BOOKS
My sister recently recommended that I read Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. A day or two later, I picked up the aforementioned book and the audiobook as well as another book by Sandberg that I spotted it on the shelf at the library. So far, I'm in chapter three of Lean In and I'm enjoying it quite a lot so far! I highly recommend it to women and have loved listening to the audiobook on my way to work in the mornings. The goal is to finish it and then read the other book I picked up, Lean In for Graduates, by the end of the month! I have a long list of books I want to read, but never prioritize doing it. By having a goal of two books this month, I feel like it's a manageable way of starting to tackle that list!
NURTURE THE BLOG
Hello editorial calendars, planning ahead, and engaging with the community! Every little bit counts here and I've already started thinking about the smaller goals within the big goal. From interacting with other bloggers to sticking to a posting schedule, I want to have some consistency in order to pair pushing out great content while networking and getting to know other people in this wonderful community. This is a major one that I really hope to stick to!
So there you have it! I'll start with these goals and see how it goes throughout the month. If I really like doing the monthly goals, I'll pop another blog post in at the beginning of September with an update on how I did with these goals and another set of monthly goals to tackle!
Do you have any major goals for this month? How do you plan on moving forward with them?