The other day I had a few rare moments of down time and just started thinking about the goals that I had made for 2017. How was I doing with them? Had I succeeded so far, or was it the opposite? Were these goals actually as attainable as I thought they might be? Or did I set myself up for failure?
After really thinking about where I was with these goals I thought I would share my progress (or lack there of) here on the blog. I’d say I’ve come pretty far with some of my goals since January but still need to put in some serious work and effort into a few of them.
For the sake of this post not looking and reading like complete word vomit, I only included my goals that I set and not the part where I went more in depth about them. If you’d like to see what I originally wrote back in January, you can see it all in this post here.
Goal No. 1: HOLD MYSELF TO A STANDARD OF GRACE AND NOT PERFECTION
September Follow-Up: HA! I’m still struggling with this one BIG time. I really anticipated ‘practicing grace’ being easier than it actually has been. Striving for constant perfectionism is so tiring that I just assumed ‘letting things go’ would be easier than it actually is. I’ve really been finding that practicing grace is much easier said than done. I’m still struggling with accepting things when they are not my definition of ‘perfect’ and truth be told, there really hasn’t been much progress here. BUT there are still 4-months left of the year and I think I’m going to re-read, Emily Ley’s “Grace Not Perfection” to give myself a good kick in the butt.
Goal No. 2: PRACTICE SELF COMPASSION
September Follow-Up: About that…I think once I can really get on board with “Grace Not Perfection” this one will get easier. Compassion and grace for yourself really seem to go hand in hand with one another. I’m working on getting there but the struggle is so real. Why are we so hard on ourselves? Why do we give others a pass when they fall short but not our own selves?
Goal No. 3: MAKE HEALTH A PRIORITY
September Follow-Up: One of the biggest hurdles I needed to tackle was my caffeine consumption (GASP!) The struggle has been real real though. I have successfully cut my caffeine intake in half. This is huge for me! Not only do I love the taste of coffee and espresso, I love the effects that I get from those tasty drinks. It was like breaking two habits instead of just one. It was HARD! My nutrition has also gotten better and I am so much more conscious of what I’m putting in my body. AND I’ve done this crazy (but not really) thing called ‘packing a lunch.’ Eating a salad for lunch almost every day is the easiest way to get in all those greens. Working out has been up and down and is usually affected by how busy I am at work. It’s a work in progress making it a priority but I’m getting there. I’m looking forward to blogging about my journey to wellness, but I haven’t exactly figured out what I want that to look like as of yet. I’m going to keep working on it this year with the hope of starting a new blogging series about it next year.
Goal No. 4: DITCH TRASH T.V.
September Follow-Up: Well... ditch MOST of it! I still watch Real Housewives, Southern Charm, and Sweet Home Oklahoma; I just can’t quit them! By cutting out all the other trash T.V. shows, I’ve made more time to read books that I really enjoy. I’m also able to keep up with my millions of magazines that I read each month. I just did this revolutionary thing (okay, not really) and subscribed to all my magazines. I swear I’m now going to save hundreds of $$ a year thanks to those subscriptions. (More coffee money, oh wait, what about that caffeine intake thing…)
Goal No. 5: KEEP THE CLUTTER AWAY
September Follow-Up: Success! Living in a small space almost requires this on a daily basis. Every month I make it priority to go through all of our closets and get rid of what we don’t need anymore. It seemed daunting at first but it’s so much better than opening a closet door and having things fall out on your face.
Goal No. 6: PLAN FOR ADVENTURES
September Follow-Up: Still working on Paris! But took a last minute trip to Austin for my birthday, went to Disneyland, and I can’t wait to go back to Charleston this November for a fun girls trip.
Goal No. 7: CREATE AN EDITORIAL CALENDAR AND IDEA BANK FOR THE BLOG
September Follow-Up: Well, I gave it a good go and it was a nice thought! Honestly, my job plays a role in how many times I can post during the weeks/ months. If it’s a 40-hour work week, you’re probably seeing 2-ish posts a week, 50-60 hour weeks, maybe 1 post, 60+ hours, it’s just not going to happen. So, I realized that an editorial calendar just won’t work for me right now. Instead, I’m keeping a running list about all my blog post ideas.
Goal No. 8: BUY FRESH FLOWERS EVERY WEEK
September Follow-Up: SUCCESS!! Who doesn’t want to have pretty flowers around every week?!
Goal No. 9: STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES
September Follow-Up: Success! I still get caught in the hustle and bustle but I’ve really tried to start enjoying small things like taking Lily out and letting her smell ALLLLLL the roses in the neighborhood. She’s a social butterfly and very curious so a walk around the block can take us 20+ minutes if I let her go at Lily-speed. It’s nice taking the time to just enjoy things.
Goal No. 10: REMEMBER THAT EACH DAY IS A BLESSING
September Follow-Up: YES! When I’m upset or frustrated with something I’ve learned to take a step back and be grateful for the challenge. It means I’m alive and thriving, something that I’m sure I’m not alone in taking for granted.
Did you set goals or resolutions for yourself this year? If you did, how are they going?
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!