Goals: let’s talk about them. We are officially one month into 2011 and I’m sure I’m not the only one who has struggled to keep up steam with their yearly goals.
Earlier this month I sat down and wrote out my aspirations for the year ahead. I found that writing them out with a pretty pen in my best handwriting was pretty therapeutic in itself. Committing your thoughts and goals to paper does help you, well, commit to them. Seeing a concept sealed in ink, at least in my opinion, gives it a little more weight. For 2011 my goals reach to all corners of my life – professional, personal, entrepreneurial, emotional, and so on…
Now I will be totally honest with you… After one month of working on these goals, it’s a pretty even split between success and “needs improvement.” I taped my list of goals beside the mirror I look into every morning while getting ready for the day. I should have posted it right in the middle of that stinkin’ mirror! I decided to break my goals up into one month intervals so that I could easily keep track of whether or not I was hitting my marks. Since we’re such good friends here, I’ll share my progress :D
*Continue to eat right and take care of myself – Lose 2lbs/month to reach my goal.
—–>Well, January is a bit tough for weight-loss. Holidays are still lingering, cold weather enhances the urge to snack… I lost 1lb. Not a major victory, but I’ll count it.
*Spend more time enjoying myself and less time worrying.
—–>I’m a worry-wort. This hasn’t changed too much, but I’ve definitely had a great time this month! Hanging out with friends, lots of laughter and smiles, and definitely less stress now that the holidays have passed.
*Read at least one book per month.
—–>Finished reading a book I began before the holidays and I’m halfway through my next book. I’ll count this one as a success!
*Keep my d*mn room clean!
—–>Ehh, cleanish. Not messy, but definitely not organized. I’ll work on this one for February.
*Wake up at a decent time/Go to bed at a decent time.
—–>Fail. I am an insomniac and I love to sleep in on days I don’t have to work. Still working on this one.
*Stay Organized/Be on time.
—–>Semi-fail. I try, I really do. I like to be on time, I hate being late… but, but… Ehh, who am I kidding? I’ve always struggled with being punctual. I get it from my mother, she runs in her own time-zone. Still working on this one.
*Continue to devote enough time to my art.
—–>Well, this site alone is proof that I’m keeping this goal alive! Yay! Success :)
*More actively seek a full time teaching job.
—–>Keeping up with job postings, check. I still need to spruce up my resume. Ugh, I hate job searching.
*Pay all bills on time, save money for a new car.
—–>Success with bills, fail with saving money this month. I’ll just have to split January over the next couple months to make up for it.
*Internal/Mental goals… (Just a few things I wrote down to remind myself… Maybe they’ll help you, too!)
—–>Be calm. Be aware. Be present. Be myself.
—–>Let pass the things I cannot change.
—–>Don’t dwell on those that do not return my affections. Find someone who will.
—–>Overall- Stay the course and keep my eyes open.
So there you have it! My goals for 2011. So far, not a total failure after one month, but certainly not a total success.