Thursday, February 01, 2018

Hello February | Goals

I'm starting the month with some good intentions and a few goals. What is a goal you've set for this month? #goals #goalsetting

January felt like a trial month for me. Like when you sign up for a subscription service and get a month free. That's what January was. I worked really hard on some things and made a lot of headway, but there are even bigger goals I want to accomplish this month. P.S. Am I the only one who freaks out a little because February is such a short month? I find myself wondering if I'm going to have enough time to complete everything. Are we getting shortchanged with only twenty-eight days?

My goals for January. Let's see how I did...
  • Workout every day this month and increase my Fitbit step goals weekly Yep! I did the True yoga series with Adriene and increased my steps. Yay!
  • Whole30 and do a detox fast one day a week I tried so hard and I did really well, but I think Whole30 is too severe of a change in my diet. Moving forward, I'm going to be more mindful of what I eat, but I'm not going to deprive myself of certain things that are usually my staples.
  • Stick to my editorial calendar I missed a few days this month but ended up rescheduling a lot of the posts. So... a partial win?
  • Read twenty books I read twenty-five books in January. A few of those were Shakespeare plays, so they were shorter than your typical books, but I'm counting them.
  • Complete the She Reads Truth section for January Yes!
  • Draft four freelance articles and pitch three I drafted probably a dozen articles and pitched one, but I got approved!
  • Complete one open course I took a really fun kitchen chemistry class this month. Now, I know what happens chemically when a cut avocado turns brown, along with a lot of other really cool facts.
  • Work on my passion projects I didn't get any work done on these this month, but I also didn't make them a priority. Switching it up in Feb.
  • Focus on self-care This is one thing I did make a priority in January and I'm glad for it. I continue to be a work-in-progress, but after a rough year, it was good to take care of myself this month.
  • Unplug and have a technology fast one day a week I cannot tell you how glad I am that I made this a goal. I planned these days ahead, so I was able to complete my work and anything else that would need a computer/phone the day before my break. The one thing I allowed myself was my Kindle so I could keep up on my reading, but I turned the wi-fi off and deleted the social apps on it. I'd like to make this a habit in 2018.
  • Work on opening my Etsy shop I got no work done in this area. Definitely in February.
And my goals for February...
  • Workout five days a week, increase my step goals and lose ten pounds
  • Eat clean and gluten-free and do a detox fast one day a week
  • Try to reset my circadian rhythm by waking up and going to bed at the same time every day
  • Stick to my blog and freelance editorial calendars
  • Read twenty books
  • Complete the She Reads Truth section for February
  • Start writing content for my second platform (more on this soon!)
  • Draft four freelance articles and pitch three
  • Complete one open course
  • Paint every day for the month of February
  • Spend another month focusing on self-care 
  • Unplug and have a technology fast one day a week
  • Get that Etsy shop open!
What goals did you set for yourself this month? 

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  1. You did such a great job on your goals for January! I want to read at least one book this month and meal plan more. I also want to work on some more art. Good luck on your goals for this month.

  2. I love my Kindle Paperwhite because it's just for reading so I don't get distracted by anything else. It looks like you did great on your January goals. That's awesome. I'm hoping to get moving more this month and try and meal plan/prep a bit more and see how that goes!! Wow, you read a ton of books! Go you!!


  3. Great job on your January goals! I am focusing mostly on self care and growing a healthy baby this month, but those are pretty challenging in themselves some days!

  4. Awesome goals! I read 8 books in January and am hoping to read more this month :)

  5. You did amazing in January! NIce job on the yoga, and congrats on getting your submission accepted. I did the Whole30 last summer, and I felt it was pretty harsh too. I learned a lot, but I can't eat like that all the time.Best of luck this month!

  6. You did great on your January goals. Way to go! I am excited about your Etsy shop. What will you be selling?

  7. You killed January. Im with you on January being a trial. I need an adjustment period to get ready so thats my January too. Getting everything set up. Its just to busy to prep in December LOL. You are a reading machine! Love it!

  8. Penny @ pennyspassion.blogspotFebruary 2, 2018 at 5:48 PM

    Look at all those things crossed off your list! Way to go girl!!

  9. Thank you! Sounds like you'll have a fun February. Can't wait to see what kind of art you create!

  10. I have the Fire, which I love because I can use it for all kinds of stuff when I travel and don't want to take my laptop, but it is a distraction when I just want to read!

  11. Thank you, Trish! I think that sounds like the best goal of all. Hope you have a lovely February!

  12. Great job! What was your favorite book from January?

  13. Thanks, Shann! I'm glad I'm not the only one who had a tough time with Whole30. I know it's not supposed to be easy, but I believe some are sensitive to drastic changes like that. Hope you have a great month!

  14. Thanks, friend! I'm working on a collection of acrylic paintings on canvas for Etsy. I hope to have some note cards and other fun stuff too!

  15. I agree! December is a tough month to prepare for the new year and all the goals we set. I'm working on powering through February. :)

  16. Wow I think your list is huge. And then you crossed of so much. I am so impressed and it is inspiring. Looking forward on what you achieve in February.
    Happy Sunday, Tobia

  17. I gotta ask, how do you define an open course? That food chemistry one sounds pretty cool, if nothing else, informative.
    I also have to ask if your cat bothers you when you get down for yoga? That is precisely why I don’t practice at home. My dogs like to take up camp on my mat when I’m day in downward dog. Lol!
    You always have such great, measurable goals and I love reading these posts. :)

  18. I really liked Far From the Madding Crowd :)

  19. Open courses are free college courses that are open to the public. You don't earn credit for them, but they are an awesome opportunity if you want to learn new things or brush up on college level basics like math, science, and humanities. I've been taking open courses for years from MIT. Believe it or not, they have a HUGE open course section. ( My cat does enjoy doing yoga with me. He likes to curl up as close as possible, so I'm often stepping over him when I'm practicing.

  20. That’s awesome. I’m gonna check that link out.
    That’s adorable. :)