Sunday, July 01, 2018

Hello July | Goals for Quarter 3

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

Back in May, I flipped the script on how I was going to manage my goals and decided to switch to a quarterly tracking instead of doing these posts every month. This will (hopefully) give me more time to complete the goals, but also allow me to diversify a little bit and add some things that I normally wouldn't have time for in just thirty days. So, buckle up. Here comes the third quarter of 2018.

My goals for Quarter 2. Let's see how I did...
  • Do yoga five days a week, increase my Fitbit steps by going for more walks and lose five pounds. I did yoga every single day in June, which was awesome, but I wasn't able to get much walking done because we had SO. MUCH. RAIN. in the last few months. I'll be stepping it up this go around.
  • Eat clean and gluten-free at least 80% of the time, and do a detox fast one day a week. Yes, and it made all the difference. In June, I managed to eat about 99% vegan, and while I haven't touched any meat products since I was twelve years old, I'm really thinking about permanently eliminating dairy from my diet. It's the last step and the most difficult for me. #cheeselover
  • Continue taking steps to reset my circadian rhythm to include a set bedtime, wake up time and when I take medications. I wasn't 100% on this, but did continue in my effort.
  • Stick to my blog, freelance, and creative writing editorial calendars. Nope. With all the stuff going on emotionally and physically over the last few weeks, I only managed to keep up with the blog schedule.
  • Read twenty books, including at least five from my publisher list. I got through seventeen books in June, so didn't quite meet the goal, but in May, I read twenty-one. Stay tuned for my reading wrap-up post on Tuesday!
  • Complete the She Reads Truth sections for May and June, respectively. Yes and I'm stepping up my game this quarter and diving in a little deeper.
  • Write 50,000 words across all my platforms: blog, Medium, creative writing projects and freelance. Nope. Not even close.
  • Pitch at least three pieces to online and/or print publications. Nope.
  • Complete two open courses: one in literature, one in endocrinology. Yes, and I loved them both!
  • Get outside for a walk every day. Because of all the rain, I didn't get much walking in. Hopefully, I'll make up for it this summer.
  • Unplug and have a technology fast one day a week, utilize airplane mode to block distractions. While working, use the Pomodoro Technique to increase productivity. Yes, and this is by far, one of the best things I do for myself every week.
  • Create five pieces of art, from start to finish. Not a chance.
  • Pick up at least two transcription jobs a day, Monday through Friday. I wasn't consistent throughout the last two months, but I did pick up some really interesting jobs.

And my goals for Quarter 3...
  • Do yoga five days a week, increase my Fitbit steps by going for more walks and lose ten pounds.
  • Eat clean, gluten-free and vegan 80% of the time, and do a detox fast one day a week.
  • Maintain a set bedtime, wake up time, meal and medication schedule in an effort to reset my circadian rhythm.
  • Write 50,000 words across all of my platforms: blog, Medium, creative writing projects and freelance.
  • Submit writing pieces for M, ID, PS, LS, and CS.
  • Read twenty or more books a month, including five from my publisher list, and annotate more as I'm reading.
  • Complete the monthly She Reads Truth sections for July, August, and September, respectively, and do an in-depth Bible study.
  • Complete two open courses: one on the Spanish language, one advanced essay workshop.
  • Learn a new skill.
  • Get outside for fresh air at least twenty minutes a day. Go for a swim at least four days a week.
  • Unplug from electronic devices and have a technology fast one day a week, utilize airplane mode to block distractions and use the Pomodoro Technique to increase productivity when working.
  • Create something artistic once a week.
  • Pick up two transcription jobs a day, Monday through Friday.
  • Try making a new recipe once a week.
  • Send some encouragement via snail mail. Write notes to put in my favorite books at the library and the used bookstore. Work on sticky love notes project.
  • Put $100 more towards paying off my debt every month.
  • Invest my time and efforts in the people, causes, and projects that I care about.
  • Work on setting boundaries, leaning into my frustrations, and developing more anxiety coping methods.
  • Give 110% effort in everything I do.
  • Embrace my story (and write it.)
What goals did you set for yourself this quarter? 

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  1. Staying active is definitely one of my goals. Working from home makes it a challenge sometimes.

  2. You're right about it being a challenge to stay active when you work from home. I find that I'd much rather stay in my pjs all day, but I feel much better when I get dressed and move more throughout the day.

  3. Girl you are such a go getter with these!! I love the idea of snail mail encouragements!

    xoxo A

  4. Aww, thanks, friend! I love sending snail mail!

  5. girl you are a ROCKSTAR! i had to take dairy out when i nursed my son and i LOVE cheese ha but i truly felt so much better too!

  6. Lacy Blanchard NgoJuly 2, 2018 at 11:44 AM

    Wow! Your goals are so detailed!!! These are fantastic!

  7. Thank you! I've heard from so many friends who felt better after eliminating dairy. I know I have a sensitivity to it, but gosh, the cheese is so hard to part with. LOL

  8. Love your goals! You did so good on for your second quarter! I'm hoping to write more and read more.

  9. Thank you! Those are both great goals to have!

  10. It sounds like the second quarter was really productive! Have you tried Chao and Daiya brand cheeses? My son is lactose intolerant, so we've switched to them and they are pretty good on a sandwich, veggie burger or pizza. I've found that the dairy alternatives (sour cream, yogurt, ice cream, etc.) are actually pretty great now.

  11. I have not tried those brands yet, but they are on my radar. Thanks for the recommendation!