Tuesday was my half-birthday. I’m halfway to 29…and that feels really weird. It kinda feels like that scene from Newlyweds when Jessica Simpson says, “I’m 23, that’s almost 25, which is almost mid-twenties.” I’m almost 30. Whoa.
On my birthday, I wrote 28 things I wanted to do during my 28th year. And since it’s my half-birthday, I thought it would be fun to check in with how I’m doing with my goals for the year. Plus, it will be really good to see where I need to focus the next 6 months!
What do you want to accomplish in the next six months?
In lieu of the craziness that is happening in America right now, I thought I’d focus on something positive today: goals. Monthly goals are always fun to write and help me focus. Even if I don’t accomplish everything, I still want to continue to move forward.
My October goals were ambitious, especially since we had a lot of traveling on our to-do list.
Read Two Books. Nope, not even close. I didn’t finish one book. I’m embarrassed.
Work Out 5 – 6 Days a Week. Sorta. I will say that I have been very good about my workouts lately. I have been doing a lot of intervals and a lot of weights, mostly high intensity interval training. I don’t think I technically worked out 5 days a week every week, but I did many times. Win!
Purge my Closet. Check. I finally donated a lot of items that were in my closet. A lot of things were just too big or something that I didn’t even like. I would put on a sweater and look at myself in the mirror a few hours lately and just think, “Why do I own this? This is so ugly and unflattering.” Into the pile it went. The best news is now I can go shopping.
Try at least 1 New Recipe. Win. I made a healthier version of chicken fried rice and it is so good!
And now, onto goals for November!
Write 35,000 words for my book. I’ve wanted to write a book for as long as I can remember. I (clearly) love to write and I feel like I have a story to tell. I’ve started writing it several times but haven’t gotten very far. This month is the month to get a chunk done.
Decorate for the holidays. Admittedly, I’ve already started doing this. With no Thanksgiving, I feel like there’s nothing holding me back. The Christmas markets are amazing here, so I feel like some new decor is in my future.
Try a new restaurant. We love going out to eat and have found some really great restaurants in our area. But now that we’ve found some great ones, we keep going back. It’s not a bad thing, but I want to branch out and try something new this month.
Get to 30 burpees in one sitting. I love/hate burpess. They are intense, but effective. They get your heart rate up and are super toning. I want to do 30 in a row, no breaks.
What are your November goals?
Wow, it’s already the end of July. I can’t even believe it. July has gone way too quickly and it’s gotten away from me.
I’m a very goal-oriented person and in June I wrote all my goals for the month. And now that over a month has passed, I thought I’d share how how I did.
Read More – a big fat failure
I have a new book to read, Girls, and I am really enjoying it. The kicker is that I haven’t take the time to sit down and read. I didn’t make it a priority to read before going to bed for most of the month. But, we are going on vacation soon and I know I’ll do a lot of reading on the plane. I hope to continue to make reading a goal and to keep making it part of my routine.
Write More – success!
I am happy to report that I wrote quite a bit in June. I’ve fallen a little behind, but I am happy with where I am and with the progress I have made. It really is therapeutic for me to write and I’m only getting more and more comfortable with it…in my humble opinion.
Understand Our Cash Flow – fail.
I’m just going to add this to the list to keep trying to understand. When we went to Maine, we spent like we were on vacation…and we were. It’s hard to get a true understanding of your spending when you go on vacation. We’ve only had “real” expenses for about 3 months, so it was probably a little aggressive for me to have this as a goal. But, it is still a goal of mine to understand and be better about our money. Everyone’s situation is different and I want to make sure our situation is the best it can be.
Start Tennis Lessons – a huge success!!
I’ve written about my love of my tennis lessons already and I am so proud of myself for finally doing this. I am loving my weekly lessons and then when Vinn and I play together on the weekends. I’m no Serena, but I am absolutely better and really happy with my progress.
Plan Our Next Vacation – check, check, check…sorta.
We actually have quite a few vacations on our agenda. Technically, we planned this in July, but I’m still happy that it’s done. We have some great adventures on the horizon.
All in all, June was a great month and July has been even better. I don’t have true goals for July, especially since it’s almost over, but I am content with how I’m moving forward and continuing to grow as a person.
Do you set monthly goals?
Happy Monday! Today is my 28th birthday. Wow, that year went fast. So much has changed in the past year: moved to another continent, quit my job, and visited a bunch of new places certainly top the list. Below is one of my favorite pictures from our Salzburg trip.
For my birthday, I thought I’d share 28 things I want to do in this next year of life. The closer I get to 30, the more I want to check off my bucket list, especially now that we live so close to a lot of the places where I want to visit. Here’s to making 28 the best year yet.
I think 28 is going to a great year!
*Check out the 27 things you don’t know about me from last year.
How is it June? We’re halfway through 2016. Time is just passing way too quickly. Isn’t that what everyone says as they get older? Well, I’m officially in the group that says life goes in a minute.
I’m a goal oriented person by nature and want to start putting monthly goals together so that I can accomplish things I’ve always wanted to do so I can continue to grow and learn. I shared some goals before, but this time, I’m breaking them down into months to make them more manageable.
June is the perfect month to start because this is my birthday month. I’m turning another year older…28…a year closer to 30 and closer to really needing to make sure my shit is together. So, here we go, June Goals 2016! And what says goals like a cute picture of Copley laying in her puppy bed.
I’ve been doing well with this so far in 2016, and I want to continue. I want to read 3 books this month. I’m currently reading Shonda Rhimes book, Year of Yes, and it is really interesting. I’m thinking of reading The Nest afterwards and after that I’m not sure.
Writing is therapeutic for me. Hello, that’s why I started a blog. I’ve had ideas floating around for some books for quite some time, so this month I’m going to tackle some chapters. I’m contemplating taking an online creative writing class, too. I need to research that more.
Understand Our Cash Flow
We’ve been spending a lot of money recently on larger ticket items, like our couch, outdoor furniture and a nice dress for an upcoming wedding. I am not the most financially savvy person and even less so now that I’m married to a finance major. I want to have an understand of how much and when I’m spending money. It’s just smart. #adulting
Start Tennis Lessons
I took tennis lessons one summer when I was probably 10 or 11. I didn’t love it. I loved playing softball and volleyball and being part of a team. I really enjoy watching tennis and Vinn is an amazing tennis player. We’ve “played” together a few times and I get frustrated because I don’t have great form and we can’t really volley back and forth. I have enough hand/eye coordination to get the ball over the net, but I don’t have control over where it goes. I now really want to learn how to officially play tennis! I want to get good enough so Vinn and I can really play against each other and one day be on a doubles team. Pipe dreams!
Plan Our Next Vacation
I can just feel that June is going to be a great month! What are your goals this month?