Making a post about my goals for August seems a little ridiculous , so I’m skipping July and going straight to September. Between my birthday, going to New York and work starting to pick up, blogging has fallen by the wayside. (And that’s okay!)
Before I elaborate on that, let’s revisit my goals from July…
Goal #1 – Finish reading “Outlander.” FAIL. So I didn’t finish reading “Outlander” because Harry Potter and the Cursed Child came out. I’m a medium-speed reader but I can’t stand to sit still for longer than like 30 minutes at a time so while my friends finished it in just a couple of hours, it took me a few days. I also received the “Hamilton: An American Musical” annotated script (also known as Hamiltome) for my birthday and I’m almost finished with that. So I’ve read two books since July, and I’d call that a win.
Goal #2 – Plan our NYC itinerary and purchase tickets for any shows/tours we want to do. CHECK! I blogged about our NYC trip earlier this month. Although we didn’t get to everything on our list, we made quite a dent in it. Impressive for being there for only three full days!
Goal #3 – Organize my closet. I never got around to doing this to the extent that I wanted to, but I did clean it up and try to evaluate what I had available to me. To be honest I’ve started wearing fall pieces because I’m trying to will the cool weather into existence. We’ll see if it works. I’ll keep you posted.
Goal #4 – Blog at least twice a week. I didn’t exactly hit my goal of twice a week, but I did blog more frequently than I have in the past few months. I’d call that a win!
Goal #5 – Attempt our “month with no going out to eat.” Okay, well I thought this was something we were going to try but apparently I did not communicate that properly with my sweet hubby. Oops. Now since we are watching what we eat, we are eating out less during the week. (But the weekend is still an issue…)
Recently I’ve been spending more and more time thinking about the future. To me, I’d rather spend my time doing something that I love and not something I’m obligated to do. So what does that mean?
#1 – I’m blogging for me, not anyone else. I feel like I go through waves on the blog between really loving it and feeling like it’s a chore. But over five years, I feel like I’ve never “gotten it,” whatever that means.
Back in the day when blogging meant sharing weekend recaps and swapping sidebar ads and linking up for silly reasons any day of the week. The blog world as it is now is different. Last week I made a big decision to leave all blogger share groups on Facebook and Instagram pods. I’m not participating in follow or comment threads anymore. I don’t want it to seem like I don’t want to support fellow bloggers, but I don’t want it to be done in a superficial way. I want any comments I receive to be genuine and not influenced by an obligation to comment. In return, any likes or comments I leave are because I want to, not because I’m being forced to.
As for my blogging related goals, that’s just it. I’m not going to have any. Other than a reminder to myself to not get swept up in numbers and comments and followers and likes, I’m going to try my hardest to blog for myself and no one else. That’s not to say I won’t be sharing my favorite foods, products, places, etc. but I’m trying to be less influenced by the rat race of it all. That’s all I’ll say for now about this topic (as I could go on forever).
#2 – Continue to log food in my Fitbit app and work out. Last week I was on point. I was making clean meals, snacking on fairly healthy things, all while letting myself enjoy some things (namely Starbucks and movie theatre popcorn). I was also walking at least 3 miles a day. I had more energy, felt happier, and slept better. Over the weekend I slipped but I’m hoping to hop back on the wagon. Although I do have a goal weight in mind, I’m more concerned with changing my lifestyle and just doing better in general.
#3 – Say “yes” more. I know that we as women are encouraged to say “no” more, and I honestly think I’ve gotten to the point now where I say “no” to everything. Instead of making up excuses about why I shouldn’t do something, I want to start asking myself “why not?” For example, last week was the first preseason Panthers game. I haven’t been to a game in Charlotte before but decided I wanted to go and we bought tickets just a few hours before game time. It was spontaneous and we had a fantastic time. I want to start taking advantage of my surroundings and sit on my butt less.
I know these are very generic and not very measurable, but it’s what’s on my mind for this month! We’ll see how it goes.
What are your goals for September? Is there anything in your life you want to improve on?