Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Goal Report

I dread writing this post because, to be honest, I am disappointed in my performance this month. I feel myself falling into old habits. I’ve been filing ideas away and telling myself that each day is a new start but I haven’t made big leaps this month and that is what I want this year to be about. In March, I am going to have to make up for the lack of progress I made towards my goals in February and me kicking myself in the ass is going to have to be how it gets done. No one else is kicking me. Everyone is content to let me relax after a long day. Seems awesome, right? It’s not when you want to completely change your life. Maybe I need to go another round with “You Are A Badass” rather than downloading another novel.*

For now, let’s get through this month’s report card. I’m also starting a tracking chart to show how I’m scoring month to month. What do you do to track goal progress?

Create a YouTube channel and create at least 1 video-Fail. Just epic fail and I am really disappointed. Every time it came up, I was too tired, busy, uninspired or delayed by weather. In short, all I’ve got to show for this goal is a string of excuses. Note to self: Dear Nicole, get your life together, sis.  

Stick to debt elimination and savings plan-I have continued paying down debt. I did go over my discretionary budget but not with dining out. This time, I went shopping for a work conference. That was planned but I spent double what I budgeted. At least they are clothes I will wear again. I will also return the 1 shirt that I didn’t wear during the trip.
Attend a networking event-I attended a conference this month and stepped out of my box to chat more and make more connections. It was tough (does it ever get easy?) and I absolutely had moments where I was just standing alone scanning the room for a familiar face so I could chat in a comfort zone. Yet, I’ll still call it a success.  
Try two new restaurants-This one is never hard. LOL. This month, we went to a local seafood place that I wouldn’t write home about but it came highly recommended. Maybe it was just an off night. I’m sure we’ll end up trying it again on a double date. The other two places were for events. One was a sports bar and the other was for a birthday party. Good times were had by all at both places but they wouldn’t be on my list of must visits. Because they fell in the middle, I’m not going to knock them online.

Finish home improvement projects -The work is still in progress and spring cleaning time is just around the corner (though we probably won’t need it). Visits are looming so this will be done within the first two weeks of March.
GO TO THE GYM-I want to plead the 5th on this one so badly but I won’t. I haven’t been. I’m eating clean and drinking dramatically less but I haven’t done anything more strenuous that walking this month. I was sick for a couple of weeks but it’s really not an excuse because I still mustered energy for a couple of social engagements.

Continue eating clean 90% of the time-I’m still on track for the most part. I have indulged my sweet tooth a bit this month but the large bulk of my meals have been vegan and unprocessed.

Try a new recipe with an ingredient I’ve never tried-I tried quite a few new recipes this month but nothing with new ingredients. It’s actually a bit harder than I thought it would be. I think this goal will be easier when the farmer’s markets open.  

Meditate/pray for at least ten minutes a day every day for the rest of the month-I was proud to achieve this goal. It helped me to balance the stress of the month and gave me a sense of peace. This month, I want to work my way to 15 minutes a day. I don’t think it will be hard because Oprah and Deepak have a new meditation coming up on March 16. Until then, I’ll be choosing guided meditations online and praying on my own. I’ll keep you posted on which ones I am using.

Create two weeks worth of reserve blog material (suggestions more than welcome!!)-Still working on this one but I will say it is nearly 2:30 a.m. and I’m plugging away. The downside is I had all day to work (it’s the weekend) and I rested instead. Granted, I didn’t feel awesome but I could have created instead of catching up on shows I missed while I was at the conference.

So now, the slate is clean. March is here and it’s time for a second (or third) bite at the apple.  Here are the goals:

The “Sis, Get Your Life Together” List
Finish house and sell/donate everything there isn’t space for.
Create the damn YouTube channel already.
Stop stalling and launch the podcast.
Go to the friggin’ gym.

The March Goal List
Try something new.
Log 20 hours of writing for novel.
Do first pass of editing for March writing.
Start or join a book club.
Eat two raw meals a week.
Disconnect after 10:30 p.m. at least 5 days a week.
Plan and go on a weekend trip.
Book an acupuncture session. 

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