Monthly Goals: March

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Okay, so let me start off by saying that February did not turn out how I expected. In fact, I failed at completing most of my goals. It was a bad and exhausting month for a number of reasons, but I won’t get into that. The point is that I had an “off” month, and that’s okay. I’m not going to beat myself up about it anymore than I already have. Sure, I’m disappointed that I didn’t achieve the goals I had set for myself, but I know that if I work harder this month, I will absolutely be able to reach my goals.

Here’s what I have planned for this month:

Get Silver in Peloton Challenges: I slacked off in my exercise last month, so I only made it to Bronze for February instead of making Silver. This month I am going to work harder and make sure I get on the bike at least 4 times a week.

Spend time outdoors: This one really depends on the weather. If it warms up a bit and the snow stops, I will be able to go for walks around town. From Spring through Fall, one of my favorite things to do is go on trail walks and hikes. This past year I wasn’t able to find much time for this, between apartment hunting all Summer and getting settled in this Fall. I really hope that it starts to feel like Spring this month, but if not hopefully April will bring the warmer weather.

See a movie: Andrew and I used to go to the movies all the time, but since moving in together we have only gone twice… in a six month period. So I want to make it a point to go see a movie at least once a month, depending on what’s showing.

Meal prep: Last month I slacked off in my meal prepping, which led to excessive spending on lunches and dinners, as well as eating things I shouldn’t have. I’m definitely going to work harder to plan out meals and prep whatever I can ahead of time. By doing this, I won’t be able to use the “I don’t have time,” or “I’m too tired,” excuses for not cooking.

Make the most of my time: I really did not put my spare time to good use last month. This March, I am going to make a serious effort to use my time wisely. Essentially, that means making smarter choices and avoiding my couch, haha. Too many nights, I get home from work and find myself lounging on my couch for the rest of the evening instead of doing something useful with my time. This is a bad habit that I really need to stop.

In my agenda, the message for March says, “Be the best version of yourself.” This is something that resonates with me. A few months ago, I felt like I was at my all-time low. There wasn’t a single thing that I liked about myself. Last month was a reminder of that version of myself. This month more than ever, I want to be the best, and happiest version of myself. It’s going to take a lot of work, but I am up for the challenge.

What are your goals for this month? I hope that you achieve all your goals and have a wonderful month. 🙂

Love Always,

Kathleen

Monthly Goals: January

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I don’t know about you, but I love lists. Having a planner with goals, to-do lists, and reminders makes me feel so good. There’s just something about having it written down on pen and paper that sets it in stone for me. I find myself more motivated to complete a goal, and I also feel more accomplished when I’m able check off a bunch of to-dos.

While Christmas shopping in early December, I found a ton of really nice 2019 planners and I knew I needed to have one. I’ve got big plans for 2019, and having everything written down really helps me to stay on track.

What I like about this planner is that I am setting monthly goals for myself rather than yearly. In the past, I hardly ever felt like I could accomplish my goals because it was really challenging to track my progress. This year, I’ve set smaller monthly goals so that I feel good when I’ve completed them, and I can continue to make progress with next month’s goal.

Another thing I appreciate about this particular agenda is that with every month comes a little inspirational message. I think it’s a really powerful thing to read right before you start writing in your goals for the month.

My January goals were primarily self-care related. At the end of 2018 I felt so drained. This month has been about getting back on track with aspects of my life that had been pushed to the side and neglected. Here are some of the goals I set for myself:

  • Complete Monthly Peloton Challenge: We bought ourselves a Peloton bike for Christmas this year, and I was so excited about it. I’m a person that hates the gym, so having this bike is awesome. They have monthly challenges for activity and miles. My goal for this month was to earn the Bronze for both challenges. Next month, I’m aiming toward Silver.
  • Cook more meals: November and December were rough months for my fiancé and I, and we found ourselves ordering take-out probably 70% of the time. For someone who really does like to cook, this was a tough realization. My goal this month is to cook more often. I didn’t make my goal to cook every night, because I know that I’d be setting myself up for failure. Now, so far for the month I can proudly say that we have cooked most of our meals and only ordered take-out 20% of the time, which I consider a huge accomplishment.
  • Spend more time with friends: I’ve been really bad at reaching out to my friends lately. It’s pretty easy to just text once in a while and skip on actual face-to-face time. So, my goal is to make a greater effort to meet up with friends. So far it has been great and really refreshing.
  • Create a blog and post the first entry: If you’re reading this, then you know that I have accomplished this goal. I’ve thought about creating a blog for years now, but I always felt overwhelmed because I had no idea how to actually start one. This Christmas, my fiancé gave me the nudge that I needed by gifting me with a ton of literature and a few courses about blogging. It gave me the confidence that I needed to finally dive in.

What are some of your goals for this month, and how are you doing so far? If you don’t have a planner, I highly suggest it. If you don’t want a physical planner, try a digital one. Set yourself some goals for next month– I’d love to hear how well you do.

Love Always,
Kathleen