Here are some accomplishments from April:
- Colby and I went house hunting — which is way more exhausting than expected — and by the end of the month, we found a house we both loved, put an offer down, and it was accepted! 🎉 We’re working on getting it inspected and all that fun stuff, but hopefully we found our house!
- I went out to look at engagement ring options with Liz and Nicole and ended up finding The One! I didn’t think I’d get so giddy about an engagement ring, but here we are.
- Liz visited for the weekend, and we brainstormed on goals and creating, ate pancakes, and made friendship bracelets.
- I ran 2 panels at Dreamhack Austin and was a participant on 2 panels at HavenCon — in the same weekend (!)
- I wrote my first piece for Aloe from Femsplain and it was accepted! Click here to read: How to Practice Self-Care at Your Work Desk
- I started taking hormonal birth control again which dramatically helped to clear up my awful cystic acne. I might do a post on this, because having pretty bad acne was more detrimental to my mental health and self-esteem than I expected it to be.
But let’s take a look at the goals I set in last month’s blog post:
- Spend $100 or less on dining out. My reaction when I saw this goal was “lol.” I was doing pretty well the first half of the month, but when house hunting picked up, I was so exhausted all the time that cooking — or even microwaving something — felt like too much. This is a solid fail.
- Get far enough along with my Secret Project that I can share it. I don’t even think I touched this project this month.
Leave for work by 8:30 am every morning.Here’s a goal I was pretty consistent on! Hooray! Glad to finally figure out my bare bones morning routine and get outta the house at a reasonable time.
- Exercise after work. I did this goal for the first week, then paused because I was super sore. By the next week, I honestly completely forgot about it. Another fail.
Explore some side hustles.Yes! I spent a good chunk of time on this goal this month (see my Femsplain piece above for one example). I’ve got a few more things in the pipeline and hopefully more to come soon.
Overall, 2/5 goals accomplished. Not my best month, but like I shared above, I think a lot of unexpected, longer-term goals were accomplished instead. Sometimes, life interferes with your plans — luckily, it was in a good way this month!
Before we dive in to May’s goals, I wanted to explain a little bit about my thought process for the month. My overall goal of the year has been discipline, and if I’m being honest, I’m not sure I’m any more disciplined than when I started the year. I’ve knocked off some of my goals here and there, but I’m not sure my mindset has changed.
As I wrote in December: “It’s about doing things you don’t necessarily want to in the moment so that you reach your long-term goals.”
Have I been embodying this aspect of self-discipline? I don’t really think so.
Meanwhile, I’ve been having lots of conversations with Liz about achieving goals. She set out to make May a month to “be the person you think you are.” That phrase resonated with me immediately — there are lots of things I identify myself with but don’t do on a regular enough basis. That’s the mindset I’m going into May with — I want to walk the walk of who I think I am.
So, here are the goals that I think best fit that for May:
- Finish tasks to completion. This is less of a measurable goal and more of a mentality switch. It’s about not leaving the laundry in the dryer, finishing the last 10% of a task, doing things even when I’m tired or don’t feel like it. I could write a novel about how my brain loves to mark things as “complete” that aren’t technically finished. I’m excited to focus on that this month.
- Hit my calorie goal every single day. I backslid on this hard since I also wrecked my eating out budget in April. This isn’t a hard goal, necessarily — I just have to actually do it!
- Go to yoga twice a week. In my head, I’m a person who enjoys yoga, but I can’t tell you the last time I actually did any!
- Meditate before work. This is one of those things that you KNOW is good for you, but it’s hard to remember to do it. If someone offered you a happier life and more peace for 5 minutes a day, wouldn’t you do it? That’s how I feel about not making time to meditate.
- Create 4 internet things. I have lots of video footage to edit and as usual, more ideas than I know what to do with.
- Launch my Secret Project. I almost changed this to a non-committal, “Work on my Secret Project” — but I think I need a definite launch date to really hammer it out.
I have tools ready, my calendar blocked, and my heart in the game, so I’m really excited to see where I’m at by the end of the month. Wish me luck!
What are your May goals?
P.S. Don’t forget to do your own goals post and link up with Writes Like a Girl!