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August 2017 Goals

It’s hard to believe that the Summer is almost over. I mean I know technically Fall doesn’t start until September 22 but if you went to school in the U.S. you probably recognize Summer as the end of May to the middle of August. I mean the stores are already displaying back to school stuff and there is an adorable commercial right now for IKEA about dorm life right now. Either way I bid July goodbye and say hello to all the exciting August activities.

July 2017 Goals Recap

Personal Goals

  • Read three books

This has really been the year of books for me and I love it. I’ve mixed in more fiction along with my business and self-improvement books. This month I read: 

Wrong by Jana Ashton

Right by Jana Ashton

Yes Please by Amy Poehler 

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 

  • Do at least one activity a week for myself that isn’t work related.

I had hoped on doing an active job of tracking this but I didn’t create a guide but I am happy to say my birthday month was full of self-care. 

In week one I just went and hung out with a friend at her new house and had some drinks on the 4th of July.

For my birthday week, I got a two-hour massage. Had so much fun (maybe too much) and hung out with friends.

The next weekend I kind of had self-care retreat and didn’t hang out with anyone. Seriously I went about 42 hours without seeing anyone else and it was great. I mean it wasn’t all Netflix and feet up. I did do some work but I just hung out with me. Which is a totally healthy thing everyone should find a way to do from time to time. 

I also managed to have a girls night and went to see the new movie Girls Trip it was hilarious. 

  • Do my gratitude/goal journal at least 5 days a week if not 7.

I’ll be honest, some days it was so easy. Other days it was a little like pulling teeth. I mean it’s not like I don’t have so much in my life I’m grateful for but I will admit that one day I did say, “I’m gratefully for naps.” I was stressed out and dealing with a bout of insomnia and that was the thing I was most grateful for that day.

  • Do daily affirmations.

Yes. This hasn’t been something that I only do in the mornings. It’s been some mornings, some days at lunch, sometimes at night. Sometimes while sitting at my desk and trying not to scream.

  • Meditate every day.

I have been trying lots of guided meditations lately. Some for visualizing my goals, getting out of my head, increasing my focus and a lot more. 

  • Have an amazing birthday!

I had the best birthday I’ve had in years. It was pretty much everything I hoped it would be. I had some disappointments my past few birthdays so it was nice this one worked out.

  • Visit my family.

I actually decided to postpone my trip to go to see my parents but it worked out because they actually end up being in town the next weekend and I was able to take them to lunch for their birthdays (we’re all July babies).

  • See my boo!

Yep! 

  • Go see Girls Trip.

As I mentioned above it was great! 

Blog and Freelance Goals

570! So as the podcast is launching, I am debating if I should create a separate

3870!

1282

1172!

  • Post at least 7 times this month

I posted 5 times this month. I don’t know what was up with the ambition of 7? But I am positive this will happen in August as I’ve written 5 posts and have them ready to go.

July 2017 Goals and June Recap

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Have You Kept Your Resolutions

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  • Do auto versions on relevant posts.

Yes!

  • Launch My Services

My time management coaching packages are officially available! You can learn more about my current openings here

  • Launch Creatives Crushing Anxiety

You can check out the first few episodes of the podcast here! 

Health and Fitness

  • Make meals at home 80% of the time or only eat out 4 times of the week.

Yep!

  • Go to a gym class at least 8 times this month.

I was so determined to do this month. I thought, well, 8 times is only twice a week. I even put up a tracker in my kitchen. Sadly I did not hit 8. I did go on several walks but as far as classes go I didn’t hit 8.

  • Hit my original goal weight

I officially hit 40 pounds which was my original goal. I am still working hard to maintain my healthy diet.

August 2017 Goals

Personal Goals

  • Read three books
  • Do at least one activity a week for myself that isn’t work related.
  • Do my gratitude/goal journal at least 5 days a week if not 7.
  • Do daily affirmations.
  • Meditate every day.

Blog and Freelance Goals

  • Have 575 Facebook page likes
  • Have 3900 Twitter Followers
  • Have 1300 Instagram Followers
  • Have 1185 Pinterest Followers
  • Post at least 6 times this month
  • Post at 3 new episodes of Creatives Crushing Anxiety

Health and Fitness

  • Make meals at home 80% of the time or only eat out 4 times of the week.
  • Get back into working out.
  • Try to do yoga at least two mornings a week.

I’m a little sad to see my birthday month go, it’s typically the most wonderful time of the year. Okay, I am being dramatic. But it was a good month and so much has happened. I am so excited for this new chapter in my business.

How was your July? What are your goals for August?

Things I Can’t Get Enough of Lately V

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Every so often I like to do a post of all the things I’ve been loving lately. Just to see what you all are watching, reading, snacking on, etc. and to see if I can interest you in any of the things that I’ve been enjoying. I have made a point to limit the educational content I’m consuming this summer and have really been letting myself experience content just for entertainment in July. Here are the things I’ve been loving lately.

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Claws

I don’t exactly remember when I saw the trailer to this show but I remember thinking that I had to check it out. Once I started watching it I was hooked. The thing that I think I love about the show so much besides the shocking twists and turns and hilarious dialogue, is this band of women who have each other’s backs. They are all a little different, they have their own struggles and identities but at the end of the day they are family and that’s what matters. Desna, played by Niecy Nash is truly an inspiration. As the matriarch of their makeshift family not only does, “Des” run the operations of the nail salon and other… not so legal operations, she takes care of her brother who is on the autism spectrum. Not everything Des does is on the up and up but she does what she has to do, which you can respect when watching her inner battles.

The Carmichael Show

So I debated adding this because right around the time I found myself falling back in love with the comedy, I found out that it wouldn’t be returning for the 4th season. The Carmichael show is based on an African American family living North Carolina. The star of the show Jerrod Carmichael approaches current events and social politics through comedy and brutal honesty. I started watching it half way through the first season and then lost track. Recently I caught up and remembered why I loved the show so much. It goes there, it talks about sexual consent, same sex marriage, the previous election, death with dignity and so much more. Not only does it tackle the important issues but it does so without being cut and dry. Very rarely does the show have every character take the same side of an argument. You hear the points both sides would make in the real world and you’re left to think about it.

Jana Ashton

Okay, we all get to have guilty pleasures sometimes and Jana Ashton has become mine. During an audible two for 1 one deal, I decided to give her book Wrong a chance. I ended up finishing it within 2 days (part of that did have to do with the fact that I had 12 hours of driving to do that weekend). I have since started my journey down the Jana Ashton series rabbit trail and am currently half way done with the second book in the series, Right and have already purchased the 3rd book, Trust.  

Full disclosure these are romance novels so there is some serious adult content. I consider myself pretty comfortable with the risque but in one scene I was listening to while washing dishes, I felt a little embarrassed…keep in mind I was home alone. This is the true definition of a guilty pleasure novel. I spend so much time reading about business and personal development it’s fun to unplug with some unrealistic romance.

The Bold Type

I was so excited about this show when I first heard about it. For 3 reasons, Katie Stevens (known from MTV’s Faking It), Aisha Dee (from the gone too soon, Chasing Life) and just the premise as a whole. Once again it’s great to see a show where women are supporting each other and chasing their dreams. It’s only 3 episodes in and they have already tackled things like the female orgasm, cyber-harassment, dating in the workplace and more. It’s a fun show that makes you want to go out and make a change.

Friends From College

Okay, so this is the great Netflix curse. A show comes out Friday morning and by Saturday morning I am sitting there with a binge hangover because I watched the entire series. I loved this show. First, it has an amazing cast, as well as amazing guest stars. Secondly, it’s hilarious! There are subtle moments you just find yourself relating to and it’s nice. I really hope it gets a second season.

Gyspy

I did not see a single trailer for this until after I started watching it. As someone who goes to therapy and is a strong believer in its benefits, I was interested in this. I think it’s the first time I’ve seen a show that deals with a therapist and her patients lives simultaneously and shows how they can affect her and not just how she affects them (I’m sure it’s been done before but I haven’t seen it). That being said she definitely crossed the line in this but I find it interesting. It’s a very conscious reminder of how our actions have ripple effects for ourselves and others.

So there you have it. The things that have been keeping me busy this summer. What are you reading and watching this summer? Have you checked out any of these? Let me know in the comments.

 

Have You Kept Your Resolutions?

I am not a fan of resolutions. I am however a fan of strategic goal planning. Each year tons of people sit down and make this long and ambitious list of all the things they want to do in the upcoming year and very few of them actually do it. My question for you today is have you reached your New Year’s resolutions yet?

Well, it’s July in the year is officially more than halfway over. By now many of us have either given up on those goals, possibly accomplished them or just decided that they weren’t the right goals for us. All of those options are totally normal and totally human but I wanted to talk to you about resolutions during a time where they are probably the furthest thing from your mind to give you some perspective.

Why People Don’t Achieve Their Resolutions

Often the reason people don’t accomplish their resolutions. The thing is resolutions tend to be more lofty goals. You figure I have a year to do this so you may reach for the stars without realizing you need a rocket to get there.
While a year is a long time, it also goes by extremely fast. That’s why you can find yourself in July no closer to your goals than you were in January. If you can’t break down your goals into actionable steps that can realistically accomplish in a year then you may want to rethink the goals.

Here are the main reasons people don’t keep their resolutions.

You don’t schedule the time.

More than likely your resolution has to do with a new activity or skill set so you need to set aside the time to accomplish it. Saying you’re going to take on two new clients a month but not making the time in your schedule isn’t very realistic. You have to set yourself up for success by setting yourself up. If your goal has some sort time requirement, like most do, you need to schedule it into your life and stick to it.

You don’t think of the expense.

Sometimes a goal requires you make an investment. It may be the money you need to hire a coach, obtain a certification, supplies, etc. If you say this year you want to visit 4 states you probably need to figure out how you’re going to pay for gas, flights, room and board. I’m all for trusting the universe but that doesn’t mean just sitting on your ass.

You do it alone.

It can be easy to get off track when the only person expecting you to accomplish your goal is you. It’s sad really but we as humans are way more likely to let ourselves down than others. Depending on the goal it may look like joining a program, getting a coach or just enlisting the support of someone with the same goal or someone with an emotional investment in you, like a friend or a partner.

No plan of action.

You know what you want to do but don’t decide how you’re going to do it. You can’t say, “I’m going to pay off my student loans this year,” and expect that to be enough. Are you going to cut out current expenses? Get a part time job and put that money towards loans only? How are you going to make it happen?

You give up too easily.

It’s February 1st. You said you’d save $500 each month but in January you were only able to say $237 so you give up and decide that’s the best you can do. Even the best plans don’t always equal success right away. Even if you don’t’ accomplish part of it keep trying. After all, you have a year.

How to come back after a failure

Let’s say you have decided to get you fitness coaching certification and start professionally training. That is an excellent goal. You’re an overachiever so you want to do the top package which is $900. Right now you live on an extremely fixed income so you have to figure out how you will pay for it. Let’s assume they offer the courses quarterly, once in March, June, September and December. Your original plan was to save the $900 dollars in January and February and sign up in March. But then life happened, you broke a finger and had to pay medical bills or miss work so you weren’t able to save the money. Instead of saying, “Oh well guess it’s not meant to be.” Figure out how you can save the money and sign up for the June class. Yeah, your schedule has changed but you can still make it happen.
Often the most successful people have had countless setbacks and failures but they are all learning curves. Maybe this way a life lesson, once you save that $900 you can start saving $450 each month to put in an emergency fund so the next time “life happens” you have a nest egg to fall back on.

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How You Should Look at Resolutions

To reflect on the things mentioned above you need to do several things when deciding your resolutions or any major goals.

  1. Make them realistic. I’m not saying shy away from bold moves but make sure they are attainable in the time given. If they don’t maybe break them up into smaller sets to accomplish the bigger task over a longer period of time.
  2. Figure out how much time you need to accomplish the tasks that make up the goal and plan accordingly.
  3. Think of any related costs and ways you can pay for them.
  4. Find support or help. Accountability is a magical thing.
  5. Create a plan of action and timetable for those actions. Decide what needs to be done, when it needs to be done and how you’re going to do it.
  6. Don’t give up. If you experience a setback don’t call it quits just reevaluate and keep moving forward.
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How to gauge your progress on goals

It’s important to gauge and track progress. If you don’t you may not know if you’re working on the right things or not. If you want to lose 5% of body fat what does that look like over time? Set up marketers to check in with so you can tell if your current methods are working or if you need to change them.

Life is short and we are all capable of amazing things. It’s so easy to give up and beat ourselves up but remember if you are bold enough to set goals you are bold enough to make them a reality.

How are your resolutions going? Have you accomplished them or are you still working towards them? If not are you going to give them a second chance and try to make them happen in the second half of the year? Let me know in the comments.