As a follow up to evaluating my goals from last year, it’s time to set some new ones! Fall is always a good time to create new habits- I think of the start of the school year as the true new year, and the change of seasons and hunkering down for winter always inspires me to make some changes myself. The summer is so busy that I often feel like I don’t have time to think, but when the weather gets darker and colder I am ready to focus on myself.
I’m choosing five goals and hoping that fewer goals will allow me to focus more and actually achieve or make progress in all goals this year.
This time, I am setting a specific goal of blogging twice per week (if you’re counting, I already messed this up, since it’s been a week since my last post. Whoops!) I hope that by being specific and concrete, I’ll be more likely to stick with it.
2. Meditate at least five times per week
Another carry over from last year, now with a specific number attached. I’d also like to be better about not falling asleep while meditating – does anyone else have this problem? It’s like I just get too relaxed!
3. Cook a vegan meal at least once per week
I don’t eat a lot of meat (never cook it for myself and rarely eat it out) and I eat very little dairy aside from yogurt, but I would like to try vegan cooking more often as a way to learn new techniques and flavors. I’ve recently made three vegan meals that were absolutely delicious, and I’m really looking forward to more!
4. Gratitude Journal
I use my planner for scheduling, but also as a journal. I’ve saved all my planners since college, and love to look back at them and remember various events and accomplishments. For the past few months, I’ve written down one blessing every day. Usually it’s just a few words (sometimes even one word- a popular one is yoga), but it reminds me to be grateful and I love looking back to remember all the wonderful things in my life (like summer weather…I am missing that today!).
5. Run a half marathon (or 10k)
I ran a half in 2015 and really loved the sense of accomplishment. I’d like to do it again and challenge myself to do even better (faster), although to be honest, of all my goals, this is the one I feel like is most likely to fall off. It’s hard to fit in training, especially because I am slow, so long runs take a loooong time, and I don’t get home from work until relatively late. Plus I love going to yoga, and it’s a lot to fit in. If I run a 10k, I would be happy with that as well, since both races require training and pushing myself out of my comfort zone.
So that’s the five goals for this year! A little mix of creative, mental, and physical endeavors, plus overall health and wellbeing- basically my usual focus.
Do you also find yourself setting new goals in the fall? I’d love to hear about anything you’re working on, and any strategies you have for achieving your goals- I’ll be sharing my favorite tricks next!