My list this week from MooreaSeal
My list this week from MooreaSeal
I’ve been doing a pretty good job of sticking with my goals so far. If you recall, I set nine larger goals and and now chunked them to smaller goals.
Here’s what I’m working on this week:
Maintain and Retain Friendships
-Talk to the biffle once time
-Attend a friend’s birthday party on Friday evening
Repair a relationships
-Call this person one time
-Text them twice this week
-Attend an art class this week
Create Blog Consistency
-Attend a blog conference
-Blog three times
-Mail books for book blog swap
Continue to lose weight and feel healthy
-Workout 4 times
-Juice fast for 5 days
-Yoga 2x this week
-Finish my water bottle 3 times
Pay down bills
-Pay off one medical bill
-Make a payment of $100 towards a surgery bill
So these are my goals for the week of January 24th-31st. What are some of your goals this week? Here’s to a great week!!
One of the books that I’ve been meaning to read for a long time is The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun . I’ve seen it around for a few years and have dabbled around in looking at Gretchen Rubin’s website because I like the daily happy quotes she sends out but I just haven’t gotten the book.
Finally, I heard she was coming to Portland and decided NOW was the time. But not only would I have to read her first book, she was touring around about her second book, Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other Experiments in Everyday Life.
So I bought both books and read them. And was super inspired! Then I went and heard her speak on Tuesday night with some friends. Well you know how you go to hear some authors speak and are just bored out of your skull? Not the case with Gretchen Rubin! She was a great speaker and really took the time to speak to people’s thoughts and concerns.
She talked about what she felt are her five biggest things to accomplishment:
1. Get enough sleep! Even if this means setting an alarm to fall asleep.
2. Get some exercise–even just a bit every day can help.
3. Cultivate a sense of smells-smells are a quick pick me up without all the calories!
4. Cultivate shrines–create little areas in your house that are dedicated to things you are passionate about.
5. Outer order contributes to inner calm.
Her big saying was from Samuel Johnson (I believe):
“The days are long but the years are short”
This is an expression similar to what we said at camp when I was Associate Director:
“The days go by like weeks and the weeks go by like days”
I’ve started doing some of what she’s talked about in her books: keeping track of my goals, giving myself gold stars (literal ones, I bought old school foil stars!) and trying to discover my passions.
I would love to actually do a happiness project and perhaps meet with a group to accomplish that.
What are some things that make you happy? Have you ever done a happiness project?
So I mentioned last week that I was going to start working with an accountability partner to really work on goal setting and accomplishing these goals. I spent a long time trying to find my journal with my original list of 100 items I wanted to accomplish but to no avail. My partner found her journal and found that she had accomplished ten of the original sixty some she had set. I can’t wait to find mine–probably after I move and empty out my boxes–and see how many I’ve accomplished.
In the meantime, I decided to purchase a journal called 2014 Create Your Amazing Year-Life Edition Workbook and Planner from Leonie Dawson. It was relatively inexpensive and I was psyched to find one of the sections was about creating a list of 100 things to do this year. I’ve been slowly adding to this and am at 60 so far. There was also a section on saying goodbye to 2013 and then about goals in different areas of my life.
From this I crafted 9 large goals for the year:
1. Maintain and retain friendships
2. Repair a broken relationship
3. Work on a book/novel
4. Create More
5. Create Blog Consistency
6. Find one full-time or no more than 2 part-time jobs
7. Continue to lose weight and feel healthy
8. Pay down debt and begin savings
9. Become involved in a long-term committed relationship
I hope that by not only setting smaller goals and working with my amazing accountability partner, but by also publicly posting them on my blog, I will be able to really work hard to accomplish these goals.
My plan is to set smaller SMART goals each week. Not every week will consist of accomplishing something for each of the larger goals, but to work on 3-4 per week. I’m not sure if I will post weekly or monthly about my goals on the blog but I will definitely devote some of my blog to holding myself accountable for these goals.
How do you set goals? How do you plan to accomplish them this year?
So when I was living in Los Angeles from 2006-08, I was involved with a super awesome book group (I am still trying to replicate it but have yet to succeed-Portland peeps-if you are interested in a book club, let me know!) One of the women in the group had done a few life coach groups and I immediately jumped onto the idea.
There were about seven of us in the group plus the coach and we meet weekly at her apartment. It was all women I knew, primarily a bunch that i was in graduate school with and others that I worked with. It was one of the best group of women I’ve ever had the chance to spend time with.
We worked through all sorts of things but one of the first items we did was pick an accountability partner in our groups. We then made a list of 100 things we wanted to accomplish in our lifetimes in a journal. I’ve often gone back to look at this list and I really should start crossing off the things I’ve done.
From that list of 100, we put them into large goal buckets. We then made short term goals based on these buckets. So I had one for health/weight loss, spiritual, creativity, etc. From that, I picked three or four goals I wanted to work on for a two month period or so. We then wrote those in our journals.
Each week we would pick two or three goals based on the SMART goals model (see below) and write them on a circle sticker (like the type you use for garage sales). At the end of the week, if we accomplished our goals we put them into our journals next to the goal.
At the end of two month period we then awarded ourselves with merit badges (similar to girl scouts!).
So SMART goals as a mnemonic to help set up the way you look at goals:
Lately I’ve felt that I’ve needed the accountability again that I had during that time period so I’ve decided to start with an accountability partner-a good friend of mine in Los Angeles and we will meet every Friday morning via g-chat to see where we are.
I am also going to blog about these goals on an ongoing basis so even more accountability! If this is something you are interested in, let me know and maybe we can create a link-up or some sort of meet-up to work on goals as a group!
I still can’t quite believe we are in 2014. It’s been a pretty slow start to the year. My bestie was in town for 10 days and we had a great time-going to a Blazer Game, going to Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, going down to the Oregon Coast for a quickie shopping trip at the outlets and to see some friends, trying tons and tons of restaurants around town–be on the lookout for some posts about that!
New Years Eve was super low key, my parents had a bunch of friends over and a few of my friends came as well. We ordered Middle Eastern food, had a drinks bar (I made Dirty Shirley’s-cherry vodka, 7-up, a splash of grenadine and some maraschino cherries), we played Cards Against Humanity (if you’ve never played. . . think X-rated Apples to Apples–super fun!) and of course the countdown and watching the ball go down.
Me wearing all new clothes! The skirt and sweater from GAP and the cami from the Loft.
One thing on my mind lately: goals and accomplishing them. Based on this picture, I am proud of the fact that I’ve lost a lot of weight in the last couple of years but there is still work to go. I’ve started using the loseit.com app and I bought a fitbit that tracks my steps and sleep. I’m trying to keep up with drinking 8 cups of water a day (and visiting the bathroom a ton). I also started blogilates which has been KICKING MY BUTT! My core is so sore but in a great way. I sprung for the beginner calendar (a whole ninety nine cents!) and have done it so far every day.
I took a life coaching class several years ago when I was living in Los Angeles and got started with SMART goals and accountability partners (I’m going to write a whole post about that experience and getting back into it later this week).
So stay tuned!!!!
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