It’s July and it’s time to start looking at our goals that we set in January and see how on track we are. I know that my monthly review, the fact I can see them in front of me everyday, and my consistent work on them has been great. I have missed the mark on some, but I might be able to salvage them. Let’s review!
I set up nine life goals this year – things I wanted to tackle in my personal/home life. Some were pretty far reaching and others seem really doable. Here’s the rundown.
Paint the Front Door – hasn’t happened yet, but I’ll be doing it this fall. (I didn’t realize to do it right you had to take the door off! Good to know!) Deciding between yellow and teal right now. Status: In progress.
Easy Garden – this didn’t happen at all. At all. We traveled in April and May and we didn’t get it started. We are going to plant 3 blueberry bushes in our garden this fall and I will look at some fall gardening. My goal is to spend this winter really figuring out how I can do the bare minimum, but get good peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and zinnia’s next year. Status: Fail? Sort of.
Coffee Dates with Friends – This has totally happened. One a month. Although I haven’t documented it anywhere but my calendar I am thrilled to be making time with people I care about. Friendship takes time to make new memories and I am committed to doing this. Want to set up a coffee date? Connect! Status: Win!
Overnight Hike – YES! I did this! My daughter and I hiked overnight on the Ozark Highland Trail. I have ZERO hiking experience and at that point had only been walking the dog sporadicly. We didn’t buy any fancy equipment and just used what we had. I am so proud of us for committing to doing it even though we were so green… oh, and we saw proof that a bear was near us while we slept… so that happened! Status: Win!
Sit with Natalie Goldberg – Natalie is the author of Writing Down the Bones – the book that changed my life – and the practice I’ve done for over 20 years. My friend Sarah and I are going to sit with her for 5 days in New Mexico in September. I’m slowly paying for this, month by month, but it will be all paid for by the time I arrive. What a way to celebrate my 47th birthday! Status: in progress.
Road Trip – I wanted to take a road trip with my husband that wasn’t work related. We decided to do a spur of a trip that was work related and went to Fairfield, Iowa to see the largest Ayurvedic community in America. It was like hippy spiritual paradise and I’m thrilled we did it. Status: Win!
Eat Less/Move More – Who knew when I made this simple goal that I would radically change my entire lifestyle? I knew in January I needed a change – I just didn’t know how major. Status: Win and in progress – forever!
Make Art – This goal is really to use the supplies I have collected over the last 20+ years and just do it. I’ve done 6 paintings, am working with watercolor, filled one sketchbook, took a photography class and am exploring figure drawing, contour drawing and urban sketching. I fit time in between working on projects on the computer and at night before or after doing some yoga. It has been so good to just make things and spill my creativity out. Status: Win!
The last goal was blank – and that meant leaning into life as it happened, being open to new ideas or projects. I’ve tried to and will continue to allow for more room for things instead of tightening up (no one really likes a tight, closed off person).
Next up I’ll review my business goals! I believe that setting goals gives you a path to work towards instead of just ricocheting through life like a pinball. We choose our path and with integrity we walk down it.