Happy November! It’s pretty crazy that it’s already almost the end of the year. I turn 25 this month (eep!), which quite symbolically solidifies my years of quarter life angst.
I’m writing this post to start something a little new. I’ve always been into goal setting – I would be completely lost and frustrated without having something to aspire to and work toward achieving. Setting goals is something I do constantly, because I’m always reassessing where I’m heading and what it is I need to work on (oh, the existentialism). While I enjoy thinking about what I want to achieve in a new year, I don’t wait until January 1st to start setting new goals. I think it’s really important to do it on a more regular basis.
That being said, I have always been a little arbitrary, and I think it would be a good idea to add some structure. I’d like to experiment by setting goals on a monthly basis, including creating a monthly theme or focus, which is something it seems lot of people do. I like how The EveryGirl has 30-day challenges, which they’ve created a kind of community for on The EveryGirl Instagram account. I’ve never actually participated, but I’m looking forward to seeing what they plan on doing for this month!
Setting goals on a month-to-month basis is something completely new to me, but I think it would help me to be more focused and patient instead of hopping around from goal to goal like a little Energizer bunny. Having a monthly ritual of assessing where I’m at and where I would like to be sounds like a great way to take stock of things.
Energy goes where intention flows.
The theme that I’d like to adopt for this month is courage. I’m a big overthinker, and I find that makes me especially prone to anxiety, fear, and doubt. Instead of living in my head, I want to make a point to let my actions outweigh my thinking. You know, to just send that text, make that plan, do that thing. For me, I’ve lived a lifetime of over thinking, and taking a conscious step in this new direction is huge. (Any other overthinkers out there? Let me know what has helped you break out of that shell!)
This article I came across on Saying Yes to the Unknown really spoke to me. I’ll be bookmarking it for when I need a reminder on how to recognize when an opportunity is right for me, and how to face fear and go after it.
Here’s a little excerpt:
“I think we spend our lives dancing between the art of saying “no” to things that don’t fuel or growth and “yes” to things that scare us, but might be exactly what we want to do next.
So when an opportunity appears that may feel scary or risky, we need to evaluate whether those feelings are coming from a place of internal wisdom – your intuition is sensing something isn’t right about the situation – or if they are coming from your ego’s fear of the unknown.”
If that speaks to you, check out the rest of the article for tips on alleviating your fears.
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Here are some more specific things I’d like to work on this month:
This month, I plan to refocus my mind and practice patience. I want to focus more on the present moment and stop thinking too much about the future.
- Spend uninterrupted time reading and writing every day. “Uninterrupted” is the key word here.
- Meditate every morning for 10 – 15 minutes.
I’m by no means a fitness buff, but I enjoy healthy eating and doing yoga on a regular basis. I’ve been a little less intentional about treating my body well in recent weeks (I’ve actually lost count), and have been exercising a lot less, and eating more sugar and fried foods than usual. To get back on track, I intend to:
- Incorporate fruits and veggies into every meal.
- Try two new healthy recipes (note to self: healthier sweet treats don’t count!).
- Do at least 10-15 minutes of morning yoga 5 days of the week.
It’s funny how we sometimes have a tendency to put off things that we know are good for us (it can’t just be me, amiright?). So this month, I want to take more time to do things that inspire me and feed my soul.
- Meet up with a friend, new or old, at least once a week.
- Spend a morning in Mar Mikhael in Beirut, an area of the city that I’ve been meaning to explore like a tourist.
- Fill out the Five Minute Journal every morning and evening – no excuses!
What are your November goals? And what’s your favorite or most effective way to set them?