Oh how I loved these books growing up! My favourite was Mr. Tickle, I think :).
So why am I so forgetful? Well..I may have forgotten to do February’s goals…my bad!
Halfway through the month I have a reminder set to check on how my goals are doing, because then I still have a couple of weeks left to really make that final push if I was being a bit ‘lazy’ with working towards them. Goals are never going to just come by easily; they are something to be earned! So when my reminder went off I searched for the February post on goals and lo and behold, it was missing.
Ah well! I guess that just means more goals for March, and to be honest, a lot has happened in this last month so it’s perfect timing for me to have a whole new set of goals to focus on!
My inspiration board for 2012.
These goal-setting posts, by the way, are not intended to be one-way posts. I know that you all are probably not that interested in how my goals are doing, or what new ones I’m setting for my life. This is a post to encourage and hopefully inspire you to set goals in areas of your lives that perhaps you didn’t think of before, and to make goal setting and goal review a monthly practice. It’s one of the best ways (in my opinion anyway!) to work at getting that inspiration board to become reality!
I always want to hear from you guys, so please check out the questions I included at the bottom of this post and let me know what you think! Or of course just let me know what’s on your mind :).
First, I want to review January’s goals, seeing as that’s the last month I set any. And I set a LOT of goals for January – 7 in total, broken down into 4 areas that I really want to focus on (as they are the 4 areas represented on my inspiration board):
- Living a clean lifestyle –start swapping out my beauty products for toxin-free ones; go on a cleanse
- Varying my physical activity – register for a dance class and a Zumba class; mix in gym workouts, dance class and other exercise forms with my yoga to keep things different
- Fostering my work and hobbies – put my new Nikon camera to good use; continue reading Plate to Pixel to learn more photography skills
- Connecting and building relationships – get together more with friends once the craziness of the holiday season dies down
How did I do?
- Living a clean lifestyle – I swapped out my toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and face wash and toner for toxin-free ones. Now I just need to swap out my deodorant and my facial moisturizers. I also did 4 and a half weeks of cleansing, so that is definitely a goal I fulfilled!
- Varying my physical activity – check and check! My weekly workout schedule is pretty diverse now (see it here).
- Fostering my work and hobbies – check and check! I’ve been having fun taking shots with my Nikon (see some here and here) and I am working my way through the book. But very slowly, as I want to make sure I practice each skill I learn so that I really take it in!
- Connecting and building relationships – I’ve definitely been spending a lot of time socializing since the holidays. I’ll be honest, ever since I moved to Vancouver I’ve found this city somewhat difficult when it comes to meeting new people. I’ve got a good group of friends now, but a lot of them are individual friends that don’t know the others, and that’s the part I struggle with. Plus the Vancouver area is super large and spread out, so it can be tough to meet up with people when you all live at least 30-40 minutes’ drive away.
What am I aiming for this month?
Well, here are some things coming up for me:
- A trip home
- Laser eye surgery (I. Am. Terrified!)
- End of my current dance/Zumba classes so, when I’m back from my trip, it’s deciding what direction my fitness interests are going to go in
So, based on that, here are my goals for March:
- Do a quick diving refresher course, as it’s been 2 years since I was last home and diving (already done! I actually wrote this a couple of days ago, and did this refresher course Tuesday night. Way to start the month off right haha!)
- RELAX at home. Tune out, don’t check email all the time or be worrying about work!
- Do some diving and some stand-up paddleboarding once I’m home.
- Try and remain calm about my upcoming laser eye surgery…I have terrible vision without my contacts so I am definitely in need of this surgery, but it is still a terrifying prospect for me!
- Evaluate my budget. I have always been careful about budgeting and I track my expenses really well but lately I keep finding myself running short on cash, so I want to take some time to sit down and work out what’s going where, and where I can cut back.
- Decide on some new fitness classes. I think I will continue with Zumba because I have really enjoyed it, but my dance class isn’t continued again until the fall. I need to work out what to do instead, keeping with the theme of keeping my workouts diverse.
- Do you set goals? If so, how often, and do you then review them afterwards?
- Have you ever lived in a city where you felt it was difficult to meet new people?
- Do you have any ideas for new fitness classes for me to check out?