Monday, November 4, 2013

November Goals

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October really was something. I'm sure it could be chalked up to general busyness, but as usual the past month flew by. We've experienced lots of changes in our household this past month, and I have to admit, I didn't accomplish too many of October's goals because of it. I'm happy to put the month behind me. In fact, all I managed to do on last month's list was get a haircut (we did attempt to go apple picking, but it was a disaster). Granted, this usually happens, I start out the month with lofty plans, only to accomplish one or two after all is said and done.

Setting goals for each month, whether concrete (go for a hike!) or more abstract (be present.), has been a way for me to feel in control. To not allow the month to slip past me in a blur of work and home priorities, of stress and deadlines, to actually make some time for the things that I love to do. But, lately it's not working and I've felt so disconnected from myself when I'm not at work. I've been frustrated by this; I love my job, and I love blogging, but it's not my life. I need to make time for the things that make me happy that don't take place behind a screen, and for the things that will enrich my life.

So this is how I'm starting November: fresh. My overarching goal for this month is to be mindful. Mindful of my time, my body, and my brain.

//Start each weekend with yoga
Groggily checking my gym's class schedule this past Saturday morning, I was happy to discover there's a late-morning class. Win! This was the perfect bridge between work-week and weekend, and allowed me to check my stress at the door. Once a week on a Saturday is much more realistic for me right now than twice a week after work, so that's what's happening.

//Break out of my style rut
I've been in a vicious cycle of jeans, sweater, boots lately, due largely in part to rushing out of the house each morning to get to work early. This uniform is fine, really, but frankly I'm bored and it's time to shake things up.

//Run the Turkey Trot
It's November, which means: Thanksgiving! I ran the Turkey Trot last year for the first time, and it was the perfect addition to our low-key Thanksgiving. Now, I just need to convince Chris to run it with me this year!

//Get to work early
Self-explanatory.

7 comments:

Chelsea Elizabeth said...

These are wonderful goals! I definitely am in need for the yoga one, relaxes me so much once i get into it!

Heidi said...

Good for you running the Turkey Trot! Always wanted to do that. xo Heidi

M. at Making Sense of Cents said...

Good luck with your November goals! I need to get out of my style rut as well. I have been dressing quite boring lately.

Bea said...

Ha. Turkey Trot.

The high school marching band was raising money this weekend by practicing outside of Maria's and Atomic. All. Weekend. Long. There was a lot of "Heart and Soul" and the first ten measures of "Let's Go Band" happening...at the same time.

You are loved and missed and amazing.

iris said...

All of my non-summer goals are generally "Get through this month." It works out alright, I do awesome things when I feel like it...and I sit on the couch eating Cheetos at other times. It works.

Alison Colby said...

Thanks for the post, Julie! As an avid list-lover and goal-maker, I decided to make my own November goals list in order to get me through the last month of my first semester as a doctoral student.

Anything to help keep my sanity!

XO Alison
looksharplansing.blogspot.com

Karli said...

I always find yoga classes are on at tricky times. Goodluck with the goals and enjoy welcoming the weekends with a stretch.

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