So, like so many people did (and I actually really enjoyed reading through all the posts), I wrote a Resolutions posts. And usually, I write it, feel really committed, last the month of January before my resolutions take a nose dive into the deep end and become lost in the murky waters, not revisited until the waters clear the following New Year. This year, apparently I’m taking a new approach.
I haven’t even started yet.
My work schedule has still been on holiday hours, which has made it pretty impossible to fit in working out or writing, my main two goals. Also, let’s be real: I got lazy and chose to do some other things, like sleep or playing the PS4, instead of really working towards fitting anything related to my goals in. But this week, my schedule regulates and I can start a routine again.
So it may be the third week of January, but it’s the first week in my Quest for Happiness.
Like I’m going to try to do each Sunday, below I’m going to list my long-term goals for the year, as a repeat to myself of what I want to accomplish. Then, list my goals to complete for the week. And, once this gets rolling, I’ll write whether I accomplished last week’s goal or not. My readers on this blog are fantastic and encouraging and I can’t think of a better audience to hold me accountable or remind me to be forgiving of myself when I fall short.
So, here we go:
- Long-term Goal: Craft the body I want (toned, 40 pounds lighter ((which, by the way, is not a 201 deadline, but just a life goal)) and beautiful in my eyes) through forming a regular running/gym routine.
- Weekly Goal: Go to the gym. Once.
- While my ideal goal is to go to the gym five times a week for 30-45 minutes a day in-between jobs, I won’t lie and say that there hasn’t been opportunity for me to go the first 15 days of January. I’ve just been too nervous to even attempt going to the gym where I bought a membership for. So this week, I just want to make it there and do one workout, as that’s a huge mental hurdle to overcome in order to begin working towards my main goal.
- Long-term Goal: Edit three books, write four new books and query at least one.
- Weekly Goal: Write three times a week on BLOOD PRICE and outline another novel.
- I finally started working on BLOOD PRICE again and would like to slowly build myself back up to writing every day and working on my novels…and believing they are worth working on. So making forward process on BLOOD PRICE while setting the foundation on another novel is the key this week.
- Long-term Goal: Read 60 books.
- Weekly Goal: Read every night before bed.
- Reading is something that I’ve sacrificed in lieu of other things and I really miss it. I want that to change. So, I hope to get back into the habit I had in high school of reading before bed; putting away the cellphone, stop checking emails and instead, put on some soft tunes and unwind each night, whether it is ten minutes or thirty (or way past the getting-seven-hours-mark) lost between the pages of a paperback.
- Long-term Goal: Increase output over all three blogs, i.e., write more consistently.
- Weekly Goal: Try out new blogging schedule and see if it works.
- I have a tentative blog schedule planned, which is mostly just days picked out where I have “write a random post” written on the calendar. But still, I’d like to write more consistently on all my blogs, especially my newish book review blog.
- Long-term Goal: Manage money with more awareness, start retirement fund and build savings.
- Weekly Goal: Balance checkbook for the week.
- I did buy a new set of checks, which came with a register (which is honestly all I wanted), which was the first step in working towards this goal. I really, really want to form the habit of writing down everything I spend and everything that is put into my checking account.
So there you go! I’m hoping to do this every Sunday, so hopefully that doesn’t bore you. But, it probably might. Yet, I can already feel it’s going to be helpful for me. Plus, I thought it would be neat, not only to have some accountability, but also to be able to look back and, week by week, post by post, see the process I’ve made and the bumps in the road. It’ll be really cool when I reach exactly where I want to be.
Here’s to starting resolutions and making strides to keep them…even if starting a bit late. 🙂