Goals, March 2014

I’m still in shock that the third month of the year is already here. 2014 is definitely going to fly. 

I’ve been spending the first days of the month really focusing on getting in touch with self. Not just reconnecting by myself, but also listening to the observations of my close friends and family. It’s funny, even when trying to search within ourselves to see if anything needs changing, repair or removal, we still have a tendency to make excuses for ourselves and justify things that we need to let go. Hearing from others really forces us to say aloud the things that need to change in our lives.

All of this self exploration has definitely fueled my goals for this month. Similarly to February, I’m focusing on simple, minimalistic goal setting that will lead to positive impact. I definitely did well in last month’s goal of avoiding over whelm, and sticking to an organized schedule kept me more balanced than I’ve been in a while.

Special thanks to Google Calendar and my list making skills for a month of accomplishment, and for even great accomplishments ahead this month.

March: A Focus on Intentional Actions

01/ Bring the behind-the-scenes stuff to center stage. I’m excited to share two new features that have been in the works for a  while now – one celebrating some of my favorite creatives, and another featuring creative writing. Not to mention, soon the first rounds of creative features from this month’s sponsors will start to go live. I am so excited to see how you all respond to this new take on sponsorship.

Granted, some things won’t officially go live immediately, but the thought of finally getting to share my little ideas with everyone is a thrill in itself.

02/ Simplify my eating. A few years ago, I attempted a pescetarian diet change – and failed miserably. Beyond miserably. Lately, I’ve been thinking about attempting the transition again. Not because I hate meat, I love meat – I love food. But I also love my body, and I can tell that my body isn’t in love with all of the things I’ve been fueling with. So before committing to any major diet changes, I want to start by simplifying. Seeing what options are out there, how they fit with my lifestyle, which adjustments are comfortable to make and which would take more adapting to.

Two simple goals for my favorite month – my birthday month! I’ll be 21 in less than two weeks – and continuing 21 Days of Self up until then.

Are you setting any big, or small, goals this month?

Hello March / Kicking Off A New Month Right

Happy third day of March everyone! I can’t believe that we’re already into the third month of the year. I feel like I just watched the ball drop yesterday.

A fresh month sets the perfect mood for goal setting and fresh starts. March is absolutely my favorite month, and I’m so excited to see what the next few weeks bring for me.

There are a few things I always try to do when I’m ushering in a new month. Starting off strong is a great indication of an even stronger ending. Take the time to prepare and get your bearings together. Leave all of the old and heavy things from weeks before behind; the goal that you haven’t met, the faux paus that happened publicly and privately.

Allow yourself to walk freely and unhindered into a new clean and fresh space. Declutter your mind, and start to progress in the new.

01/ Assess Your Progress

Look at yourself now, and note changes (or lack thereof) from the month prior. Celebrate all of the successes you had, no matter how big or how small. Everything is incredibly significant and worthy of praise.

If you did experience some failures, evaluate them as well. Did you not achieve something due to a lack of genuine intention for it, was it a matter of self discipline? Was it too much to handle on your already full plate? Instead of giving your failures so much power, use it as a jumping off point to determine your wants, needs and current outlooks.

02/ Set Realistic + Intentional Goals

Before you pull out your notebook that you track your goals and intentions in, allow me to note one thing – creating a laundry list of goals to achieve in 30 days is not always beneficial. If you have one goal for the month, that is just as productive as creating a list of 10 goals, most of which will fall by the wayside anyway. It is so important to be realistic.

Align your short and long term goals so that they do not become separate entities. Your short term goals are bricks, and lay the pathway to your long term goals (tweet that).

03/ Perform A Positive Action

Do something that will really help kick start greater action within you. Don’t wait until the time feels right, because it never will. The best time to act on something you’re really passionate and intentional about is right away.

If your goal is to start a blog, go ahead and write out your first post, and a few ideas for your next posts. If you really want to do well on an upcoming exam, start outlining a plan of attack for studying and prep work.

Don’t allow yourself to take comfort in being idle, because once you’re comfortable being still, it’s so hard to motivate yourself to take action.

How do you welcome in a new month?

Photos via vegitarian ventures.