The Art of Goal Setting

Goal Setting: Do You Have A Vision?

We all have a vision for our lives, or so I’d like to think. Maybe it isn’t an exact blue print with all of the kinks worked out, perhaps it’s just an idea of what we’d like to see happen.

About three weeks ago, I was thinking about life after graduation, real world living, and wrote out what my ideal day would look like. I noted that it would either be a Monday or a Sunday. Here’s what I described:

+ 6am. Wake up, check emails, twitter and instagram. Climb out of bed, dress and get in a 45 minute morning workout.

+ 7:15am Shower, get ready for the day and eat a good breakfast (likely something with fresh fruit)

8:30am Head to work, either walk (if it’s nearby) or hop on the subway. Knowing me, I’ll be getting there at least 15 minutes early.

+ Noon Lunch time!

5pm Head home, check (blog related) emails during my commute.

6:30pm Get dinner ready –something delicious that makes the apartment smell yummy.

+ 7:30pm Schedule posts, read a few posts from my faves and unwind a bit. Work on any lingering freelance work.

9:45pm Night time stretching/yoga.

11pm Settle into bed, try to turn my brain off and get good sleep.

Just a small snippet, but I thought it was an interesting journal scribble. Doesn’t it seem highly specific and thought out? Yep, that’s exactly how my brain works. I need to see the small details and plan even the simplest things, like cooking a meal that would make my apartment smell yummy.

As beneficial as I think setting small, workable short-term goals are, I always take a minute to revisit the long term. We often get so caught up in our day-to-day routines and responsibilities that we forget about those big moves we had in mind. The books we wanted to write, e-courses we wanted to launch,vacations we meant to plan. They slip through our hands like sand, and then we are left standing still, holding onto nothing.

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Goals, August 2014

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I cannot believe how fast these summer months are flying! I remember feeling this way at the end of last July as well. I guess time really flies when you’re rebranding a blog and soaking up sweet free time.

August is a huge month for me. The start of my final year of college, the year in which I happen to be taking on the most responsibility since I started. This time next year, I’ll be an actual, real world adult with a bachelor’s degree. What?! So soon!?

I won’t sugar coat anything, July was a rough month for me. I went through –and I’m still going through, a really strange and difficult transition and dealing with a lot of personal challenges. My greatest high this month was launching E&M. I have loved every moment of presenting this blog into the online world, and am so grateful for the amazing support and praise everyone has given the blog. I’m so excited for the future of this blog & brand.

Last month, my goals were aimed at looking forward. Let’s recap…

July Recap

– Look into freelance writing opportunities. DONE! I’ve already begun to reach out to different communities where I can contribute my writing, and I can’t wait to share.

– Be intentional about health + wellness. This one wavered. I definitely made better choices whenever I could, but certain times this month called for more chips and less kale.

– Create a sustainable budget. I’ve been reading so many awesome articles on ways to cut back on expenses and monitor my spending. I’m calling this one a job well done. I’ll definitely be sharing my tips as I move on in my budgeting journey.

– Start thinking about business cards. DONE! I’ve even made a Pinterest board filled with inspiration and I think I’ll be ready to start designing and send my own off to print soon enough!Continue Reading

Goals, July 2014

Wow, summer is flying. I feel like June came and went super fast. Anyone relate?

Despite time going at lightening speed, I’ve been loving every bit of this summer. It’s my first since I entered college {which, holy cow, was three almost FOUR years ago} that I haven’t had a full time internship + a few part time jobs. Usually, around this time I’m commuting like crazy from the suburbs into the city, from job to job. This summer has been much slower, but still fast enough to keep me curious.

Last month, I set three goals centered around structuring myself and being more intentional with my actions. Let’s recap June a bit…

June Recap

– Practice everyday intention. I’m calling this a job well done. I made small changes in the way to do everyday tasks which drastically changed how I felt while doing them and how long they took to complete.

– Focus. Again, job well done here. Buckling down and getting all of the checklist items I needed to cross of prior to E&M’s launch was, at times, exhaustive. And there were times I just didn’t feel like opening my laptop. But I focused when it mattered and had a pretty productive month.

– Save. This one could have been better. But, I’ve realized that I just need to be a bit more realistic and intentional in the way that I spend. I’ve been reading lots of posts on budgeting and being frugal while enjoying yourself, and I’m finally comprising a plan that fits me best. I’m optimistic about it.Continue Reading

Goals, June 2014

Hi, friends! Can you believe that we are already halfway through 2014? I feel like the year just started! But, I am glad that summer is here.

Last month, I set three simple goals to focus on during the month: step outside of my comfort zones, spend more time with friends, and find some work/life balance. I’m pleased to say that I achieved 3/3, yipee!

This month, I’m not focusing on many things, but the goals that I have set are definitely large impact creators.

June: A Focus on Routine & Intention

  • Practice everyday intention. For the past few weeks, keeping up with a consistent routine and encouraging positive habits has been a bit difficult. Part of me thinks it has to do with being in a temporary apartment -nothing seems permanent enough to sustain productivity. This month, I want to do all things with intention, remembering why I’m doing things in the first place.
  • Focus. Summertime is one of those brief seasons where things slow down a bit for me. I want to take advantage of the season to really focus on things that slip past me. Especially, finding the time to pick up a few books and let my imagination wander.
  • Save. While I’m slowed down and focusing, I really want to start saving up little bits at a time. Time is moving so quickly, and soon it will be time to invest in some of my larger dreams.

That’s it for me, what are your goals for the month? Did you set any goals last month that you are still working to achieve?

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?