March 2018 Goals
While I have set monthly goals so far this year, I realized something important about them while reflecting on my grief journey. I wasn’t setting goals for personal development, to improve my fitness, or to grow my business. It may appear that way on the outside, but looking in, there’s a different story. I was creating goals because I felt like I had to do that. In my Type A, goal-oriented personality, I felt like getting back in this habit would magically shake me out of my grief. Not surprisingly, that isn’t how it works.
Looking back on my goals, particularly for February, I can tell my heart wasn’t in it. They were all good goals, but I think I forgot about most of them a week into the month. I’m not even going to waste time with a recap because, in full transparency, it’s a solid F all around. I can’t even give myself an A for effort. I know this sounds like I’m being too hard on myself. But, I am completely okay with how the first two months of the year transpired. I set goals and I didn’t meet them. That’s okay.
The important thing is that I am creeping a bit closer each day into the version of myself that feels fired up to dream big, to set scary goals, and to work hard. I haven’t been in that place for awhile, certainly since my grandma died, but I think it’s really been even before that. But, I’m ready to get that fire burning again. I know that there are still going to be hard days when I’m not in that space. On those days, I give myself the grace to be where I am. For the first time in a really long time, those days feel like the minority. I feel like I’m coming alive again and it’s absolutely freeing.
So, let’s dive in, shall we?
March 2018 Goals
- Work up to and complete a two-hour long run. I’ve got about six weeks to get my butt in gear for an April half marathon. The thought of a time based long run goal intimidates me a bit less than distance right now. Ideally, I’d like to cover nine or ten miles, but I’m not going to focus on that. I just want the time on my feet.
- Complete level one of BODYSHRED (12 workouts total) because I am 100% determined to finish this program in 2018. I’ve started and given up on myself too many times.
- Take four yoga classes. While I would love to get to the studio more, and should to maximize my membership, I want to keep my goals completely achievable this month.
- Finish book five of Game of Thrones. I started this series last March and am determined to finish the last one (that’s currently published) this month.
- Read one personal development book. I used to be so consistent in reading PD, but it really fell out of my priorities. I know getting back in this habit will only benefit me.
- Pay off one credit card. Between my tax refunds and a three paycheck month (the best months!), I’ll be able to boost my opportunity (aka emergency) fund and pay off one debt.
Okay, okay. I planned to start small this month, but this is still a lot. I fully recognize that, but it’s good to have these goals and actually feel excited about them. It’s a really good change of pace.