Thinking about getting married is making me evaluate who I want to be and what I want out of my life-in a good way. Getting married is a big step, and it has inspired me to create some goals for myself. It also helps me to focus on other things beside wedding planning, which is definitely a good thing. 🙂
This goal-setting is inspired by the book The Happiness Project, which I randomly picked up in Target and have almost finished. Gretchen Rubin created a year-long happiness project to see if she could make herself happier by focusing on areas of improvement in her life (one a month). I'm not quite ready to start my own full fledged happiness project, so these goals will maybe be like a warm up test. I'm really liking the book, and I'm looking forward to finishing it.
As scary as it seems to me, I think writing about these goals here will help me to actually follow-through. I could set these for myself and not tell everyone on blog land, but I think being public about it will help keep me accountable (I'm human). I had planned to post this on the 1st, but I was sick and then the craziness of the weekend hit (which I can't wait to tell you about: weddings! Reno! Zip-lining!), so I'm a few days late. I will try to post on my progress throughout the month, and on July 31st I'll do a final check-in to see how I did. Hopefully, if this goes well, some of these goals will roll over for next month (like the exercise one), and I'll create other new goals for August.
Although there are a million goals I would like to set for myself, I'm going to start with five. Here are my Hopes for July:
- Personal Health Goal: Exercise at least 3 times a week. Ok, I can hear you groaning. BUT I am sooo lazy. I'm not trying to lose any weight for the wedding (I'm a curvy girl, and I like myself this way), but I would like to feel healthier, fit and tone up a bit. I created a new Exercise Calendar page (found up at the top of the screen) where I will be tracking my actual workouts. I'm hoping to both start running a bit, biking more, yoga, and a bit of Zumba thrown in for fun. You'll be able to see my progress (for good or bad) on this page.
- Relationship Goal: Date night! making it happen-ideally once a week. Viet and I have tried to institute a weekly date night in the past to no avail. Instead of putting pressure on Viet to make this happen, I'm going to do my best to initiate our date night. I'm not sure if I'll formally schedule these ahead of time or make them happen impromptu. These can be stay at home or going out, as long as it's just the two of us focusing on each other.
- Organizational Goal: Organize my desk and office space. I'm a bit messy. Not gross messy-just cluttered and disorganized messy. My desk is a place of creative possibility, and there are a lot of projects (future goals!) that I would like to make happen (including writing more regularly), and getting this mess organized and under control is the first step. I've tentatively planned to try to tackle this on Sunday, July 10th.
- Long Overdue Goal: Visit Taekwondo Schools. I used to practice Taekwondo many, many years ago. I was a certified instructor and a 3rd degree black belt. It was such a huge part of my coming of age, and I have always missed practicing and teaching. I would like to start back, but it's a huge hurdle that seems to grow more intimidating each year that passes. I want to take the step of at least visiting a few Taekwondo schools in the city. I may not feel comfortable at the schools or it may be too expensive, but the least I owe myself is to seriously check out my options.
- Personal Happiness Goal: Read (or finish reading) 5 books. I know this one seems silly (since reading is fun and easy), but there are sooo many books on my list, and I need to prioritize reading in my life and make this one happen. I don't actually know how long it takes me to read a book, so the goal number is pretty arbitrary. I was going to set the goal of not watching any tv to compliment this goal, buttttt True Blood just started back. and. I'm. just. not. ready. So, I'll try this first. Here are the books I want to read or finish reading:
1) The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
2) Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
3) Eating Animals (on loan from Lisa for a million months-sorry about that LSM!) by Jonathon Safran Foer
4) Great House by Nicole Krauss
5) And for funsies, a recommendation by my friend Kari: The Girl with the Steel Corset by Kady Cross