January was a bit of a whirlwind between surgery, the plague, and moving, so I didn’t even make any monthly goals. With my year-long 2017 goals in mind, I have quite a few in mind this month so I can work toward accomplishing all of those and stick to getting my life back under control.
Work out three times a week
Blog twice a week
Join a blogger community
Pick up a freelance gig
Call Chase to lower my credit card interest rate
Write one guest post/submit an article to the Billfold
Read two books
Renew car insurance
Find a therapist
Sort out a budget that sees my credit cards paid off by June
Buy a desk
Passion Planner roadmaps
Sort out insurance stuff
Quite a few goals on the docket this month – some of them are just things I’ve been meaning to tick off for awhile, like little housekeeping things. This is the first month in… well, months, where I feel a sense of calm. There are a few out of town concerts we’re heading to, but for the most part, I know I’m going to be at home, and I’m going to have some time to myself. That’s a really great feeling!
Having time to be at home and landed (in a clean, unpacked house!!!) has been a gamechanger for my mental health. I don’t feel as anxious and scattered as I had been. This year, I’m planning in a combination of my bullet journal from last year as well as a Passion Planner – the bullet journal serves mostly as to-do lists, brainstorms and more of a “traditional” journal, and my PP is more for long-term planning and daily appointments and scheduling. It’s a much better system than I had going last year – as pretty as ban.do planners are, I just don’t think they jive with my planning style.
One month into 2017, are you on track with your annual goals? What are you focusing on in February?
For the first time in quite awhile, I feel like there’s some stability in my life. I’m (hopefully) not travelling as much this year, I don’t have any massive moves planned in the near (or far) future, and I finally feel like I’m having more down time to focus on myself again. I’m setting some big goals this year and using my Passion Planner to help me achieve them. (This isn’t a sponsored post, I’m just delighted to have one!) It’s helping me make things into actionable items and keeping them more concrete instead of non-specific ideas like “be more positive.” I have eight goals that I want to really focus on achieving this year – here they are, in no particular order!
Meditate: I’ve had the Stop. Breathe. Think. app on my phone for a few months, but I rarely use it. The times I have found myself making a conscious decision to not give in to the anxiety and panic and instead focus on this and really give it a try, it has helped a ton. I really want to focus on making use of it to relieve some of those feelings I get throughout the day.
Grow blog: When I lived in Nashville, I found myself always saying I wanted to really focus on my blog again, but never actually following through with many actionable steps (or even updates.) The last few months I’ve focused on maintenance and regular updates, and I found a community I want to join. There’s some other great stuff on the way as well!
Make $5000 beyond my regular job: Honestly, compared to what I used to bring in across various side hustles, this number seems small. But there are a lot of other things I want to do (like focus on running again,) so I’m just shooting for a small, attainable number.
Pay off credit cards: I was always The Girl With No (Consumer) Debt. That changed over the last few months due to some impulse buys and really feeling too lenient in feeling entitled to treat myself, so this is a pretty big priority. (I also have to work on shifting the entitlement mindset I’ve developed but… baby steps.)
Volunteer: In college, I volunteered regularly, and even went on many service learning trips. It made me feel great to give back, and I’d like to focus on getting back into that practice this year.
Read 15 books: I love to read, but I haven’t been doing it as much lately – even my beloved audiobooks aren’t holding my attention. I only read 12 books last year (and came in right under the wire with that number, at that) so increasing slightly feels attainable.
Start lifting again: I miss lifting weights desperately. The high of picking up heavy things and putting them down, rinse, repeat: it was the best shape I’d ever been in. I felt unstoppable, like I could do anything or defend anyone, and that’s something I miss terribly. I’ve started doing some preliminary research on gyms in the area to join, but it’s going to be so hard to start over and not be able to pick up where I left off years ago.
November was a little busier than I anticipated – more time spent in the city than I expected, and a lot more family time than I thought with different family members coming in early and staying later than normal during Thanksgiving. I’m writing this from New York now (to continue on the 2016 travel tour) and starting to think about what I need to do this month to (first of all, survive the rest of this year, and also) start 2017 off on the right foot! Read more…
This spring, summer, and even most of the fall have really gotten hold of me. I spent most of the summer preparing for another big move, and this fall has been bouncing back and forth between Chicago and my hometown in Michigan (plus a trip to Boston to see Dani and relax.) I wasn’t taking care of myself and started running on autopilot, so starting this month, I’m going to take baby steps to remedy that.
Read one book DONE I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up for Paper & Glam book club. I didn’t love it, but it did at least help me get motivated to clean out the closet
2o no spend days PASS, somehow! Losing my wallet at the start of the month helped out with this
Send out invoices the day they are due
Make $1200 in side hustle
Find another freelance writing gig
Hit Fitbit goals five days per week
Track spending every day
Spend $100 on groceries
Renew car insurance
Get all tax information in
20 no spend days
I thought I had found a great freelance gig in January, but it didn’t seem to be working out. You live and you learn, though, and I’m glad that I learned fairly quickly that it wasn’t a good fit. I had pretty bad anxiety over “firing” the client because I want to be everything to everyone all the time, but it’s just not possible or realistic. My 20 “no spend” days will not include the work trip I’ll be on in the month, since it’s reimbursed, so here’s hoping I can curb any desires to go out until the middle of the month!
How did your year start off? What are you focused on in Feburary?