June Goals: Following my Passion

As I sat listening to Gretchen Rubin‘s podcast the other day about planning your summer, I realized exactly what I wanted to do this summer. I’ve always wanted to be a writer. When I was younger my dad once told me that I’d be an author someday, and I think that is when the dream truly began. So, for the month of June I will be focusing on my passion, writing.

June Goals: Writing (+ Reading)

  • Write 1000 words a day. Over the past few weeks I’ve been creating a storyboard on Pinterest, writing about characters, and building the world of my current work in progress. It’s actually a story that I wrote in high school, but it’s time to rework it! I am so excited for the changes I’ve made and I’m ready to write this novel. I want to write 1000 words every day for the month of June & July to have a solid size draft to begin editing in August. Wish me luck (and if you ever see me, please ask how this is going, I need to be held accountable!)
  • Read (at least) 50 pages a day. I LOVE books. Reading is one of my favorite things to do, and the more you read, the better you write. So, I’m wanting to read at least 50 pages a day, if not more!
  • Daily blog post. Yup, you read that right! I’m going to write a blog post every day (M-F). Ever Tuesday you can head over to The Simple Writer for a post about social media and/or writing. Then on Monday’s, Wed-Friday you can watch for an update on this blog. I know it’s a HUGE commitment, but I’ve been struggling to write only once a week. The more I write, the easier it is, which is why writing posts for every day will be a good thing!
  • A poem a day. Have you ever read Milk and Honey? When I was a missionary I always had this little notebook with me where I wrote poems about my past experiences. Poetry is a powerful way for me to express my feelings about the past and the present. I’d like to create a collection of poems to tell my story. (In other words, I’m working on 2 projects this summer, and I am so happy about it.)

Mental Health Goals:

Writing and reading are my 2 main coping skills when I’m having a rough anxiety day, but there is more I can be doing to improve my mental health!

  • Plug phone in at 7:00 pm (and no social media on Sunday). I use my phone way too much (ummm I am a social media manager) but even when I’m not at work, I’m constantly on my phone. In order to reach some of my other goals, I’m going to have to put my phone down. Scrolling through Instagram is fun, but it does not help my anxiety. It will be nice to unplug in the evenings, and then on Sunday’s I want to be social media free. I did this when I was in high school and had a phone, why can’t I do it now? But I am very excited to unplug and focus on other things.
  • Keep a Gratitude Journal. I’ve been sooooo grumpy lately. Or maybe just always *shrugs* but no more! To break this habit of being a negative Nancy I want to be grateful! I recently started a weekly blog series, Thankful Thursday, to help get me started. Every night I will pull out my journal and write ONE thing that I’m grateful for that day. Writing more than that doesn’t seem to happen, so one it is!

Other (because IDK what category to put these 2 goals in):

  • Read the Book of Mormon Daily. I STRUGGLE to keep this habit. But I love being in God’s word every day. I have started listening to the scriptures on my way to and from work and it’s made a huge difference. How do you make time for the word of God? I need tips!
  • Make Dinner. Ugh. Dinner is the worst (well planning, prepping, and cooking actually are but..) when I make dinner it’s healthier and cheaper. I really just want to make this a habit. Griff does make dinner some nights, which helps a lot, but while we’re home this month, I’m hoping to make dinner every day. Wish me luck (and send me tasty recipes… I NEED NEW IDEAS.)

I am so excited for this summer and for the month of June. My main focus will be writing (my novel, poems, and blog posts) but why wouldn’t I spend my time doing the thing I love the most? This month will be challenging as I push myself to write and focus on what I love, but I know that it will be worth it! What are your goals this month?

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May Goals

How is it already May?! I just can’t even believe how fast this year is going by! Dang! It’s crazy! And awesome at the same time! I have a few goals this month, some are the same as previous months but mostly I’ve been trying to keep it simple, now let’s talk about my May goals!

 

Physical Goals

-20 minute exercise. Whether this is a walk with the dog or yoga at home, I want to be moving for at least 20 minutes a day. This isn’t intense exercise, but I want to be doing more than I have been. We love taking the dog on walks because then she sleep so well (she slept from 9:30-5 last night!! THE BEST NIGHT EVER!) But walks are good for her and us, so we’re trying to go more!

Emotional Goals

– Write for 15 minutes. Writing is so important for me and my mental health, plus it’s something I love to do. The week after we got a puppy I had an anxiety attack almost every day just because I didn’t know how to manage my new stress of the puppy plus the anxiety I already had. After talking to my therapist she pointed out a pattern that I hadn’t noticed. Whenever there’s a big change or something that causes more anxiety than normal, I seem to throw out all of my coping mechanisms in order to adjust to the new thing. And this is really not a good thing. So, I’ve made a goal to keep these things in my life, even if it’s small. I NEED to write for at least 15 minutes a day. Working on my book or in my journal it doesn’t matter, I just need to write. It helps me focus on the moment and really, it just helps everything.

– Read 30 minutes/or 100 pages. This goes along with writing. I’m going to write more in depth posts about both of these this month, but reading is a lifesaver when I’m anxious.
– Blog about Mental Health. Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness month? I’ll be writing several posts about anxiety, ptsd, and what it’s like to live with them.

Other/Relationship Goals

– Go to work. I’ve been trying to go every day, even on my bad days. That doesn’t always happen, but It’s a work in progress.
– Serve Griffin. I’m looking for ways to serve Griffin each and every day this month!

– Read the Book of Mormon every day! I STRUGGLE WITH THIS! But, in our last General Conference the Prophet invited us to read from the Book of Mormon every day. I know this is important. I know it will be a blessing, I just need to actually do it.I’m excite for May. I am loving the warmer weather and I’m ready to work hard and see results! I also wrote a post about my social media goals, which you can check out here.

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