Goals Four: February 2019

What goals do you want to achieve this month?

Welcome back to my blog (or welcome if you’re new). This is my second installment for my #GoalsFour series on my blog. The last one I did was in December. Basically, in each post I will discuss what I want to accomplish over the next month or two. I will list four areas of my life that I want to work on or four things I’d like to accomplish.

At the end I will also list four things I did well since my last #GoalsFour post, whether it was something intentional or unintentional. It’s good to remind yourself of the areas you did well in. Because even if you didn’t hit the goals you set out, maybe there were other areas in your life where you took major steps forward. Thus, the purpose of this series is to motivate me, give myself a kick in the butt which I need from time-to-time but also appreciate the work and growth I made. So, if you’d like to read what goals I have out to accomplish, keep reading.

NOTE: Your goals can be big or small. They can be goals that will take a few months to complete or a week. Your goals from the previous month don’t necessarily have to carry over to the next one. This is for YOU. Do what will help YOU achieve your goals and be more productive.

Recap: December 2018

Before jumping right into my goals for February, I want to check in with you all (and myself) to see what happened to my goals from December.

  1. Dedicate More Time to Languages.

    I can say I definitely did this with Spanish and Portuguese. I have been using more of my free time to listen and watch media in these languages. (I have a blog post on why this is so important). One little hiccup with this goal is that I haven’t been as consistent with Russian.

  2. Run More

    Nope. I started off December doing some more running but tweaked my knee in the gym that had affected my workouts for WEEKS. Still not sure how I did it. But nonetheless, even now when the tenderness has mostly gone away I haven’t been doing it as much as I’d like. I’ve been resorting to HIIT style workouts.

  3. Journal Weekly

    I didn’t do this much in December, only the last week or so. However, in January I did start to journal more. But not in the way I expected. It kind of ties into #1 because I began to do journal prompts in both Spanish and Portuguese.

  4. Stick to a Grocery Budget

    I haven’t really kept track to be honest. I think some weeks I did better than others.

Now, onto my February goals!

Goal #1: Gym Consistency

Fitness is a part of my routine

I’ve been pretty consistent with working out and staying active overall. But the last couple weeks I had hardly any motivation. My workouts became shorter. Eventually they became in-apartment workouts. This was due to many reasons, one being moving. The stress and chaos that comes with that didn’t leave me too excited for the gym. With that behind me, I want to focus on getting back into the gym consistently and having productive workouts.

This isn’t one I’m too worried about achieving. It hasn’t even been two weeks and I’ve still been active/worked out during this time. But I took several days off (almost a full week) at a time. I’m hoping that now with a change of scenery it’ll motivate me. Fitness is a part of my lifestyle now, so I’m excited to start enjoying it again.

Goal #2: Work On/Solidify Summer Plans

Thinking about the summer

Perhaps it may seem too early to think about the summer. But, I have a few things in mind that I’d potentially do. Each would require a couple months of planning. Thus, I really do need to see what would be feasible for me. The next several months are up in the air. However, there is a great opportunity that I may want to pursue. I’m keeping it hush right now, which I understand is annoying. I am being one of “those” people who mention something only not to give further details.

However, if I am being honest that is something I want to focus on this month. If I don’t have any plans solidified, I’d at least want to be working towards them. Fingers crossed and putting it out there to the universe: I am open and ready to receive great opportunities in the near future.

Goal #3: Finish a Book

We should all read more

Months ago I wrote on my wall a list of daily and weekly goals. Reading was one of them. I started off well, finished You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero and started reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. However, I fell off the wagon around mid December and never fully recovered. I’m more than half way done with RD, PD so if I bring myself to pick up the book it shouldn’t take me too long to finish it.

Should I add on to this one and say I want to finish RD, PD AND also start a new book? If you’d like to shop the two books I mentioned, click the photos below. It includes affiliate links (no extra cost to you):

Goal #4: Write 5,000 Words for #Unnamed

Finishing my Nanowrimo novel is a goal

If you’ve seen some of my other posts, you may know that I participated in Nanowrimo in 2018. I won, wrote over the 50,000 goal. But now two months later I haven’t made much of a dent in my story since I finished Nano. I knew my writing would slow down after November because I was burnt out. But it completely halted until mid-January. Randomly one day I went to it and banged out over 2,000 words.

My novel is still unnamed and has a long way to go. As of now, I’m not setting a deadline to have it finished. But I do want to make it a habit of working on it at least a couple times a week. I’m still very much in love with my story and excited to continue exploring the storyline, I just need to find the motivation to actually dedicate time to doing so.

In this video I discuss how I finished my first Nanowrimo early and I discuss my outlining method and why outlining is so important.

4 Things I Did Well in January 2018

  1. Began Portuguese lessons. An official goal I set for myself was to start taking Portuguese more seriously. With that, I wanted to begin taking Portuguese lessons. As of when I am writing this post I have two under my belt. Plus, I’ve connected with several Brazilians on language exchange sites to practice with.
  2. Dedicated more time to my blog/Pinterest. I’ve been super consistent with it and trying to find more ways to reach more people. A few of my pins have done well and I am super proud of it.
  3. Going along with number 2 I can see the improvement in the content I am putting out on those two sites. I am getting better with graphics and content. So kudos to me!
  4. I took a risk and removed myself from a situation no longer benefiting me or making me happy. The road from here may not be smooth, but I stopped being a passive participant in this facet of my life!

Thanks for reading this installment of #GoalsFour. What are 4 Goals you have for the next month or two? What are 4 things you did well on/with? Let me know in the comments.

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