Here I am again! It’s that time again: time to take a look back on the last month and see what progress (if any) I’ve made on my goals for this year. As always, I’m here to look back, evaluate, keep myself accountable, and spur myself on.
Life changes. And our goals for life change too. Sometimes you need to re-evaluate.
I’ve noticed several bloggers do monthly goals: picking new things every month and reviewing themselves at the end of the month. I think that format may be something for me to try. It would be a way to keep things fresh, add new goals when I need to, and break down denser goals into more manageable bits.
I did, however, tell myself I would stick to the 13 goals I made at New Year’s, so I have a rule regarding this new goal system format thing.
All of the original 13 goals still stand and will stand unless they are now or in the future become obsolete
So here are the original 13, and the progress I’ve made on them this month.
1) donate blood. Did this in April! And I recently got my donor card, so I actually know what bloodtype I am.
2) get my license. Nope. That’s a bit more complicated than I thought it would be. It’s contingent on things that I don’t get to decide. But it should still happen by the end of the summer.
3) write a letter to myself to open in the future. Haven’t done this either. And why not? I really should just do this. This is probably a good time to do it. I’m done with my freshman year of college, I just had a birthday… I should do this.
4) figure out how I can study/travel abroad. I’ve actually been working on this one. But the “how” has turned more to “if”. The cost is particularly not helpful. I’ve made a spreadsheet to compare different abroad programs with what I would pay at BC. There’s one in Northern Ireland that’s looking promising, just not so sure about going it alone.
5) work on learning Spanish (unless I’ve chosen Italian). This depends on where and whether I study abroad. Of course, I could still start on Spanish. But I haven’t.
6) create melted crayon art. Nope. Fall project with my suitmates when we get back to campus??
7) go on a shopping adventure. This month I actually did have a fun shopping trip with a friend. But I also want to do something more, like take my sister into the city for the day, just us girls. But we’ll see.
8) get a summer job. Working on it….
9) take a summer class or 2. I actually decided I didn’t need to take any classes this summer. So this goal is obsolete.
10) read 5 new books. I’ve started one. Look for a review of “How to Find Your Soulmate without Losing Your Soul” by Jason and Crystalina Evert soon. And look at other books I’m hoping to read over on my summer reading list.
11) visit a religious community/ go on a retreat with one. Nope.
12) write more. I’ve actually been blogging a lot more since being home. As for fiction writing…well, I was having some writer’s block. It’s hard to get back into it and actually, I’m not sure I really want to.
13) be a better person.
a) pray more. For this one, I think it will be a bit of hard work and diligence before I’m in a good habit. I really should put in the effort, especially since I have so much free time right now.
b) be more diligent but don’t take things so seriously. This is one I’ll have to work on for a while, maybe always to maintain the balance. But using my rose-colored glasses as I look at the past, I think maybe I have gotten better at this.
c) laugh more, worry less. I worry. Always.
Now here are my 5 goals for June:
1)Say at least one decade of the rosary every day
2)Finish “How to Find Your Soulmate” and at least one other book–and write reviews for both
3)Make a decision about Spanish next semester
4)Apply to more jobs, and get at least one interview (hopefully)
5)Refresh my math skills (or lack thereof) in prep for my math for teachers class in the Fall
BONUS) Write that letter to my future self
As you might be able to tell, most of these goals are taken from the 13 goals–some are just more manageable pieces of the larger goal.
I think I’ll like this. Instead of the same old 13 big goals I’ve had all year I now have 5 or 6 more manageable goals in a fresh, new format. I’m going to put these on a electronic sticky note on my laptop so they’ll be there all month as a reminder.
We’ll see how I do at the end of the month…