Don’t decrease the goal. Increase the effort.
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Chapter 3: (Barely) Done ✅
It wasn’t necessarily the best chapter, but it was a development in my story nonetheless. March came in like a lion and went out like a sleeping lamb (no seriously, I need a wake-up call in the worst possible way!). I became very complacent in my routines, getting bored with the daily grind and started to make a lot of excuses to get out of doing the habits I had worked really hard to establish for myself. Not exactly good looks if I want to live my best life in 2018…
Spring is here and I’m ready to shed away the winter blues and cheer up with the robin’s song and bright sunny days ahead. I’m taking the change of season to really hunker down and get back into touch with my ambitions and motivation, while making some time for my friends and family.
Here are my goals I want to crush this April:
- Volunteer: Every year, I always say it will be the year that I’ll volunteer for an organization that I’m passionate about, but never come through. Did you know that April is National Community Service month? What better way to start a new season than to help others out! Since working for the city I call home, I’ve taken a lot more pride in wanting to better my community. I haven’t decided what I’m going to do just yet, but I’d like to volunteer an afternoon to make the place I live in a little bit better.
- Pick up the slack from March | Lose 3-5 pounds: If you saw my April Workout Split , you’ll know that March wasn’t a good month when it came to my diet. Even though I still lost 0.2 pounds, I found myself getting bored and out of sorts with my training and eating like literal garbage. With a wedding coming up in the middle of the month, I’d like to cut weight and slim down as much as possible. I won’t punish myself for slacking the past two months, but it’s crunch-time now.
- Read 2.5 books: I’ve been making pretty decent progress on my reading challenge, having completed seven books so far. I’ve created a nightly routine to wind down about an hour or so before bed with whatever I’m currently reading. Not only does this help ease me into sleep when it’s time, it’s helping me crank out one of my goals. I blasted out the rest of the Crazy Rich Asians series, while making a fairly decent dent in The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (which I’m really enjoying so far). On my list this month are We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby and Beartown by Fredrik Backman (This is one I’ve been really excited to pick up because I’ve heard great things about it!)
- Save up to $150 in piggy bank: When I wrote my March ’18 Goal Digger, I had decided to dedicate my piggy bank to our upcoming trip to Germany. For someone as Type A as I am, I hunkered out a budget plan and figured that I could easily save close to $800 without having to worry about breaking that bank. I’ve been making a weekly habit of balancing my wallet of free spending money, tossing all change in that piggy bank and it’s been growing nonstop. I’m only $21.04 away from this goal and decided that this will be used for Gen Beauty NYC in October.
- Continue to learn German and Dutch: With the upcoming trip to Germany (& now Amsterdam because we decided to extend our voyage a day!) I’ve decided to pump the breaks on learning French and Russian since there’s really no rhyme or reason to continue to do so. I’ve been using Duolingo to help learn the basics of German and Dutch, just so we can get by while we’re away. Luckily, the two are relatively the same!
- Tune up resolutions: I wanted to make more of these last year, but I simply forgot. If you’re as serious about your resolutions as I have been, you’ll make the time to tune them and gear up for an even more successful year. With the change of seasons, there’s no better time to self-reflect and see where you need to diverge your interests. Expect a future blog post about my tune-up.
What are your goals this month? Let me know in a comment!