Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Goals: I have them.

So, if you've been reading this blog for a while, you know that I laid out a bunch of goals for myself and for the blog. And let's be real here: I have SUCKED at keeping up with them.
So I'm here to tell you right now that all that is about to change. It's about to get way awesome and goal-oriented up in here. And instead of just saying "I'm going to focus more on my goals," I decided to choose a few to focus on, and make a plan on how I'm SPECIFICALLY going to meet those goals. Obviously, I'm telling you guys all this for accountability's sake.

So here's the plan, man:

I have lots of plans for things I want to create for the apartment. Unfortunately, I don't have an unlimited budget, so I'll have to spread them out a little bit. Here's the tentative plan:
August - Hooks and decor for apartment entryway. (sort-of inspiration here. I'm actually really excited about this one, and I can't wait to do it and show it to you!)
September - Jewelry Nook (inspiration here)
October - Gallery Wall in dining room (inspiration here and here)
November - Paint furniture and create centerpiece for dining room table (paint inspiration here and centerpiece inspiration here and here)
December - Curtains (inspiration here. I'll probably be using this tutorial.) and MAYBE painting the apartment? We found out we're allowed to paint, but I'm not sure if we will or not.

Now that Garrett and I are going to actually be together, and have a semi-normal schedule, we're really going to get into the intentional meal planning thing.  I'm going to do a more in-depth post on this sometime soon, but what I plan on doing is sitting down with Garrett at the beginning of each month and choosing recipes we'd like to make throughout the month. Then, at the beginning of each week, we'll choose what we're going to make that week. Planning meals for the whole month seems fine in theory, but we're so busy and plans change so frequently that we'd never stick with it. I'd like to avoid mid-week, unplanned, 'lets just make this' trips as much as possible. That's where we typically end up spending the most money, so being intentional is key here. I feel like there are going to be some growing pains with this one, but I'm excited about it nonetheless!
We also really, really need to start eating healthier again. I've gained ten-ish pounds in the last year. The number on the scale doesn't bother me (that much), but the fact is: I've gained weight because I'm being unhealthy. And I need to change that.

Our apartment complex has a nice little gym in it, so there's really no excuse anymore. I used to be able to run a 5k, and now I don't think I can run five minutes. I think I'm going to do the Couch-to-5K treadmill program, but we'll see. What do you guys do to get yourself motivated???

I'd like to read one book a month from now until the end of the year. To a lot of you, that probably doesn't seem like a lot, but it's busy around here, yo. So that's the goal for now. The plan is:
August: Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
September: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
October: MWF Seeks BFF by Rachel Bertsche (per Lauren's recommendation!)
NovemberBeautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (I'm also going to reread Catching Fire in preparation for the movie, but that'll be easy.)
DecemberGone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I'm also going to try to start using Goodreads again. Who else uses that? Want to add me, or whatever?

So there you have it. I have a plan, with measurable goals and everything. My dad would be so proud. Keep me accountable, okay you guys?!?

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Kara said...

I bought this thing called the Fitbit. It is $100 (which is crazy expensive, but it has really gotten me off the couch and encouraged me to exercise. Women can where it on their bra or clip it to their pants, but most women wear it on their bra. It tracks your steps (very accurately) and helps hold you accountable. On average, I should be walking 10,000 steps a day, but since I have an office job, I find myself only getting at the max of 5,000 by 5:00pm. It syncs with your phone and computer and you can compete against other people. I compete against my mom and my sister and it has really kicked me into exercise gear! Just a thought and something that I know has helped me!

Kara said...

and my goodness...that was filled with horrible spelling and grammar mistakes. I need another cup of coffee.

Laura Maas said...

I absolutely love how you spelled out your goals. I have been in my house for a year, married two, and haven't printed any of my wedding photos yet. Budget/laziness are horrible things.

I post a lot of easy meals on my blog - I hope you'll try a couple and let me know what you think! I'm not great at planning because, like you said, things change so much. I actually hit the grocery store everyday. Almost everyday. It's kind of ridiculous.

Beautiful Ruins was incredible. You need to read "The Language of Flowers."

Treasure Tromp said...

adding you on goodreads!

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

I could do with more exercise and lets feeling exhausted and worn out and to busy to exercise......

Mia @ The Chronicles of Chaos said...

The Happiness Project and Gone Girl were awesome reads. Both for different reasons of course. :) I just added you on Goodreads!

Stevie C said...

I did couch to 5k. Worked wonders. LOVED doing it on the treadmill, and now i've moved it outside. also i want to see your jewelry nook inspiration and the link doesn't work. wwaaahhh

oh, and i don't see visit Stevie on those goals. hmmm...


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