Tuesday, July 12, 2011
So Below were my "goals" for June and below each what happened with each of them. Keepin' it real and using this as a tool to find out discover realistic expectations for myself:
My theme for JUNE was "Preparations and calculations"
*HEALTH: SCORECARD - 1.7 out of the 5 activities planned.
*10-day ayurvedic detox - CANCELLED, 20% - 2 days out of the 10
I originally wanted to do this to help reduce cravings for pasta but 2 days into I realized it wasn't pasta I was having trouble with but that chocolatey Starbucks mocha jive that really was my only "issue" left. Considering it's summertime and bountiful harvest season - I really didn't want to follow such a strict routine and nixed this goal.
*10-day Bikram yoga streak - CANCELLED; 20% for going more than the previous month
I did do more Bikram than I was before but no streak, summer schedules did not allow or rather what I really mean is that I preferred to do fun summer things like picnics, kayaking, trips, etc. than sweat it out in the yoga studio. I also have started to really enjoy a personal practice at home. So this was NIXED.
*Swim at the gym and lift weights at least once - POOL WAS CLOSED and CHOSE NOT TO WEIGHT LIFT; 10% for effort
So the one day I finally decided to go swimming, the pool was closed for the week. Oh well! For whatever reason I continually avoid starting a weight lifting program. What is the reason? This is something I need to explore. I think part of it is the charting and tracking part of reps and routines etc. I am motivated by variety and spontaneity right now in my life. In fact, I feel like in this stage of my life that is what I am reclaiming. So how can I make weight-lifting be part of that reclamation?
*Develop early morning ayurvedic routine - DONE!
I religiously scraped my tongue, neti-pot, abhyanga, brushed the teeth and then ate. I didn't always get up before 6 but I did managed to get the routine down regardless and I am better for it.
*Develop early bed-time routine - TRIED and am better for the attempt- I'd say 20%
Despite continually trying to aim for an early bedtime, I always ended up an hour later than I wanted, or had insomnia, or couldn't sleep, or it was too hot, or there was too much to do, blah, blah, blah.
*EARTH: SCORECARD - 2 out of 3 activities
*DONE - Experiment with sprouting and dehydrating
*DONE -Plant herb and tomato plants and flowers
*Give my anger to a tree - I AM AFRAID AND EMBARASSED to do this. I delayed the activity to July when I am in the Berkshires. Of course, when I was out there this past weekend, I didn't do it. I have one more weekend this July to take a hike, find a tree and give it all I got.
*MARRIAGE: 3 out of 3 activities
*DONE Take a walk and watch one sunset with my husband
Nothing really planned and done but we did watch a sunset from our house before that big storm we had. We took a few impromptu walks together as well.
*DONE - DH will schedule one appointment for marriage counselor
*DONE Plan our summer trips to the Berkshires
*CHILDREN/CREATIVITY: 2 out of 2 activities
*DONE- Play the guitar (techically I did this in July but since I tend to run my themes within the first or second week of month, it counts)
*DONE - Put pictures into digital picture frame - I put four pictures into the frame which isn't exactly what I had in mind but I am so pleased that any progress has been made with this project!
*BENEFACTORS/TRAVEL: 2.1 out of 3 (with a replacement and a continuation)
*REPLACED- NYC trip with my sister - my sister and kids as usual are too busy as usual and nobody has a lot of money so I am just going home to help harvest their garden in JULY
*DONE Plan summer trips to the Berkshires - did we ever! Lots of trips planned
*IN PROGRESS - 10% Play for tips; I downloaded chord sheets and did research of songs I might be interested in playing. This is a longer process than I anticipated and so I want to do something each month to support me doing this next year.
*CAREER: 2 out of 1 activities (I added a BONUS)
*DONE- Pay for training with Dan Leven
ADDED - I had at least 5 interviews for other jobs this past JUNE and things are in the works for not a new career but at least a better transition job.
*KNOWLEDGE: 50% out of 1 activity
*IN PROGRESS- 50% Develop routine of meditating 3 times a day
I did better with this than ever before. Opening up my definition of meditation really helps.
*FAMILY: 1 out of 1 activity (with an alteration)
*ALTERED - Plan a trip to NYC with my sister trip planned to her house in July instead
*WEALTH/HOME: 1.75 out of 4 activities - (3 of which are long term)
*IN PROGRESS: 25% Clean out the house
*IN PROGRESS: 25% Petty Annoyances list
*IN PROGRESS: 25% Create plan to finish home improvements
*DONE: Create homes for my new healthy living appliances
*FAME/SUCCESS: 0 out of 1 activities (with a plan to make it ongoing)
*DELAYED: Play for tips - I feel like I need to get the picture project done before I can focus my energy on this. It will make room in my life on so many levels.
In general, I did 16 out of 24 activities. (when you count up the percentages)
I did best in the Career, Marriage, and Children/Creativity categories which makes sense since those are my priorities at this time.
I've got 10 categories but 24 planned goals then about 16 I accomplished. Time to scale it back and then be realistic about the long-term goals breaking them down into smaller bits for the upcoming months.
This was fun. It's fun to play the scientist in your own journey.