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February Goals

I applaud anyone who can make and keep annual goals. The only one I made this year was to read 100 books. The only reason I did that was because I couldn’t read 100 in a month, and a 6-8 book monthly goal doesn’t sound nearly as impressive. What I do think is attainable, at least for me, are monthly goals. 4 weeks to stick something? You got it dude! 52 weeks? L.O.L. Byeeeeee.

So it’s officially February 1st. We have left the month of resolutions and entered the month of love. Unless you do monthly resolutions, then it’s the month of love AND resolutions. I have some things I want to accomplish in the next 28 days, and I’m feeling pretty hopeful! Plus writing it down keeps me accountable, due to the fact that I have 12 followers on this blog (am I internet famous yet?!)!

1.Real Estate License

My husband has been working in real estate for the last few years. He works his booty off and is good at what he does. Watching him maneuver this field and build a company out of it has had me feeling inspired. He’s his own boss. I, on the other hand, am a teacher. While it’s fun (sometimes), I feel a bit stuck in my career. The only place up for a teacher is to admin, and that’s not in my cards. So I’ve been working on getting my real estate broker license for the last few months (okay more like the last six months – accountability right?) to give me some excitement on the side. This week, I finished my online course so the only thing between me and my license is three exams. February is the month that I finish!

This is me, being 100% done with the course. Onwards, to the exams!

2. Workout (Differently)

I majored in exercise science and health promotion in college. While you’d think that meant I was gung-ho about exercise then and now, that’s not necessarily the case. Exercise and I have had a tumultuous relationship. We get together, fall into lust, then inevitably take a break. For the last few months though, we’ve been homies. I visited the gym enough that the front desk appeared to recognize me. I’ll take that as a win! However, I am also the type of person who doesn’t like to make a fool out of themselves (alone) so I stick to the same gym routine most of the time to avoid embarrassing myself. February 2019 is going to change that!

Last month, while visiting my LDBF in Denver, I went to a yoga class for the first time in about 5 years and it was great (the experience of going, the yoga class itself was pretty meh). I’ve decided that I am going to step outside of my comfort zone and try out new exercise classes this month. Who knows? Maybe I’m a pilates queen in the making!

3.Spend (less)

Spending money is SO easy. TOO easy. There should be some type of Rubik’s Cube credit card to make it more challenging (although, I have never successfully solved a Rubik’s Cube). I try to be mindful about spending but it’s too easy to spend $5 on a latte here and $20 on some clothes there. So in February, I want to be more aware of my spending. Do I really need that shirt with the funny saying on it that I’ll wear once for the giggles then forget about? Probably not. While I am not setting a budget, or anything like that this month, I am going to be conscious of how and when and why I spend money. LDBF is also doing a spending freeze February, so I’ll have an accountability buddy too!

This is what I’m trying to stay away from

4. Be Mindful

I’ve touched on my desire to be more mindful in a few posts in the past, but I want mindfulness to be my word for February. I think too often in the future and past, and not enough in the present. I find myself considering choices I’ve already made, and thinking about what is coming up on my calendar rather than taking the time to enjoy the moment or to really focus in on the task at hand. In February, my intention is to catch myself when I find my mind drifting to another time, and reel it back in. While our world seems scary, with the instant notification of news and events we get, there is still so much beauty, love and humor in it. I want to appreciate it, and in order to do so, I need to be mindful. I’ve been thinking of how to ensure I maintain mindfulness, and I think I’ll be leaving myself reminders. I might set a reminder in my calendar, or leave a post-it note on my bathroom mirror. Habits take time to form and this one, I feel may take a bit more time than usual.

My goals don’t have numerals attached to them. I don’t intend to “be mindful in all given situations when given a note pad and no cueing, in 8 out of 10 instances” or to spend only 10% of my income (Can you tell I write IEPSs?). These are just things for me to be aware of in the coming month, and I hope that writing them down is enough accountability for myself. Check back in in 28 days to see how successful I am!

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