Mid Year Goals- Setting myself some challenges

Back in January I set some New Years resolutions, I’m still working on them. Now it’s already midsummer I’m inspired to set some Mid-Year goals for things I’d like to do by the end of 2015. I’m apprehensive about sharing these, because once they’re out there I have to go through with them right? Well that’s the idea anyway… so in no particular order here are my mid-year goals:

A path thru the woods

Enrol in a local creative writing course; I’ve really missed writing fiction and classes are great for inspiration, encouragement and getting back into the swing of things. I’m hoping to take one again in the autumn.

Complete a Coursera online study course; Coursera.org is an amazing resource of free online classes on a range of topics offered by internationally renowned universities. I love the idea of online courses but I struggle with committing to something so ephemeral. Perhaps I haven’t found the right topic yet. There are a couple I’m interested in coming up- I’ll keep you posted.

Making a weekly a routine; This is a good idea for so many reasons including eating at regular times to manage IBS symptoms, incorporating some kind of daily exercise, and making set times for tasks (like blogging) so that I know when it’s time to stop! I need practice better self-care after all, all work and no play makes Jack an utter psycho…

Start  saving a little; this one’s self-explanatory. It’s time to start building the old bank account back up, especially if I’m interested in paying for further education.

Wish lists and Wants; A little of what you fancy does you good and while trying to save I will still allow the odd treat. And perhaps for those things I really can’t afford I can make wish lists, a girl can dream! And we all need something to work towards anyways.

Practice Mindfulness and being present; having a routine will help with this. I need to create better boundaries so that I can switch off and be more in the present moment. I also need to accept unpleasant emotions when the arise so I can feel them, neutralize them and let them go, instead of pretending they are not happening so they can upset me later.

Go to more music gigs/performances; I was spoiled for choice when I was a Londoner and I’ve seen almost all my favourite performers at some point. I miss the easy accessibility of great gigs, but I’ve a couple lined up in the near future.

And one final goal….

Top Hat -Rock look

Grow out my hair; Otherwise known as give my hair a rest! I never seem to enjoy my hair as it is, I’m always striving towards the next thing. Sometimes before my hair is ready. I’ve had three major colour changes so far this year and my poor hair is suffering. I need to leave it alone! (I think this topic needs a blog post all to itself.)

It’s a new thing for me to try to set myself challenges. I hope I haven’t set the bar too high, but even if I manage to make just a few of these goals before the end of 2015 I’ll be happy. I feel a little exposed writing this but it will be good to look back on at a later date and see how I’ve done.  Are you inspired to create some Mid-Year goals of your own? Do tell me if you blog about them!

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8 comments

  1. I love this so much! I know that feeling of apprehension all too well, but it’s okay to change your goals if they at some point stop making sense to you. 🙂 Jack made me laugh so hard! X

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    1. Aw thank you my dear. You often share your goals and ambitions on your blog so I’m a little inspired by you actually! It feels very personal to share them publicly like this but I’m hoping that will spur me on! … And I’m glad you liked Jack! lol .x

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      1. Aww I was going to say that I felt inspired to share another list of goals on my blog after reading yours! That’s my thinking exactly. It’s motivating to share them publicly. I have a list of long term life goals but it feels a bit too personal to share them on the blog really. I’m working on a blog post about identity and I have a feeling you’re going to be able to relate to it. 😉 I want to rewatch The Shining now haha! x

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  2. I love this. I think it’s really important to set goals for ourselves, even if you change them a week later or eventually decide that they aren’t as important as they seemed when you first made them. Goals help us work towards being better, even if we never meet the goal. I set some reading goals in the New Year and they’ve changed drastically. I just keep updating people on the changes as I go (like you, I posted about them to help motivate me).

    I love your list, too. It seems to be a really good mix of big and small. And, I love that you repeat the idea of self care throughout. SO many people forget that. I’ve been working on a list of goals, but I haven’t yet gotten to a point where I’m ready to share them. But, maybe I’ll use this as my incentive to share them soon.

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    1. Thanks Anne, and you are right, they’re not set in stone- we should change them to suit our needs. At the moment this list is largely about some things I’d like to see happen this year and just by sharing them ‘out loud’ i’m more inclined to make them happen. Thanks for the encouragement, and if you’re inspired to make/share another list then do it!

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  3. This is great. I’ve a big goal setter but hardly ever achieve them! That won’t stop me though. One of mine is also to set a routine – I feel it would give me a greater sense of calm. I’ve signed up for some online courses too but have never made it to the end yet. Really want to though. Maybe one of my goals should be seeing something through to the end!

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    1. Thanks Emma, I’m terrible at setting goals but I’m working on it. I hear you about routine, calm is where it’s at. I’m glad I’m not the only one who struggles with online classes too. I’d love to see a list of your goals if you ever blog them! b.x

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