January Goal Progress & Check-In - Tay Meets World

January Goal Progress & Check-In

10:49:00 AM

I cannot believe it's almost the end of January. I've made so major progress this month which is incredibly exciting. Looking ahead, I still have a long way to go but I've been holding myself accountable to my goals I've set for the year which is important if you want to make progress.
I've talked about this before, but I follow Rachel Hollis and her 'goal setting' strategy. I set 10 goals for myself this year. Everyday, I use her Start Today journal and I write down 5 things I'm grateful for and my 10 goals. I actually love that I have to acknowledge my goals every single day. It makes me acutely aware of the progress I've made or actions I've taken in achieving the goals I have set. 
Here are 5 of the 10 goals I have set for myself: 
1. Build a sustainable business
2. Train and complete a half marathon
3. Drink 1/2 my body weight in water (in ounces) a day
4. Do one thing a month outside my comfort zone
5. Workout 6 times a week 

At first glance, these can seem daunting, even more so that there are 5 more I haven't shared. It was important to me though, that I set goals that I do believe are achievable. Can I drink more water a day? Yes. Can I train and complete a half marathon? Absolutely. Can I do one thing a month that pushes me outside my limits? 100% yes. Can I do all of these things together? Why the heck not? 

1. Build a sustainable business. 
- This is no easy feat. I launched a business this year and I have a blog. Can I make them both sustainable? In reality, I have no choice - I left my job late last year so this is a non-negotiable for me. Sure, I have other ways to supplement income but I have to hustle and put in the work to make these ventures successful. 
  • Progress has been made here, which is the most important thing. I'm officially a vendor on the Knot, we've partnered with some amazing ladies to do a giveaway for brides, and we are pushing posts and social media. 
2. Train and complete a half marathon. 
  • I have been running 4-5 times a week. This month I have focused on keeping pace throughout the entirety of my runs. We (me and my dog lol) are up to 3.5 miles! I'm running a half marathon in December down South so I have plenty of time to get to where I need to be. 
3. Drink at least 1/2 my body weight in water (in ounces) a day. 
  • My goal is 3 of my Starbucks tumblers, or 75oz. If I do that, I have surpassed my goal. This was much easier for me once I found something I liked drinking out of. I also quite literally keep my water in front of me while I'm working (see photo below๐Ÿ˜‚). Thus far, I have accomplished this goal! I will start to challenge myself to drink more - right now, I'm averaging 75-100oz./day - I would like to get to 128oz, or a gallon. 

4. Do one thing a month outside my comfort zone. 
  • I love this goal. Mainly because I love a challenge and I've had so much fun deciding what I'm going to do each month. In January, I tried a new workout class - by myself. Ya'll that's hard! It can be intimidating to put yourself out there but I did it, not once, not twice, but 3 times. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป 
  • Next month, I have plans of joining a professional women's network group here in St. Louis to try and meet more people and gain business insight and advice from other working professionals. I also decided I'm taking adult dance classes in the fall! I've wanted to get back into dancing since I stopped dancing and you can bet I will be dancing in a recital. So excited for this! 
5. Workout 6 times a week. 
  • Move my body. That's all I told myself - I already walk/run my dog twice a day but I wanted to push myself a bit further to run more or complete a workout after our walk or run. So far, I've accomplished this goal - it helps that I gave myself a goal to complete a half marathon. 
Here's the thing people: unless you have an established routine to build yourself a solid foundation or an end goal/wish/dream/hope of completing something - you won't put in the effort. 

There are so many times I don't want to workout or take my dog on a walk, especially now since it's freezing cold outside. However, working out and drinking water have just naturally become part of my routine now. When I don't do it - it relinquishes the balance I've worked so hard to create. Even if I just walk my dog twice a day, that's 3 miles that I wouldn't have put in, had I not at least moved my body. To do something, we have to give ourself reason to, why you do what you do will in the end, be why you accomplish your goals. 

This leads me to my next point...

My word of the year this year is intentional. I tried wrapping my head around how I was going to explain just how I'm living more intentional - and then I found this
"Whatever you choose to do, embrace it, commit fully to it - why else are you doing it all?"

I ask myself why I am doing what I'm doing. Why am I drinking more water? Why am I working out more? Why am I working to build a sustainable business? Why am I pushing myself outside my comfort zone? 

Answer: To be the best version of me, I can be. 

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