February Goal Progress & Check-In - Tay Meets World

February Goal Progress & Check-In

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Last week of February, this month flew by in my opinion. I'm getting whiplash just trying to replay everything that happened. I will say, January was much more productive on the goal front than February was. I can't help but feel a little bit of a setback and I'm working on spending time this last week to not feel that way/realize how far I have still come.
I mentioned this in my January goal progress and check-in, 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. I shared 5 of those goals with you and my progress made so let's take a peak to see where I'm at! 

Here are 5 of the 10 goals I have set for myself this year: 
1. Build a sustainable business
2. Train for 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 

1. Build a sustainable business.
- As I mentioned in January, this is no easy feat. According to the Small Business Association, 30% of new business fail within the first 2 years, 50% during the first 5 years, and 66% during the first 10 years. I will die trying than to be a part of that statistic😂. 

  • Positives: a better footing has been gained, we have a handle on our branding and the why. Why we are doing what we are doing - that is 100% keeping us going and giving us more momentum to continue. 
  • Negatives: growth. Growing is hard: SEO, marketing, Instagram hacks, it's all a huge learning curve and we are working to figure out how we can join those that grew with great momentum. I do feel however, that we are on the brink of immense growth. Stay tuned...and follow along here! 
2. Train for and complete a half marathon. 
  • Ah! Ya'll the tickets for the half marathon I'm doing go on live/on sale tomorrow. I was giddy yesterday and also very nervous. I'm going down to Austin, by myself, to run a bomb race, by myself. It's daunting but yesterday I was thinking about how many miles I can do - I'm at about 5 miles and need to get to 13, that is 100% doable! I will post on my Instagram once I get the tickets, I want to hold myself accountable. Once the tickets are purchased there is no room to back out! 
3. Drink 1/2 my body weight in water (in ounces) a day. 
  • There were a few days this month where I barely met or came under this goal but most days I averaged a gallon or more of water! Success. 
  • I have also learned the difference between when I'm hungry vs. when I'm thirsty. How? When you drink the amount of water your body needs your body will be able to tell you when it needs more/when it is thirsty. You will realize that what you were mistaking for hunger was actually you hungry for water!
4. Do one thing a month outside my comfort zone/new. 
  • I talked about last month that I wanted to join a Professional Woman's Network here in STL. I still would love to do that but right now it's incredibly expensive. So I put that on the back burner for another month. This month, I went on a date😳. I will explain at some point why it was so out of my comfort zone, but just trust me when I say it was haha! To some, this may not sound like something new, but putting yourself out there is really intimidating and I'm so glad I did it.
  • A few ideas I have for the upcoming months: start learning French, take adult hip/hop or tap classes in the fall, volunteer somewhere new, join a book club, take a cooking class, become a mentor, challenge myself to learn something new that is applicable to my business or blog, submit writing samples to become a freelance writer. 
5. Workout 6x a week. 
  • Last week I failed at this, life got in the way however I'm back at it and trying to incorporate new routines and physical movements into my routine to keep moving. 
This month, I felt a setback. January brought so much momentum, and I'm the type that relishes in instant gratification. Even though I know that things don't happen overnight, it's still frustrating when you don't see results right away. I've worked out and eaten healthy consistently, why am I still unhappy with my body? I've put in X hours in my business, why do we not have more clients? I've put myself out there, why do I still not have a significant other? Do you ever get those thoughts? 

Here's the thing, when we feel a setback, it doesn't mean that life is working in a way to provide us something in the future. It's in these setbacks where people tend to throw in the towel because it's "too hard." Well, I may be the type that wants things and wants them right away but I'm also scrappy and will fight until I actually make it happen or see results. It won't be without pain or agony along the way - but it will happen. 

Don't give up. Please don't give up. Whatever you long for, whatever you want, whatever goals you have set - do not be the person that gives up. Setbacks do not define us - I think, setbacks happen to help us learn, help us grow, and allow us to be grateful. 

>>If all of our efforts were fruitful, what would we learn? What would we be grateful for?<<

If we push through adversity and setbacks I think that's when we achieve what we are looking for. So, this week I told myself to keep going. Don't you dare stop. Not now, not ever. If things aren't "working out," that doesn't mean they won't ever will. It will take time, but also more effort. I'm going to put in the effort because I know when I do a major comeback will happen. 

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