Oh My Goals: September

I really should start writing these posts in advance, but darn it, my week has been busy. Plus, it’s Labor Day weekend. I deserve a break, right? At least that’s how I’ve rationalized yet another late post. Okay, here goes….

This is the second month of my Oh My Goals series. If you remember, I’m terrible at sticking to goals, so I’ve committed to posting them online for everyone to read in hopes that I’ll feel a sense of accountability.

So let’s review August’s goals:

  • Stay on budget—It was a little hard to stick with this one realistically, because, due to a system switch-over, I was delayed in starting work. I did start my budget binder, though, and started to log some things in it, so that’s progress.
  • I designed a beautiful dorm room. Seriously. Go look at it. It’ll almost make you wish you were me.
  • Call my parents frequently—I did keep up with this one, and I’ve actually seen them a few times since I started back in school. A bonus was getting to see my dogs, even if it was for less than 24 hours.
  • Update my planner weekly—This one has sort of morphed into an “update it when I find out about new things” type of deal. I filled in everything that my syllabi had to offer, but when it comes to work hours, appointments, and other personal things, I write them in when I learn of them.
  • Maintain a steady flow of blog posts—Welp. Look how far that one got. But seriously, I do have my blog posts for the next several weeks planned out. I’d show you a picture, but I only do spoiler alerts for TV shows, movies, and the ends of books.
  • Prioritize self-care—I did buy the $4 cup of Starbucks coffee (or several. It’s become my morning motivation on weekends). And I did binge-watch Grey’s Anatomy (I’m now a few episodes into season 10–and I started August at the beginning of season 9). I didn’t get a manicure, but I’m not entirely sure I want to spend the money on that. See: my budgeting issue.
  • Get a gym membership—This one is actually out of my hands, because there’s been a delay in the gym membership process at school. I’ll be able to sign up soon hopefully!
  • Just be present—I’ve gotten slightly better at this, but definitely not as good as I want to be. This is a repeat goal for the month of September.

That brings us to September.

  • Build a budget—Now that I can guesstimate what my paychecks will look like, I can actually build a budget. Any extra money will be saved, and portions of my paycheck will be, as well. However, I’m relying on my paycheck money and gift money as my personal expenses/extracurricular funds. That’s what will be budgeted for. Here’s to hoping I don’t spend $300 on a purse like I did last year (even though it was totally worth it).
  • Put myself first—I put myself first financially all the time, but emotionally? Eh, I’ve got a lot to work on in that area. I’m looking for ways to do that, ways to explore who I am and what I am all about. Any tips?
  • Eat feel-good foods—My roommate is a super chef of healthy foods, so we’ve been cooking for the past week or two. You should be jealous that I get to live with her, but if you’re lucky, I might post some recipes inspired by her cooking talents….
  • Put a dent in the book I’m going to review—Hint: look here! Enough said on that one.
  • Write at least one good story, even if it’s really, really short—My creativity has been slacking for the past year. I’m majoring in Creative Writing, for heaven’s sake; shouldn’t I be able to turn something out? (If I’m being honest, my inability to write is because of a whole other issue, but that’s a topic for another post.)

What are your goals for September?

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Oh My Goals: August

What’s better for someone who has to force herself to achieve basic goals like eating breakfast and putting real people clothes on than committing to the world with Internet permanence that she will actually set and follow through with monthly goals?

Here goes nothing: August 2015.

  • Stay on budget—One of these days I’ll be able to go to Bloomingdale’s and buy a rackful of clothes without guilt. Today is not that day. Nor is tomorrow. And, if we’re being real, not a single one of the next 1,095 days is that day. I bought a binder (that matches my dorm room because if it’s going to be out on my desk, it’s going to be color coordinated) and I’m going to fill it with budget planning materials to track expenses, savings, and income. The subgoal here is to save as much money as possible while not compromising my lifestyle (which, at the moment, does not rest heavily upon a pedestal of Ramen noodles and sky-high textbook receipts).
  • Can you guess where I’ll be doing this? One hint: you’ll find out next Monday….

patterned dot wall by taylor made #polkadots #gold #home

  • Call my parents frequently—I joked that, during my freshman year, I’d only call my parents on Sundays. If you read my love letter, though, you know I talked to them more often than planned. This year is going to be significantly more hectic, but since my parents helped to keep me sane last year, I figure it’s probably a good idea to keep them around this year.
  • Update my planner weekly—As much as I’m in love with organization and scheduling my life down to the minute, it’s so difficult for me to actually keep up with a planner. But with so much going on in the Fall semester (more on that in an upcoming post!), it’s basically stay organized or die (of exhaustion). Sundays will be my planning days, and in a near-future post, you’ll see what I’m doing on the other six days of the week.
  • Maintain a steady flow of blog posts—The past few weeks have been nuts, and it’s no coincidence that the level of craziness positively correlates with the fact that I’m moving back to school this week. I’m hoping that by planning my blog posts in advance, it’ll be easier to maintain consistency. That means that exams or no exams, work or no work, you’ll be seeing a new post every Monday morning (and maybe even more, depending on how all the cookies crumble).
  • Prioritize self-care—I’m going to be running on a super tight schedule that barely allows for visits home (and if I do visit, it’ll be for doctor appointments), much less have copious amounts of free time. I’m really excited about all of the things coming up, which helps to soften the blow, but I also know that if I don’t factor in time for myself to just be, I’m probably going to combust. My goal is to get a monthly manicure, buy myself the occasional $4 cup of Starbucks coffee, and binge-watch Grey’s Anatomy. All in moderation.
  • Get a gym membership—Part of my self-care routine is going to involve trips to the gym. I’ve already informed two of my friends that they have to get memberships, too, and go with me. Everyone needs a little accountability, right? Because I am not about to gain the freshman fifteen in my sophomore year.
  • And finally, just be present—This is probably going to be the hardest for me, because I’m constantly doing something. Whether I’m checking social media, communicating with authors, talking with friends and/or family, or doing one of the other million things on my ever-growing To-Do list, I’m always doing something. And sometimes that “something” isn’t always what’s going on around me in the moment. And I have to get better about that, because I know that I miss things, no matter how small, even if I’m only sending out an email that took thirty seconds to write.

Tell me in the comments below: what are your goals for this month? Let’s take on August together, one grueling  step at a time.

Head right back over here next Monday for the big, grand, super spectacular…mystery post! I know what it’s about, but do you? It has something to do with a certain little yellow taxicab….

Photo credit to: Taylor Made Creates