While every day presents us with an opportunity to begin again, there’s something very neat and nice about the beginning of a month…or a week…or a day. As we enter June, and I enter the month that contains my birthday, I’m taking today to make some plans and create some new goals for myself. Now is a prefect time for me to evaluate where I am, where I’m going, and more importantly, I think, what I want and where I want to go.
With all of that in mind, I have mapped out a few goals for myself for the next month:
- Write. Every day. Both in my notebook, which is my morning pages and don’t often amount to anything, but also here on my blog. I’ve joined Michelle V. Rafter’s WordCount Blogathon, which means I will be posting something here every day during the month of June. I’m hoping that by posting each day I’m going to find some focus for myself. I want to write; I want to build an audience; I want to have some direction in which to go. And I hope that a month of writing will give that to me.
- Take a picture. Every day. With this brand-spankin’ new camera that I’ve spent an incredible amount of money on. Not with my phone. With my camera. I don’t know if I’m going to take every picture in the Fat Mum Slim Photo-A-Day Challenge, but it is a great place for me to start thinking about what I can capture each day. (Today is “b”…I’ve already gotten quite a few “b” shots, and I think there will be a few more photos on that topic today)
- Continue to get healthy. That involves getting back in the groove with my walking and healthful eating.
- A sub-goal of that “get healthy” is to lose 10 pounds. Within the last month, according to the scale at work, I’ve lost almost 20 pounds. A large part of that is due to a change in medication which means I’m no longer retaining as much fluid. I can see my ankles. And my feet don’t look like they belong on an elephant. They haven’t looked like this in almost 6 weeks, and I’m so glad we seem to have gotten things figured out with regard to a blood pressure medication that is going to work for me.
- Work my way through Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map. I participated in her pay-what-you-can day, and I’ve printed the whole thing off so I can get to work on it. I’m ready to make some changes and get to where it is that I’m supposed to be.
- An Artist Date. I’ve got it planned for June 22nd. In New Orleans. It should be fun. I’ll get to learn how to use this lovely new camera, and I’ll get to spend time with one of my best friends in one of the greatest cities in the world.
- Continued focus on creating balance between my work and my personal life, remembering that what’s really important is a fulfilling personal life because it should be about living to work but rather living to work.
- Complete a couple of sewing projects. The Amy Butler Weekender Bag will NOT defeat me. And with all of the friends we have who are pregnant, I’m going to try to make a hospital gown. I have a pattern that doesn’t look too difficult at all. If I can do the AB bag, I can certainly do the hospital gown. Right? Right.
- Spend time with the people who matter most to me.
I think that that list is enough for one month, don’t you?
What plans do you have for the month of June? What beginnings are you embarking upon? What habits are you hoping to cultivate in these next 30 days?