October 2017 Goals

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on October 3, 2017

in Goals and Challenges

Last month, I wrote a birthday post on Instagram and shared “I have no big, supposedly life-changing goals I want to achieve. Instead, I have hopes to simply be a better, more whole version of me. I want to live from a place of deeper joy and brighter hope, and to find gratitude in the mundane everyday. I want to do more of the things that light my soul on fire, and to act with more grace, love, and compassion. And, to live each day as if it were my last.”

At that point, just a month ago, I was finally able to recognize how exhausted I was carrying the grief from my grandma’s passing. I was exhausted on every possible level and just needed to step back from my overly ambitious Type A tendencies. I’m constantly registering for races and going after PRs, furthering my education in one way or another, and more and more and more. Deferring my entry for Chicago made me realize just how much I need to slow down. There is a time and a place for those big, audacious goals. I just don’t think that’s the season I’m in right now, and that’s okay.

But, I struggle because I do still want to continue to improve and grow as a person. While those broader aspirations for the year ahead are still priorities, I want to find some sense of balance. Maybe, more than anything, that’s what the year will be about. Balance has never been a strength. It may require some fine-tuning to figure out what that balance looks like in my life right now.

October 2017 Goals

October 2017 Goals

My most important priority right now is to get back into a fitness routine. I spent more time this summer sitting on my butt than I’d care to admit. I feel all-around better when I’m consistently active and I want to get back to that place. Plus, I know I’ll likely get the itch to race again in 2018 (because, let’s be honest) and want a really solid base for whatever distance I go after. So, this month’s goals are primarily fitness focused.

Run 8 times. I’m less concerned right now about how many miles I run than just getting out and running. I actually restarted Couch to 5k over the weekend in efforts to improve my pace.

Complete 8 BODYSHRED workouts. While the true design of the program calls for six days a week, I want to take advantage of the fall weather for running! Plus, I don’t love strength training and I know if follow the program as intended, I’ll get bored and quit. My goal with BODYSHRED this time is not to finish in the eight weeks, but just to finish. I am hopeful to complete the program by the end of 2017.

Take 4 yoga classes. I miss regular time on my mat. I need regular time on my mat! My practice brings me joy. It forces me to slow down enough to simply focus on my breath and letting my body flow.

Go for 4 bike rides. It was late summer before I dug my bike out of the garage. I forgot just how much I enjoy cycling! I want to get a few more rides in while the weather cooperates.

Watch at least one beach sunset. It’s one of those things that brings me joy and I don’t take advantage of the fact I live 45 minutes from Lake Michigan nearly often enough.

Finish A Storm of Swords and one other book. I fell out of the reading habit this year and I desperately want to get back into it. Granted the Game of Thrones series aren’t exactly quick and easy novels, but given the way I usually devour books, I shouldn’t still be on book three for a series I started in February or March.

Donate to charity. I was going through some old papers this weekend and realized just how much I used to donate. I want to get back into that habit and God knows with everything happening in our world right now, there are plenty of ways.

Lose weight. I would love to get into the 140s this month (5.6 pounds). I was able to maintain my weight over the summer, even losing a little, with almost no effort. Now that I’m getting back to better habits, I think this is doable.

What is your tendency for goal setting – one big, audacious goal or lots of smaller goals?


Thoughts and Prayers Aren’t Enough

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on October 2, 2017

in You Should Know

I had a post ready to publish for today, but sharing about my goals for the month hours after yet another deadly shooting in our country felt like white noise. While this isn’t a political blog, this is an issue that impacts all of us. These thoughts are heavy on my heart and I’d be remiss if I didn’t use what influence I have with this space to say something. I’ve seen lots of posts on social media today from well-intentioned people sending their thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by the Las Vegas shooting. It happens after every tragedy, but I’m calling a spade a spade. That’s a start, but it is well beyond time for action. Thoughts and prayers aren’t enough. If that offends you, I’m not sorry. We have to do more.

I still vividly remember watching events unfold in the aftermath of the Columbine High School shootings. I was in high school at the time, horrified such a thing could happen. In fact, it almost did happen at my high school months later. Fortunately, someone saw the gun in my classmate’s backpack and reported it before he could do anything. Yet, in 1999, a mass shooting was an anomaly. But now, it’s almost commonplace: Las Vegas, Orlando, Sandy Hook, and the list goes on and on. Today is the 275th day of 2017 and Las Vegas was the 273rd mass shooting of the year. Our press secretary says “now is not the time to talk about gun control.” I wholeheartedly disagree. Today, more than ever, is the time not to just talk, but take action.

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We must use our voices and speak up, loud and clear. Let the powers that be in Washington DC know that we’ve had enough and that it’s time for change. Here’s some tangible ways you can take action today:

I think the most urgent priority is to contact your elected officials and encourage them to do more in the areas of gun laws and mental health. If you don’t know who those people are, look them up here. If you feel like your one voice won’t make a difference, I understand. But, the power of our collective voices is strong.

If you don’t know what to talk about when you call, there are two pro-gun bills in the Hose that could pass this week. One of the bills would roll back restrictions on gun silencers, amongst other concerns. This story from a Virginia Tech survivor is a prime example of why silencers should not be legal. The other bill would “allow people to carry concealed weapons in any state if it is allowed in the state where they live.”

If you feel intimidated about the thought of calling, I understand. It is perfectly acceptable to write a script of what you want to say. To make it feel even easier, call after business hours and leave a voicemail. If you’re not comfortable calling, use Reistbot to deliver messages or send an email.

Here are some great tips on how to be heard by your elected officials. Although the piece is targeted to college students, it is useful to us all.

On a broader scale, you can donate blood. Obviously, it won’t directly help in Las Vegas, but it can make a difference in your area. I also encourage everyone to go through training in CPR/AED/first aid so you can help others in an emergency. You can find a RedCross class in your area. I completed the training as part of my personal training requirements and it’s really easy! Most of the work is online along with a couple hour in person class.

While the events in Las Vegas are rightfully at the forefront of our minds, there are still other places in need. The first that comes to mind is Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria left the country in shambles. Huffington Post compiled a list of places you can donate. Personally, I donated to this specific GoFundMe effort started by a friend of a friend.

If you have other thoughts on how to use your voice, please leave a comment! I would love to hear your thoughts.

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