August 2017 Goals

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

in Goals and Challenges

I wasn’t going to write a goals post for August. I’ve been intermittent at best this year in goal setting. I wrote a June post and before that, the last was in February. Even when I’m not writing them out for the world (or, the small little world of people that read what I’m writing here), I’m usually always in a goal setting state of mind. But, lately that hasn’t been the case. In all honesty, it isn’t firing me up or motiving me in the way it has for so many years. My Type A personality thrives on checking off to-do list items and achieving tangible, measurable goals.

August 2017 Goals

But, for this season of my life, it’s not the case. I still crave personal growth and bettering myself, but what I’m needing right now doesn’t feel like anything I can measure. There’s not a to-do list that can capture working on yourself in the depths of your soul, your being. So, it’s not that I don’t have that desire, I just don’t quite know how to “achieve” what my spirit is crying out for.

Run more. Run for the joy of running. My training plan for the Chicago Marathon has completely fallen apart. I don’t even know that I want to run the race anymore, and to be honest, I don’t know that I ever truly did. But, I paid the money and I’m going to at least try. In the meantime, this month, I just want to run more. I’m less concerned about how many miles I run or how fast I run them, but I just want to run for the sake of running. 

Yoga more. I miss spending time on my mat and getting lost in a flow, or simply just staying in child’s pose and letting my breath guide me. While running is often therapeutic for me, yoga is healing.

Read more. In June, I wrote that I wanted to finish Clash of Kings and I’m still not done. While I’m loving the book, I just fell out of the reading habit for probably the first time in my entire life. I want to rediscover my love of the written word. I want to get lost in stories.

Write moreCertainly, I want to publish more here, but I also want to spend time writing down thoughts and feelings that I don’t particularly want to share with the world. In this season of introspection, I’m learning a lot about myself. I’m rediscovering who I am and who I want to be. I’m craving more time of putting pen to paper and simply letting the words flow. More than anything else right now, I think this will be the most powerful practice.

Meditate more. I am increasingly learning to listen to and trust my intuition. In that, I’m finding I need more moments of stillness and simply focusing on my breath. It is impossible to hear my intuition speak if the noise of life is constantly drowning out that voice.

Hydrate more. More water, less coffee and beer. In this season, I find myself literally craving water all the time. Sure, it’s a hot and humid summer and that’s what my body needs in that regard. But, I feel like it’s a deeper sense of cleansing, too.

I don’t know that these goals really encompass what I find myself longing for right now. It’s hard to write goals for something that I can’t quite find the words to explain. What I do know is that 2017 is turning out to be what feels like a monumental year in my life. I find myself in what feels like a turning point, a new chapter. I’m letting go of some old stories about myself and my life that are no longer serving me, and opening my heart and my spirit to new possibilities. I need to wrestle with that for awhile.

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katie August 3, 2017 at 8:34 pm

I ran 2 miles over lunch 3 times this week. Sure I’m sweaty and salty for the afternoon at the office, but it is worth it. Right now 2 miles is kicking my butt, but hopefully it will eventually seem easy.
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Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution August 4, 2017 at 11:10 pm

I haven’t “runched” in ages and you’re inspiring me to get back to it, girl!

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