September Goals

It’s that time again!

I think it’s so important to have short-term goals for yourself. Long-term goals are nice in theory, but sometimes unattainable and it can be so discouraging when you don’t accomplish them. Short-term goals gives you a time limit, and the goals you create can be smaller and simpler. Baby steps.

Goal #1: IF Diet

Last month I did my research on this diet and, given my medical and physical condition and history with dieting and exercise, this is the best option for me. I tried it briefly last month and it went well, so this month I plan on going all in on it. I’m hoping to see results. Maybe I’ll give an update on it.

Goals #2: Post on my blog once a week

This goal is similar to one I had last month. I posted for a short period every day of the week and quickly realized that wasn’t realistic for me. I changed to three times a week, which went well for a while. But since starting classes at my new university, I don’t have as much free time as I had hoped. My weekends this fall consist of football games, relaxation and recovery from the long week, and homework. I’ve even been struggling to post as much on my instagram as I used to, which was three times a day. I post once a day now, twice if I’m lucky. I haven’t posted on my blog in a while, but that’s because I’ve been taking time to get used to my new schedule.

So, my goal: post once a week, no matter what it is. Just post something. I always have something to say, it’s only a matter of taking the time to organize my thoughts and write out the post.

Goals #3: Post on instagram once a day

AND, going hand in hand with this, is that I will plan out my posts on Mondays. I don’t have classes on Mondays but my boyfriend does, so I like to take that time to slow down and utilize the natural lighting in our apartment to take some great photos. Since moving in, I feel like the photos on my feed have really improved and my theme has been established. I’m actually really happy with it.

Goal #4: Try [hot] yoga again

A few years ago I gave hot yoga a try but was discouraged because I’m not flexible in any way. Never have been. Except maybe when I was really little and in gymnastics and dance.

I don’t want to say that the people there discouraged me, because I kind of did that to myself. But I also felt a little uncomfortable at the place I went to. They would tell us to help ourselves out if we couldn’t physically do some of the moves, but when I did the instructors would make comments that I felt were directed at me. It’s hard to explain. The point is I stopped going because I felt weird and I felt like I couldn’t do it.

At my new university there is a yoga house right around the corner from me, maybe a sixty second walk from my apartment. Not even, maybe thirty seconds. They have a deal where the first month is $45 so I may do a class in a couple of days and see if I enjoy it, then possibly sign up. I really want to get in shape. The rec center here is a few blocks down the road and I plan on goin for runs, but there’s so much road construction and it’s been so hot out still that I have no motivation to walk there. I plan on going once it starts to cool off though, and whenever my boyfriend decides to go.

Goal #5: Me time

This kind of goes with the last one, because I’m hoping partaking in yoga can be some me-time. But I also want to try taking some baths every once in a while to unwind. There’s a cafe slash bookstore nearby that I have to go to sometimes for one of my classes, and I’ve wandered over there a few times to sit and read and I really enjoy it. I haven’t gone inside the cafe yet because it always looks like there’s nowhere to sit and I’m not sure if they sell anything I’d enjoy. But I found a window seat that’s nice to read and do homework in. I just really want to do my own thing sometimes, and I haven’t made that much of a priority in the past but I feel like I can do that here.

There are other things that I need to do, like put up some more lights in my apartment for example. I have more goals than what I’ve listed here, but these are the ones I really want to focus on this month. And maybe next week I’ll make a follow-up post on my August goals to tell you guys how my month went.

Do you guys like to set goals for yourself each month? Do you find long-term or short-term goals more attainable for you personally?

xoxo

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21-year-old college student, lover of books and proud owner of Dreaming in Paperbacks blog, dreaming.in.paperbacks bookstagram, and DPaperbacks Twitter. Looking for more book, college, and lifestyle blogs to follow!

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