November has come and gone and with that I am faced with my 2018 goals and how I actually went towards achieving them…
To say November was a FULL month feels a bit like an understatement. We are getting to the end of Term 4 at work and it is hectic with carols and wrapping up activities and filing galore. I also had my Engagement which took s bit of organising. So it has been bust busy busy!
To the update…
Complete the A to Z reading Challenge This is one I will definitely not complete this year. I didn’t end up adding any books in November and I don’t think I will fill my remaining letters before the end of the year. It was a great way to get back into reading so I don’t see this as a fail per say
Post at least 3 times a week. I am really proud of sticking with this goal. It has really kept me passionate about reading and sharing my thoughts and ideas on different books and bookish things. Yay for winning at this goal.
Exercise 3 days a week. I’ve been pretty good at exercising 3 times a week which is a plus
Read 30 books in 2018. This is one I’ve already achieved and am just continuing to kill it.
5. Try a new recipe each week. This one has been pretty much a no go in November. It has been so hectic that I have barely been even thinking about what meals to cook. Onwards and upwards from here. 6. Practice positivity and optimism. The start of the month went well with staying positive. As I got more and more drained though it became more difficult. Definitely one to continue working towards. 7. Less Technology more reading before bed. I kind of worked towards this one and by kind of I mean twice this month… I finally put batteries in a book light a friend from work gave me for my birthday and used it to read before bed a couple of nights. Alas I am back to my habit of just randomly scrolling though my phone. 8. Focus on what I am putting in my body and focus on being gluten and dairy free. November was actually the worst month for this. We got really lazy with what we were eating and I just ignored my intolerances and ate whatever. I definitely regretted it every time. I also felt like it was really just undoing all the exercise I was doing. Hoping for a better December.
Overall I don’t think it was a great month for achieving goals in November. Let’s hope the last month of 2018 is a positive one.
The time has come once away to see how my goals are fairing for 2018. I’m going to be honest, I’m on struggle street at the moment with most of my goals. I don’t know if it was the gloominess of August or if I’m just being a lazy bones. But with that in mind, lets get into the goals!
Complete the A to Z reading Challenge.
I haven’t actually added any books yet. I read both ‘The Son of Neptune’ and ‘The Mark of Athena’ however I already have ‘S’ and ‘M’ books listed. So for this month I would have to say I failed at this goal. But I will be adding a ‘H’ book in September so YAY, for that.
Post at least 3 times a week
I am still crushing this one – If I don’t say so myself- I’ve been consistent with posting 3 times a week on Harper-Grae, and I’m starting to get better at posting daily on my Harper-Grae Instagram. Win!
Exercise 3 days a week.
I have definitely been better at this. I’ve definitely been able to reach 3 days per week, which is a win, but lately I have been aiming for 5 days a week, allowing for 2 rest days, usually Fridays and one other day. Still working on that!
Read 30 books in 2018
This has been a great goal to have, I’ve really been able to see my progress.
Try a new recipe each week
We’ve actually been so busy this month that we haven’t really had a chance to try any new recipes! This one is a fail for this month, but one that I am going to put a conscious effort into in September.
Practice positivity and optimism.
This has been a constant struggle through out 2018. Honestly, I haven’t wanted to be negative however a feel increasingly stressed out and anxious and it just becomes tremendously more difficult to stay in a positive frame of mind. I know excuses, I am going to put my best foot forward in September and have this as my main goal for the month! Fail for August though.
Less Technology and more reading before bed.
Honestly I feel like this goal is pointless at this point in the year, I’ve failed to achieve any progress this year. I have the best intentions but I always turn the light off before I am ready to sleep so automatically gravitate to my phone. Lets see if I can make any progress, at all, in September. Fail.
Focus on what I am putting in my body and work towards positively maintaining being Gluten and Dairy Free.
This is a new goal and its one that I’ve had a lot of ups and downs with. My main focus is the Gluten Free aspect, as that is what I have the strongest intolerance too. However I have at a few moments of weakness where I’ve ended up snacking on peanut M & M’s and ever single time I feel sick, but every single time I do it again.
Lets hope for a more positive change in September.