October Goal Update

Again this post is super late as its over half way through November, but I really wanted to stay consistent and post this so that I can keep being accountable.

I’m going to admit that October I was not a great month for my goals, I was definitely getting more stressed out about the wedding, albeit not super stressed but definitely more so than usual.

I’m also definitely looking ahead to 2020 already when it comes to goals and what I want to achieve.

Here’s how my goals looked in October

  1. Read 45 Books
    Honestly I shouldn’t even have this listed as a goal anymore seeing as its my only real measurable goal and I’ve already surpassed it. I was sitting at around 77ish books in October, so will definitely be trying to challenge myself a little more in 2020.
  2. Drink 2L of water a day
    This one really depends on the day. Some days I am really good with it and some days I am really bad about it. I definitely want to try and end the year with a bit of consistency.
  3. Buy less books
    I was great with this in October I only got a couple of books in the mail that I had pre ordered. Hopefully I can keep it going.
  4. Hit my savings goal
    The wedding definitely took our savings backwards a bit but we are really working hard to get back on track.
  5. Built and follow a night routine
    This is the first one to go when I am even a little bit stressed. So it hasn’t been fantastic, however its also something that I’m not prioritising.

Overall: Could of been worse could of been better.

how are your 2019 goals going? Are you already looking to 2020?

September Goal Update

The end of another month means another time to reflect on my goals for the year and how I am actually going about achieving them. To be honest some of my goals are always on my mind and I am consciously making an effort towards achieving them, others I genuinely can’t remember until I am doing a goal update like this and think ‘oh yeah’. So its really hit or miss.

September went a little like this:

  1. Read 45 Books
    I’ve already surpassed this goal for 2019, now I’m just seeing how many book I can read this year so that next year I can set a higher, but still reasonable goal.
  2. Drink 2L of water a day
    I’m definitely better than I was back in 2018, I always have a drink bottle on me and a gravitate towards sipping water a lot of the time.
  3. Buy less Books
    still an epic failure! I have probably managed to buy less than 2018 but September was not a good month for this goal. I was a little out of control!
  4. Hit my savings goal
    I was so so so close to achieving this goal, however we’ve had to pay for a lot of stuff for the wedding – its only 6 weeks away, YIKES – so my savings has definitely taken a hit, but we knew it would.
  5. Build and follow a night routine
    I’ve gotten a lot better with making sure I take my make up off every night and always putting a moisturiser or serum on, I did want to start reading a little bit more at night, however that one is still a work in progress.

Overall September wasn’t a bad month, my biggest fail is buying so many books!

How are your 2019 Goals going?

2018 Goals Wrap Up

Taking it all the back to the beginning of 2018, I made some goals for myself that I wanted to achieve throughout the year. These goals were:

  1. To Complete the A to Z reading Challenge
  2. Post a minimum of once a week on Harper-grae
  3. Exercise at least 3 times a week
  4. Read 30 books in 2018
  5. Try at least one new recipe a week
  6. build a night routine with less technology
  7. practice positivity and optimism
  8. Travel to Greece

As you can see there is a pretty even spread across what I achieved, what I didn’t quite achieve every month and what I wasn’t even close to achieving – which honesty should of just given up on!

I am really happy with how much reading I achieved as well as how frequently I began posting here on Harper-grae.

I definitely want to continue to focus on exercising as well as trying to focus on the positive side of things (although I don’t think I’ll be making it a goal in 2019) I do think there is some room for improvement next year but overall 2018 has been a pretty good year.

I definitely learnt a lot about myself as a person and definitely found a passion or two a long the way. I am grateful for the year 2018 has been and am definitely looking forward to what 2019 will bring.

Moving forward I think accountability is key!

How do you think you went with achieving your goals in 2018?

November Goal Update

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… 

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Exercise 3 days a week.                                                                                     I’ve been pretty good at exercising 3 times a week which is a plus
  4. 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. 

September Goal Update

Here we are again, the end of another month and its time to check in with my goals for 2018.

I feel like I’ve really hit and end of year rut, probably due to being so tired, which seems understandable but still. The weather is getting nicer her in Melbourne – finally- so I feel like I can be a whole new person now!

Anyway, here’s how the goals went for September…

  1. Complete the A to Z Reading Challenge
    So another month has gone by and I haven’t actually read any books that I can add to my A to Z list, mostly because I’ve already read books with the same letter. The downfall to reading series.
  2. Post at least 3 times a week. 
    So this one is one that I’m doing well with keeping up with. I think I missed one day last week, because to be honest I forget what day it is sometimes on school holidays. This is probably one of the goals I’ve been able to be the most consistent with!
  3. Exercise 3 days a week
    To be honest this is another one I’ve been struggling with, probably because I exercise after work and I’m usually exhausted after work. I will say I’ve definitely ben doing more. I did boxing a couple of times after school with some people from work and then I convinced George to box with me – granted I’ve only managed to convince him once – so I would say PROGRESS is being made!
  4. Read 30 books in 2018
    I am so excited because I have EXCEEDED this goal in September and have actually increased my reading goal to 35!
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  5. Try a new recipe each week
    I don’t know if I’ve kept it up on a weekly basis but I have at least tried a few new restaurants lately which has been nice. I’m trying a new recipe the day I am writing this post – for dinner I am making Cauliflower Gnocchi – so excited to get back into it. Again the weather effects me so much that I just get so down and sloth mode in winter.
  6. Practice Positivity and Optimism
    Still struggling with this in September, yikes. But I have been feeling more positive lately, which is a great start!
  7. Less Technology more reading before bed
    I am a technology fiend apparently! I’ve honestly been unable to just put down my phone and read at night, which seems ridiculous. I end up in a YouTube hole just watching Survivor Challenge videos – which don’t get me wrong are absolutely amazing and I love them.
  8. Focus on what I’m putting in my body and work towards positively maintaining being gluten free and dairy free
    I’ve been average at this at best, which is bad because I always feel it and then instantly regret it. Onwards and upwards though!

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July Goal Update

It feels like its been ages since I posted a goal update – read accountable I know – but keeping to my goal of staying positive, better late than never right? So today is the day that I actually take account for how poorly I’ve done on my goals of late, however I am adding/editing some goals to align with me aims.

Lets dive in…

  1. Complete the A-Z reading Challenge 
    In July I finished ‘The Lost Hero’ by Rick Riordan. Which completed my ‘L’ book for the challenge. I did also read ‘Mythos’ by Stephen Fry, but I already have an ‘M’ book so I can’t add it.
    Chalking it up as a win!
  2. Post at least 3 times a week
    I managed to still post while I was in Greece. It wasn’t 3 times a week, but considering I was on holiday, thats ok. As soon as I got back I was in the swing of things and started posting in my usual schedule.
    Another win. 
  3. Exercise 3 days a week
    I’ve book pretty bad at this… I came back from Greece with a new goal and did not start off strong. So I am changing this goal to: Exercise 5 days a week. I want to really focus on my fitness and health, since in Greece I ate a lot of things that I definitely can’t.
    Fail this month.
  4. Read 30 books in 2018
    This has definitely a great goal, its really been keeping me motivated.
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    I think this will be a goal that I’ll need to update this goal and add more books!
    Definite win. 
  5. Try a new recipe each week
    I tried a new recipe this week, although considering we were in Greece we did try a lot of different food. I think we will need to work on this one a little more.
    bit of a fail.
  6. Practise positivity and optimism
    This is a goal I am definitely finding tricky. I was positive and optimistic in Greece, but I feel like everyone would feel more positive soaking up the rays on a beautiful island! Now that I’m back home and in the depths of winter its been hard to stay positive. I think I need to set myself a daily reminder to make this goal more achievable.
    Fail for now. 
  7. Less technology and more reading before bed
    This is a goal that I am not even trying to achieve honestly, I don’t why its so hard for me to put down my phone and read at night!
    Fail.
  8. NEW GOAL: So a little fun fact – I got engaged recently (If anyone wants a post about how it all went down/ my experiences so far with planning a wedding let me know) 
    So I decided for the purpose of getting my health back on track and looking and feeling my best while I’m trying to organise an important event in my life. My goal is to focus on what I am putting in my body and work towards positively changing my eating habits to maintain being Gluten and dairy free.  

Of the 7 goals I was working on in July I achieved 3 and failed towards 4. Lets hope I can make more progress in August.

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what goals are you working towards in 2018?

 

 

Goal Update: April

April has come and gone in the blink of an eye and honestly I can’t even remember what happened during the month. So I don’t know how well I’ve done on achieving my goals throughout the month. Thank goodness I do these updates so I know where I am and how I’m tracking.

  1. Complete the A to Z reading challenge.
    In April I was able to finish 3 (the only 3 books I read this month) books that all went towards my A to Z challenge.
    I would say SUCCESS!
  2. Post at least 3 times a week.
    completely successful on this one! I have be really happy with my level of consistency here on Harper Grae.
    SUCCESS
  3. exercise 3 days a week.
    This goal I’ve gone backwards on. Some of it is due to the fact that my partner’s hours at work changed and he now gets home a lot later than he did before so we can’t go for walks in the afternoon anymore. BUT I know that its on me too, I can work out at home.
    So I think this month would have to be a FAIL
  4. Read 30 books in 2018
    According to Goodreads I’ve read 11 books which puts me 2 ahead of my goal of 30, I’ll take that as a win.
    SUCCESS
  5. Try one new recipe each week.
    I think we did a good job with this in April. We tried some new vegetarian dishes while we were fasting for Easter, We cooked calamari which we hadn’t done before, as well as a tofu curry. We’ve been pretty adventurous for food this month!
    SUCCESS
  6. Practice positivity  and optimism
    This might be more of a FAIL this month. I have been trying to be more optimistic and positive but have definitely been feeling fatigued from work and I haven’t been great at getting to bed early to help myself to keep a positive attitude.
    SUCCESS
  7. Less technology and more reading before bed. 
    FAIL again… I’m really not prioritising this goal… I should probably start.

This month was pretty good overall in terms of achieving my goals and working towards them. I’m thinking of including a table of successes and fails for each goal for each month.
Thoughts?

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How are you going with your goals for 2018?

2018 Goal Update: March

March was a HECTIC month. Getting into the swing of term one with a new team was exhausting. Which kind of affected everything else. I was also a month into being caffeine free, which is something I never thought I would say in my lifetime, but there it is.

Here’s how my goals went in March:

  1. Complete the A to Z reading challenge.
    So I ended up only finishing 2 books in March and only one of them counts towards the A to Z challenge. So not a complete success, but also not a complete failure.
  2. Post at least 3 times a week.
    100% successful on this! I feel like I’ve been really consistent with my posts! (although if theres anything you want me to post about let me know!)
  3. exercise 3 days a week.
    This one was 50/50 I definitely went for walks at least 1-2 times a week, although coming into Easter it got disrupted a little bit!
  4. Read 30 books in 2018
    According to Goodreads I’ve read 8 books which puts me 1 ahead of my goal of 30, I’ll take that as a win.
  5. Try one new recipe each week.
    I think we were much better at this in February and will be better in April (we’ve already tried a new recipe) but in March to be honest I completely forgot about trying new recipes. To be honest it took all my energy to not order Ubereats every night.
  6. Practice positivity  and optimism
    I think overall this was a win. obviously there were days that were more difficult and i would feel more negative but I feel like I had more positive days that negative.
  7. Less technology and more reading before bed. 
    100% failing at this one. I feel like its one I really need to focus on prioritising.

 

Thats how my goals faired in March. I don’t think I went too bad but I’m also not congratulating myself on the progress because it could use some improvement.

Focusing on a better April!

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Let me know how your 2018 goals are going? Or if you aren’t a yearly goals person whats something your working on at the moment?