Let me give you a little update on my progress from last month. I wanted to work out 3-5 times a week. I have to admit I fell a little short but I did make an effort! I even ran a few times before work which is an accomplishment because let's be honest… no one wants to get up any earlier than they already do, especially not to go for a run (in the dark).
My second goal was to cook at least one new meal a week. I definitely succeeded on this one and I think it could be easily incorporated into my normal routine. It is easy to get stuck in a meal- rut, you know what I mean, when you rotate between the same 10 meals and find yourself eating tacos way more than you'd like to admit. This month I made a delicious roasted chicken with lemons and artichoke hearts, spicy corn chowder, autumn chopped salad and my first pot roast. I was so proud of my meals and it made them taste even better… and I was a big hit with my boyfriend who was equally as sick of tacos. Plus it got me excited to be in the kitchen. I love to cook but when it starts to feel like a chore it loses its appeal. Finding new recipes and trying them out definitely re-inspired me to get back in there. I enjoy eating so much more when it is a healthy home cooked meal and I know what all of the ingredients are.
Last month I had a bit of a double goal that I would post on here 3-5 times a week and carry my camera everywhere I went. I haven't done the math but I definitely increased my posts. So yay me for having more than 3 measly posts on here. It feels awesome! I promise this one won't change with the new month. Keep coming back for more posts! As far as the camera goes, I used it quite a bit! I got some great shots of my family last time I was home which makes me so happy since I don't see them very often and its hard to get us all in one place for a picture. I now also have about 100 "selfies" of my little sister (should have known that one was coming- thanks, Katja).
Lastly, since summer was wrapping up, I wanted to weed out my shoe collection. I completely 100% failed at this. I actually increased my shoe collection by about 8 pairs. I have to admit, I kept pretending this goal didn't exist. A few weeks ago I was in Marshalls and I actually said out loud to myself "What a stupid goal. Why would I even set this?" It was a desperate moment, I was surrounded by shoes. Now that I increased my collection, I think I'll have an easier time weeding out some of those old sandals that I am actually kind of embarrassed to wear. Replacements make weeding out the old way easier!
For my goals this month, I'm switching gears slightly since I really want and need to focus on the design of my blog. I am a complete newbie when it comes to anything design, Photoshop, coding, etc. so this goal will definitely be a challenge for me. If you have any advice, tips, or known of helpful tutorials, I will be greatly appreciative. I will be gathering some inspiration this month so I can put together a bit of a plan for what I'd like to do here (everything of mine starts with a plan and a list).
This month I'd also like to focus on forming some new friendships (definitely think The Blogcademy will help here) and pay some much needed attention to my old ones. It is so easy to let life get in the way of our relationships, especially with people we aren't forced to interact with everyday. I used to say it's not hard to send a text or email! I couldn't understand why people didn't make the time. Now I know first hand, it is easy to let this fall on the back burner. I'm making it a priority this month to send a few emails, grab dinner with a college friend I haven't seen in a while and also for a visit to my bestie in Boston. We're hoping to check this out and maybe get afternoon tea here, it has been on both of our lists for a while now.
Well, I can't end my goal list without a fitness goal so I am going to push myself to run 20 miles this month. Two miles a day, 3 times a week will get me to 24 miles. That's only about a 20 minute run and only a total of 1 hour a week. There should be no excuses when it comes to fitting this goal in. I'll keep you posted on my progress with this one.
Last but not least, I want to eat a sweet potato. I've never had one. Can you believe it? No? Neither can I. I can't believe I even have to set a goal for this. I want to like them! I even made it my new year's resolution to like them. I haven't even tried one and 2012 is close to over. There are no more excuses, I am eating a sweet potato this month.
What are your New Month New Start goals? I'd love to hear them! The best way to stick to your goals is to tell someone else, someone who will ask about them and hold you to them. Now you all know mine so feel free to ask during the month. Good Luck! Here's to getting better always in all ways!