Monthly Goals: September
I believe in goal setting. Typically, I set goals to accomplish for the week and sometimes even daily goals. I also believe in having people around to hold you accountable for those goals. Sometimes my mom holds me accountable for doing my laundry and sometimes my friends do for coming to an event I committed to. To be successful in achieving your goals, you have to have an army around you helping you get there. Are you all ready to be my army? Because I’m coming at you with my September Monthly Goals today!
Begin Half Marathon Training
September begins one of my favorite times of the year: training for the Richmond Half Marathon! I adore this race because it is through a city that I love so much, Richmond, VA. While it wasn’t my first half, I firmly believe that this is an excellent course for first time half marathon runners. The race has even been nicknamed “America’s friendliest marathon.”
I’m typically pretty good about training once I start running, but it’s the starting to run again thing that always kicks my butt. I never want to get out of bed when I plan on for running and then it becomes too hot to run. I’ve already worked on a training plan that will start on the first Monday of September so I can give myself some time to get back in the groove.
Here’s my proposed plan for training!
And the best part about running the Richmond Half Marathon this time is my little brother is going to do it with me too!
Work on My Posture
I’ll be the first one to admit I have terrible posture. I’ve always hated being taller than most of my friends and I think I’ve always slouched because of that. Recently, I’ve noticed my back giving me some pain, yuck, so I think it’s finally time to serious do some exercises to help improve my posture before it becomes a serious problem.
My intent is not to go to a doctor, insert everyone’s opinions here, but use good ol’ Pintrest for some inspiration. I also plan on getting back into yoga, in part to help my half marathon training, and yoga definitely should aid in my better posture too!
Read Three New Books
Reading is something that brings me so much joy, but it’s something I don’t do near as often as I should. I get busy doing other things—watching TV shows or checking social media—and don’t take the time to read. This September I’m challenging myself to read three new books. I wanted to do one book a week, but I think starting with three is a good place.
One of my favorite places to get books at are local bookstores, but there’s a great website called Thriftbooks which sells used books for inexpensive! A great way to save some cash and still do all that good paperback reading!
Expect to see some book reviews here about the books I’m reading. And I’d love to hear your suggestions of good books to add to my list!
Media-free Until After Breakfast
I have a terrible habit of waking up and immediately checking social media. Laying in bed for sometimes an additional hour scrolling through Facebook & Instagram, I will often begin my day with a sour taste based on whatever I see on social media. For the month of September I want to be very intentional in not checking my social media platforms until after breakfast.
Hopefully, this will help me to have a better mindset during the day and be less inclined to consume the media nonsense that comes across my screen at such high rates.
Do I think this one in particular will be challenging? Absolutely. Especially with working on my blog and trying to continuously grow my following I seem to always be plugged in to social media. But there has to be some limit, right? And sometimes setting those limits and boundaries can be super difficult, like this one!
Get a Job
You might be reading this thinking, “Rachel, how can you set the goal of getting a job? That’s not something you personally have a lot of control over.” And you would be correct. My goal in this is not to get some executive level job that I’m clearly not qualified for, instead I would like a steady line of employment. Preferably, this job would be full-time with benefits as, hello, life is getting ready to kick into full gear when I have my quarter-life crisis in two months and have to start being on my own insurance and things.
More than anything, though, I want to actively pursue options that may lead to employment. I hate the sense of failure that comes along with applying for jobs when you get those rejection letters, or worse no response at all. And I am also pretty picky about what exactly I’d like to do for employment, but I think this goal will challenge me to think outside the box for my professional, career beginning options.
Create a Budget
Because I have no job, I have no income, and therefore no budget for my life. Living on what feels like borrowed time and borrowed money (hello credit cards), I’d like to start looking at options to get my finances a bit more in order. Of course I need to pay my monthly bills, allow room for fun, and also be able to save some money as well.
Two of my longest term goals associated with budgeting are paying off my student loans sooner than expected and being able to put myself through a Master in Library Science program. If I’m going to do either of these I first need that job, and then to create a working budget to help me with savings.
So there they are, folks, my goals for the month of September. I look forward to checking in throughout the month of September to update you all on how things are going. I think these goals will challenge me physically, mentally, and emotionally. But in the long run I will feel so much better at the end of September when I can say I have completed my monthly goals.
Do you goal set for the month or even week? I’d love to hear some of the categories that you use for goal setting and how you help keep yourself on track! Post your tips in the comments below.
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