Aug 19, 2010

Four Simple Goals

I recently found another challenge to do. The six months + six dresses has been awesome - but I only have two more to go before it's complete. (Sad face). Seeing as how I'm ready for fall I've been trying to come up with another challenge to take part in. Not so ironically, I found out about it through Kyla (the creator of the six months + six dresses project).

Elsie is hosting the 4 Simple Goals challenge. The idea is to create four simple, attainable goals that will make your life happier and that are not results-based. Blog about your goals as you accomplish them, give yourself rewards when each of them is completed (big or small), and have them finished by the end of the year.

Wanna know mine?

1) Spend time outside every day during the fall. It's my favorite season, and my schedule is busy enough where I don't want to miss out on the day-to-day changes of it. I'm not limiting myself to saying I need to take a walk every day, but even if it's only five minutes on our back patio, I'm going to truly stop to drink it in.

2) Carve out and enjoy more time with the mister. Ben and I have gotten better at not just sitting on the couch in the evenings (this has helped), but as my baby fever grows I don't want to be wishing away time when it's still just the two of us. I am absolutely, positively, crazy about this man I married and I want to show him that more.

3) Take care of myself by writing and sleeping more. (Just not at the same time). I lumped these two together because I really need to make them both a priority. When I don't get enough sleep, everything slows down. My thinking skills, my cheerful-ness, the ability to fake caring what people are talking get the point. Something else that falls by the wayside is my writing. When I was little I always wanted to be an author. In middle and high school I wrote novels. Albeit horrible badly written ones, but I wrote them. In college my senior thesis was accepted into a nationwide conference. I think I've associated writing for so long with school that I'm afraid to do it without knowing someone will be "grading" me. So I'm going to start writing for me again. (I consider this blog writing, but I'm also going to explore other types of writing as well).

4) Become more adept in the kitchen. This is something I'm already trying to work on, but I really want to push myself. It's so easy to make the same recipes for dinner over and over again. I'm challenging myself to one new recipe a week. It doesn't have to be labor-intensive or fancy, it just has to be something new. (I'm counting zucchini bread as my first one!)

What do you think readers? Do you have any simple goals you're setting for yourself? Are any of you participating in this challenge as well? (Be sure to check out Elsie's goals here).

Happy almost Friday!


Gracie said...

If we had fall I'd spend time outside in it :(

Breathe Gently said...

I'm still focussing on the eat better/move more one.. maybe I should spice it up a bit too though!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I have a hard time coming up with goals that aren't 'results' orientated... I think the whole "goals should be measurable" thing has been ingrained in me for so many years, it's tough for me to come up with goals w/out boundaries or a checklist... But that's the type A person in me, I guess!

I am focusing on my 30 before 30 goals right now, but in addition to them, I want to make timem to knit each week!

Megan said...

I support this if for no other reason then the fact that the girl who started it is named Elsie and that is my Grammy's name! :)

Diana Mieczan said...

That is such a great challenge...I love your goals...I should really try to sleep more and walk more too...I am going to write those down:)

Kisses and happy Thursday

Emily Jane said...

Great challenge - I'm all about setting goals! I'm still working on my 26 Before 26, and I think I'm pretty on track :) I think I'm going to try and enjoy as much of fall as I possibly can - because it only lasts about 3 weeks here before Eternal Winter sets in!

Mandy said...

I love all of these Becky, but I completley agree with the one about spending time outside. I love being out in the fall whether out at a bonfire with friends or just standing on the deck watching my breath hang in the air for a moment or two.

Nora said...

I'm so with you on the sleep thing =) I am still struggling with the sleep aspect of my life (I have ever since DC) and it's affecting so many areas of my life! Making me crazy. I love these goals, Becky. Cheering you on!

Amber said...

These are great! I love the non result-oriented goals approach. I am so freaking sick of setting goals for myself, I have to say.

I LOVE the spending some time outside every day. I didn't spend nearly enough time outside this summer. If I wasn't running or had a PLANNED day with friends I was usually inside. Last summer we camped, played tennis and were just generally outside more. I want to spend more time outside this fall appreciating the change of seasons :)

Teach.Workout.Love said...

i like those!!!! i want to spend as much time outside as possible in the fall too!!

Kyla Roma said...

I love your goals! And for when your baby fever hits, this is what I try to do: I think about being able to go to matinee movies and take afternoon naps. It helps a little ;)

jamie said...

Fall is my favorite season. I really can't wait to spend time outdoors when it hits :)

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