Today is November 1 — the first day of #BlogLikeCrazy. Because today is the first of the month this should also be the day that I share with you my goals for November.
If you’ve been reading See Jane Write for a while you know that I’m a girl with goals. My best friend once said, “Your goals have goals!” She’s right. I set goals for the year, the quarter, the season, the month, the week, and for every day.
When this same friend read my blog post about my goals October and for the final quarter of 2018 she said, “You are doing TOO much!”
And she was right again. I had set unrealistic goals for myself and set too many of them to top things off. This goal digger had gotten out of control.
So I thought to myself, I’ll declare this month No-Goals November!
Because my life is so centered on setting and accomplishing goals you can imagine how well that went. I quickly started a downward spiral to a dark, dark place. I was soon questioning the meaning of life and proclaiming everything was pointless.
There I go getting out of hand again.
Last week when I confessed that sometimes I hate blogging I shared that I’m doing the #BlogLikeCrazy challenge despite these feelings because it’s this challenge that could help me fall in love with blogging again. The #bloglikecrazy challenge is the one time of year I blog for fun, for the love of the written word, not to boost my personal brand or build a business.
What if I applied that same line of thinking to my goal-setting for the month? What if my goals and plans were all about having fun and restoring my love for life?
So here’s what I came up with.
My November Goals
My #bloggerlife goal: I will publish a new blog post every day for 30 days.
I started the #bloglikecrazy challenge years ago because I thought it would be fun — and it was! And it continues to be fun each and every year.
My #fitfeminist goal: I will exercise for at least 30 minutes every day.
In 2014 I challenged myself to exercise for at least 30 minutes every day for 365 days. And I did it! I was even featured on the news because of it. But I didn’t take on this challenge to gain attention or even to lose weight. Just like the #bloglikecrazy challenge I took on the #EverydayFitness challenge, as I called it, because I thought it would be fun. Because I did a variety of activities during that time — running, dancing, boxing, spinning, etc. — I had a blast!
My #teacherlife goal: I will grade all completed assignments by November 16.
Rest assured there is nothing fun about grading papers. But for the past few years, I’ve let papers pile up in October and November and thus have had to spend my entire Thanksgiving Break grading. I’m determined to not let that happen again this year so that I can spend my break having fun!
In an effort to try to inspire you to have fun all month long, too, I’m going to try to do a better job of sharing a behind-the-scenes look into my life on Instagram Stories. So be sure to follow me @seejavaciawrite.
What are your goals for November?