JANUARY REVIEW

READ MY GOALS EVERY MORNING

Confession: I probably did this about 3 times. AKA… I failed. However, I’m going into February high hopes that I can incorporate it into my life more. It’s important for me to remind myself of my goals every morning. Every time I do it I’m proud of my self and I feel like I have a better sense of direction.

NO SNOOZE

This by far was my most successful goal. Admittedly, I snoozed two times. The first time I admitted it to Bridget and the second time she actually caught me (yes, I made two Pintrest recipes as my “punishment”). I liked this goal a lot because I noticed a change in behavior almost immediately. I set a goal to stop snoozing and the next day I stopped–it was much easier than I imagined it to be. Sure I had a lot of moments when I found it to be difficult but the structure I set up really propelled me to succeed.

My Biggest Challenge for this goal was to figure out a system that worked. I knew that I wanted use an alarm clock so that I could avoid having my phone in my bed. Initially, I thought I would leave my phone downstairs but then I wouldn’t be able to hear any emergency phone calls. I had to get creative.

I decided that I would crank up the volume really loud on my phone and keep it right outside my room, basically in the hallway. I also decided that my main alarm would still be on my phone.

So–before I went into my room, I plugged in my phone, turned it up to 100% volume and set the alarm for 6:20AM. Then in the room I would set a back up alarm on my clock for 6:25AM just incase I did not hear my phone outside. At 6:20 I hear the alarm in the hallway, turn off the alarm clock, and then get out of bed to turn off my phone.

No. Snooze.

At first I wasn’t sure if it would work but it’s the system I am still using and I’m happy to say that I have nearly eliminated my bad habit of snoozing for nearly an hour a day.

NO OVEREATING

I did okay with this one. Which is just a more optimistic way to say that I failed.

NO CELL PHONE IN MY BED

Needless, to say I crushed this goal. Read above for more but this is the goal I am most proud of. It’s crazy how every time I feel anxious I just whip out my phone like its the answer to my anxiety. I mean… wow. This particular challenge has opened my eyes. I’m looking to find creative ways to limit my cell use.

It’s such a distraction from the things that I actually want to prioritize. Don’t get me wrong… I love social media and technology. I just hate the way I allow it to control me.

What am I searching for anyways on that device?

ACTIVE 10 MINUTES EVERYDAY

I think I was really thankful for this goal the first week of January. I was so out of shape that I just needed the initial motivation and pick me up to get started. So this specific challenge got me outside shooting hoops, doing crunches and push ups even if it was for ten minutes.

I missed a lot of days but this challenge put me on the right path. I’m training for a half marathon now so I’m hoping that I can figure out a new health and fitness plan for the month of February.

EVERY MONDAY PLANNING WITH ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNERS

I wish this goal worked out better but I was only really able to plan with my friends about two times. There was also a snow day involved and I also a “really hard-day-at-school-so-I-can’t-come” day ….so yeah. I will say that that while it helped me, I didn’t get as much done as I wanted but then again I was only able to come twice! Definitely going to give this another shot.

FEBRUARY 2017 GOALS

  1. READ MY GOALS EVERY MORNING
  2. NO SNOOZE/NO CELL PHONE IN BED
  3. COUNT MY CALORIES EVERYDAY
  4. GO TO THE GYM EVERYDAY
  5. ROSARY DECADE EVERY MORNING
  6. GET RID OF MY EXCESS CLOTHES
  7. LIST SOMETHING ON EBAY EVERYDAY

Since most of these are just repeating January. Let me just explain a couple.

GET RID OF MY EXCESS CLOTHES

I’ll explain this in another blog but it’s the fruit of reading Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. Wait until you see my closet. I’ve been documenting.

COUNT MY CALORIES EVERYDAY

I’m hoping that this will be an objective way to tell if I am “over eating.” I failed the last month and I’m hoping that this will get me back on track with some healthy eating habits.

GO TO THE GYM EVERYDAY

Lately I’ve been going to the gym even if I’m only there for about 15 minutes. But hey, 15 minutes is 15 minutes more than a lot of other people. I guess what I want to create is a habit of checking into my gym after school even if it’s just for 25 crunches. That’s fine with me–as long as I am taking steps to actively prioritize my health. I’ll keep experimenting with this and keep you updated!

ROSARY DECADE EVERY MORNING

I can’t tell you how difficult it is to get up in the morning. Most days I immediately start praying Hail Mary’s just because it gives me a the little extra boost of strength to get my body out from under the covers. After I get out of the covers, there is another little battle after I turn off the alarm. I swear, right after I turn off my alarm my body feels like it’s being pulled back to my bed. And again, I start to pray in hopes of getting a little boost of strength to keep moving down stairs.

A decade takes about 3-4 minutes of repetitious, mantra-like prayer and I’m not ashamed to say that it makes me stronger. So–I’ll add this to the list and see how it goes. Plus, I’m excited to use my rosaries more.

LIST SOMETHING ON EBAY EVERYDAY

Okay, yes. It’s true. I’m doing an eBay Challenge and I might as well make it public. Over the years I’ve been fascinated with buying and selling and the art of business and I think eBay is just another aspect that I think would help me understand the marketplace… at least little pockets of market places.

So far I’ve made almost $400 selling and flipping stuff on eBay and I started on Black Friday. Right now the goal is to make $1000 in a year so I’m at a good pace. There have been a lot of lessons learned and it’s definitely not easy but I will say–I’m having fun. And until I stop having fun… or until starts to take up too much of my time, I’m going to keep going. I also think it’s a fun skill to have and to develop. If you want to join then shoot me a message and we can chat more about it.

SEE YOU IN 30 DAYS 

-Jurell

 

 

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