Personal Development

Monthly Goal Meet-Up: October


When fellow blogger Rebecca told me about her Monthly Goal Meet-Ups and invited me to join, I thought it was a great idea to help hold myself accountable and set reasonable terms in which I could accomplish what I admittedly hadn’t been doing. I readily promised to join in on the action and looked forward to writing up a blog post. But as the more time passed as I pursued opportunities, working towards a dream, the less time I had for the little goals. As such, September turned out to be a chaotic mess that made me feel like I was grasping for time as it flew by, just out of reach.

It’s the little moments that matter, but I’d become so caught up in trying to keep up with a full-time work schedule, freelance deadlines and projects, planned blog posts and celebrations, and volunteer events that those little moments began to feel overwhelming and impossible. I couldn’t wait for September to be over; I couldn’t wait to settle back into a comfortable routine.

I like routine.

I like when I can mix that routine up, but I like when I have that routine to begin with so that the possibility of mixing it up a bit doesn’t throw me completely through a loop. While I couldn’t wait for September to be over, I also wondered where it went.

I like steady. I like planning. I like knowing exactly what I have time for and in what amount of time I have to do it.

I like change when I’m ready for it, when I know it’s coming, when I feel like I have time for it. I like change when I feel like I can easily adapt.

But life doesn’t always work that way; you can’t plan everything and change happens whether we want it to or not. I’m hoping that this Monthly Goal Meet-Up will put me on the right track again and help me feel a bit more in control, a bit more accomplished.

A bit more settled.

October Goals

Go for a 20 minute walk every day with Riley

September came and went, and I barely got to enjoy it. I love fall. I love the changing to this season: the warm afternoon sun turning over to a brisk evening breeze, colorful fallen leaves blanketing the streets. I love curling up with a blanket and a book or movie and a mug of hot chocolate with Riley sleeping next to me on cool autumn nights; I love soups and hot apple crisp and anticipation of the holidays. And because I love these things, I want to appreciate them. I want to pause and realign my priorities, take a step outside of this social medium and enjoy the outside world, enjoy the company of everything that I have, everything that I have to feel grateful for. Riley knows how to live in the moment and enjoy every day; I’m hoping that walking with him will help me slow down and take that moment I’ve been looking for.

Use my membership and go to the gym 3x/week

I am decidedly not an exercise person. Get me into a sport that’s fun and outdoors and doesn’t feel like exercise, and I’m a happy camper, but exercise for the sake of exercise, particularly in a gym, leaves me frustrated very easily, a bit bored, and often demotivated when there’s a lack of results. But that elliptical is perfect for releasing pent up emotion and the classes add a little bit of fun. Hopefully, by making it a monthly goal, I can take it step by step and build up to where I find myself enjoying it again.

Submit one short story for publication/contests
I’m insecure about my writing. I have an insatiable passion for it, but self-doubt often holds me back, hesitating to fully pursue a lifelong dream because I don’t often feel quite good enough. One thing I’ve learned, however, is you never know what you can do until you try, even at the risk of rejection. You only lose by holding back. And so, I’m going to make it a goal to submit one story to contests/for publication each month. It’s a small step to overcoming this hesitancy; it’s a small step to moving forward on a dream.

Write a new short story this month

Creative writing is my passion — it’s the stories, the imagined what-ifs, that move me. There are stories everywhere, I’ve always believed, but I’ve recently stopped telling them. Trying to balance the new 40 hour work week and freelancing almost made me resent the decisions I had made to pursue both, remarkable opportunities though they are, despite the fun I’m having with both. Scheduling a little bit of creative writing time to get back to that first love will hopefully help me feel a bit more settled and a bit less like I’ve abandoned something that’s always been important to me. Besides, I hear T.S. Eliot made it work…

Post 2x a week to Typescript, once a week for twenty(or)something

I took a temporary hiatus from Typescript last month because, like my break from creative writing, I’d been so full-up with everything else that blog posts became few and far, and the writing challenges became, for the most part, recycled and reused. I had to prioritize, and sadly, Typescript was at the bottom of that list. These blogs are such an important part of me, however, and so I hope to get back into a schedule where they can both thrive once again.

Funny how most of this month’s goals are centered around writing…I’ve been working hard to accomplish my long-term goals, but it’s taken me awhile to settle into a routine where I feel comfortable and capable, where I’m able to balance doing it all. Hopefully with these goals written out and holding myself publically accountable, I can take one more step towards that.

What’s on your to-do list this October?

11 thoughts on “Monthly Goal Meet-Up: October”

  1. Looks like you are a frequent gym person as well! Quite a few of the October Goals Meetup are related to gym. All the best to your goals! I’ve just joined in the Goal Meetup and posted them in my blog. Nice to meet ya! 🙂

  2. Oooh, wanna help each other with goals? I wanna submit a short story out as well. We could check over each other’s work before submitting with constructive criticisms and positive input. Email me if you are interested. 🙂

  3. Did we ever start our on-line writing group? I’ve got some short stories to share, and it sounds like you do to….

    So let’s share. Sounds like an new Brazen group in the works, or maybe a google group. Whatcha think?

  4. You have some great goals for October and with your cheer squad on Twitter rooting for you (*cough, cough*)I think you can easily accomplish all of these. 🙂

  5. Great goals, Susan. Ambitious, but also measurable and a little fun thrown in! With a heavy focus on writing, I’m sure it will be productive, especially in the Fall, which is like another New Year to me… good luck! 🙂

  6. Charles: Actually, I’m absolutely not a gym person, though I’m really making an effort to be. We’ll see what this month brings. Best of luck to you as well!

    Elisa: Definitely interested! This is actually a long term goal that I’d like to start implementing; would be interested in starting an online writing group, as Monica (below) expressed interest as well. Monica: I’d started a writing group in my community but never got that translated online. Would love to work on that again. If either of you have ideas, let’s talk and see what we can come up with!

    Dani: Those are admirable goals! The book alone, I know, must take discipline and time…Word by word and chapter by chapter, right? And I love that sticking to your commandments is a goal as well — sometimes we forget how easy it is to let that slip. Good luck, and thanks for sharing!

    Dominique: It definitely is the little things! My dog brings me such joy, but I sometimes, admittedly, forget that. We can learn a lot from little four-legged friends — what it means to enjoy life moment by moment. Now excuse me while I run and hug Riley… 🙂

    Kris: I love my cheering squad and wouldn’t know where I’d be without it. 😉 Thanks!

    Rebecca: Ambitious, they certainly are! And I’m beginning to see how ambitious as I pile on the work and agree to new commitments. Hopefully, having these goals written out will help me prioritize and stay focused as I do my best to reach them. Thanks for getting this started!

  7. You sound like me: I can think outside the box, but I need a box first. I also think it’s fabulous that your goals are pretty diverse. Variety can lead towards accomplishment.

    Good luck!

  8. Good goals!

    I like the small things, as well. Taking a 20 minute walk with Riley sounds nice. You can get outside, while you’re also exercising and spending time with the dog. Good luck. Goals always scare me, but in the end, they’re not as daunting as they may seem.

  9. The Riley walk goal is a great dual purpose goal like Grace Boyle mentioned.

    My goals lately are very simple. Get through today then tomorrow etc. without mentally imploding. This has been brought on by trying to heap more on my plate while trying to keep what is already there from falling off.

    To that end there will be no more goals until the last batch are finished or scrapped as being unrealistic.

    Happy Thoughta & Best Wishes to you Susan from WI!

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