I set some goals at the beginning of the year, and now that we are halfway through June, I think that it’s time for a check in and a reflection on the year so far.
2017 has been absolutely crazy. This has by far been one of the busiest and craziest years in a long time. I feel like each day has been going by very slowly, but in the long run, it’s actually speeding by so quickly. It’s already June. I swear that last week was Easter. So much has changed in my personal life since the beginning of the year. And there are more big changes coming in the future.
1. Continue doing yoga 5 x a week
So far so good. There have been a few weeks that I just have not managed to get to my mat as much as I would have liked, but that’s okay. I’ve been really good for most of the year so far, and I think that is reflecting in my life and in my body. I’ve stopped using YouTube videos to lead me through the class, and am now doing poses and moving based on what I feel my body needs at any given point. My biggest body issue is my back, and I think I need to start including more strengthening poses and stuff to work on my core. But so far I am really happy with my progress in this goal.
2. Get into the splits
Easier said than done. I have really improved on my hamstring flexibility, but I am not much closer to the splits. Luckily I still have 6 months left in the year to accomplish this, and I think that if I push myself to do the stretches I need every time I’m on my mat, I can get there. It’s all about consistency, which is something I think that I can push further.
3. Unsupported headstand
So close! I can now support my own weight for about 30 seconds without falling over, but my issue is getting up there without using the wall to stabilise myself. I’m going to do more research on different ways to get up to a headstand without falling over because my butt is heavy. I also think that working on more core strength will help me with this goal. As soon as I manage it, I will post something on my personal Instagram, which has basically become a yoga Instagram.
4. Start a consistent meditation habit
I started off really well in about March, but then I fell off the waggon. I even bought myself a meditation pillow! I just need to sit down and meditate every day. I’ve seen how good it is for me, it’s just very difficult for me to find the right time of the day to get the maximum benefit. I also need to let go of the idea of ‘perfectly’ meditating, because there is really no such thing.
5. Reach my savings goal and manage my money well
I have now met 2 savings goals so far this year. And I am really proud of myself and how hard I’ve been working. I’ve been keeping needless spending to a minimum, and I even did a No-Spend Month in May. My new problem is now that I am battling to let go of my money and treat myself. I want to buy a few things to treat myself and reward myself for getting through this last semester and working so hard – but I’m finding it really difficult to let go of that money. Even if it is something that I really want. So I have set a new savings goal, and I am also trying to change my mindset with regard to money. Because what is the point of earning so much if I don’t treat myself occasionally and make it all worthwhile?
6. Work smarter
I think I’ve been doing this half-way. There have been some points where I’ve had to bribe myself to work, and other points where I have just given into procrastination. And that’s okay, I never claimed to be perfect and I never want to be perfect. In terms of making money working, I have been choosing jobs that have a high financial pay-off for my time. There are other jobs, like tutoring, that pay less but give me more satisfaction for the work that I’m doing. This is definitely something I want to re-focus on in the new semester as I have a huge research project (thesis equivalent) to do!
7. Read 50 books
I am currently on 34/50. Which is way better than I was at this point last year. There are so many excellent books that have come out this year so far that I am planning on devouring during the holidays, because I know that my reading will slow down in the second semester.
8. Start piano lessons
I have started! In the beginning of the year, I had a lot of motivation and did some piano lessons on YouTube. But then when the semester got busy, I put piano aside. My intention was to find a piano teacher so that I would have to do the lessons to get my money’s worth, but I realised that this isn’t enough of a priority for me to find an actual teacher. I do plan on re-doing those lessons in the holidays and getting back into it.
9. Grow my blog and social media
This has not been going too well. Because I don’t make money off of my blog and it’s more of a personal project than anything else, this was one of the first things to fall away when I got busy. And that’s okay. The purpose of this blog is for me to have fun and share my thoughts. I probably could really start to turn this blog and my social media into a small business if I really wanted to and if I put in the effort. But my priorities right now don’t line up with that. Which is okay. So I am happy to post when I want to and when I feel motivated.
10. Take more photos
This has been very mixed. I just got a phone upgrade, so I have so much more space on my phone for taking photos (and memes) but I have not touched my camera in months. I just don’t feel the urge to photograph right now, which is actually really sad. I am finding other ways to be creative in terms of my art, so I have been neglecting my poor camera. This is something I really want to change, especially in terms of my polaroid camera. I have so much film, and I’m going to make one of those polaroid display thingies like the hipster that I am.
11. Make the art that I want to make
Finally. It took me 6 weeks of messing around in the first Semester to figure out what I wanted to do – but I am finally making the art that I want to make. And I have a strong concept for my work that is making it so much stronger. I never thought that I would be working in such an abstract and chance-based way, but it’s working for me. The scale is working, the medium is working, everything is awesome. And I finally feel like I’m making the art that I want to make, and that makes my lecturers happy.
12. Improve my marks
I have been doing this! My writing has been steadily improving all year and that is reflecting in my essays and in my marks. I am also on track to improve my Fine Art mark, which was the biggest thing that I wanted to improve. I have a whole new semester to work hard and pull my marks up even more, so I am going to do that.
13. Get my degree
Less than 6 months left…
14. Keep journalling
This hasn’t been as good as I would have liked. I am battling to sit down and make time to write everyday, or at least a few times a week. there has been so much happening that I just tend to focus on the events and what happened instead of the more daily things like feelings and thoughts. I know I need to work on this, because I usually feel better if I do write regularly, because it gives me an insight into my own head and my own thoughts. I’ve been journalling my tarot spreads as well to keep track of that – and it’s really helping.
15. Stay organised
If I wasn’t organised I would have had a breakdown by this point in the year. By writing everything down and keeping myself on track using my planner and to-do lists, I think I have saved myself a lot of stress. I need to keep it up!
16. Go on more adventures
This has been a goal that I’ve been battling with, in all honesty. There are some things that I consider to be adventures that other people consider to be completely mundane. But there have been a few little adventures throughout the year so far. But I think that the Universe has been holding out on me, because from the 18th I am going on a huge adventure that will be very challenging and very rewarding. I am going to have to grow up a lot in the next 6 months and I will be making my own decisions about everything. I will make a point to include more little adventures in the next few months, but I think this big change is already a huge adventure.
I have grown as a human in the past 6 months. The changes I can see in myself have been very small and gradual, but I can see the changes. I can see these changes mostly in my writing, especially in my journal, and in my art. But as I said in number 16, I am going on a huge adventure and I will have to grow up a lot in the next while. I can see the challenges that I may face, and I am ready to take them on. Sometimes change is big and scary and feels irreversible. But I feel like change is a good thing, because without change – we do not grow. I am looking forward to my reflection at the end of the year to see just how much I have changed and grown as a person.
So far, so good. There are a few goals that I have been slacking on, and other goals that I’ve either achieved or am succeeding at. And all of that is okay. It’s only June, so I wasn’t expecting to have achieved all of this already. I also think that I may have been a little bit over-ambitious in my goal setting. 17 goals is a lot of goals, so I think I might be only setting 8 goals next year. Much more reasonable. Anyway. I hope that you are all on track for your goals. Feel free to follow my journey on my social media to see how I do during the rest of the year.
Be kind to yourselves