1. Save $750. ($575.46/$750)
2. Write two short stories. (0/2)
3. Outline my novel.
4. Take a class.
5. Run 231 miles. (139/231)
6. Bike 120 miles. (74/120)
7. Learn to play a song on the guitar.
8. Make a dress.
Volunteer four times. (5/4)
10. Get to 115. (121.4)
1. What have you done this past week to help you achieve your goals?
I ran 31.5 miles. It was a big week!
I weighed in at 121.4. Frustrating after that big week of running and barely having an appetite.
I decided to cut myself a break and acknowledge that the reason I feel like my “savings” is not coming so easily is that in March I signed up for my company’s 401k (since now they match) and my take home has been hurting. But the pre-tax money they invest for me still counts as savings, so I added the money that’s been taken out since the beginning of the challenge to my total, putting me at $575.46. That makes me feel better!
2. What did you do this past week to make you feel good about yourself?
Sometimes I consciously remind myself to make every week day about something other than work so I don’t get stuck in the wake up, go to work, eat, go to sleep, do it again rut. This week I did okay with it. Wednesday I think was the best and I left work a little early, went home and pulled off a long run and it felt great. Then I sat on the patio and enjoyed the unexpected rain with a book and a well-earned beer. Breaking up my routine makes me smile.
3. How do you measure success of your goals?
I like to follow the whole SMART approach to goals, so I make sure they (usually) have specific requirements and being a part of this challenge puts a time limit on them as well.
4. What is failure to you when it comes to goals?
Not meeting them, although I feel okay if I at least tried. Unfortunately some of them I haven’t even started!
5. Fun Question: If you could hop on a plane right now, where would you go?
I’ve been dreaming of Belize for a long time and I’m definitely feeling the call of the beach lately, so there!