I can’t say I don’t set goals for myself. In fact, I generally do. But I usually don’t share them publicly. Knowing myself, I’m sure it’s because of the stupid notion that I would rather not put myself out there at all than put myself out there as a failure. Case in point: The first year I did the Chicago Marathon (2013) I told no one. And by no one, I mean NO ONE. Not even my husband. I didn’t tell him until two weeks before the race, and I literally called my BFF and told her for the very first time immediately after crossing the finish line. Silly, right? After all, we raise our children with the mantra, “you don’t know unless your try”. So here goes – a very brief and not-so-lofty set of goals for November:
Run three days a week. Not that big of a deal, I know. I’ve easily done much more than that over the past six months. The difference being, I was (pseudo)training for two fall marathons. With no upcoming races on the calendar, and with the cold weather already rearing its ugly head, I’d much rather pull the blankets up over my head than go for a run. But three days a week is very doable, especially if I don’t set specific mileage goals. There may be some days I run around the block and call it a day…but a run is a run, right?
Strength train two days a week. This, too, shouldn’t be too difficult. I have a decent home gym in my basement. It’s just a matter of getting my sorry butt down there. But if I’m running just three days a week, what the heck else am I doing the other four days???
Organize my home office. Oh yeah, that. This might not seem like a big endeavor for most people, but for me, it’s huge. I am a saver of all things, and while I have dreams of being a completely organized person, I am…not. I tend to let things pile up to the point where they become overwhelming, and then I just ignore them all together. I actually started the process earlier this week, so this is a picture of the work in progress. This could easily take the entire month to complete, but I’ve already filled my shredder bin once. Baby steps, baby steps.
Book my travel plans through the end of the year. I’m a bargain hunter and like most people, I want to get the best price for my purchases. So I tend to play the watch and wait game, especially with airfare. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose. I didn’t book my hotel for the MCM until the week before, and scored the Ritz Carlton for just $195 per night. I’d call that a win! I am running Ragnar South Beach next weekend. I have a one-way flight booked for the route there, which I got at a pretty decent price. I currently don’t have a flight home. I might have missed the boat on that one. I have three more business trips to plan to close out the year. I am hoping to get those done this weekend. I have literally forgotten to book flights or hotels in the past. Bottom line: I need a secretary (and maybe a housekeeper too)!
Up my social media game. It was fairly easy to keep up on daily Instagram posts when I was (pseudo)training for my marathons. Go for a run, snap a picture, post it on IG. Boom! Done. Now? I’m not so sure anyone is interested in daily posts showing my progress organizing my home office. I have, however, been writing more blog posts, so at least there’s that. Now to
find a way make the time to give all of my social media outlets more attention.
I am re-posting the tail-end of my post from earlier this week for any new readers who may be interested in helping this good cause:
As we move into November, please indulge me as I shamelessly plug my middle son Michael and his roommates. They are a great bunch of guys and I consider all of them my boys. To them, I am simply Mama J.
They recently participated in a gala fundraiser for Saving Tiny Hearts in support of their friend Haley, who was born with a congenital heart defect. I’m so proud and thrilled that these guys have found their benevolent sides and are working to help others at such a young age. For their November project they will be participating in Moustache November, AKA Movember and will be growing moustaches (or at least will try!) to help raise awareness of some of the biggest health issues faced by men such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and poor mental health. As my son’s donation page will tell you, our family, as I’m sure many of yours, has been affected by some of these issues. If you would like to donate, even a dollar will help! You can donate to Michael’s fundraising page by clicking on this link, or to his team’s general page by clicking on this one.
Do you sent monthly goals for yourself? How do you make sure you meet them? Did you ever plan something big, and not tell anyone about it until it was over? Have a great November!