Every year around the time that school starts, I like to make a fresh start on some goals. It definitely has something to do with the fact that I love the fresh start that school brings and like any bookworm, I love the prospect of learning and new notebooks and fancy pens.
This year, however, I’m just a tad behind. We have been in the processing of buying and selling a home and I have been dealing with some family situations and a lot of transitions, including the fact that I only have one kid left at home. The thought of leaving our comfy, cozy home–the first home we have ever had, the one I brought my babies home to–has been surprisingly difficult for me and I have been struggling with moving forward.
I’ve been in some kind of weird limbo/mourning stage, like I’m frozen in place, spinning my wheels and not really going anywhere and I know it’s time to shake it off. So here are my goals for the rest of the year:
Write one book chapter a week. Assuming my novel will be 60,000 words and I have 12 chapters currently outlined, I need about 5,000 word chapters to finish it. I also need to choose two specific days a weeks to work on the book and I’m thinking Saturday mornings will be one of them.
Take weekends off. Obviously, I am not doing very well at this so far, but I really want to stop working on the weekends.
Get a trip booked for our 10-year anniversary. Ideally, I’d like to book a press trip near our anniversary in December. Since we are buying a house, I feel super guilty thinking of going away in December too, but then the other part of me is like, why the heck not?? 10 years and surviving the trenches is kind of a big deal, why wouldn’t we celebrate?
Do more “slow” exercise. I want to try a yoga class or do a yoga video at least once a week at home. I am so used to killing my body for exercise and I’m starting to wonder if it’s actually hurting me and fueling my body’s tendency to be in a stress state.
And honestly, that’s about it. I’ve purposely cut back on a lot of my freelance work to try to carve out more time to slow the heck down, get healthy again, and focus on enjoying my last kid at home while I dive into finishing my book. We will be moving soon, if all goes according to plan, and I know it’s important for me to not take on too much as we make that major change in our life. It’s incredibly hard for me to hang back and slow down, but I’m trying and hoping I can be more intentional with my kids too.
What are your goals for the rest of the year?