Wednesday, October 2, 2013

October Goals + The Love Dare

I had all intentions of posting this yesterday because if you are creating goals for the current month you probably should get started right away on the first of the month; but my husband notified me yesterday afternoon that, not only was yesterday the first day of October, but it was also the first day of the NHL season. That might not have a lot of meaning for you, but in our house it's practically a holiday. So there was no blogging to be done last night amidst the celebrations of the first hockey games of the season.

At the beginning of last month I saw someone post about their goals for the next 30 days. Although I'm always thinking about what I could do differently or what I'd like to work on, I never seem to actually write them down. It's crazy how much more effort goes into them when I put those thoughts into words and how much more accountable I feel when they become documented. I also am notorious for giving myself way too many things to do or biting off more than I can chew. Sometimes this leads to a feeling of failure because I cannot even come close to accomplishing everything. So I decided to limit myself to 3 goals: 

1. Be healthy. It's so easy for me to lose my way in the summer and it's time to get back into a healthy routine. After all, what else is there to do in the cold winter months anyway? For me, this means that I want exercise to be a normal part of my daily life - not in order to get skinny (although, total win!) and not to be able to run 6 miles (although, that'd be cool too). I just need to do it to have a healthy body and relieve stress. It's not like this is something I've never done before; I am just very inconsistent. I'll stick with something for awhile and then, for whatever reasons, lose my way and fall out of the routine. I think if I commit to this for the right reasons I will stick with it. I also need to be ok with making exercise a priority. It's too easy to put it on the back burner when life gets jam-packed with work, travel, bills, cleaning, or whatever other things I think need to get done. Exercise needs to be a priority, like making dinner and brushing your teeth. It's what keeps me healthy (and sane). Plus, I remind myself of all the positive things that come with a commitment to living a healthy life through the right food + exercise and I want that to be the type of life that I live.

save money by not eating out as often
healthier skin
sleep better
have more fun
relieve stress
be more relaxed

2. Don't plan for every moment of every day. I'm a planner; I can't help it. I love making to-do lists and I love the satisfaction that comes with crossing things off that list. My husband is the opposite. He would just fly by the seat of his pants every day if he weren't married to me. I definitely don't think one or the other is the right way to live your life, but I think a compromise between the two would be a happy medium. I would love to relax more and not have a plan or to-do list for every second of every single day.

3. Participate in the Meaning Marriage Book Study of The Love Dare. I heard about this through Sarah @ To Be Mrs. Collier and Amberly @ Life with Amberly & Joe and am excited about being a part of it. I bought the book on my Kindle and am looking forward to starting to read it tonight. Again, yes I am already a day behind, BUT it says in the introduction of the book that that's ok and I'm going to play catch-up tonight :) I'm looking forward to not only becoming a better wife but also just living a better life in general. I could definitely work on my patience and learn how to live in the moment more. It sounds like The Love Dare will be a challenge, but a good one and I'm really looking forward to it.


  1. i can completely relate to number 2 and need to work on that!

  2. Oh, don't worry, I am a day... or two behind on The Love Dare. Shame on me since I'm sort of a host :P Blah, I'm starting it tonight, I promise!! I'm excited that you're joining us!!

  3. I'm a planner as well, so I'm trying to be more "lenient" with scheduling. I find that a lot of really great moments come from doing that!

    I need to be healthier as well...mainly "don't eat tons of chocolate eat day!!"

  4. I have lists upon lists, but I am getting better at moving things around if life gets in the way. It used to totally get bent out of shape if everything on the list wasn't completed.


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