Q2 Update to 2018 Goals. New Year, New Goals

Q2 Update to 2018 Goals. New Year, New Goals

At the beginning of January I posted my 12 goals for the 12 months of 2018 (Not one per month, just a nice numeric alliteration of sorts). Since studies show that sharing goals gives you the same burst of endorphins as actually completing them, it’s even more important to keep reporting on progress. Thus, here’s my Q2 2018 update! (For Q1, see here) New Year, […]

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Summer Bucket List – 18 for Summer 2018

Summer Bucket List – 18 for Summer 2018

Summer officially begins June 21st. The days of being a student, complete with free summers, are long gone. But that doesn’t mean you can’t mark the change in seasons with summer-specific celebrations. As such, here’s my summer bucket list to complete before autumn begins. Leashes at Lauritzen – Take Bentley to dog night at the botanical gardens. Usually we easily recoup our admittance fee in […]

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Setting SMART financial goals

Setting SMART financial goals

I’ve talked before about SMART principles of goal setting. One of the key principles that drives my decisions is that I don’t want to have regrets. Identifying goals is an important step to find maximum happiness and fulfillment in the short lives we have. When evaluating my financial goals, I struggled to make concrete, SMART goals. How was I going to know if I wanted a house […]

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Intro to SMART goal setting

Intro to SMART goal setting

I started getting serious with goal setting over a year ago. I developed categories: financial, social, professional, relationship, spiritual, etc., and I spent some time thinking about what I wanted from each area. When I decided to create a visual inspiration for my agenda (a “vision board”) last year, I wanted actual goals. I didn’t want a vision board of black and white photos of […]

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What I learned from the Whole30 (and Whole30 Results)

What I learned from the Whole30 (and Whole30 Results)

A month ago I shared that I’d been trying a Whole30. My reasons were plentiful: breaking sugar addiction, evaluating my relationship with food and my food habits, getting healthy, etc. Now, three weeks later, I’m ready to talk about takeaways. Sugar My relationship with sugar hasn’t changed much. I had already been reading labels and eating low-sugar for a while before beginning my Whole30. The […]

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Bootcamp ideas to kickstart habits and boost your happiness

Bootcamp ideas to kickstart habits and boost your happiness

If you’ve visited this blog before, you’re probably familiar with my monthly bootcamp series. (If you’re new, welcome!) Monthly bootcamps are based on the idea that you can do anything for 30 days. If something seems impossible or overwhelming, what about doing it for only 30 days? Bootcamps can be customized to what works best for you. If you can only devote a week or […]

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Monthly bootcamp progress report

Monthly bootcamp progress report

I’ve been advocating for a regular monthly bootcamp since October. While I’m sure others also take this approach to skill and habit formation, the idea came to me from Gretchen Rubin’s Happier Podcast, when they talk about National Novel Writing Month (which I successfully completed in 2016). Bootcamps fill a variety of purposes. Maybe there’s a habit you want to form but committing to it […]

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Fitness, Fad Diets, and the Whole30

Fitness, Fad Diets, and the Whole30

I’m on day 20 of the Whole30. I thought it would be simple to explain the dietary limitations that come with a Whole30, but I’ve found few people speak the language of “fad” diets like Whole30, Paleo, South Beach, Atkins, etc. What is Whole30? Whole30 is an elimination diet. For 30 days you remove certain foods from your diet–focusing instead on eating fresh vegetables, fruit […]

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Q1 update to New Year, New Goals!

Q1 update to New Year, New Goals!

At the beginning of January I posted my 12 goals for the 12 months of 2018 (Not one per month, just a nice numeric alliteration of sorts). As keeping goals at the top of mind is essential to actually completing them, here’s a Q1 2018 update! New Year, New Goals: 12 Goals for 12 Months in 2018 1. Catch up on podcasts This goal was […]

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30 by 30… only one year left?!

30 by 30… only one year left?!

Happy Birthday to me! I have one year left to complete my 30 by 30 list, and it’s going… OK. Without any ado, here are my remaining items, with notes on all remaining (and recently completed) ones. For previous updates, here’s my: first post, 2 years out update, and 18 months out update. The List 1. Fly first class 2. Visit California I have been […]

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Resolution Check-in and Rude Resolution Awakenings

Resolution Check-in and Rude Resolution Awakenings

It’s February, which means that for the vast majority of Americans, New Years’ Resolutions may be a thing of the past. Few people meet their resolutions, a proven fact that has many contributing factors. One of those factors may be that you aren’t setting the right goals. Reflecting on the twelve goals I set for this year in my February resolution check-in, I found that […]

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The unexpected way my meditation boot camp may be working

The unexpected way my meditation boot camp may be working

I pick an activity to do each month for every day. I’ve had a dry month, studied language for fifteen minutes a day, tried to post a blog a day, and now, I’m meditating every day. I found a simple app to track my meditation boot camp, conveniently called Simple Habit. This free app has seven-day sequences of five-minute mediation sequences. There are also premium […]

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How to make a vision board that works for you: 2018 edition

How to make a vision board that works for you: 2018 edition

Last year, I made a Vision Board as the cover for my agenda, so I would see it first thing every day. To do so, I used the eight categories: Career, Finance, Health, Personal Growth, Self-care, Spirituality, Friends and Family, Romance. I created manageable mini goals for each category that fit the “SMART” (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Result-focused, Timely) criteria. Then I tried to find visual […]

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New Year, New Goals

New Year, New Goals

New Year, New Goals: 12 Goals for 12 Months in 2018 My strategy has been to incorporate my overarching goals into smaller projects. So, general items from my life-long bucket list are on my 30 by 30 list; items from my 30 by 30 list make it onto my seasonal and monthly goals list. I like this approach as it allows me to keep my […]

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December bucket list finale

December bucket list finale

I posted my December Bucket List at the beginning of the month, with some key activities I wanted to complete this month. I did pretty well, with the only real difficulties being watching the movies. Forcing myself to relax and watch a holiday movie ended up being a super positive experience. Without further ado, I give you my December bucket list finale. Count Christmas trees […]

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December monthly boot camp: Language learning

December monthly boot camp: Language learning

For my December monthly boot camp, I opted to study a language for 15 minutes every day. As my Polish skills declined dramatically after living in Poland, I felt it behooved me to try to get back to the point I was at where I could at least give directions and order a pizza! I’d used Duolingo to study language before, including brushing up on […]

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December bucket list

December bucket list

My December bucket list is quite short (for me) and contains mostly the basics that really define the December holiday season for me. Count Christmas trees My family lives near a bunch of Christmas tree farms. It became tradition for us to count the number of Christmas trees (on cars) we see on any given day driving home from school or church or whatever. Our […]

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Dry November? Monthly “boot camp” update

Dry November? Monthly “boot camp” update

In October I decided to begin doing a thing every day for a month. In October, my mission was to write a blog a day. I didn’t make an announcement about my November plans, but I did a dry November. Sober, out at a karaoke night, a friend told me I’d planned this month’s “boot camp” poorly. “You’re doing it wrong. It’s sober October, bender […]

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Blogtober failtober? Finding success in failure

Blogtober failtober? Finding success in failure

I failed. And yet, I didn’t. I found success in failure. I dropped the ball on my 31 days of 31 blogs, but those days I didn’t post didn’t define my month. My last minute start on the project didn’t help my reach my goal, but that’s mostly a learning opportunity for next time. I also found that the nights I failed to post something […]

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Final fall bucket list update

Final fall bucket list update

Fall bucket list final update! 1. Costume Bentley “Oh, sorry, I didn’t see you there. I’m just modeling my custom, one-of-a-kind Lepredog costume, which I will be wearing every Notre Dame football game, to various costume contests, on Saint Patrick’s Day, and maybe other days when I’m feeling particularly lucky. Just for fun.” – Bentley, who doesn’t hate this costume at all. I took him […]

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Fall Bucketlist: Pumpkins and Scary Movies

Fall Bucketlist: Pumpkins and Scary Movies

I completed three of the five items on my October bucket list today. Last weekend I picked and cleaned pumpkins, fresh from the garden. Then I left them on the kitchen counter for the next week, a bright pop of orange brightening the room. This lasted until the guilt of a Sunday afternoon finally kicked my butt into gear. I committed myself to carving at […]

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Fall Bucket List!

Fall Bucket List!

One of my 30-by-30 list items was making the most of every holiday. I want to decorate gingerbread houses, dye Easter eggs, drink green beer for St. Patrick’s Day, and watch Bill Pullman give the most inspiring speech a President has ever made on the Fourth of July. A problem with my 30-by-30 list was items like this are not measurable. So I felt I’d […]

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Reevaluating goals: monthly “boot camp”

Reevaluating goals: monthly “boot camp”

With fall  beckoning to me with the promise of cozy sweater weather, it was worth it for me to reevaluate my goals. August brought an update to my 30 by 30 list. However, looking at my agenda, I realized that the cover I’d created with visual representations of my 2017 goals was lacking something. It no longer inspired. I was feeling lackluster, unmotivated. I needed […]

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Blogtober: October blog-a-day goal

Blogtober: October blog-a-day goal

I’ve been neglecting my blog somewhat. And my agenda and my goal setting and my work out routine, etc. Basically, I’ve been neglecting most things that have been making me feel centered, happy, and accomplished. The result being, I spend quite a bit of time feeling less-than-great about myself. Luckily for me, we’ve reached the autumn season. And while you shouldn’t have to wait for […]

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How I hacked NaNoWriMo

How I hacked NaNoWriMo

I’ve wanted to win NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) since I first heard about it. The goal is to write 50,000 words–the size of a novella–in one month. In high school, I was over 20,000 words into a story about a zombie physics teacher who seduced his students in order to grow his zombie army. (Please don’t spend too much time psychoanalyzing that plot line.) […]

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30 by 30 – 18 months to go…

30 by 30 – 18 months to go…

A while back, I published a “30 by 30” list of 30 things to do before I turned 30. Then I published a two-years-to- update. Another six months down, I’m evaluating my slow but steady progress in this 30 by 30 update. I still have 16 items to cross off my list, but with a year and a half, to go, that’s less than one a […]

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30 by 30 – Two years left update

30 by 30 – Two years left update

A while back, I published a “30 by 30” list of 30 things to do before I turned 30. If you’re reading this on February 9th, 2017, then there are officially two years left to complete my list. So here’s my big update! Fly first class Shortly after posting this list, I won business class international tickets! May will see me on a first class […]

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30 by 30 List: 30 Things to Do Before Turning 30

30 by 30 List: 30 Things to Do Before Turning 30

A good friend and former roommate of mine, Lola, worked on a 30 by 30 list that was pretty boss. I reached a turning point in my life where I found I wanted to put myself out there, take more risks, and avoid unexpected regrets. So, with my intel-gathering habits, after the first obvious items, I began looking at lists other people came up with. […]

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