- Meditation: I started out the year meditating daily, missing a few days here and there. During quarantine, my practice strengthened. I had more time and I was able to wake up at my leisure which made a consistent practice easier. Since I started to work and teach yoga again, that great routine has gone by the wayside. I still do it here and there but it is no longer a staple in my routine. At the beginning of this month, however, I set a goal to practice at least 4 times per week – trying to set a more realistic goal to get back at it. My anxiety improved greatly, as did my feelings of being rushed and stressed.
- Gratitude: I am very happy with how consistent I have become with practicing gratitude. I have a specific gratitude journal that I have written in almost daily since the beginning of the year. I have noticed that even on days I am feeling a bit off or even upset, finding 3 things I am grateful for gives me a little pick me up. Before writing this post, I took a look back at what I had written over the past 6 months. It brought an ever bigger sense of gratitude to my life.
- Intermittent fasting: I set a goal to fast 10-12 hours daily and have stuck with that practically since then. 10 is the minimum, but 12 is my real goal. Especially since getting back into a routine in the last month, I feel like this is becoming easier. I actually tend to goal closer to 13-14 hours now. I like the way I feel when I take this break from food – generally 7, 8 or 9pm – 8 or 9am. I had also wanted to do a 24 hour fast monthly. This was a goal I had set and completed a few years back. What I found is that trying to obtain this goal was difficult with my workout schedule and actually added to my stress and made me binge eat, which is the reason I wanted to do it in the first place. I have decided to let go of this goal.
- Garlic Enema: I have only completed one so far; my goal was to do it quarterly. I honestly have just forgotten about it. I do intend to do another one or two yet this year.
- Read More: My goal was to read at least 6 books this year. 2020 is halfway done and I have already reached this goal (quarantine may have helped this). I have upgraded my goal to read 12 books this year and I feel like it is very attainable, especially since I have been spending so much time poolside 🙂
- Travel: Damn COVID. I’ll leave it at that… traveling abroad may not be an option this year but I do still hope to take a couple of trips here in the US at some point.
- Slowing Down: As much as COVID got in the way of different things in our lives, this is one that it actually helped. I greatly appreciated having more time on my hands to spend with the people I love, doing the things I love.
- Who I Give My Time and Energy to: Continually approving… I have gotten better at this but it is definitely something I am still working at; I’m not great at saying no to people.
- Blog Weekly: Blogging has become something I enjoy to do again. I have posted nearly every week and I feel like I have become more efficient with the process.
- Finish Yoga Therapy Program: While I have now completed the 3 required weekend retreats, I haven’t made great progress with the online lessons. Turns out, I need deadlines to light a fire under me (not a big surprise). I have set a goal to complete 4 lessons per month for the rest of the year.
- YouTube: This is the professional goal I am most excited about… my channel is launched! I had ordered the necessary equipment at the beginning of the year but hadn’t dove into the world of online yoga until COVID pushed me to start teaching virtual classes. I am extremely grateful for this push as I became very comfortable teaching in this way. Now I have a few videos posted to my channel with a new goal to share weekly.
- Retreat: The date was set, the content was planned and a blog post was typed up to share with all of you. Unfortunately COVID played a role in that as well. I will continue to look for an opportunity to share my first retreat; perhaps a fall or winter one when everything has *hopefully* passed.
- Create/Maintain Connections and Say Yes: While in person classes were put on hold, I was able to offer classes virtually. Through this, I made a few new, great connections. I also said yes to a few new opportunities to teach in person once studios opened back up. An old client also reached out about teaching at a local daycare, which was such a fun experience! I am lucky to get to teach at two daycares this month. I have been blessed with so many beautiful souls in the past few months.
Overall, I am thankful I took the time to define clear goals for myself. I will continue to reflect, adjust and achieve! It is never too late to set your own goals.