I love a fresh start and I love that every month I get one! A new month is a chance to review, reflect and revise. I can look back on the past month and see what areas I would like to improve in then set monthly goals to make those changes happen. This process is refreshing and empowering. I thought I would share with you my goals for the month of May. So here we go!
1. No TV
Yes, you heard that right…no TV for a whole month (and that includes Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, DVDs, all of it). I’ve gone a period of time with no TV before and found it to be extremely beneficial. I used to only watch TV during the weekend but then it slowly crept into my week. I would justify it by only watching it while I did other things-mindless things-like folding laundry, doing the dishes or sorting through the mail. But it always ended up extending the amount of time it took to do these simple things. I realized it was keeping me from doing things I really wanted to do or needed to do. I so wish I could be the kind of person who could just watch one episode and then happily turn off the TV and go to bed. But no that’s not me….Netflix sucks me into its deep black whole and before I know it hours have passed by and I’ve become one with my couch. So this month I am saying NO MORE and I’m turning off the tube. I plan to write a post about how it went, so stay tuned!
2. Write everyday
This is one of the reasons I’m giving up TV; so that I have more time to write, more time to pursue my passions and goals. I’m never going to accomplish anything if I’m wasting hours a day or even a week mindlessly zoning out in front of the TV. While yes it feels good in the moment; is it truly benefitting me? What’s more important to me…binging on a new Hulu series or taking steps towards my dreams? The choice is mine and the answer is clear. What passion or goal would you pursue if you cut TV from your day?
3. Exercise regularly
I used to be so good at this. I even ran a 1/2 marathon before my little man (you know back when I actually had free time!). But now being a full-time mom with a full-time job it’s seriously hard to find time to workout. It’s hard, but it is possible. My goal this month is to get to the gym to run twice a week and do some sort of home workout (I just downloaded a promising new app) on the other days, even if it’s only for 15 minutes. I seriously feel soooo good when I take care of my body and I exercise. It boosts my mood, mental clarity, and energy level. It’s time I made the time to exercise regularly again.
4. Get 7-8 hours of sleep a night
I am seriously failing in the sleep department. With so much to do and so little time, sleep is always the first thing to go. This is actually one of my year goals but so far I’ve done a terrible job with it! So I’m refocusing on this goal and I am going to make some serious changes to make it happen. The importance of sleep is insane. Sleep affects every area of our life and the benefits are endless, yet most of us aren’t getting nearly enough. So here is what I’m going to do to change that…eliminate major distractors (AKA Goal #1), create and stick to a before bed schedule, set alarms on my phone as reminders and reward myself with a delicious and healthy breakfast for getting to bed on time and waking up early. What helps YOU get enough sleep? I’d love to hear any other ideas you have!
5. Take vitamins daily
I have been feeling very fatigued lately and I think (along with the lack of sleep) I may be lacking some essential nutrients my body needs. Because of this, I’m going to start taking vitamins this month. I’m great with having my son take vitamins and supplements every day but not so much for myself. But I recently discovered this really cool vitamin company (takecareof.com) that I’m excited to try out. You take a short survey and they put together a personalized vitamin plan for you, plus they come in these super cute daily packets that make taking vitamins more fun. I just ordered mine and I’m looking forward to how it will help improve my energy level and overall health. If you want to check them out and use the code rscy3t you can get $40 off your first order!
Do you set monthly goals too?? If so I’d love to hear what they are! Comment by clicking the title and scrolling down.
Until next time…Let’s Live Bright!