Category Archives: Goals + Planning

February 2019 Goals

February 3, 2019

January, perpetually the longest month in existence, is over. And with that, on to February!

A note that I am forever trying to find a better way to format these goals but with my current blog template, I’m just not sure it’s possible. Sad.

what's on my calendar

– The Super Bowl (tonight!)
– A birthday party for three friends
– My dad’s birthday
– Running a 10K race
– Book club + the Oscars

what i'm loving right now

– taking this weekend off Instagram
– writing my newsletter
– my new prints from artsy affirmations, a shop that loves boy bands as much as i do
– these gifts of january

how i did with goals last month

– Clean and organize my toiletries.
– Sort through books and put some in storage.
– Update my resume
and portfolio website.
– Read 10 books. I read nine!
– Have an adventure day.
– Keep writing my newsletter.
– Write 3 blog posts a week. I wrote 11 in total, so pretty close.
– Write 3 freelance articles. Nope.
– Pitch a book review to a website. Nope.
– Write 5,000 words for a writing project. Also nope.

my goals for this month

– Finish my upcoming 10k race with a smile on my face
– Read 10 books
– Apply to 25 jobs
– No frivolous spending (more about this later this week!)
– Visit a new place, ideally from the 101 Things to Do in Los Angeles book
– Finish updating my freelance website
– Plan a friend hangout + stick to it
– Find a therapist
– Write 25,000 words

Again, most of these goals come from my 2019 goals, which I blogged here. What are you hoping to get done this month?

#TendingListThursday: January Goals

January 17, 2019

Feels like it’s better to write a goals post halfway through the month than never at all 🙂

What I’m looking forward to this month:

  • Working my first big work event: a half marathon this weekend!
  • Attending book club for the first time in months
  • A second official adventure day next weekend

What I’m loving right now:

  • Writing my newsletter.
  • Reading more books.
  • Trying to spend less time on Instagram.

Monthly goals:

— Clean and organize my toiletries.
— Sort through books and put some in storage.
— Update my resume and portfolio website.
— Read 10 books.
— Have an adventure day.
— Keep writing my newsletter.
— Write 3 blog posts a week.
— Write 3 freelance articles.
— Pitch a book review to a website.
— Write 5,000 words for a writing project.

My priority this month:

Mental and physical health.

Lots of these goals come from my 2019 goals, if you missed that post!

Quarter One Goals 2019

January 15, 2019

In addition to monthly goals, I like to set quarterly goals to make sure I’m keeping myself on track. A few years ago I read a book called the 12 Week Year, which suggests dividing your year into 12 week chunks to better get things done. The idea is that you try to do less in less, more focused time. The original idea is that you take 12 weeks and then a week of resting. I prefer to do it in quarters, which is 3 months.

I broke down my 2019 goals into smaller chunks for this. These are the goals I’m hoping to accomplish through the end of March, at which point I’ll come up with new goals and start again!

Goal 1: Manage my money well.

— Hit emergency fund goal.
— Pay taxes and use any refund to pay off credit card debt.
— Reduce debt to less than $500.

Goal 2: Finish novel draft.

— Sketch out rough novel plan.
— Identify a writer’s group to join for support.

Goal 3: Maintain a thriving online presence.

— Hit my goal of 100 newsletter subscribers.
— Get published on another website.
— Polish portfolio site to best represent me.
— Blog 3 times a week each week for the whole quarter.
— Write about my 2018 concerts, my 2019 word of the year, and three “deep/feelings” posts.

Goal 4: Love others well by showing up for them.

— Schedule hang outs with friends.
— Send 12 cards or letters to people I love.
— Celebrate people well for their accomplishments and just because.
— Give good gifts.

Goal 5: Live with less to experience more.

— Participate in a Contentment Challenge in February.
— Give away 15 books I won’t read anymore.
— Organize the clothes in my drawer (possibly try the KonMari method for clothing.)

Goal 6: Develop heart healthy habits.

— Get back into running with a 10k race in mid-February.
— Eat vegetables every day.
— Simplify meal prep with recipe lists and follow through with meal prep on weekends.

Goal 7: Explore new places + things.

— Have two adventure days (three if I can swing it.)
— Do 4 things from my list of 111 things to do in Los Angeles.
— Blog about each of those things.
— Try two new-to-me restaurants.

Goal 8: Read 100 books in 2019.

— Read 30 books.
— Blog books each month.
— Post a quarterly wrap up of my book thoughts + feelings.
— Hit 450 followers on my bookstagram.

Goal 9: Record my memories creatively.

— Try to stretch my bullet journal to last through the end of the quarter if possible.
— Keep up with the One Little Word project.
— Organize photos twice monthly.
— Craft either through Project Life or a possible other scrapbook project.

I’ll check in again the week of February 10th, the midpoint of Q1, to see how things are going and how I can adjust from here.

Do you set quarterly goals? How about monthly?

2019 Goals

January 14, 2019

As an enneagram 3, goal setting is my absolute + forever jam. I’ve been using the Cultivate What Matters Powersheets to help me set goals for a few years now. (My 2018 goals are here.)

Here’s what I have for this year.

Manage my money well.

What this looks like for me: paying off debt, hitting my emergency fund goal, starting a longer term savings fund, and continuing to use You Need A Budget (that’s an affiliate link, FYI, and if you use it you’ll get a free month). It looks like learning how to invest and figuring out how I can start saving for retirement. It looks like spending money only I have and being smarter with my money. It looks like saving for a trip. It looks like being able to give people gifts and make donations to causes I care about.

Finish novel draft.

What this looks like for me: finally doing the damn thing! Hoping to start on this in Q2.

Maintain a thriving online presence.

What this looks like for me: keeping up with blogging on a regular basis, getting published on another website, keeping up with writing my newsletter and getting more subscribers, and telling my story.

Love others well by showing up for them.

What this looks like for me: making more time for others through hanging out with friends, sending them cards just because, and letting them know I’m thinking of them. It looks like volunteering and being there for people.

Live with less to experience more.

What this looks like for me: purging my stuff, donating it, and buying less in the first place. It looks like doing a Contentment Challenge. It looks like sharing the wealth, hitting up the library, and shopping in thrift stores.

Develop heart healthy habits.

What this looks like for me: becoming healthier mentally + physically. Committing to November Project. Running more. Stretching more. Getting a half marathon PR. Training myself to be ready to run another marathon. Eating in ways that fuel me in the long term. Eating more whole foods. Going to therapy.

Explore new places + things.

What this looks like for me: visiting new places in California. Doing 15 things from my book of 111 things to do in Los Angeles. Having more adventure days. Saying yes.

Read 100 books in 2019.

What this looks like for me: Reading 100 books! I talked more in depth about my specific goals here.

Record my memories creatively.

What this looks like for me: keeping up with my bullet journal, Project Life, and my 1 Second Everyday video. It looks like creating for myself.

I’ve already started on some of these goals, and I’m excited to see what this year brings!

October Goals

October 5, 2018

From an “accomplish all the things” perspective, I didn’t do super well with my goals in September. But I did read five books (of the 8 I was hoping for), I wrote a bunch of blog posts, and I went on a solo adventure day. I ran my 5k, started marathon training, and flossed most days. Progress!


  • Wednesday November Project
  • Catch up on bullet journal trackers + “some lines a day” journal
  • Organize photos in Dropbox
  • Weekend meal prep
  • Read 2 books
  • Yoga once a week
  • Connect with a friend


Clean out clothes and reorganize. This is left over from last month, but I really want to get to it.

Plan for NaNoWriMo. I’ve decided to do it again this year (I took the last few years off) and I want to at least create an outline of the story I’m hoping to write.

Plan for and have Adventure Day #2. I still need to write about the first one, by the way.

Create editorial calendar + write 15 blog posts. I’m so happy to be back blogging more consistently, and I’m going to ride the wave as long as I can!

Read 10 books. 
I’ve got a giant stack of library books to work through, so I’m not lacking in material.

Make Q4 schedule + goals. I wrote about the idea of quarterly goals last March. I didn’t do so well with it this year as the year went on, but I still love the idea a lot.

Stick to my workout plan. My roommate Bri signed up to run the marathon with me (her first time!) and it’s only the first week, but I’ve stuck to more workouts because of her doing it with me.

Here’s to a successful, fun, happy October!

September Goals

September 14, 2018

It feels vaguely on brand for this blog that I’m writing this post with just two weeks left to go in the month! But better late than never. Goals + planning feels like it’s fallen a bit to the wayside over these last few months and I’d like to get back to it.

I broke out my sad, lonely Powersheets (which are actually a set from 2017 that barely got used!) and dusted them off for the first time since March. As you might be able to see in the photo above, the page I wrote on is actually from August! It’s a mistake I didn’t notice until I had finished. I crossed it off and wrote September and it’s as good as new. One new thing I did this month was to photo copy my tending list from the Powersheets in a smaller size, cut it to fit my planner, and tape it in there. It helps me to keep an eye on the goals a bit more.

Here’s what I’m hoping to accomplish this month:

Monthly Goals

  • Read 8+ books. I should be finishing a second today (both books are 550+ pages, so it’s taken a while) and then hopefully make some progress on this goal.
  • Write 12 blog posts. That amounts to 3 a week. This post makes 6 posts in September, so I’m right on track!
  • Clean/organize dresser and underbed storage.
  • Write 5 posts for OriGenes, the site I freelance for.
  • Run the Santa Monica Classic. Done! Recap post coming next week.
  • Solo adventure. Not totally sure what this entails, but I just know I want to do some sort of outing on my own. I’m tentatively planning this for next Sunday, since I think it’s my only free day!
  • Run 15 miles total.
  • Start marathon training. It starts on the 29th!

Weekly Goals

  • Wednesday November Project. 1/2 on this thus far!
  • Connect with a friend without technology (unless it’s a phone call!)
  • Spend under $75 a week (expected bills/subscriptions don’t count).
  • Write a letter to a friend.
  • 15 job applications.

My daily goals are to get out of bed without checking my phone, take my vitamins, floss, read for 30 minutes every day, make my bed, and go to bed by 10:15 pm! Honestly, I tend to use the daily goals section of PowerSheets the least, since I have a habit tracker in my planner. 

March 2018 Goals

March 2, 2018


I never actually set goals in February. I intended to, and then the month got away from me, and then there didn’t seem like there was time. But I did manage to read 8 books, go to a lot of physical therapy appointments, and sleep a bit more than usual.

Here’s what I’m hoping to accomplish in March:

  • Turn 25! This one’s happening on Sunday, whether I do anything about it or not 🙂
  • Run the LA Marathon. It’s probably going to be one of the biggest days of my life thus far.
  • Read 10 books. This will put me to my quarterly total of 25 books, which would be awesome.
  • Social media free weekend. If I do this, it’ll have to be next weekend – we’ll see if I can stay off Instagram all weekend. I’m trying to set better boundaries for myself re: social media, and this would help.
  • Podcast meeting. My friend Bri and I are in the very early stages of setting up a podcast, and I’d love us to start talking about it in more detail.
  • Save $250. My savings took a hit in January when I got rear ended by someone without insurance, and I’m still (eternally and perpetually) waiting for my insurance company to get the $500 deductible from them. I don’t have much extra cash, but I’m going to try to knuckle down this month and scrape some together so that I have at least an extra month’s rent. (But thank God I had that savings fund so that I wasn’t left scrambling for that deductible in the first place.)
  • Hang out with a friend (and possibly start a writer’s group). I’ve been trying to make plans with one person for about four months now, and we haven’t gotten our schedules together. We both want to talk about writing and encourage each other, and I’d love to actually do that this month.
  • Clean out my closet + donate my clothes. You’d be amazed at how much stuff I’ve accumulated in 11 months of living here. It’s time to let some of it go.

There’s a lot of big stuff happening in March, and I want to do my best to take things day by day and see what happens!

Do you have any big (or small!) goals for this month?



2018 Goals and Word of the Year

January 16, 2018

I finally got a chance this weekend to sit down and write all my goals. I’ve been so busy over recent weeks and I kind of had to force myself to remember that January 1st doesn’t mean anything magical and it’s okay not to have everything set in stone on December 31st. I’m feeling good about all the things to come this year: turning 25, running a marathon, celebrating a year of living in Los Angeles, and a lot more.


I’ve chosen words of the year the past few years. In 2015 it was BOLD. 2016 was BRAVE. 2017 was FOCUS.

My word of 2018 is CONNECT. In all honesty, it’s not the word I wanted to pick. I was ready to choose COMMIT, and then my friend said that she doesn’t think I have much of a problem with commitment. In that ways that matter right now, she’s right; if I put my mind to doing something, I usually follow through.

This year I’m hoping to connect with myself, with others, and with my new community. I’m also hoping to disconnect in order to achieve those things: spend less time on my phone, and more time connecting with the present moment around me.

2018 GOALS

I used my Powersheets to help me identify my goals for the year, by figuring out what worked and didn’t work in the last year, and what I wanted to be different. A little history of my experience with Powersheets: I’ve bought them every year since 2014, I think, but never have I once completed a full set – I usually drop out some time in the spring. Last year my friend Rachel and I even bought them with the promise to ourselves that we would have monthly accountability with each other – and then I moved across the country and she had a baby, so that fell apart.

To prove to myself that I would actually use the workbook for a full year (and to be kind to my budget) I’m repurposing my 2017 workbook. No fun new stickers, but money stayed in my wallet.

Here are the 10 major goals I have for the year:

  • CONNECT with myself by simplifying routines and doing less – committing to one night a week with no plans
  • CONNECT with others by developing community and keeping up with old friends – writing letters to people, committing to calling friends more often, hanging out with people in person
  • Develop heart healthy habits by treating myself well and being positive in my self-image
  • CONNECT with myself through fitness and activity
  • Manage my money well
  • CONNECT creatively through blogging, writing, and Project Life
  • Read 100 books in 2018
  • Finish novel draft
  • Live with less to CONNECT with my space
  • CONNECT with Los Angeles through exploration

Sure, some of them could probably be grouped under the same umbrella (finishing the novel draft could go under “Connect creatively”) and I couldn’t fit the word connect into all of them, but the heart of the goals is what I care about.  More posts about certain goals (especially reading and fitness, as well as maybe some thoughts about financial things) coming as soon as I find the time to write them!


The Powersheets encouraged me to create a vision board for 2018, so I hopped on Pinterest and did just that. Here it is:


So that’s where I’m at for 2018. I’m excited to see what this year brings!

12 Week Goals: Q1

March 1, 2017

(It’s a bit late for this post now that we’re two months in, but I figure better late than never!)

My friend Rachel was the first to tell me about the idea of a 12 week year. Basically, you approach each 12 week segment as its own “year” and set goals for that time period. I thought about what I wanted to do for the whole year, and then I broke down these goals into ones that are possible to complete in 12 weeks. When the twelve weeks are up on March 25, I’ll take a few days to come up with goals for the next 12 weeks, and then I’ll start again!

So without further ado, here are my goals that I made at the beginning of January:

  • Read 18 books
  • Complete Whole 30
  • Train for + complete a half marathon
  • Lose 15 pounds
  • Go through bank statements to cancel unnecessary subscriptions
  • Create a sustainable budget + spending system
  • Outline entire novel
  • Write 30 blog posts
  • Complete BBG
  • Get two articles published online
  • Stay up to date on 2017 Project Life
  • Declutter and organize craft supplies
  • Clean out closet + donate clothes
  • Clean ten boxes from the attic

I’ll update you on how things are going at the end of March!