My birthday was last week – hooray!
I love that my birthday falls close to the beginning of the school year, and often close in line to Rosh Hashanah. It always feels like my own New Year. It’s often when I start to reevaluate goals I set in January, set new ones, and think about what I want, need, and aspire to in my life.
I wrote a whole series about goal setting back in December/January, and for the most part, I followed it. I also started a productivity project, and decided that I rather like the way I work already (with a little extra organization thrown in for good measure).
So, where am I at?
- Excited that I’ve been achieving career goals. Getting the new gig, and accepting a speaking engagement was, for me, a big goal this year – building on my personal brand and growing my career. I’m doing both, and I’m thrilled
- I haven’t fared so well with growing my coaching business. I’ve been focused on the day job, which means the side gig had to sometimes take a back seat. I’ve set some smaller goals instead for October through to the end of December
- The fact that I’ve had to cut back to a half marathon this year is a huge disappointment. Getting really sick in the spring just destroyed my training schedule, especially as I was just getting back to it after an injury. So, half marathon it is. I’m going to celebrate the victory anyway.
Overall, I’m happy with where I’m at, but it hasn’t stopped me from thinking about what’s next, and the smaller accomplishments I want to achieve by the end of this year.
For me, finishing the half marathon, and planning my new approach to my coaching business is the key to finishing the year motivated.
The smaller accomplishments are the things I both need to do, and want to do. I want to go see more live concerts. I want to go dancing more. I will put a set amount of money in my retirement savings each month instead of putting it all in at the end of the year (compound interest, y’all!)
Fitness-wise, I’ve just started a new six-week program in conjunction with the marathon training. It’s a bit of a hybrid approach using an amazing Beachbody on Demand program for strength, flexibility and cardio training, and running for my speed and endurance. I’m looking forward to seeing the results.
I’m also looking forward to getting my eating habits a bit more under control after a solid week of food, drinks, and celebrations. But hey, I celebrate my birthday for at least a week each year. It’s not going to make or break my regimen if I indulge in two things I love ALMOST more than anything else – red wine and chocolate cake – for a week of my life. Because after all, if you can’t celebrate you on your birthday, what’s the point?