This morning my run wasn’t the greatest. It was a workout (which was hard) and I ran some hill repeats on a new hill. With the move recently I have to figure out new running routes and such. And to be honest, it’s been hard to stay motivated with running because I feel like I’m putting all of my time and energy into looking for a job. Not every season in life is easy, but the trials and hardships make us stronger people. I just have to keep reminding myself of that. AND that is also why a hill workout was good for today. Hills are tough, but they make me a stronger runner physically and mentally.
I did however, find something that brightened my day when I was heading back home from my run. This rock was on the side of the trail and was just what I needed to feel a little better. What a random act of kindness! It sure did light up my day and I’m planning on painting a rock to put somewhere on the same trail for someone else to find. Hopefully it will light up their day!
Goals for the End of August
So, basically ever since I graduated college and got married, it’s been difficult for me to set goals. I don’t know if it’s because of some major life changes happening all at once or just not having a syllabus for life or what?! But here I am, three years out of college and am craving for more ways to just keep improving myself and setting some more challenging goals (outside of running).
So, I’ve decided I’m going to start a series of monthly goals the beginning of each month.
Starting in September with the school year.
I have a few that I started mid-August because I’ve had more of a chance to just focus on myself and what I can do to keep growing and improving as an individual.
For the end of August, I just started 3 categories. I don’t want to overwhelm myself and quit right away. This happens all too often, right?
Faith, Intellectual Life, Health and Fitness
- Faith -Read the whole Bible straight through. I’ve been a Christian my whole life and have never done this! I’ve read A LOT of the Bible, but never straight through. My Lutheran Study Bible has a 2 year plan that I’m following, so hopefully that will help guide me in tackling this goal.
2. Intellectual Life – Read more! This coincides somewhat with reading the Bible, but with not actually being in school anymore I’ve really slacked on this one. Netflix has kind of killed me in this department. So I might have to cut that off. I’ll let you know what I decide on that in my goal post come September. Anyway, I started reading a book called The Lifelines of Love by Dr. Peter M Kurowski. We received it as a gift for our wedding and I started reading it before, but never finished it. I tend to have that problem with books.
3. Health and Fitness – I’d like to focus on turning off the electronics and screens by 8pm during the week (I might be more lenient with this during the weekend). Putting my phone in airplane mode etc. This will definitely help with my reading goals too. There are too many screens and electronics that just waste time. I want to spend quality time with my husband in the evening – no distractions. And I think this is definitely a good habit to have nailed down before we have kids. 😉
Many of my goals will be focused on being more present in life, which I wrote a little bit about on my birthday this past April.
If you’d like to jump on the goal bandwagon or need categories, I found this useful article to help out.
What are some of your goals for self improvement?