Thursday, November 3, 2011

October Goals: Recap

So I woke up today and realized it's already November 3rd.  What the crap? Where has October gone? Come back, please!

I figured it was about time to do the recap of the October goals and come up with some new goals for the month of November.

Goal 1: Volunteer

Well I didn't exactly do this, but I did talk to an old Theta Tau brother about getting on some committees on the National level to volunteer my time there.  I am excited about the potential to get involved here.  You can read all about my Theta Tau love here.

I've been trying to stay involved with my chapter, but I think at this point it would be best to focus my time elsewhere.  I'm not saying that because I don't want to be involved with them or they don't want my help, but because I am just not far enough removed from being a member and a leader of the group.  When I first graduated, I definitely needed a break after living and breathing Theta Tau.  So I gave myself some time and distance.  A few months after I moved and got a big girl job, I realized I had a lot of free time on my hands and wanted to get involved again.  I tried for a while but it wasn't really working out.  It's hard to find the balance of helping them and not driving them crazy.  So at this point, I am just going to back away and find other places to dedicate my time.

Goal 2: Improve sleep schedule

This goal I did okay on.  Not great, but okay.  When I am consciously working on this I can definitely get my butt in bed and out of bed at a reasonable time.  But when I stop paying attention my pattern comes right back and I find myself sitting on the couch watching an episode of Law & Order: SVU  at 11 pm rather than being in bed.

Having the boot camp class at 6 am really motivated me to get out of bed in the morning.  And after getting up that early, I was tired by 10 pm and ready for bed.  It is a lot less tempting to watch a tv show when you know you need to be waking up in 6.5 hours.

I'm hoping I am able to continue this "early to bed, early to rise" habit after the boot camp is over.  I have never been a morning exerciser, but I do love the feeling of coming home from work and knowing that I've already fit in my workout for the day.  It really frees up my evenings to cook dinner, get some extracurricular work done and clean.

Goal 3: Budget

Um, fail.  I stuck to my grocery budget, but other than that I did not pay attention.  And I've since decided maybe I am just not the kind of person who needs a budget.  I don't feel that I spend excessively and I just feel so restricted on a budget.  My spending varies so much from week to week and month to month that a budget doesn't make sense to me.

I may be just making excuses but that's okay with me. :)

Goal 4: Hike at Starved Rock State Park

These plans ended up falling through. :(  I originally wanted to stop by the park on my way back from Iowa City while I was their for the University of Iowa Homecoming with Laura.  But as it turned out, Laura had some homework and other school-related work to get back to and couldn't go.  I pondered going by myself, but ended up just driving to my parent's house on Sunday and hanging out there.  I did get to go for a walk and bake cookies with my mom so it wasn't all bad.

Goal 5: Carve a pumpkin

Success!  This may be the only goal I completed successfully for the month.  And oddly enough, it wasn't completed till about 9 pm on the 31st of October.  Last minute, I'd say.

It turned out great though and was very enjoyable.  I even roasted the seeds for afternoon snacks!

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