’Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better’ Maya Angelou
We are officially more than halfway through 2019!
That feels surreal to me because I feel like this year has been going really fast, and it feels like New Years Eve was yesterday. But it’s officially August, it’s getting ‘cold’ in Australia, and I think it’s a good time to review my new resolutions, and check in with 2019 and how its been going so far.
This year has been a big ‘foundational year’ for me, I moved out, I graduated, and I got my first real ‘adult’ job. have been growing a lot this year, and it feels like it has happened in the blink of an eye. And while its been really exciting, because I like change, so much change has felt a bit overwhelming.
So many exciting things have happened, I managed to get a job in my dream career field, and I have been focusing a lot more on health and fitness, so I feel healthier and stronger than I ever have before. I have also been working on being more low waste and incorporating environmentally friendly habits into my lifestyle.
And then when I focus on the things I didn’t have a chance to really work on, its easy to feel down about how much I haven’t gotten done, but I think its really important to focus on everything I have been doing and achieving. For example, I have been a bit lax with this blog and I have not been free writing as much as I want to be. I also had a goal this year to save as much money as possible, and with moving house and a couple of other expenses, that has really fallen on the back burner.
This doesn’t mean those goals are never going to happen, it just means this time wasn’t right for them, and I will have the time to focus on them in the future. It’s a tough lesson to learn, but I am learning that you can’t do everything at once. Not everything can be a priority right now, and that makes it easier to not be as rigid, and its easier to flow through life than to resist it. Even though 12 months seems like an age on January first, I feel like the year started a second ago, and its halfway through August!
Goals help you establish how you want to go through the years, and maybe its easier to think of your life in three year blocks instead of one year blocks, or at least, that’s how I’m trying to think about it.
I get really excited and inspired by what I want to do, and I know I’m not alone. i feel like we are a really passionate generation, and I think we are passionate about our goals, but that passion can become really intense and turn into pressure. Theres no real timeline on your goals, if you are passionate about it, you will make the time to achieve it.
I had to look at my bullet journal, and I was pleasantly surprised in how much I had done in some areas of my life, and in others I really have done nothing. I have had to learn to work with what I have and give myself the space to achieve things in a sustainable way.
As much as I would like to, its pretty much impossible to change your life in a week, but if you want sustained change which would lead you to be the person you want to be, that requires sustained change over years. It will take a long time of working on yourself, and not being over picky, and that can take years to do and perfect, and I’m definitely still at the novice stage of that.
It feels especially difficult because as soon as you log onto social media, it feels like everyone is crushing life and doing a fantastic job, and its so easy to feel inadequate with an image. Its easy to meet someone and think they have everything together, its easy yo think they are perfect, but everyone is human and everyone is working on something.
I have a big problem with weeding out things that no longer serve me, especially when it comes to goals. But when I break it down to a monthly section, it makes it a lot less overwhelming, and I’m able to approach things ‘now’ and take things off for ‘later’, which I think is a much healthier approach for me.
Its only August, so there is still plenty of time to go this year to make it count. So no matter where you’re at this year, you still have the time to make savvy choices and make this year the best year yet, and make big strides in the direction you want to.
New years are kind of silly, you can make goals at any time you feel inspired, and they are a great opportunity to explore how we want to grow and what we are capable of.
Anyway that was my 2019 check in, but I want to know how your 2019 has gone and what you want to happen next?