One of my goals for the month of January was to have a green smoothie for breakfast every day for 3 weeks. There was no particular reasoning behind it other than the end of the holiday season being a nice time to be extra nutritious.
So how'd I do? Not too bad. I did end up skipping twice. And many times they ended up as an evening snack versus breakfast. But I stumbled onto my preferred smoothie ingredients (milk + spinach + strawberries + drizzle of honey + ice + spirulina) and definitely got more good green stuff in my body than I would have otherwise.
I did try this recipe but I have to say I didn't care for it. I didn't get carrot cake at all, though it was definitely edible.
I love January, even though it's usually way colder (even here in central Texas) than my preferred temperature of 80 degrees. January is a fresh start. I truly enjoy taking a bit of time to figure out where my life is, where I want it to go, and how exactly I'm going to get it there.
Like many, I've struggled in the past with how exactly to stay on top on my goals. This is the first year I've really dedicated a good amount of time to reflection on the past year and preparation for the year ahead. Now that we're in the thick of it, I thought I'd share what I've been doing to set my intentions 2013.
First, I signed up for Stratejoy's Holiday Council. I did this last year, too, but it was a (cheaper) non-live version and honestly, I don't think I made it through all of the calls and interviews. Molly only offered a live-version this year, and working through the material week-by-week really helped me stay on track and made the experience much more powerful.
In fact, it was while listening to the first call that I made the definitive decision to resign from my job the following Monday. I had a strong emotional reaction to the guided visualization (previously a little "woo-woo," as Molly would say, for me, but I'm kind of a believer now) and knew it was what I needed to do.
Next, I registered for Elise Blaha's goal setting class at Big Picture. Because of the class, I decided to take a monthly approach to goal-setting this year, as I shared yesterday. I think this approach will work out a lot better for me in the long-run (especially since I had a hard time thinking about what I really wanted from 2013, other than earn an income working from home). I had the worksheets from the class printed and bound at Kinko's (I desgined the cover), and I'm using it to record my goals and track my progress on each one.
to drink a green smoothie for breakfast every day for three weeks
to go on a date with my husband somewhere new
to finish decorating and organizing my office
to complete my phase 1 business to-do's
to take my vitamin every day
I've decided to take a monthly approach to goal-setting this year, ala Elise Blaha. Her workshop I Choose at Big Picture Classes is awesome and definitely worth the $15. Check back tomorrow for more on how I'm plotting and planning for 2013.