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Thursday, June 29, 2017

2017 ch. 6

“People with goals succeed because they know where they are going”

As I’m sitting here, 6 months into the year, I’ve decided some of my goals need tweaking. I went back and forth on if I should change them and after I realized I didn’t want to change them because I didn’t want to “cheat”, I knew what I needed to do. It’s OKAY to change your goals. You are a person. A growing and ever-evolving human. Things change. And that is OKAY. I don’t know why I felt like if I changed my goals I was cheating or failing, and honestly, part of me still feels that way, but it’s okay. (Maybe if I keep telling myself it’s okay, I will actually be okay with it)

So I really wanted to run 1,000 miles this year. My sister had mentioned it as a goal she was considering and I felt like it would be a good goal for me too. Then I got sick for two weeks. And then I got sick for another week. And then I had the craziest work week of my adult career and missed another week. 4 weeks in total. One month. That’s a lot. I didn’t anticipate all of that missed time. I’m currently just over 400 miles for the year (1 month behind my schedule) and honestly, I could still make the 1,000. It would take a lot of effort. And I had decided I was still going to go for it. But then I realized that by going for 1,000, I wouldn’t be able to train for races the way I wanted to. And I wouldn’t have as much time to ride my bike. And I would be so tired. And maybe I would burn out from running. So I’ve decided my updated goal is to keep running consistently. Last year I had roughly 4 months where my mileage wasn’t where I wanted it to be. I want to remain consistent all year long. For me, that will mean at least 60 miles per month for the rest of the year. I’ve started adding in my walking miles, so maybe I’ll get close to the 1,000 mark, but I’m not going to sweat it anymore.

The second goal I need to change is visiting 6 new temples this year. I made the goal thinking it would be fun to visit temples I had never done temple work in. I thought it would be easy as there are so many in Utah alone I could go to. I’ve been to two and still have two others I’m hoping to go to. This month I realized my temple attendance has been awful this year. I feel obligated to go to new temples and it’s hard scheduling that much time to go out of my way to go to the temple. Especially when I don’t have to. When I recognized I’ve been avoiding it, I knew I needed to drop the goal. So, oh well. What I thought would be fun, ended up a chore that was only going to limit me from going at all. So instead, I want to focus on just going each month.

By changing these goals, I know I am living purposefully. I have recognized what I need to adjust and am taking those steps. I’m trying to focus on spending more time doing the things I enjoy and tackling the challenges that come my way.

So without further ado, here's where I'm at.....

This month has been a good reading month. I’ve read 4 books! (2 new authors)

* The little book of Hygge- Meik Wiking
* Always and Forever, Lara Jean- Jenny Han
*By the time you read this, I’ll be dead-  Julie Anne Peters
* Rising Strong- Brene Brown

My favorite quotes from Rising Strong were:
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them”-Maya Angelou
“The only decision we get to make is what role to play in our own lives: Do we want to write the story or do we want to hand that power to someone else? Choosing to write our own story means getting uncomfortable; it’s choosing courage over comfort…you either walk into your story and own your truth, or you live outside of your story, hustling for your worthiness.”

I don’t know if I have a favorite book from this month. I really enjoyed the Lara Jean series that I read last year, so it was fun to read the last book in the series. It was nice to read a novel. I’ve been reading so many non-fiction books lately it was good to have a break. What is your favorite book right now?

I have remained consistent in writing in my journal once a week. And this month, I actually caught up on my scrapbooking for the year! WHOOOO!

This month, I’ve accepted that I don’t need to plan every last detail and it can be fun to be spontaneous (see Idaho post)

This month has been fun. It’s been fast. Summer is always a time where life is so busy and so packed full of everything I love.

We are 6/6 on travel and I am loving it! There is so much beauty in this world and I want to see it all! It was fun to add a new state to our list of places we’ve been together. 

Cheers to the next 6 months! 

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