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My September Goals

Last month I started a series here on the blog where I share my goals publicly with readers. I decided to share my goals in a public arena as a way of increasing accountably and my likelihood to follow through. While I’d love to say that I achieved all of my August goals with ease just because I shared them here, that isn’t true.

My first goal of drinking more water was much easier achieved than doing more yoga. In fact, I only did yoga once (ONCE!) last month. It’s a little embarrassing, but part of sharing my goals with you is being honest about my progress. My goal for daily meditation started off strong but I lost momentum towards the end of the month. While it didn’t make the list this month, I am going to continue to prioritize meditation, I feel so much better when I make time for it! I was very successful in adding new items to my Etsy shop (woo hoo!) and I planned my fall blog content in my mind, but have yet to get it up on the calendar, so I’ve still got some work to do there.

That’s how last month’s goals shaped up. Here we are again with my September goals, a little later than expected because I was out of town the first week of the month, but none the less, here we are. Keep reading to see what I’m focusing on this month.My September Goals

I love to read and I naturally gravitate towards “self-help” books. While I value diving deeper into self-mastery through such reads, I’ve really missed the escape of a good novel. There’s nothing like getting lost in someone else’s story. Sometimes you need to not think about your own life. So this month, I will visit my local libray and pick out a good enjoy novel to read.

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Last year I made a career shift from being a nanny for over 6 years to starting a career as a substitute teacher. The transition has been challenging to say the least. While I don’t regret my decision to move towards a career that is ultimately more satisfying, I do have some regrets about not having the financial cushion I would have liked. That being said, I’ve learned that I need to focus some efforts on spending mindfully. Only purchasing items that are necessary and useful is key at this time. The easiest way for me to be successful in this endeavor is to be thankful for all that I already have. Let’s be honest, I have more than enough “stuff” anyways. Throughout the month, I plan on being creative with what I already own and establishing the practice of mindful spending.

On a similar note, I have been feeling more and more sensitive to the amount of waste I am producing and the carbon footprint I’m leaving on our planet as a result. I really admire those who are a part of the “zero waste” movement! While I’m not ready to jump to that extreme, I do believe that even small steps can make a difference. Not buying produce wrapped in plastic (I’m looking at you, Trader Joe’s), and using cloth napkins instead of paper towels are just a couple of ways I will begin reducing waste in my household this month.

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Last month I had a goal to do more yoga. Welp, I rolled out my mat a total of ONE time! I know, pathetic! Instead of feeling guilty (jk I totally feel guilty), I’m restructuring this goal to make it more concrete. This month my goal is not just “do yoga,” but to practice three times per week. Do you think more specific goals are easier to keep? Let me know in the comments!

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As mentioned earlier, I was on vacation for the first week of this month (which is why my goals are here so late). My partner, Darius, and I went to Maryland to visit his family. I was much more aware of my behaviors while I was around his family because I don’t see them very often and wanted to make a good impression. One thing I noticed is how much of what I had to say was a complaint of some sort. Not cool! Sure, perhaps I was just observing the ways certain things could be improved, but I know better than to give mental energy to negative thoughts. This month, and forever more, I’m challenging myself to focus on the GOOD. There will always be something to complain about, but making the choice to find the good in any situation is important inner work that I am more than willing to do.


Those are my goals for this month! Thanks for reading and holding me accountable. I’d love for you to leave a comment and let me know if any of these ideas resonate with you. Or perhaps you want to share a personal goal of your own so that I can cheer you on? Either way, I appreciate you being here.

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Until next time. Go crush those goals, babes.

10 Comments

  1. Chantel

    September 12, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Hey! I mean TECHNICALLY your august goal was to practice yoga, and you did that. Even if it was just once. But yes, I do think that, sometimes, more specific goals are better in regards to keeping you in check. For instance, I had a goal to lose weight. Well, I lost like two pounds so technically I hit that goal. But maybe if I gave it a specific number, I would have been more mindful about it?

    I think I’m going to do this on my own blog for October. I already write down goals for the month in my planner but have failed at completing them but maybe making them public and having to be accountable for them will help. As always, you are such an inspiration. Seriously. I’ve made two friends through blogging so far (you’re one of them, of course) and I’m pretty sure I would have thrown in the towel already if it weren’t for y’all.

    1. D'Ana Joi

      September 12, 2018 at 8:22 am

      Hey Chantel! Your comments always brighten my day. And yes technically I did “do yoga” but it still feels like a fail, lol! Hopefully next month I’ll be able to report back with more success!

      Thank you for reading and for your kindness. I appreciate you so much, and I’m happy you’re still blogging! I look forward to seeing your October goals. 🙂

      Love love love,
      Joi

  2. Pra.kriti (@pracreation)

    September 17, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Yes, it’s true that sharing goals enhance accountability. I wish you all the very best for completing your set goals.

    1. D'Ana Joi

      September 17, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks so much!

  3. Michelle (@dressingwstyles)

    September 17, 2018 at 10:41 am

    You and I have one of the same goals — read a novel. As a kid, I used to love reading and would finish tons of books within 30 days that my mom would remark that I was a reading machine. As I grew up, I stopped reading as much and honestly — I miss it.

    Good luck! x

    Michelle
    dressingwithstyle-s.com

    1. D'Ana Joi

      September 17, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      Aw! I hope you get back to it. Funny how much easier things are to do when we are young before “adulting” takes hold.

  4. Jackie Watson Photography

    September 17, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    I’ve totally been over-concerned lately with the amount of waste my house has been producing, too! Isn’t it crazy how much trash you can go through in a day when you start to pay attention? Ugh! 😩

    1. D'Ana Joi

      September 17, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      Ugh yes!!! Once you start paying attention it’s really hard to ignore.

  5. Angelica

    September 17, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    this is such a good idea for a blog post! I’ve also wanted to reduce my waste. I’ve been looking into keep cups for a reusable coffee cup because I go to coffee shops a lot.

  6. Charlotte Jessop

    September 18, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    These are excellent goals! I need to get back to my regular yoga practice. It feels so good when I do it everyday.

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