Hello, lovely readers!
I have a confession to make. I have failed. And I’m celebrating it.
What did I fail at, you might ask?
Well, I failed at a couple of my goals for the first quarter of this year. I had a big huge goal to get one of my manuscripts completely edited by mid-February so that it would be 100% ready for submission. I failed.
I also made a goal to plan mostly healthy dinners each week, and to work on eating out less (especially pizza). In this too, I failed.
Why am I celebrating the fact that I failed? Seriously, I’m so excited about this!
I’m celebrating because failing to meet these goals means that I tried. I attempted to achieve them. And even though I failed overall, I still MADE PROGRESS!
Failure is success in progress.Albert Einstein
I didn’t get my entire manuscript edited, but I did make a huge amount of progress on it, and I was asked by an agent to submit a full proposal for the book. THIS IS A HUGE WIN!
And while I may have eaten more than my fair share of pizza over the last few months, we’ve also been making sure to incorporate more veggies and less pasta into our weekly menus, which is also a big win!
For my other goals, I’ve made slow and steady progress.
- I’m working out more consistently again. And even though my foot sometimes tells me I’m starting to do too much too quickly, I’ve been pretty good about listening and pulling back, rather than quitting all together.
- My email list is small but growing, and I’ve been more consistent about blog content for you this quarter.
- We’ve been more intentional in our relationships as well, and now that Spring is here in the Inland Northwest, getting outside will be even easier.
- I’m consistent in my daily Bible reading, journaling nearly every day, and reading books that help me to grow into a better version of myself.
Now it’s time for a refresh.
Each quarter, I take time to reevaluate my goals, to determine what’s working and what’s not, what needs to be adjusted (timelines, perhaps?), and what might need to be let go. I admit, I hope that my goal work inspires you, but I also have ulterior motives. Sharing my goals with you each quarter keeps me motivated.
So, here’s the refresh for the next quarter:
- I’ll continue to work on current writing projects, with specific deadlines and goals to have finished manuscripts by the end of 2022.
- I’ll continue to provide content here and in my monthly newsletter for you as we all continue to grow and learn in the area of legacy making. (Not a newsletter subscriber yet? Click here.)
- I’ll continue to be intentional in relationships. I can’t wait for Spring walks and evening firepit chats with my friends and family!
- I’ll continue to work toward better health for my body and my soul. Reading “self-growth” books, daily Bible reading, journaling, daily movement, healthy food choices, and general self-care are all part of how I do this.
- I’m also looking closely at my daily routines and what I can fine tune to make them work even more effectively for me. Spring into Summer is going to be a very full season and I have a feeling the weeks will fly by pretty quickly. I need my daily routines and weekly rhythms to work for me in this season. Housekeeping is one area that I’ll be focusing on to fine tune the daily routine without simply adding more stuff to my plate.
If you are a goal setter, I’d love to hear what your goals are for this next quarter– if you’ve updated or if you’re just starting. If you’re not a goal setter and would like to be, I invite you to jump in with us. Set one goal, and jump in. There’s no better time to start than NOW!