Check-In: Goals for 2015

We are roughly halfway through the year, and I figured it was time to check-in and see how I’m doing goal-wise for 2015. You can find my original post with my goals for 2015 here.Past & Present (6)

This is a long post, so here we go…

One // Build a healthier lifestyle

I’ve lost about five pounds this year, which isn’t much, but I’m not focused on weight as much as overall well-being and satisfaction with where I’m at and what I look like. I’m slowly getting there.

Here’s some of what I’ve been doing to work towards this:

Walking nearly everywhere.

I have / I’ve been:

-walking whenever/wherever I can

-walking 20 minutes or more to meet my mom for lunch once a week

-walking to meet my husband when he gets off work and I’m free (about two miles)

-walking whenever we eat out downtown

-walked two miles for the 4th of July rather than driving to watch the fireworks

-walked over five miles with my mom for Mother’s Day

-walked a mile and a half to work and back a few times

-hiked with my parents on a few photography adventures

-started a walking challenge at my workplace (we’re in our third week, and my goal is at least 3000 steps a day)

Drinking more water.

Drinking water is something I’ve never been good at, but I’ve been trying to drink some every day. I took a water challenge that my workplace was hosting (which didn’t go very well, but it got me drinking a lot more water than I would have had I not taken the challenge). And the more I walk, the more I make sure I bring water with me and drink it.

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I’ve been square dancing at least once a week, if not twice a week.

Things have started to slow down because everyone’s been going on vacation, and we can’t seem to get enough people sometimes. However, I’ve still been dancing whenever I can.

Drinking smoothies.

One of my former supervisors got us a Nutri Ninja as a wedding gift, and I’ve been using it. It’s a good way for me to eat fruits since it’s not something I usually do (surprising enough, I LOVE vegetables, but I’m not a big fan of fruits).

My recipe:

-One banana

-Frozen berry mix or just frozen strawberries

-Orange juice

-Ice cubes

There are some weeks when I have a smoothie every day of the week, and there are some weeks where I only get one or two in, but some fruit is better than no fruit, and at least it’s not a Dr. Pepper or coffee (which is my usual drink of choice in the mornings).


I’ve been keeping up with my journal. It helps me get my thoughts out on paper, so they don’t swarm around in my head and consume me.


Daily meditation isn’t something I’ve been able to do, and I still haven’t re-read 8-Minute Meditation. Every now and then, I set my timer for about five minutes and meditate. Small progress is still progress.

Two //  Spend less money on things I don’t truly need

I feel pretty good about this goal. I’ve created a Google Doc where I input all of our spending each month, and our goal is to lower that number every month, which we’ve been doing.

For the most part, we’ve been doing a good job at spending less, but I wanted to take things a step further.

Last month, we started using cash more and more. We tried to limit ourselves to just the cash we had (it didn’t always work, but I’m a big advocate for not being too harsh). At the end of the pay period, whatever cash was leftover would go into savings.

Our first round of savings wasn’t spectacular, but I think this system will help as money will get tighter as I start grad school.

Three // Read A Song of Ice and Fire series (AKA Game of Thrones) by George R. R. Martin

Not going to happen this year 😦

Four // Finish writing my novel from National Novel Writing Month

I don’t think this one is going to happen, either, but I will try to participate in NaNoWriMo in November.

Five // Participate in National Novel Writing Month again

I think I’ll be able to write some. I definitely won’t meet my goal, but I will try to write!

Six // Volunteer at least once a month

I’ve kept a Google Doc titled “Volunteer Tracker,” and I update it every time I volunteer.

Here’s how many times I volunteered each month so far this year:

January 2015: 4

February 2015: 3

March 2015: 7

April 2015: 4

May 2015: 4

June 2015: 3

Overall, I think I’ve done a fairly good job trying to stick to my goals this year, but there’s still about six months to go!

Did you set any goals for the year? How are you doing so far?

3 thoughts on “Check-In: Goals for 2015”

    1. I’m scared to start it without the series being finished yet. Plus, in my undergrad, I started a really good series over spring break once, and I got so invested that I ended up not doing as well in my classes 😛 It’ll happen, but it probably won’t happen this year.


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