Goal Review

I set some intentions at the beginning of the year. I don’t set resolutions I set intentions. I intend to do things. To actually get thing done I will at the end of the year think about what I want to be different in the new year. The one thing I don’t consistently do is periodic reviews to see where I am. As I finish a major task I generally will look to see what is next however I don’t have a set action plan or time table for completion of any particular action. Also, I sometimes get sidetracked by new unexpected projects.

Today after working on my business for as long as I could today I turned to Flipboard to take my mind off my challenges. There in black and white was a post from 2010 written by Think and Grow Chick. What did it talk about? Where she was in her intentions for the year. It got me thinking. Where am I?

Oh in 2013 I intended to:

  • To strengthen my commitment to and walk with God.
  • To reduce our debt by 20%.
  • To complete my graduate degree.
  • To improve my health by increasing my fitness level and living a  more holistic lifestyle.
  • To establish and grow an online business
  • To lead a more organized life.
  • Let’s see…

  • I can honestly say I’m feeling a little detached
  • I’ll need to take a look but I’m pretty sure our debt has increased instead of decreased now that I’ve completed my degree and the Mr has started college
  • I did complete my graduate degree
  • I haven’t actually increased my fitness level with any consistency. Nor am I living a more holistic lifestyle
  • I am in the throws of establishing an online business although it is different from the business plan I completed in business school. Just acknowledging that sort of leads me to believe I should probably take the time to write a new plan for this business. I’ve been so busy in the doing I didn’t really take the time to establish a viable plan
  • That leads the the disorganization that has become my life. There are no words to even justify what is happening. I’m working way too many hours outside of my business.
  • It is already November. At this point I can only really make the decision to develop a plan to be implemented at the beginning of the year. If I make some steps toward the intentions does that count? I’m thinking personally, it doesn’t. What I really needed to do was to be better at setting the intentions. The should be measurable and have a time limit for completion. The timeline must be concrete. Right now I can acknowledge until this moment I didn’t realize how vague the intentions were. Nothing about that list is inspiring on its own. I need to bring the passion going forward. I can do that.

    New Challenges Day 1

    It’s been a while but I’m back again. The summer is over and I really need some relief. This year is a year of completion for me but new beginnings for my family. I’m rambling. Anywayy, today is the first day of a nine day fast I’ve decided to complete. It is similar to the Daniel Fast I completed at the beginning of the year. The difference is I’m doing this one for myself. It is time to shed and repair the damage from the summer’s indulgences. I’m looking forward to the process.

    In addition to the cleansing fast I’m beginning a new fitness challenge with my Mr. It’s a 30 day full body challenge designed to get us back to where we were in motivation. We haven’t been failthful to a fitness program in a good while. These are full body bodyweight exercises. Push ups, crunches, planks, squats. Yep! we’re going back to the beginning. It gets progressively challenging as we increase the number of reps and the time to hold the exercise. By the end of the month I think the plank is held a full 5 minutes. If a person can hold the plank for 5 minutes there is no question 20 pushups should be a breeze.

    So, eating and exercise out of the way I’ve also embarked on a professional challenge. Specifically, I will be participating in The Challenge which has a goal of making your first dollar on line within 30 days. Plus I will be in a digital publishing intensive with a goal of publishing my first interactive magazine on the apple newsstand within six weeks. And the grand finale of the month? I march to receive my master’s degree in business administration. It’s going to be a heck of a month.

    So, today, I started with a mission to drink a gallon of alkaline water. It helped although I’m only half way through the gallon. I also attended church via live stream since I had work. Finally, I had a wonderful cold salad for lunch that didn’t include any of my banned substances…meat, dairy, refined sugars, starches or bread.

    I’m excited. Let’s get to work.

    I’m BACK!

    I’m back. I’m finished with my first intention of the year. It only took six months, lol, but I’m finished. I’m going to look back in a bit and really see what else I had planned for this year. I’m probably already working on that. Just the other day I came across a stack of intentions in the form of action plans I’d created over a year ago. I realized I was well ahead of the intentions I set back then based on the order in which I placed them. It is similar to the intentions I set way back when in my early 20’s. Similar to the experience I should say. Back then I was getting ready to move to Hawaii from Kansas with the United States Army. I sat down with a piece of paper and a pen and wrote down all the things I planned to do. Back then I didn’t fully understand the concept of setting SMART goals. I was extremely vague and simply placed the goals in a hierarchy of short term, intermediate, and long term goals. I put the piece of paper away and went on to live my life. A full 8 years later I was going through some papers and found that list of goals. The amazing thing for me what I’d completed every goal on the list. I completed them within the order and the time limit I’d set.

    The lesson in that for me was the realization if I put it on paper I can make manifest of it. Since I’ve grown I also now understand the plan is everything. I don’t necessarily have a lot of time. But I have some time. I’ve already set an intention to rest for a minimum of six weeks. During my final course I created a business plan. I’ve got to admit the most difficult part of the plan’s creation was acknowledging the idea is a viable idea. It helped that I had instructor feed back that was extremely positive. A little over a year ago before I got to my current assignment I was sitting at my desk at work staring out at the landscaping when one of the executives stopped by. She was waiting for her lunch guest. I’m not sure how we got on the conversation but she asked me if I started a business what type of business would I start. I told her my idea admitting I didn’t have it totally fleshed out. I was surprised at the response she gave me. It was equally positive and she seemed surprised. Later in the conversation she admitted she would not have thought of that idea but she understood how it is needed in the marketplace. When my assignment was complete the same executive encouraged me to pursue the idea.

    Even still when I submitted the mission, vision, and values of my proposed organization to the instructor for approval the feedback was very encouraging. I was crazy busy this semester. My work schedule had changed to rotating shifts. I prayed for and received the short straw to work overnights 12 hours at a time. The blessing in all that is the shifts are only three to four days a week and the most days in a row is three. Nights are a lot less challenging than the days. I’ve had my share of the days. The others have not. They deserve a chance to deal with that. My turn on day shift begins in August. In the meanwhile, I’m going to rest. I’m going to read. I’m going to practice my hobbies. And, I’m going to take care of myself.

    Happy Resurrection Day!

    I cannot believe with all that has happened to me I have not posted any of it on this blog. I know I’ve been writing about it so I guess I must go back through my notebooks and find out where I put the information. Let’s see.

    I started my class this month. Just a few days before Word Camp 2013. I attended Word Camp! It was an AMAZING experience. I got so much out of it. Action plans and the like. Then I got right back into school. I’m in my third week of Corporate Financial Management. it isn’t an easy subject but I’m plugging away at it. In three more weeks I’ll be finished with it and heading into my final course. The moment that course is complete I plunge full on into my blogs. Right now I can barely think. I mentioned to my husband that I haven’t really been able to watch any television lately. He commented on how busy I actually am. I’d actually forgotten how busy I am.

    This week I begin the night shift rotation at work. It has been crazy at work this month getting everyone ready for the transition. I’m glad it is done. As of 7am tomorrow morning I am only the captain for 12 hours a day, three to four days a week. Until then I’m still on call 24 hours a day. Although it’s been pretty quiet lately 7am can’t get here fast enough.

    I finally tried Bikram Yoga. It was incredible. I will definitely be completing the 20 class card I purchased for myself as a Christmas present. I will be able to do that along with my regular workouts and my juice fasts/feasts. It is time to carve out my summer sexy. Otherwise known as getting back in shape. I’ll be starting my juice feast tomorrow and keeping myself accountable using this blog of course. I’m starting with a cleansing glowing skin theme on a 6 day mini fast. I’ll take a couple of weeks off between fasts as I transition to more whole foods or a cleaner diet.

    Service was great today. I really enjoy myself there. I also get a good word. Last week we made a Harlem Shake video. This week we watched it along with some other activities during service. It was pretty cool.

    Update for Week Ending 3/18/2013

    I’m just finishing my 1st week of Corporate Finance.  So far….. I just turned in my paper for this week and I am literally exhausted.  Not from the writing of the paper but from not having gotten a good night’s sleep in a long time.  I’m not sure why but I haven’t been sleeping well.  I hope tha changes soon.  Tonight even because I have a full day ahead of me tomorrow.  I have an interview tomorrow with an officer early in the morning.  I want Colton to take me on a tour of DDTC. And I have to be back at 2pm to attend the afternoon meeting.  I was able to meet my new boss.  He seems ok.  So, we’ll just see how it all shakes out.  I’m relieved that school is coming along.  I have a lot of work to complete for next week.  I won’t start too late this time.  I may just get it started tomorrow.  I deserve that.  Right now, though?  I’m going to bed.  Deuces!

    WordCamp was AMAZING!

    I went to WordCamp.  It was so worth it.  I knew I was excited about it for a reason.  This entire weekend was amazing despite a couple of hiccups. Right now, it is 6:48 pm on St Patrick’s day 2013.  I’m reclining and reflecting on all that has happened this past week.  All I can say is, Praise God.  Everything that could go wrong actually did but because the Mr. & I are practicing obedience it was all worked out for us.  Beginning Monday my car wouldn’t start on my way to work.  Lucky for me the Mr. was still home.  He gave me a jump and told me not to make any stops on the way to work.  Miracle of miracles the car started at the end of the day and every day after that….until today.  SMH.  But that is ok.  In the midst of it all the car took me to work every day, to WordCamp each day, and 40 miles south round trip.  It picked today, after church to give us problems.  It was the battery.  The battery was still under warranty.  So, we got a new one, FREE!  And the gentleman that helped us actually installed it for us.  Praise God!

    Now!  Let’s talk about Wordcamp 2013.  Not only did I get a really cool t-shirt I received confirmation that I am on the right track.  I also received some actionable information to help me take the next steps.  Even better is when I go to the next set of meetups I will know what questions to ask since I will already have taken a stab at completing my action items.  Ok.  In my excitement I’m getting ahead of myself.  The event was well organized into tracts that included beginners, end user content, designer, and development.  The workshop sessions were organized in such a way that you could pick and choose which sessions to attend to meet your personal needs.  There were a couple of schedule changes during the event but I felt the organizers did what they could to ensure each topic was covered adequately.  Also, the presentations were timed so there was in each hour plenty of time for you to visit the Happiness Bar for assistance with your WordPress sites.   Everyone was so helpful and generous with their knowledge and their story.   It was amazing and relaxing at the same time.  I met quite a few people…some traveled from out of town to be there.  I felt really connected.  I was happy to have this blog up and running because it gave me a frame of reference for the discussions taking place around me.

    The price of admission also covered an AMAZING gourmet lunch and an adequate continental breakfast each day.  Parking was convenient although a bit more expensive than I expected for the first day.  Parking was free the second day.  To their credit though I may have parked in the wrong deck the first day but it was the deck adjacent to the conference center so I felt comfortable parking there.  Comfort level is definitely important when using an inner city parking deck, lol.

    All in all I left Wordcamp looking forward to the next one.  As I begin to implement the changes into my blogs I’ll add commentary here.  I actually sat in on sessions facilitated by bloggers I’ve been following which was also, AMAZING!  I can’t wait to interact with them again and implement the techniques.  I’ve even reserved a spot at my next meetup with my local WordPress group.  I expect to have something to share with the group by then.



    Update for the Week Ending 2/17/2013

    Looks like I’m late this week.  Yeesh! It was a busy week.  At work. At school.  I’m excited and tired at the same time.  Did I mention I signed up for WordCamp.  I’m so excited.  I’m anxious to see how it all turns out.  I just finished week 4 and I have 2 weeks to go for this semester.  It is going fast.  I don’t have as much to say as I thought I would.  I’m really tired again.  It is time for a nap.  I will try to get more on later.  For now.  Good night.

    I’m going to Atlanta WordCamp 2013

    I registered for WordCamp! I can’t believe I am actually taking all the steps to change my life. Every few days something will happen to remind me that I am supposed to be doing something else. Right now I don’t even question why, other than because I’m attempting to be obedient, I’m experiencing favor.

    Anyway, I began this simply to say, I reached out to others to get help learning how to use WordPress. There is such a rich community here. I’ve been to a couple of meet ups featuring WordPress. I’m amazed at the number of people my age and older that are really into WordPress. They are at all experience levels. I am going to actively participate in these groups until I can also contribute experiences of my own. Once I’m finished with school I will visit more.

    I knew I’d go to the camp as soon as I heard about it. I signed up for the mailing list. I even took time off work. Once I read the bios for the presenters I got excited. I’m thinking, “Wow” there’s going to be a lot of great information made available. This morning the sessions were posted and I was BLOWN AWAY! .  But when I read the descriptions for the various sessions and saw how the event is organized I quickly put in the request for another day off.  I figured…just in case.  This afternoon I received the email announcing the private presale of tickets for the event.  Ironically, I put in a leave form for 2 days.  I’d already put in for a day off from work to attend a function with my parents later that evening.  I took the second day after reading the event descriptions.  I bought my ticket. Only one. I haven’t even told anyone yet…except you I guess.  I’m REALLY excited.

    God keeps presenting resources to guide me in the intentions he allowed me to establish.  Wow.

    Update for Week Ending 2/10/2013

    Wow!  It has been a week.  I literally just finished week 3 of school.  I can’t believe I am half way through this semester.  I’m actually doing ok, too.  I’m not nearly as overwhelmed as I was that first week.  I’ve even been able to enjoy some things.  I’m staying faithful at work…as much as I can I’ve been controlling my words.  I’m grateful this week that God has seen fit to take the small stuff away from me.  I don’t have to feed into the negative stuff.  I can just relax and do what is mine to do.  In the irreverant words of Yolanda Adams, the battle is not mine.  It’s the Lord’s!  And I thank him for that.

    I praise God for my husband.  He is such a wonderful supportive man of God.  He is a role model and an example for other men to follow and I’m proud he is the head of our home.  This week the Pastor put out some information I strongly consider confirmation.  We are the living testimony of the goodness of God.  We are the example I had when the boy and I were Hagar and Ishmeal.  The healthy family I so desperately wanted for us.  I am grateful to God that I can provide that testimony.  That is why it is so important to me to be obedient.

    I went back to the gym today.  It was amazing.  I did only an upper body with 20 minutes of cardio.  I was mostly sedentary at work today.  I had a lot to get done.  Tomorrow I won’t have my help so I anticipate walking around much more.  I anticipate being sore in a day or so.  I worked shoulders and arms exclusively.  Wednesday I will work legs and Friday I will work chest and back.  On Saturday I’ll try hot yoga.  It was a good week.

    Tomorrow begins week 4 and it’s Mardi Gras!


    Update for Week Ending 2/3/2013

    In my profession the week ends on Sunday.  Wow.  How ironic?  I generally consider the week to begin on Sunday.  Anyway,  It’s been what? A week?  Since I last posted.  A lot has happened.  I made it through my 2nd week of school.  Tomorrow morning starts week 3.  My first week back in school I was literally a basket case.  I was tired all the time and afraid I just might not be cut out to finish something I’ve wanted for close to 20 years. I exercised my final dance with procrastination.  It was HORRIBLE.  In the end I was certain I had not put my best foot forward so to speak.  In the end.  I passed my first paper.  I feel so much more relaxed this week.

    Our bible study meeting went really well.  I was proud of what we did and how we handled it.  The house looked amazing.  At some point this week I went from being a day behind in my course work to being a day ahead.  That felt AMAZING!  Oh and last week’s colonic was extremely productive, lol.

    I have quite a bit more to say but right now, I won’t say it.  It is 9pm on a Monday night and I still need to call my mom.  One of my childhood friends died last week.  She was a year older than me.  It certainly puts your mortality on blast when something like that happens.  I’m sad but I know it will be ok.  Good night.