This year, I ditched the New Year’s Resolutions and instead opted to set myself 18 goals and intentions for 2018 (you can read all about that here).  As part of my own accountability and to hopefully help inspire you to stay on track or get on board with your own goals, I’m posting on my progress every month.  I’m not going to talk about each goal – we’ll be here all day – so I’m just going to pick out the ones I’ve been working on (or not!) this month.

You can check out last month’s progress too.

Run 1,000 miles in 2018

This month has been pretty good for running, although this late cold snap put a stop to a run this morning – I don’t mind running in sub-zero temperatures (I wear all the clothes) but I drew the line at running in several centimetres of snow this morning.  Health and safety, people!  So, the total for the last 4 weeks stands at 75.19 miles.  I’m still a bit behind where I need to be but I’m confident I can catch up 20 miles over the next 10 months.  I’m feeling great – the little niggle I was having with my achilles/calf seems to have cleared up and I’m getting faster so all bodes well for my PB attempt at the Hackney Half in May (another goal for the year).

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Have a monthly “interesting people” dinner club

Argh, fail again!  My excuse is that things have been incredibly busy getting The Practical Balance off the ground.  I’m going to try for one more month and then I’m going to think about revising this one 😦  I did, however, finally make it to Trigger Conversations, “an evening of alternative questions with strangers set out as a conversation menu”.  I had a really fun and interesting evening (thanks to Steph Slack for suggesting it) and, er, even got a date out of it!

Read at least 24 books

No time for interesting dinners, lots of time for reading apparently!  This has been a really good month for reading, both in volume and content.  I’ve read 4 books: A Very Short Introduction to Psychology by Gillian Butler and Freda McManus, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink, Why I Am No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge (this month’s rebel read), Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It by Kamal Ravikant, and Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less by Alex Soojung-Kim PangRest and When have both been influential on my thinking and my own work and rest habits this month.  Why I Am No Longer Talking to White People About Race blew my mind and forced me to look at my own feminism – I highly recommend this one!  Now, if only I hadn’t added another 10 books to my reading list….

Do one new thing/go to one new place every month

My local mosque opened its doors last weekend as part of the Visit My Mosque initiative.IMG_3134
It was lovely to meet this vibrant group of people in my local community.  It reminded me how much of our time we spend in our own bubble, ignorant of the people who live beside us.  I walk past this mosque several times a week without really noticing so I was really glad to have a cup of tea and a chat with some of my neighbours.

Write something every day

Oh dear, another one that has not been going well.  I know the benefits of journaling on mood and performance but it’s the one part of my morning ritual I just can’t seem to stick to.  That said, I did publish my first post for The Practical Balance this week and I’ve been working on The Practical Balance newsletter too so I suppose I have been writing a bit.  Just not every day!  This is a habit I really want to cultivate so I have set up a little writing space in my bedroom; I already meditate every morning as soon as I wake so I’m going to put aside fifteen minutes each morning for some writing over a cup of tea.  I’ll let you know how it goes!

Learn to code

I’ve booked an introductory course with General Assembly!  Stay tuned for April.

Start saving into a pension again

This is one of those boring life goals – important but definitely not urgent! Pension savings are really important, especially for freelancers, but this for me actually represents that I am earning enough money to be able to make long-term savings beyond just paying my bills and increasing my cash buffer. Now, I haven’t actually started to save but I have done a load of financial planning for the next financial year so I know exactly how I’m going to make this work [tip: taking savings out as soon as my invoices get paid]. I’ve also moved my previous pension over to PensionBee (other pension providers are out there!) so I am all good to go!

The Month in Review

Overall, it feels like this has been another good month.  It’s a funny thing, perspective.  There have been real highs this month but I’ve also been struggling with a lot of self-doubt – being a solopreneur ain’t easy, it turns out.  This exercise of reflecting on my life goals has helped me recognise the small wins that I am having every day – see, I knew I should start journaling!

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So now it’s your turn.  Did you set goals for the year?  How are you getting on?  How are you keeping yourself accountable?  What are you struggling with?  Let me know and let’s keep making 2018 the best year yet!

My 18 in 2018
* Run 1,000 miles
* Run a half-marathon in 1hr40
* Do yoga everyday in January
* Eat more plants – go vegan for a month
* Eat more healthily – give up sugar for a month
* Complete a one-month no-spend challenge
* Have a monthly “interesting people” dinner club
* Read at least 24 books
* Learn to code
* Write a draft of a book
* Qualify as a yoga teacher
* Start saving into a pension again
* Do one new thing/go to one new place every month
* Do my first GA talk
* Run my first coaching workshop
* Work with a coaching/portfolio career mastermind group
* Write something every day
* ????


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