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

May was a mixed bag when it comes to running and really shows that success is determined by the measure you use. In terms of the 1,000 mile target, I ran 61 miles – 19 off the 80 mile a month target I need to be hitting. Not great for the target but still, 61 miles is a pretty healthy mileage for a casual runner. In better news, I ran the Hackney Half Marathon this month as well, clocking up a Personal Best! I wasn’t feeling very well and it was a warm, warm day so pretty chuffed with this.

Read at least 24 books

I read two books this month. I treated myself to the latest Lee Child paperback thriller at the airport on one of my work trips. Jack Reacher is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me so this felt rather indulgent. Especially as the other book I read was a fascinating but challenging read (small text, lots of science) – How Emotions Are Made by Lisa Feldman Barrett totally tipped my understanding of emotions on its head. A must read for anyone interested in how our brains and bodies work and the very nature of reality!

Write something every day

Finally! I cracked this! For the whole month. I journalled every day.

I’ve been battling this one all year so this feels like a real accomplishment. The trick was lowering the bar on writing. Rather than setting out to write for 10 minutes every day, I focused on just writing one sentence. It made writing so much more accessible and most days I ended up writing much more.

Taking this forward into the rest of the year, I want to start writing publically more but baby steps.

Do my first GA talk

When I wrote this at the start of the year, doing a talk at General Assembly felt like a far dream. I knew one person who had done a GA talk but I really wasn’t sure how I would make this happen. Fast forward 4 and a bit months, and there I was, hosted by Uncommon, doing my thing for The Practical Balance. The crazy thing is now I do workshops and talks on a regular basis and people pay me for it! Just goes to show you really can do anything you set your mind to.

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

This one comes courtesy of work – I got to go to Ethiopia for the first time this month. It was a pretty busy work trip but I did get to see Lucy – the bones of one our oldest known hominin ancestors.

The Month in Review

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Feeling happy

I really love doing these little review posts (although it has taken me most of June to write this one up). They are such a useful way to reflect. When I’m caught up in the day to day grind, I don’t always notice what I’m achieving. I’m trying hard to use my 18 in 2018 not as a stick to beat myself with but as a way of acknowledging all the little successes along the way.

So May has felt like a good month, especially as I celebrated my 35th birthday 🎂 There’s definitely room for improvement but I’ve got a big smile on face as I write this 🙂


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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