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

My strong running summer continued! After running 125 miles in July, August came in strong at 120 miles – with a cheeky little impromptu half-marathon with a friend on the bank holiday (yes, I know how that sounds!).

Two solid months have put me right back on track to hit 1000 miles by the end of the year; I’ve now run 640 miles so 360 to go over the next 4 months. Easy, huh?!

If this has taught me anything, it’s the important of consistency. Running (nearly) every day has made sticking to the habit much easier and doing a little but every day adds up. I’m planning on taking it a little easier in September…only a little easier!

Read at least 24 books

Hmmm, not my best month when it comes to reading. I didn’t actually finish a book – oops! I did read most of Intention Experiment: Use Your Thoughts to Change the World by Lynne McTaggart. The principle about the power of human thought and intention was interesting but I kind of got bored before the end.

I did not get bored of Anna McNuff’s adventures in New Zealand in the The Pants Of Perspective: One woman’s 3,000 kilometre running adventure through the wilds of New Zealand but I did run out of time before the end of the month. The good news is that I have not suddenly decided to run the length of a country…yet.

Right at the end of the month, I got email from Leo Babauta about creating a daily reading habit. So, that’s my focus for next month: 30 minutes a day, preferably in the morning. Stay tuned for what happens…

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

My new thing this month is new experiences of one of my favourite things…dancing.

Not the professional, choreographed kind, just to be clear. The crazy, feel your body kind.

Firstly, I went to my first 5 Rhythms meet up in Vauxhall. 5 Rhythms is essentially a moving meditation through five rhythms of music – Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness. The idea is get out of your head and reconnect with your body. I was a little apprehensive beforehand about what the experience would be like and I’m not sure I can really put it into words. But I loved it! I felt a little self-conscious to start with but once the music started, I just connected with my own experience.

And there was Secret Sunrise. Possibly the most fun I’ve had before 8am! Think silent disco in a public place – in full view of some very bemused commuters. Like this….

 

My Last Challenge

At the start of the year, I came up with 17 challenges and I think I’m going to hit most of them – I’m not sure about that 1hr40 half-marathon or the book draft – but I still need by 18th challenge. So, any ideas?!

The Month in Review

August has been a good month. It’s been pretty chilled out in some ways, but it’s nice to have also kept up progress on my challenges especially on the running side. I could really feel the energy start to shift towards the end of the month….all ready to go ‘back to school’ and throw myself back into work. I started working with a business coach and I’m joining a new accelerator programme in September. I’m really excited about the next few months, even if the days start to get cooler and shorter. I really must do better at doing this posts at the end of the month (rather than the end of the next month!!) to get the most out of the reflection writing them offers. Oh well. Next month is another chance to try.

If you enjoy reading these posts, you might also enjoy my other platform The Practical Balance, including a couple of podcast appearances.


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 (October)
* Complete a one-month no-spend challenge (October)
* Have a monthly “interesting people” dinner club
* Read at least 24 books
* Learn to code
* Write a draft of a book (December)
* 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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