It’s been a week since I created my list of 50 goals for my 50th year, and I’m happy to say I’m off to a great start! I printed my list and posted it in my office so that I could reflect on it daily. Then, I created some weekly goals that relate to the list. Here’s what I have accomplished so far:
#3: Read the biography of someone I admire.
Weekly goal: Choose a biography to read.
Result: I chose the biography of Malala Yousafzai, and will start reading it when I have finished my current book (Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, if you’re curious!).
#6: Learn the basics of a foreign language.
Weekly goal: Spend 10 minutes each day learning Italian with the Duolingo app on my phone.
Result: I chose to learn Italian because there is a chance I may travel to Italy this year (fingers crossed!). Thanks to the Duolingo app, I get a daily reminder. I didn’t manage to practice every day, but I did get started!
#9: Meditate more frequently.
Weekly goal: Meditate after I exercise on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, for 10 minutes.
Result: I meditated with the Headspace app on my phone 3 times. It felt great and was a great way to end my workouts. 10 minutes seems like the perfect amount of time for now.
#28: Have a date day with each of my daughters.
Weekly goal: Spend a day with my oldest daughter this week, before she returns to school.
Result: We had a fabulous day! We spent a day shopping, having lunch and working on a craft. I think I may have to change this goal to plan these dates more often – once a year is definitely not enough!
#50: Say “I love you” every day.
Weekly goal: Say “I love you” to one person each day.
Result: This was an easy goal because I’m fortunate to be surrounded by people that I love. Making a point to express it felt great, and I plan to work on doing the same with people in my life that I may not think to say that to as often.
In addition, having my list printed out and posted where I see it often gave me frequent reminders about my goals. Because of that, I spent less time on social media (#13), searched Netflix for documentaries and classic movies (#5 and #21), remembered to listen more attentively in my conversations (#40), practice mindfulness more often (#29), and express gratitude every evening (#16). And, thanks to my husband (an avid cyclist), I am committing to a new form of exercise (#15) – we signed up for Cycle Oregon!
I made progress on 12 of my 50 goals in the first week. Not bad! I’m excited to keep moving forward.
Here are my goals for next week:
- Practice Italian at least 4 days (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) for 10 minutes each time with my Duolingo app. (#6)
- Begin my sourdough starter on Sunday using the kit I got for Christmas. (#30)
- Begin my training for Cycle Oregon by doing at least one of my cardio workouts on the exercise bike instead of the treadmill. (#15)
- Say “I love you” to at least one person each day, including one family member I haven’t told recently. (#50)
- Devote 30 minutes of each day to working on an outline for a new guided journal. (#34)
- Meditate after I work out at least three times (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) for 10 minutes.
I’m loving this project and already feeling a little extra spring in my step. One thing I quickly realized is that there are a few more goals I wish I’d put on the list, so I’m going to go ahead and write them in. In addition to laughing more (#31), I’m going to strive to dance more (even though I’m a terrible dancer) and sing more – even in public places!
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