In the beginning of this year, I started to take shit seriously.
Setting goals, working for them, making stuff happen.
So far, I’ve managed to fix the terrible sleeping habits that have plagued me for years, started investing time and effort into my blog again, and dived head first into new, healthy habits.
I’m learning to be more productive, committing in a healthier lifestyle, and developing routines and rituals that work for me and help me become the most glowing, vibrant, thriving version of myself.
My mission for this year is to focus on being healthy, happy, and growing as a person. After dealing so many years with depression and that feeling of numb hopelessness — I’m done. I am fucking done. The dark hole can await for a few months, and while I’m basking in this light of almost okay-ness — totally taking advantage of it.
Here are my goals for May 2018!
1 | Take my mom out to dinner
We don’t get to spend that much time together, and sometimes our relationship isn’t quite on the Lorelai-Rory level. Nonetheless, I really want to treat my mom and take her out to dinner to a nice place. Usually this means McDonald’s (I did say nice, didn’t I?) because that’s her secret guilty pleasure and only I am trustworthy enough to share this with her. But hey, whatever mama wants she gets, right?
2 | Keep up with my no spend -habit
In April, I didn’t spend any money on 15 out of 30 days. This was my first time actually tracking my no spend days, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out! Now, when I say no spend I mean literally no money is spent — not even for necessities like bills, groceries, or apartment needs. I’m planning to keep up with this.
3 | Watch 3 documentaries
Personal growth, y’all. I love educating myself by watching documentaries, but lately I haven’t been very inspired to watch anything at all. And that’s quite shocking coming from a Netflix/Hulu junkie such as myself. If you have any amazing documentary recommendations (available either on Netflix, Hulu, or for free on YouTube) please let me know down in the comments!
4 | 5/30
5/30, or working out 5 days out of each week for at least 30 minutes. Right now I average 4 work outs per week, so I’m planning to take it up a notch! This means 30 minutes of any activity, whether it be walking, yoga, or lifting weights. If you’re a complete beginner to being active or working out, you could start with 15 minutes 3 times a week! Progress is progress, no matter how small the steps you take.
5 | Go for a walk every day
Right now, the snow is almost gone everywhere, it’s nice and fresh out, and there are no mosquitoes yet. Hence, it’s the perfect time of year (well, right after autumn) to spend time walking outside. One of my favorite ways to spend my evenings is to walk the tracks by the lakeside and listen to my jams. Usually my walks take over an hour, but the goal here is to simply take a walk every single day, even if it’s just around the tiny little pond near my house.
6 | Read a classic
I have a terrible habit or starting about 31 books and then taking months or even years finishing them. I’m a mood based reader so I have to be in a certain kind of mood to pick up a certain type of book. Yeah, it gets annoying real fast. So far I’ve read 25 books this year, but none of them so far have been a classic. I’m in the middle of Anna Karenina right now, and planning to finish it this month. You can find me on Goodreads here!
7 | Read a book with over 1,000 pages
I started reading at four years old. Books and libraries are the most beautiful inventions of humankind, besides perhaps hot showers and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Still, sometimes I just look at all the big books on my to read -list and go mehhh. One of my 2018 reading goals (yes, who doesn’t have specific goals related to books and reading and literature?) is to read at least 3 books with over 1,000 pages. It’s about time I read my first BIG book of the year.
How I track my monthly goals in my bullet journal
I love bullet journaling. I got into it a couple of years back to help me study for some exams, but then I fell into the deep dark depression cave and the habit died, alongside my will to live. You know how that is.
I re-started bullet journaling in January, and it has helped me tremendously. It’s especially useful if you want to track your daily habits or make little changes in your lifestyle.
There are things that I track on a yearly basis, I have a monthly Wellness spread where I track everything from hours slept to cups of coffee consumed, and for specific monthly goals like these I also track them individually!
It’s a fuckload of tracking, I’m well aware. But if it works, it works!
Here’s how I’m tracking my May goals in my bullet journal:
Ah yes. I’m definitely not one of those artistic bullet journalers. My style is more messy, minimalist, yet somehow efficient!
You can either color the days in, circle them, or cross them off — whatever floats your sparkling, badass, goal-achieving little boat.
What are your goals for May? Do you have any suggestions for happy, healthy goals I should get into in June? I’m all ears!
P.S. Here are the supplies I used (these are affiliate links! thanks for supporting this blog!):
- Bullet journal: Leuchtturm 1917 in Azure blue
- TomBow dual brush pens (the green I used is the shade 192 Asparagus which is not part of the set I linked. For a more affordable option, just get the Crayola Supertips markers. You can get a set of 100 for ten bucks!)
- For writing I use these Uni-Ball Signo DX 0.38 gel pens (I love these for writing, but they bleed if you use a marker like the TomBow on top of them. For the numbers in the tracker I just used a regular fineliner.)
- Faber-Castell PITT Artist fineliners
Hi, I’m Vivi! I’m a transformation mentor, writer, and yoga enthusiast. My life’s purpose is empowering spiritually curious women to be and do whatever the hell they want to. I’m here to share my journey and truth with you — unapologetically, with a touch of sarcasm and a lot of heart. I want to help you grow and follow your soul’s desire, not anybody else’s rules. I write weekly about personal growth and yoga on this blog. You can join the List to receive a weekly letter of inspiration and guidance!