This week was a great way to kick off the second month of 25 Things Before 25! I have been working hard at work and on my blog. I began a blogging challenge at the beginning of the month and it has been exactly that: a challenge. I am so excited to share with you more about plans for November!
I began this week feeling very grateful, so I thought I would start it off by paying it forward. I am not wanting to share much about what I have done, because I’m not looking for praise. However, I did have such an awesome thing happen in one instant. I sent money over Venmo to my sister saying that I loved and appreciated her and to enjoy lunch on me. Not two minutes later I got an unexpected Venmo from my sister-in-law saying almost the same thing! I am telling you, what comes around goes around.
Also, I mentioned how this week was busy right? So, my sister-in-law took me with her to the Lana Del Rey concert on what was my only day off I had in about two weeks. We had a blast and it was one hell of a night. It’s so nice to break up a busy work week with a night out with your best friend!
All in all, this week was more working than anything else, but I have so many other big plans coming up to make it all worth it! It has been a lot of planning, and I am so excited!
What I Have Accomplished
The first week of November has been very successful. With the beginning of the my 30-Day Blog Challenge, I actually completed 7 blogs in the first week, but one of them was on the topic of this journey so that post doesn’t count towards the 25 Blogs in One Month category. Also, I added to another new category this month–Pay it Forward. I figured with 30 Days of Gratitude it would be a good month to focus on paying it forward. With that said, here is what I accomplished this week:
- Completed 4 of my routine workouts (Number 8)
- Went to the Lana Del Rey concert (Number 11)
- Memorized a new bible verse (Number 12)
- Paid it forward two times (Number 19)
- Completed 6 blogs of 25 (Number 24)
My Progress in Perspective
This has been an awesome week! Although it has been busy, I have blogged every single day and I have really etched away at some of these tasks. I completed 14 tasks, and while that is still short of my 17 to 18 tasks per week, it really has been an accomplishment this week! It truly set a good pace for the month, and I am on a blogging roll!
I am at 71 tasks completed, so I am behind in a big way. I do have a plan set to hopefully catch me up by the end of December. I should be at 104 tasks completed. That being said, over the next 7 weeks, I am going to have to complete 22 tasks per week! It is kind of a large number, but I know I can do it! I wrote a blog this week called Start Today! that talks about not waiting until the ambiguous “tomorrow.” And I plan to stick with that type of motivation I had writing that post for the rest of this journey!
Goals for November
In last weeks update, I mentioned that I think I took the wrong approach to my monthly goals. So this month, I decided to make my goals mostly about consistency. This way, I won’t be saying every week that I am behind. I think that each of the following goals will help keep me on track to complete 25 Things Before 25 in the next 11 months. My November goals are:
- Complete 22 tasks every week.
- Decide ahead each week what I plan to accomplish.
- Add to 2 more categories before the end of the month.
If I stick to these goals for the rest of the month, I will feel more confident in my ability to complete this journey. I only have 6 open categories left, so bringing it down to 4 will be a huge accomplishment! I bought a new planner and that has already helped me organize what I am going to do and when. For me, if it is written down, I feel more committed to getting it done.
What I am Grateful For Today:
Writing this update has totally opened up a flood of gratitude for me. I have never been more grateful for changes I have made and adventures I have introduced into my life through 25 Things Before 25 and 30 Days of Gratitude. It is Day 11 of 30 Days of Gratitude today and I am so happy with where I am at.
Today I am grateful for:
- 25 Things Before 25
- 30 Days of Gratitude
- New adventures
- My puppy
- Snowy days
- Cute holiday movies
- Good workouts
- Busy work days
- My health
- Workout challenges
- Doggy play dates
- Days off
- Warm winter gear
- Sunshine on cold days
- Live music
- Random acts of kindness
- Good conversations
- A warm house
- A great support system
- Great coworkers
- Laughing with my brother
- Veterans and their service
Thank you to all men and women who serve and have served in the military! I am grateful for your service today and every day!
What are you grateful for today? Let me know in the comments!
Happy Veterans Day!