November 2, 2015

November Goals

Hello, birth month! I don't think I'll ever get tired of my birthday. I know a lot of people, as they get older, hate their birthday more and more, and with each passing year they become a year more determined to shrug it off and let it pass by without mention. I can't imagine I'll ever be that person. I love my birthday. And though I'm not the type to wear a tiara and invite a plethora of friends/coworkers/acquaintances/strangers to celebrate my special day, I still look forward to its arrival and letting it be a day about me. Call it vain or conceited or whatever you please, but I like my birthday. And I'm excited for it to get here in just nine more days.

But enough of my birthday. Let's talk about goals! November always brings about a lot of introspection, and in many ways I look at November as a starting point and an ending point. My birthday has something to do with it. What do I want to accomplish in my next year of life? But November is also the second to last month of the year, and around this time I start to think about what I want to accomplish in the next calendar year as well. And consequently, I also see November as a month marking "it's too late, better luck next year." But with these monthly goals that I decided to do in 2015, I'm hoping that defeatist attitude doesn't creep its way in, and I'll continue to push myself to grow through goal setting.

+ Practice yoga every day. This is a big one. A daily change in lifestyle is hard enough for anyone, and it's especially no easy task when you don't allow that lifestyle change to grow naturally over time. I'm not exception to that, and I'm not expecting to accomplish this goal necessarily. But I want to focus on spending more time on my yoga mat, and giving myself an "every day" goal like this will hopefully inspire me to find time to make it happen. I struggle with making time for things, even things that are important to me. So here's to hoping this goal opens my eyes to what I value and what I want to make time for.

+ Get the bulk of my Christmas shopping done. I mentioned that my mom is coming up for Thanksgiving and that I really want to send home Christmas gifts with her instead of having to ship them through the postal service. This means that I really need to get the majority of my shopping done before she arrives. It's not so much that I have to send gifts home with my mom, but I want to. Not to mention it'll be a big stress relief going into December.

+ Personal branding. I would assume that most twenty-somethings struggle with identity and, consequently, their personal branding. I'm right there on that boat with everybody else. And it drives me crazy. I'm at a time in my life where everything I've ever known has been shaken to its core and reshuffled into something so unfamiliar. I've only ever known years to start in August, aka the beginning of the school year. But a year and a half ago, all of that changed, and here I am in the "real world," and I still don't know what the hell I'm doing.

Now that I have a job and feel somewhat more grounded, I want to focus on me, on who I want the "adult Jessie" to be. What image do I want to portray? What first impressions do I want people to have of me? As I continue through the big phases of life - marriage, starting a family, raising a family, being a "matriarch" - who do I want to be? What do I want to be known for? Who do I want to be known as?

I've had my time to make mistakes. Now that I'm about to enter my mid-twenties (yes, this is another birthday shoutout), I want to focus on who I'm becoming. It's not about who I've been or who I am right now. It's about who I want to be. And what steps do I need to take to become who I imagine the "future Jessie" to be? This is a long-term goal. It's a goal that will never really be accomplished because I'll always be growing and having to refine and change and develop. This is nothing more than a process. But I want to be more aware of this process and what I'm doing to further its growth.

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