Goal Progress Update

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2016 – Quarter 4 UPDATE

How I am Improving My Self Image After Having a Baby and How that Makes my entire family happier

As 2016 is coming to an end, I decided to do an update on my personal improvement quest. Earlier in the year, after being inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, I decided to do my own version of a Happiness Project. I identified some areas where I needed improvement and set out to become a better version of myself. As I explained in THIS post- it wasn’t that I was unhappy, rather that I recognized a gap in my personality left by becoming a mother. It is so easy to focus all of your energy on your child and neglect yourself. I decided that I could be a better parent by taking some time for myself.

I didn’t want my son to have a boring, insipid mother. Rather, I wanted him to be able to tell his future friends that his mother had tons of hobbies and interests, outside of just cleaning and cooking. I started this adventure with the hopes that if Chase sees me pursuing personal-improvement, always on the move trying to better myself, that he would take that example and grow up in an environment of growth. Without a doubt, I have learned a lot since starting in May. It’s hard to believe that we already in the final quarter of 2016!

Shoot for the Moon

                I set some very ambitious goals and while I certainly haven’t achieved them all, looking back, I see that I have made some pretty impressive progress!! What is that cheesy inspirational quote? Something about… shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. As trite as that sounds, it is true in my case. Though I set out with some big goals and it wasn’t always easy, I have surprised myself with some of the things that I have achieved. Let’s start by recapping my goals.

10 Goals for 2016

(I wrote this back in May- when this blog was still just a day dream)

1.       Lose the baby weight

2.       Gain Muscle definition

3.       Pay off 1 credit card

4.       Put an extra $1,000 in savings

5.       Write 300 pages of SOMETHING

6.       Organize the dining room

7.       Find a higher paying job

8.       Take the GMAT

9.       Write/Create a blog

10.   Get a DSLR and learn to use it

The Details

Now, I’ll talk about each goal and update my progress in a little more detail.

1.       So on my weight loss goal, though I haven’t met it yet, I have made some pretty impressive progress. I’ve lost over 35 pounds and have gone from a size 12/14 to a size 8/10. While I still have a lot of weigh left to go before hitting my pre-pregnancy goals, I have hit a plateau and need to re-spark my motivation. Hopefully, this post can help me achieve that renewed motivation.

2.       On the goal “gain muscle definition:” I have to say that this one is kind of 50/50. While I don’t SEE muscle definition (because it is hiding under my fat, I’m sure…) I certainly FEEL stronger. When I first started weight lifting post-partum, I could barely make it through a 15 minute session with a 5 pound kettle bell. Now, I’m doing free weights, have routinely upped my weight and can go for more than 30 minutes with ease. Every day tasks are also easier. In the end, I’ll call this one a success.

3.       Pay off 1 credit card. Ok so… technically, I DID do this one but also… I didn’t. LOL. I paid off one credit card, but let the good folks at Sam’s Club talk me into opening a Sam’s Club card which currently has a slightly higher balance than the one I paid off before opening the Sam’s Card. Whoops. We ARE however, planning on using this year’s tax return/Christmas money to pay off as much debt as possible. This year was kind of rough financially because I was out of work for three months and only got 60% of my pay for SIX WEEKS with my maternity leave. (Seriously, this country needs an overhaul on family leave but let’s save THAT post for another day) So… I’m going to count this goal as a big ol’ FAIL.

4.       Put an Extra $1,000 in savings. While we aren’t there YET we are making progress on this one and MIGHT meet this goal by the end of the year.

5.       Write 300 pages of something. Big ole’ fail here, too. I have at least planned out my meal prep book and written my outline. I feel like that’s a start at least… and I AM planning on participating in NaNoWriMo- I even have a couple good ideas swirling around in my head. 🙂

6.       Organize the dining room- UGH. If you know me in real life, you know that our dining room is the black hole of our house. All the random junk that has no home ends up in the dining room. Which… has never been used for its intended purpose. I have at least made progress here. We took a lot of misc. junk to the dump, which freed up tons of room. I would say we have 75% of the stuff cleared and now we’re down to the hard part of finding homes for the things that we need to keep but have no real place to store. Sigh.

7.       Find a higher paying job. SCORE! I achieved this one! This is probably the thing I am most proud of this year. It was not easy but my diligence paid off and after a YEAR of searching for a better job, I FINALLY found it. Yes!

8.       Take the GMAT – FAIL – this is the only one of my goals that I haven’t even TRIED to accomplish. I’ve made absolutely zero progress here. Unless you count staring down my GMAT prep book with contempt. Sadly, I don’t know why I’m so intimidated. Typically, I do REALLY well on standardized tests and had one of the highest ACT scores in my graduating class. Probably, it’s the $250 fee that’s got me like, NO. Seriously, WHO wants to pay $250 to take a scary test. BOOOO.

9.       Write/Create a blog. SUCCESS! You’re reading this, right? That means I was successful. This was a big leap of faith but I am so glad that I started this. I have been wanting to get into blogging for YEARS but never could bring myself to do it. I’m so glad that I decided to take this chance on myself because I get so much enjoyment out of blogging.

10.   Get a DSLR and learn to use it – SUCCESS! Yay! Again, my blog made me decide that I NEEDED a good camera. The biggest thing separating me from the “real” bloggers was good photography. Even though I still have a LOT to learn about my camera, I can at least take photos that are infinitely better than my previous cell-phone-camera photos.


There it is, my progress report for my personal Happiness Project. I’m definitely going to push myself to achieve these goals in the next few months. I have also set a few more goals for the remainder of 2016….

1.       Pay off $1,000 of debt

2.       Publish Meal Prep E-book

3.       Finish every book on my reading list (from the summer, read that post HERE)

4.       Hit my next mini-weight-loss goal by breaking into the 140’s

5.       Don’t charge ANY Christmas/birthday gifts this year!

As you can see, I am a GOAL SETTER! I love nothing more than setting goals for myself and smashing through them. To me, there is no feeling greater than accomplishing something that I thought I couldn’t do. I will update you again at the end of the year, to let you know how I’ve done!

What goals have you achieved this year? Where do you see yourself by the end of the year?

Thanks for taking the time to read this post!

As always, I hope you have a beautiful and blessed day!!!

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