November Goals

November Goals

HAPPY NOVEMBER! 

I can’t believe I’ve already been in Austin, TX for 3 whole months. There’s so much left to be explored, thanks to you traffic. Starting from this month, I’m going to put more of an effort into this blog. Ever since my break this summer, I haven’t really gotten back onto my normal, enthusiastic feet—wait, is that how it goes? I think it’s been especially hard trying to bridge traveler me and normal me, which translates into travel blog and lifestyle blog. While I never really want to become a lifestyle blogger (nothing personal, there’s just enough of that out there), I am going to include more of myself (and some structure) into it, which is more exciting for me… not necessarily you.

I am a little hesitant in making the switch from just travel, but I think it’s for the best. I never really wanted to corner myself into JUST travel and I think the way I’ve been tackling the travel posts—story-based rather than informational—will make the transition a little smoother.

Carry around a notebook, David Sedaris style | I wrote about this earlier but it will probably help my writer’s block. I want it to be a combination of a thought-journal and a remembering-all-the-weird-shit-that-happens journal. So far, I’ve perfected the what-I-did log. Right now, I’m writing down quotes. We’ll get there eventually.

Read every day | How am I not doing this already? Why am I not doing this already?

Try a week of not watching anything | This one’s going to be tough, but necessary. I know that what’s holding me back is a) traffic b) getting into a binge-watch of anything. Historically, it’s been shows that I’ve already seen. WHY do I do this? Why do I waste a marathon’s worth of time watching something that I’ve already seen? I’m not sure, but I’m scared of what’s going to happen. Am I going to just start falling asleep by 8PM because there’s nothing to do? Ideally, I’m going to use that time to do something worthwhile.

Stick to a healthy regime | I know, this is extremely vague and therefore quite malleable. Pizza loaded with veggies is healthy… right? But I want to finally get back into shape (not going to become a fitness blog) for long term purposes. So for the month of November, I have a weekly cumulative challenge that hopefully will not make me cry too much.

Get into the habit of using a planner | I’m really good at writing things down in the planner. Not so good at checking it to see what I told myself to do. Basically, I have step one of this extremely useful habit down; I just need step two.

Don’t go straight home after work | This is absolutely essential. Going home after work is like going to bed at 4PM. You’re forcing yourself to end the day early when there is so much that can be done after work outside of sitting in traffic. This way, I get to avoid traffic AND get away from the Netflix temptation. There’s also that thing where I’m supposed to expose myself to more people outside of work every day… to y’know, make sure the mother isn’t harping me on not finding someone special yet.

Do you guys have any goals you’re trying out for November? 

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  • http://theladyerrant.com/ Elle

    Haha, “going home after work is like going to bed at 4pm.” I’m always home working on stuff so. . .yeah, sometimes I spend the days in my pajamas :) I’ve found that the key is to indulge my nocturnal tendencies, because I’ll actually stay up all night legit learning things instead of frittering around all day. On that note, if you or anyone you know wants a free blog makeover, I’m thinking about looking for guinea pigs so I can learn new things. I read a ton of Internet crap every day but I really need to read books more. I have this stack of non-fiction waiting by my bed, but when I end up relaxing, I usually just want a story. And I almost always just marathon stuff I’ve seen, because – I always do other things while watching stuff – then it’s either comforting background noise or I don’t have to look at the screen to know what’s happening. Yeah. I’m boring.

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Mishfish13

      Hahah, I’m jealous that you can work from home. That’s the life! But I would be the same way too, if I didn’t have to wake up at 7:30 every day… my favorite is learning up on stuff in the middle of the night. It makes me feel like I’m getting a leg up while everyone else is deep in sleep.

      OOH. ME. ME. BLOG MAKEOVER ME. I’ve been meaning to for a while but just the thought of doing all that AND keeping up my posts makes me exhausted. If you don’t mind, I would SO appreciate that!

      You’re not boring, just comfortably settled ;) I do the same thing when marathoning things. I usually do it more out of the background noise so I end up having to watch things twice haha.

      • http://theladyerrant.com/ Elle

        Haha, well it’s not all paid work yet, but it’s nice to not have a random office job. And yay, I’d love to do that! Just email me with some idea of what your looking for sometime!

        • http://mishfish13.com/ Mishfish13

          It’s going to start happening! PS pass over some tips on how you’re getting started.. I should really start my freelance push while I have something steady haha. And yeah, of course! Super excited :))))