Goals for October

Hi everyone,

I am a really goal orientated person and thrive when I have some laid out ideas of what I would like to accomplish. Goals are a tricky thing since you have to be well motivated to achieve them, they have to be attainable, and you have to be willing to possibly fail at reaching them. I have been feeling a little lost since I haven’t had goals set in awhile. Today all that is changing! I am going to make a small list of goals to hopefully achieve this month. I am going to start small and see how that goes. I am also going to try to write about how the goal setting went at the end of the month! (Look at me already setting a goal haha!) Okay here it goes!

  1. Finish the thank you letters for my wedding.

I have no idea how many of you readers are married or have ever been given the task of writing thank you letters. Right now, thank you letters are the bane of my existence. They haunt me every where I turn in my apartment! I am so thankful for all the lovely wedding gifts we have received and really do want to show my appreciation, but handwriting hundreds of cards was a huge mistake on my part. I think my hand is literally going to fall off! This month I hope to conquer the remaining cards and deliver the rest that remain on my coffee table.

2. Write more.

I love to write. I really do. I find that it is the best way for me to express my thoughts and my ideas. I feel more confident when I write and I love to explore where my mind takes me. I have contributed to some published material in the form of editing, but I would really love to pursue some of my own personal ideas. I want to write more blog posts and I want to start writing the books that have been floating around my mind for years. My goal is to write something (non-school related) at least twice a week.

3. Schedule more. 

The past year or so I have been so busy that my brain is fried. I keep forgetting to do things  and I know that I thrive better when I schedule things out. In fact, when I write a to-do list it often relievers stress for me. When I write something down, I feel like I don’t have to worry about it anymore. This goal is basically to use my agenda more. I want to be organized and de-stress myself so that I do better in school, my daily life, and be more healthy in general.

There you have it! Three goals that I want to achieve in the month of October. I think they are fairly attainable goals and I am excited to try them out. I look forward to telling you all how they went at the end of the month!

What is a goal you have set for October? 


The Mind and Body: Part 1

Today I was so tired and grumpy. Who hasn’t had those days? These days are the ones where we don’t feel like doing anything, talking to people, or going outside; a cozy blanket and a good read sounds like the best course of action on these days…

And then reality kicks in.

In real life, we can’t always pause life and crawl into our cocoons of comfort. However, as I sat reflecting on the day, I realized that there were little events that made it better. These events made my tiredness and grumpy attitude a little better and easier to manage. Before I knew it, I had come up with other ways to help how I was feeling. Since so many of us have days like these I thought I would share my tips and tricks with you. I am no expert, but these methods have certainly improved my standard of living.
The mind and body (and soul) are all important factors of human existence. It is important for us to take care of these parts of ourselves. I’ve found that if we ignore one of these areas, we become unhappy, tired, or even sick. All three parts, mind, body and soul, are connected and effect the other parts, which is why it is important to not ignore them.

With all this being said, I am a firm believer that having spiritual life is an important part of taking care of your entire being (especially your soul). Our spiritual lives are the most important parts of us as its condition determines our eternal destination. However, I didn’t want to talk about what a healthy spiritual life might look like just yet. God goes first in all things, but I want to share something that I think is not shared enough. Without replacing the importance of having a spiritual life, I wonder if sometimes we must begin to deal with our mental and physical problems before we can properly begin living spiritually. What I mean by this is that sometimes our other problems overwhelm us to the point that we cannot deal with our spiritual lives until we begin to manage what is overwhelming us. Sometimes problems we are facing in other areas of our life act as road blocks in our spiritual journey. I am not saying that we should have everything figured out and dealt with before we start working on our spiritual lives, just a start in other areas yet to be fully resolved. Again, we don’t need everything figured out to go to God and in fact, we never will have everything figured out. My point is that sometimes we have a mental or physical issue that blocks us from going any further in our spiritual walk until we address it. To address the issue, we may pray to God as say “I have this problem, please help me heal” or we may begin to address the issue by stating to ourselves, “I have this problem. I don’t like it.”

For example, I could never seem to get the hang of reading my Bible. I began to resent doing my daily reading because I had so much trouble getting it done and other things on my mind. I realized one day that I did not have a good schedule set in my life so I decided to start one. Once I began to establish times for waking and sleeping, doing errands, and such, it was unbelievable. It was so easy to pick up my Bible and read each day AND I felt a million times better physically, mentally, and spiritually. Another example might be someone suffering from depression. They may be told that God is there for them or that these feelings may pass, but might not ever be able to take a step further on that spiritual journey until they say, “I do not feel happy, but I want to be so I am going to get help to change that.” To make a long story short, this is why I wanted to write about the mind and body first. As disciples of Christ, we are called to share our faith and be loving towards everyone. I don’t see how this is possible if we can’t take care of ourselves (with God’s help of course). Over the next few days I am going to post some of my methods for you all to read. For today, I just wanted to introduce my idea and encourage you to think if there is an area that you might be ignoring or might not be taking the best care of. Maybe we can all set one goal for something we want to positively change in our lives to help us lead healthy mental, physical, or spiritual lives.

– Katie