YAY — it’s Friday! Does anyone else feel like it’s the technically short weeks that always feel the longest?
In a few hours, Matt and I are getting on the road to Connecticut to celebrate two of our favorite people getting MARRIED! I’m a bridesmaid (you may remember when I went to the bachelorette party in Savannah back in February), and I feel super lucky and honored to be part of this special day. There are few things I love more than celebrating love!
Before the festivities can begin, though, it’s time for me to update you on how I did with my goals for May (and to look ahead to June, of course). While I was reviewing my list yesterday, I was honestly a little surprised at how many items I checked off! You may have sensed a little frustration from me over these last few months — and if you did, you were right, so I’m really proud of myself for getting focused and back on track in May.
- Reboot the book project and start a fresh outline. √ YES! I didn’t get as far into the outline and the specifics this month as I would have liked, but I have a main character in mind, and I’m starting to build the story around her. I feel so much more inspired by this new direction! It’s a topic that requires some research, and it feels great to really have something to sink my teeth into.
- Break into a new outlet or start working with a new client. √ YES! It’s nothing that I’ve been able to share with you yet, but I submitted work to a new client mid-month.
- Break two hours in the Brooklyn Half. Yes and no. Officially, I finished just a few minutes over the two hour-mark… but, Matt has developed a “five minute rule” over his years of being a spectator of this particular race. Because there are so. many. people. running it (this year, there were about 30,000 participants!), he typically subtracts five minutes from my finish time to account for all of the extra seconds it takes me to wind my way through the crowds. By that logic, I met my goal — but either way, I’m happy with my race. I was much faster than last year, and had a great team here cheering me on!
- Change up my work environment.√ YES! This might have been my favorite goal of the month! It’s been really good to get out of the home office more often. Even a few hours at a coffee shop one day a week does wonders.
- Invest fresh energy in the blog.√ YES!
- Book a vacation with Matt.√ YES! We have a long weekend trip planned for our first wedding anniversary (which is just three weeks away!), and we started talking to my friend who works in the travel industry about a bigger vacation in the fall.
- Read three books. √ YES! I read The Animators, Beyond the Bright Sea, and Tuesday Nights in 1980. I would really recommend The Animators and Tuesday Nights, especially.
- Higher quality “me time.” I need to continue working on this, but I did make some progress this month. In May, I was a lot less likely to spend whatever free time I could grab in front of Hulu (although I’ll admit I did watch my fair share of the Kardashians). I’ve been trying to block off time to read while I eat lunch, or to take myself for little walks (even if it’s just to run errands, I make the walk feel more like down time by zoning out to a cool podcast and not making any phone calls).
And here are my goals for June! Just like last month, I have a few focus outlets and projects that I’m keeping to myself, too : )
- Celebrate an amazing first wedding anniversary! As I mentioned above, we have a long weekend trip on the calendar, and we’re planning on eating our cake (I’m a sucker for tradition!) and getting our vows printed and framed to hang in our apartment. I also want to come up with the most perfect, meaningful gift for Matt, preferably one that will be a total surprise. Generally speaking, I’m just really excited to go big with celebrations for this first year of marriage, and to set the tone for the way we approach our anniversaries in the future.
- Successfully finish my big copyediting project. If you follow my Instagram stories, you may already know that I am copyediting a biology textbook. Who knew I would be learning so much about the skeletal and excretory systems (yup, excretory system) as a full-time writer? My deadline to finish the project is June 22, and I’m looking forward to finishing it strong.
- Break into a new outlet. I’ve pitched to some new editors recently, and I have my fingers crossed that I’ll get good news back soon!
- Continue research for rebooted book project and/or start outlining. I’ve always told myself that I need to set aside time to work on my book every single day. I wish I could make that happen, but honestly, I think the whole idea has felt overwhelming — and maybe even a little discouraging. This month, I’m going to try to block off time three days a week, instead. That seems more manageable, and I’m hoping it will help me pick up more momentum!
- Research writing classes and possible graduate programs. In order for me to really get where I want to be with my creative writing (most importantly, of course, with writing my book), I think it’s time I start taking some classes. I haven’t decided yet if that looks like a full-blown degree (if anyone out there has experience with MFA programs, especially, I’d love to hear from you!) or just a few workshops here and there. In June, I want to spend some time looking into my options and weighing which one is best for me. More to come!
- Read three books. I know this one is probably kind of boring by now, but I like having the chance to share with you what I’ve read at the end of each month (it’s the old publishing pro in me, I guess!).
- Decide where we’re going for our fall vacation. As a couple, Matt and I are not always that quick to actually commit to the plans we’re talking about — and I want to make sure we don’t miss out on an amazing trip by waiting too long!
What are your goals for June? Fill me in with a comment below!