Have you ever had one of those random goals or dreams that sits in the back of your mind and ruminates for days, weeks, months or even years? It’s a dream that you may not think about often, or even really try and pursue because it seems a little ridiculous or not that important. I’ve had such a goal for the past, oh let’s see, about 17 years. It’s nothing that was major on my bucket list, and something that wouldn’t have really been that difficult to achieve if I had just gone out and done it myself, but the idea just sat there waiting for the perfect moment. I’m happy to say that the stars have aligned and I have found myself part of a book club.
Goal Accomplished: Book Club
Again, this may seem like a bit of a silly goal and was a project I could have started myself or even have found dozens via the internet that I could have joined, but that wasn’t what I wanted. I wanted to be invited to join a book club with a group that I felt comfortable with, but not that I had to lead and take charge of. This white whale of a goal finally came to fruition this past week. An insignificant thing to some has made me feel extremely grateful and satisfied at the moment. The books are ones that I would normally never read but it was a great two hours conversing with other women about various topics and eventually swinging back around to the book that we had just read.
Goal Accomplished: Yoga Class
In other goal related news, I have finally scheduled a yoga class to attend. However, it’s not just any old yoga class, it’s actually a class I’ll be taking with my boys and it includes alpacas. Yes, that’s right- I’m taking a Yoga With Alpaca’s class. I will eventually take a normal yoga class, but how could I possibly pass up something as amazing as doing yoga with alpacas? That is happening this upcoming weekend and I’ll be sure to relay how that experience goes.
Goal Accomplished: New Member of Family
I’ve also had a goal for about six months that I haven’t spoken of, mostly because it’s slowly been in the works. I decided earlier this year that our family should have dog that I feel comfortable with when my husband is on his two business trips per year. I had an experience earlier this past Spring that freaked me out and convinced me that we needed to have a guard dog. At the end of June she was born and over Labor Day weekend we brought her home. Her name is Arya (of course I had to name her after the savior of Westeros) and she is a black and red German Shepherd. It’s been about 12 years since my husband and I have trained a puppy, and this is a completely new experience for our boys, so it’s been quite an adventure here in our house.
One of the things I’ve had to mentally surrender is annoyance at having to deal with all the puppy poop and scratches from biting, as well as surrendering to the fact my routines have changed dramatically and will need to be adapted. I’m a gal who loves routine, planning and having my whole morning mapped out to the minute. That has taken an abrupt backseat this week and lately I can feel the tension manifesting itself in my body. My knees are aching more, my neck is stiff and sore and I have felt this heaviness settling over me. Oddly enough, I accidentally played a saved podcast the other day that mentioned surrendering to circumstances surrounding you and it was exactly the message I needed to hear at the right time. Isn’t that funny how the Universe works? I just happened to catch that message, but I wonder how many I had missed in the past week when my world was feeling shaky. It was a reminder to stay alert to what my gut is trying to tell me and pay more attention to things happening around me.
Goal In Progress: NaNoWriMo
One of my goals that I haven’t been great working on is my writing. I can see the month of November creeping up on me and my National Novel Writing Month goal approaching quickly. I’ve got such a vague idea of what my novel will be about but right now I know there is no way I can squeeze 50,000 words out of it. I need to dedicate some time to plot out my strategy but time seems to be moving very quickly lately. Especially since I’ve got kids that have started back to school, a new puppy and more work that I’ve agreed to take on at my day job. I’m desperately trying to commit to writing 15 minutes a day, but that has yet to happen. I have started journaling again which I think is helping me open up, so we’ll see how that all plays out.
Goal In Progress: Reiki Session
I looked back at my other goals I had set and I haven’t really focused on them as much as I need to. I’m hoping that in this next week when things start to calm down again I can come up with a better game plan. On the plus side, I do still feel like I’m pushing myself out of my comfort zone and am looking at some local things to do in the upcoming months. One thing I’m planning on exploring this week is a new-to-me Reiki Therapy place that is right down the street from my work. Reiki is something that has been popping up lately in different areas of my life, which means I better start taking it seriously. It’s not something I’ve done so I’m very interested to see what it entails. I’ve also been looking into local places that offer axe throwing and aerial yoga, so apparently my interests are all over the place.
How about you guys? Have you set some goals and made some progress on them? Sometimes life gets in the way and we can’t always hit the goals we want in the time frame we want to. Last week I missed posting on the blog because it was just too crazy at work and I was feeling uninspired. I had to let that go too because I found myself feeling defeated, but guess what-it’s okay! I’m not a failure because I missed one week, it’s not ideal and not something I want to get into the habit of doing, but it is what it is. So if you aren’t where you should be, just take a breath and set and intention to get back on track. I know you can do it- I know I can do it too.
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