August Goals – Baselines & Organization

My goals for August are pretty straightforward: 

  1. Run 20 total miles (physical activity). 
  2. Spend 15 minutes per day in a cleaning/de-clutter mode in my home (home environment).
  3. Consolidate notes, notebooks, journals, calendars & lists (creativity). 

Run 20 Total Miles

I started setting this goal a different way, something like “Run 1 mile a day, at least 4 days per week.” Those types of goals for me, however, get really easy to lose track of, mostly because of the tracking required. To rephrase it in a way that makes sense and is easier to measure, I had to ask myself: what is the actual, real goal here? 

The answer to that is two-fold. I have two bigger goals that I’m playing with right now: the idea that I want to spend at least 30 minutes every day in some kind of physical activity, and that I hope to sign up for a race (a 5k) this fall. 

Time Out: Playing With vs. Committed To

Let’s talk about this language for a minute. When I say I’m “playing with” the idea of a goal, it means it’s on my mind, it sounds nice, but I haven’t fully committed yet. Why not?

Maybe I haven’t decided if it’s truly my priority or something I think I *should* do.

Maybe logistically speaking, there’s more to consider (money, time, location, etc.).

Either way, when it comes to setting true, actionable goals, I want to be able to answer the questions of WHY and HOW. Right now, running another race is still a pretty arbitrary want of mine, and my thoughts around it look like this:

  • I think I want to sign up for another race.
  • Why?
    • To give me something to work for, train for.
    • For a feeling of accomplishment.
    • Because I’ve done it before, so I know I can do it again.
    • To add variety to my OrangeTheory & yoga workout routines. 
    • To spend more time outside. 

Why is this not a true, actionable goal right now? Because I’m not ready to look at race calendars in Portland and the Portland area. Because financially, paying the registration fee for a race isn’t on my priority list. Because building a true training routine into my daily schedule isn’t yet a priority, and I have other ‘daily schedule’ type habits I want to build first. 

But, I think I’d like to in the not-too-distant future, so running a cumulative 20 miles in August will at least set a baseline if and when I do decide to truly start training. Plus, it helps me work towards that 30 minutes of daily physical activity. 

How will I measure this? 

Easy. Nike Run Club app. As long as I track every run, I can see a cumulative total for the month. 

Spend 15 minutes per day in a cleaning/de-clutter mode in my home.

This goal started like this: “Clean & de-clutter my home.”

It’s reworded the way you see here because what does “clean & decluttered” actually even mean? How will I know when I’m done? Where will all that stuff go? 

Blocking out 15 minutes every single day in which it doesn’t matter what I do or what room I’m in, as long as I’m cleaning something, putting things away, or selecting items that are ready for their next home (or the dumpster).

Just like with my running goal, the true progress will be seen in the cumulative: if I spend even close to that amount of time cleaning most days? By the end of August, my home will be in order and my belongings will be fewer. 

How will I measure this?

Great question. I’ll feel calm and light when I’m in my home (sometimes I do, and that’s when it’s super clean & organized). Everything will have a home. My closet will be lighter and more simplified. My “sold” balance on Poshmark will be higher ($$). 

Consolidate notes, notebooks, journals, calendars & lists.

This feels like a mini project within the ‘clean & declutter’ project, but I think it needs it’s own attention. I have a LOT of notebooks. I have a lot of half-used notebooks. I have a lot of really good ideas, half-written essays and stories, reminders, and other notes scribbled all over the place, hidden in god-knows-which notebook. The intention here is to go through every one of them, consolidate these ideas and scribbles into categories like “Stuff I Actually Want to Do!” and “No Longer Useful” and “Needs Further Research,” and then either digitize them so I just have them in a searchable spot, or designate specific homes for these different types of notes. 

And then? Recycle. It pains me a little to think of throwing away even ONE notebook, but as long as the ideas and insights are preserved, I’ll learn to let go of the paper itself. 

How will I measure this?

Well, in my line of sight right now, I can count 26 different types of notebooks. This includes gratitude journals, to-do list notebooks, blank notebooks, composition notebooks, idea pads, and more. What if I got this number down to under 10? This goal will be measured in the total number of notebooks owned at the end of August. 

I welcome suggestions on how to best organize notes, lists, to-dos, drafts, journals, and more. What works for you? Should I get on that bullet journal train? File everything digitally into Evernote? 

vision board

Create Your Own Vision (Board) Workshop Recap, Tips for Creating Your Own, + A Starter Vision Board Kit

A few months ago, as I created my own most recent vision board (pictured above), I had the idea that I’d love to lead an entire workshop on doing exactly what I was doing in that moment. I looked around at the environment I’d created — a glass of rosé, a few magazines spread out on the table in front of me, scissors, glue sticks, paper bag trash bag next to me for all of the inevitable paper scraps I was about to create, and groovy dance tunes filling the air around me.

I thought it would be pretty amazing to re-create this environment and then also fill it with other people who were energetically focusing their attention on their own dreams, goals, and intentions. I happened to find the phrase “workshop” in one of the magazines, so I cut it out and put it up on mine.

The Universe Conspires

A short ways into the planning process (really, just costing out what I’d need to buy and supply), I asked an event-planner friend of mine if she could recommend a good venue that would be well-suited to making a giant mess of magazine scraps while listening to music and drinking rosé.

What happened next can only best be described as the whole “… and, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it’* thing.

She said to me, “I actually need someone to lead EXACTLY such a workshop at the World Domination Summit this summer.”

Whaaaaaaaaaaat?!

So yesterday, I did exactly that. And of all of the places to test run and essentially launch this idea (and my coaching business with it) into the world, I couldn’t think of a better, more engaged place to do it.

Yesterday, I led my first Vision Board workshop at the World Domination Summit.

Show up

Supplies, space, and the guest list would all be BUILT IN. The target audience could not be a more receptive audience to spending two hours thinking about visions and intentions and then arts-and-crafternooning about it in the middle of the WDS HQ. 

All I had to do was supply some of my own magazines and show up. 

Hey, sometimes that’s the hard part (the showing up, not necessarily the magazines).

So, I did! This was yesterday and I am overjoyed at how well it went. 

The attendees were inspiring, engaged, creative, and open. They were excited to share their visions and dreams and even more excited when they found pictures, words, and phrases that seemed to *coincidentally* align with ideas, words, and phrases they already had in their heads. 

*spoiler alert : not a coincidence! Synchronicity is everywhere when we start to align with our purpose and calling*

Here are a few photos from the event: 

We started with a little overview on what a vision board actually is.

We talked about the power of setting intentions, creating space for our ideas and dreams, and the momentum we gain when we spend dedicated time focused on these visions, and the exponential power and momentum we gain when we surround ourselves with other people holding the same space and energy. 

Then, we spent a little over an hour flipping through magazines, sharing our visions, and putting it all together. 

It was magic.

I can’t wait to do this again here in Portland, and eventually take it to other cities in the future. 

Can’t wait ‘til then?

Create YOUR Own Vision (Board)

Here’s 5 tips to get you started, including a link at the end to snag your very own Create Your Own Vision (Board) Kit (yay!).

  1. Choose 1-2 magazines that you know will resonate and 1-2 that you wouldn’t necessarily expect to. Example: men’s interest magazines have long spent more time, column space, and ad space dedicated to topics on success, wealth, and power. Women’s magazines are catching up — yes! Yay! — but the variety of both plus travel, fashion, cooking, whatever your interests are (cycling! birds! sports!) is a great place to start.
  2. Have a specific focus. Or don’t! You can choose a theme (Home, Travel, Health, Romance) and look for images and words in support of that theme. This is a great approach if you’re seeking focus. Or, you can create a more holistic vision board that represents multiple areas of your life. This is great if you’re seeking balance.
  3. Keep a trash bag or can nearby. I find that this is an excellent re-use of paper grocery bags. Scraps into the bag, bag into the recycling. 
  4. Don’t spend money on new magazines! Use what you have. Ask your friends to gift you their old ones. Shop garage sales, Goodwill, or thrift stores for old magazines at a major discount. The more you’re re-using and/or recycling the better. 
  5. Need a jump start? I got you! I created this super simple and also super fun Vision Board kit to get you started. Each kit comes with the actual supplies you’ll need (scissors, glue, board) plus 2-3 magazines, washi tape and other fun crafty accessories, and a vinyl pouch to keep it all organized. Get it, get it!

Have you created a vision board before? What visions have you manifested by keeping them front-and-center in your daily thoughts? 

*Paulo Coehlo, The Alchemist