In review: July

As part of being more accountable to myself and keeping focused on the goals I’ve set for the year I’m aiming to check in monthly. This post is mainly for my own benefit…

My professional goals and progress toward them:

  • Letting Go – no update from last month really but actively noticing what I’m saying no to and checking in with myself on why. Progress: GREEN
  • financial – this has been good over the last month and I’m staying focused on what is put in planted now will be come to fruition toward the end of the year. Some good things on the horizon so maintaining focus the key here for me. Progress: AMBER
  • learning – the kids are into school holidays so our learning is even less structured and informal than it has been in lockdown! I’ve started to put markers on things I want to learn more about and have kept up with my self-eduction on other things. Progress: AMBER
  • writing – my writing has exploded over the last month – perhaps it is seasonal and like the bounty of summer my pages are heaving with harvest at the moment. I’ve been writing everyday for Popoptica and it’s amazing to see the site grow, and receive such lovely messages from artists as well as feel as if I’m doing something to support grassroots music. I’ve also been writing everyday in my current contract and I’ve got first drafts of another couple of short stories. So much writing across everything I do right now! Progress: GREEN
  • health – I’ve restarted my couch 2 5k journey and one week in am already loving the changes it has bough to my body and mind. It’s so easy to forget what a benefit a little bit of exercise, and a regular commitment can bring. Cooking is also continuing to be a salve and I’m loving Baking Sundays with my youngest as well as keeping up the veg box delivery and putting stuff away in jams and preserves for the winter months. Progress: GREEN
  • reading – still not reading well. Even things I think will take my fancy can’t hold my attention. Progress: RED
  • travel and adventures – I’ve been out for the first time since February and that felt like a big adventure. I’m keeping things local and lowkey as it doesn’t feel like the time yet to be stretching further. Progress: AMBER
  • volunteer and pro-bono work – writing for Popoptica counts on this roughly but my ability to donate financially to other causes has been greater than my ability to share time or skills. Progress: AMBER

SUMMARY

A good start to the second half of the year and really good feeling to see consistent work and focus paying off across so many of my goals for the year.