I can safely say two things about myself today:

  1. Every day I learn a little bit more about who I am.
  2. Every day I acknowledge a little more that I am not where I want to be.

I don’t want to take a pessimistic route with these points of understanding. I read a meaningful quote today, which read:

“A year from now you will wish you had started today..”       – Karen Lamb

Every day I wish I had started yesterday. Every day I wish I had started a week ago, a month ago, last year, when I was younger.

What I realize now is that I am tired of this hindsight mentality. It is time to move forward, to be positive, to create change.

Yesterday I proposed a 90 day challenge with a very good friend of mine, Mandi Raymond of Mommy Update. I told her to decide which goals she wanted to pursue, then pursue them for 90 days. The only real rule of the challenge is that we need to blog about it every day. 90 days of blogging will help us hold ourselves (and one another) accountable as we go. I think this is the best way to push forward.

So the first thing that I want to do, on Day One of this challenge, is to outline the goals I am setting for myself and a little bit about how I plan to achieve them, or at least to move forward with them if not to achieve them completely. Because setting a goal like “Lose 25 pounds” has an inherent flaw: If I don’t achieve it, I’ll be unhappy. If I realize it’s unachievable at some point, I might quit trying. I still prefer to set measurable goals such as this one, but with the caveat that I won’t give up if I’m not going to make it. Every step toward the goal is a positive one, even if my pace is not where I want it to be. Even if I won’t meet my goal on time. I’ll still push forward.

90 Day Challenge Goals

  1. Lose 30 lbs.
  2. Finish out the Spring semester of school.
  3. Finish one of my WIP novels.
  4. Get my jewelry-making business moving again.
  5. Pay off 50% of my credit card debt.

I tried to choose goals that impact different parts of my life. My health, my education, my work, my bills, my happiness. I don’t know if I’ll meet all five goals by the end of 90 days, but I’m going to try. I’m going to try with every ounce of everything I have. And if I accomplish one, or two, or three or five, I’ll be just as happy. I’ll feel just as accomplished. That’s my plan, and I’m sticking to it.