Hello everybody! Towards the end of August, I decided that I would like to create a monthly goals list. I was tired of feeling stuck in a rut, and not trying anything new. So, I wrote a blog post detailing some things I would like to get done in September. Now it’s time to go back through those and see how they went!
Goal 1: Go Skydiving
I almost chickened out of this one! The 17th was my 21st birthday, and my boyfriend drove me two hours away to the best skydiving facility in the state. I was fine while suiting up, but I almost passed out from panic on the plane. I’m so scared of heights, and I wanted to back out… but then I remembered I had so many readers holding me accountable for my goals list! 😉 So, I jumped… My tandem instructor later told me that I gave the most bloodcurdling scream he’s ever heard, haha. But, the experience was amazing! After the first five seconds (which are absolutely terrifying), it feels like you are floating in the air. And the view was absolutely incredible! I actually would love to do this again.
Goal 2: Read Three Meaningful Books
I have been reading some good books lately, but I really wanted something that changes me… A book that helps me view the world a different way. So, I picked out three meaningful books to read during September.
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Oh wow, this book made my heart ache. It’s a well-known book, but I had never read it before and definitely wasn’t prepared for what it contained. The book details a man’s experience in concentration camps during the Holocaust, and explains his “logotherapic” discoveries. The extremely graphic descriptions of the events, coupled with the author’s detachment, really made this a soul-haunting book. It was a painful book, but I am glad I have read it.
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
I read this book in about two hours, going back and forth from sobbing to laughing aloud. Randy Pausch was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and was a presenter for a “Last Lecture” series Carnegie Mellon was hosting. He turned his lecture into a message for when his children are older: “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”. He is very witty, and his carefree way of looking at things can’t help but make you smile. But, you’ll also cry every time you think about the fact that his life is being taken while he is so young. I feel like I learned a lot from this book – like not letting the little things bother me when life is so bried.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
I am going to school to be a teacher, and my teacher-mode definitely kicked in while reading this book. I’ve decided that I’m going to include it in my future classroom library. The protagonist, Auggie, was born severely deformed; the book documents his first year in public school. It is such an inspiring story, and really challenges you to look past a person’s appearance. I think it is so important for children to learn this message!
Goal 3: Try a Hard Recipe
I usually stay within my comfort zone when cooking… Typically cooking boxed pasta and heating up a jar of sauce is “cooking” for me. Don’t judge me, I’m just a college student. 😉 Lately though, I’ve been trying to branch out and actually learn how to cook. This month, I decided to try out a recipe that I have purposely avoided because I felt it was too hard: risotto! Now, risotto may seem easy to you – but to me, it’s practically gourmet.
Here’s how it turned out! I surprised myself; it didn’t stick to the pan at all. It was so creamy and yummy!
Goal 4: Write a Minimum of One Blog Post a Week
I have started up school again full-time, and I am also interning at a high school. Last year, I basically put my blog on hold for an entire semester, and I did not want to do that again. This month, I exceeded my goal! This will be my 10th post of the month, which is pretty awesome considering how busy I’ve been.
Goal 4: Write a Letter
I actually just did this today! I wrote to my sisters (aged 7 and 8). They are pretty advanced writers for their age, so I can’t wait to see what they send back. I am hoping to make this a regular thing, and continue to send letters back and forth.
Goal 5: Sign Up for Shifts at a Food Bank
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to complete this goal. When I called the food bank to sign up for a Saturday shift, they told me they are only open on Monday – Friday. With my full-time classes and internship, I was not able to fit a shift into my schedule. I was really bummed about this, but I will be on the lookout for other volunteering opportunities in my community.
All in all, I think this month has been really amazing and eventful! I definitely want to continue creating monthly goals. I’ll write a post with my October goals tomorrow.
Do you have a monthly goal list? If not, I challenge you to make one!