Monday, June 20, 2016

Happy Monday!

I used to have this series on my blog called #MakeitHappenMonday where I would set weekly goals and review my goals for the past week. After a while, the weekly goals thing got a little bit much, and I stopped doing it altogether.

But I really like reviewing my goals.

So instead, I want to revive #MakeItHappenMonday and talk about monthly goals, but I thought I'd start with a review of the goals I set at the beginning of 2016. I feel like I've made really good progress with my goals, but there's always room for improvement.

I like to break down my goals by category, and this year I've stuck to four main categories: Personal, Academic + Professional, Creative, and Blog.
  • Read 12 books for fun (not for class!).  I have been really bad at keeping track of the books I've read for fun, although there honestly are not many. Hopefully this summer will change that! 
  • Keep a gratitude log/journal with three entries per day. I've been off-and-on with this. For a while, I had a gratitude tracker in my bullet journal, but I prefer keeping it separate so I've integrated it into my personal journal. 
  • Join a yoga studio and prioritize health. 
    I haven't joined a yoga studio yet, but I have been paying more attention to my health. I've finally dealt with some health issues that have been a major pain over the past few months, so it feels good to be healthier. 
  • Decrease attachment to material objects (collect moments not things).  This one is really hard to quantify and measure. However, after I graduated I went through my stuff and got rid of old notebooks and school work, and it felt amazing to get rid of all that stuff. Next up is going through my craft supplies... 
  • Graduate with Distinction in History in June. Done, done & done. I graduated from University of Denver Cum Laude, which is a huge achievement and something I worked really hard for. I'm so grateful for my college experience.
  • Line up an After-Graduation-Plan. 
    Also done! I'm working in Denver over the summer, and in September I'll move to France to teach English. 
  • Keep up with reading and homework. Ha. Haha. The senioritis was real this year. By the end of the year, I was so burned out that I didn't even want to do anything. I worked hard on my thesis, but let other things fall by the wayside.  

  • Take a calligraphy class. Nope. I missed the deadline to sign up for one this summer. 
  • Take a photography class. I had planned to take a photography class at DU, but the time conflicted with another class. So nope. 
  • Practice calligraphy and lettering every day.
    I haven't done this every day, but I have been practicing more and more. 
  • Share calligraphy and lettering more. I've been doing this! I've found that sharing my little hand lettered quotes and such on instagram has allowed me to find other people who also enjoy playing with fonts, art, and pens. 
  • Focus the blog on a more specific niche. 
    At the beginning of June, I launched Paper Macaron with a new design and a new focus. I decided on three main focuses for this blog:
    • Stationery, paper, and paper accessories.
    • Small moments of beauty in the everyday.
    • Love of France + all things French.
  • Post consistently and keep an editorial calendar. I've been better about consistency in June. My problem is that I make an editorial calendar and then I deviate from it. If I just stick to it, that would be much easier. 
  • Write what I want to read.
    YES. This I have been doing. I love reading about people's goals, their stationery, travels, etc. So this is always the guiding principle when I'm writing my posts.

How are you doing on your 2016 goals? Monthly goals? Let me know in the comments below or reach out on instagram and twitter using the hashtag #makeithappenmonday! 

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