2014 Goals Update

Monday, March 31, 2014

And just like that the first quarter of 2014 has come to a close.  Can you believe it?  That went by way too quickly!  

I thought it would be appropriate to take a look back at the goals I set for myself in the beginning of the year and see how I've done and adjust them for the next 9 months.  Let's get down to business, because this can be a little lengthy.

1st Quarter Goals: My goals were to start incorporating good breakfasts and get in the gym.  While I was able to work on my breakfasts alot, the gym was a fail, sad to say.  I only went a hand full of times.  Some of the fun breakfasts I made include: Almond Joy Chia Overnight Oats | Blueberry Banana Smoothie | Basic Green Monster Smoothie.  I also love to eat the Chobani Flip yogurts.  They are seriously the best.

2nd Quarter Goals:  The first quarter I didn't really set goals for the year.  By the end of the year I would like my healthy lifestyle to include working out 5 days a week and to be eating clean 80% of the time (you got to live a little, right)?  This quarter I want to work on making the gym a habit (I can't trust myself to come home and workout at home yet), and meal prepping.

1st Quarter Goals:  While I haven't reviewed my interest rates lately, worked towards actively getting rid of one of three student loans, pay above the minimum on my credit card or create a steady side income; I was finally able to manage my bills every month and pay them on time which is a definite win for me!  PS: And it feels amazing.
PS: I know it seems like this ocean has nothing to do with finances, but it does - enjoying God's natural beauty is completely free, and good for the soul ;)

2nd Quarter Goals:  In light of the accomplishments above, this quarter I want to focus on budgeting my free money more effectively, start to practice Dave Ramsey's principles on managing your finances (which include interest rate shenanigans and getting rid of your smallest debt - which is one of my student loans) and create some time to actively work on creating a steady side income.

1st Quarter Goals: I've been purging, my friends, and it's been amazing to get rid of that clutter.  I still have quite a bit to go through - but every weekend I tackle some of it and it just gets better and better!  So far I've been able to get rid of two dressers, boxes galore and have a desk waiting for a friend to pick up for her son.  I was also able to make a little headway on my closet, but that'll come eventually.  My bathroom is almost done being organized which is great.  I think I can knock out the rest of it in a Saturday.  Lastly, I will be able to create a functional place for blogging/business once the desk is gone and I can utilize smaller pieces or pieces that can be stowed away when they aren't in use to minimize the clutter and have more open space in the room.
See how pretty and organized I can be when I need to be!! Haha.  Maybe this was just an excuse to post what I get paid to do!  At any rate, it's still organized and pretty!!

2nd Quarter Goals: I'm so happy with my progress for organization, and my goal is to just continue the good progress.  Once everything is cleared out I can start rearranging my room and making it my oasis!  I already have a decor theme and am finding pieces that I want along the way.  Super excited about that. Another thing that I want to do is re-organize the bar area.  Yes, we have a bar!  I have my smoothie station set up there but it is quite messy with my grandpa's coffee station there - as well as doggie treats and all kinds of goodies clutter.  

1st Quarter Goals:  With these goals, we'll never arrive.  There is always room for improvement and to grow, but I'm really happy about the progress that I've made thus far with having a JOYFUL LIFE.  I wanted to accomplish this by trusting in the Lord more, building my relationship with God, getting connected to my church and actively involving God in my decisions.  I haven't lived my life perfectly, by far, but I have been much more aware of realizing that I need to lean on Him more, to cast my cares on Him and realize that if I want to get anywhere in this life, He needs to be first.  There were a few situations where I let myself go, as far as negativity is concerned.  As soon as I realized the path I was going down (and that I'd been there before), I would start to CHOOSE to change direction, and let God guide my path, opposed to myself.  Every time it works like a charm, and I am that much happier - and closer to living that JOYFUL life.  I've mentioned it a few times before, but I joined a book study at church and it is so good to be around like-minded people all striving to ultimately let God be the center of our lives - through whatever downfalls we may encounter.  It is so important to have that community and accountability, and I'm so thankful that God gave me the courage to step out of my comfort zone and connect with these ladies.
One of my favorite worship songs!

2nd Quarter Goals: This quarter I want to continue to press into Him and take it further.  I definitely need to work on reading my Word on a daily basis and creating a routine to spend time with Him.  There are a few books that I want to read once this book study is over that I believe will really help me take it to the next level.

Those are my goals for the next quarter of 2014.  Have you glanced back at your goals that you set in the beginning of the year and the progress you've made on them? Please share or send a link so that we can all encourage each other to continue to reach those goals we've set for ourselves so that we can continue to grow in every area of our lives and be more amazing than we already were!

xoxo, Aukele

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  1. Some of the recipes sound really good! Good luck with your goals!

  2. Hey Kiersten - you should definitely try them out! So so good.

  3. Yeah I've kinda noticed that we're alike as well - reading about your outlooks on life and just the way your mind thinks sometimes!

    The one thing I haven't been able to dive into which I really really want to is the business side of life - but I think with everything that transpired over the last six months, just setting aside this time for me is the best thing to do right now, and the business part will come when it is ready - though my mind always pops with new ideas for it.

    Once my personal life is organized and (for the most part) chuggin along like a well-oiled machine, then I can truly devote time to it and I feel like things will take off from there since everything I've experienced over these past few months will be reflected in that and everything just seems to be connecting and flowing NSYNC... I mean in sync. :) (I had to).

    Does that make any sense?? It does to me! I NEED TO EMAIL YOU!! IS IT FIXED YET?? Haha, maybe I should just try again.

  4. I totally misread your one goal and thought you were purging YOUR FRIENDS and then was totally confused when you mentioned a dresser. Hahahah.

    I would really love to hear more about your faith journey, I'm basically starting out where you were at at the beginning of last quarter it sounds like!

  5. My mom texted me the exact same thing about purging my friends! Haha. Guess I missed a comma :/.

    So - I grew up a Christian, went to church all my life. Then I took a break when I was around 21ish. After breaking up with my ex in October I was at an all time low in every sense of the word. All areas of my life were affected. I knew the only way I would get out of that hole was to rely on God so I started going back to church. This time for real. Not out of - oh Lord turn this situation around and I promise I'll dedicate my life to you. It was - oh Lord I know the only way out of this is through You and I need You in my life period.

    Growing up, I did things out of routine. I was taught to worship, taught to pray, taught to XYZ. This time around it is different. I am finally doing it for me. And it's like a whole new world and so exciting. I mess up. I mess up all the time in fact. But NOW - I know His grace and His mercy. I've truly experienced it. I know that He loves me THROUGH IT ALL. I know He knows I'm going to mess up - but He still loves me anyway.

    That's where I am. I know that in order to keep me connected I need to do things such as surround myself around women that I can lean on and keep me accountable. I know that I need to be in the Word daily and worship Him daily. If I don't do those things it is easy to get caught up in the devil's distractions which is right where the devil wants us so that we don't share the fire for Jesus with others.

    Sorry - I hope this wasn't too long a reply!

  6. Love that you have such distinct goals, Kele + yay for you for taking charge of your life and rocking it!

  7. Thanks Kayli!! These are long term goals and I think it's important to re-evaluate them frequently (IE: at least once a quarter)!


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