You can see above that I had three main milestones for this past week, and five habits I wanted to track. To see my overall goals for these thirteen weeks, and to learn more about this journal I’m using and why, read part two of my mid-year goal update.
I had a great week! I met each of my daily habit goals–even exceeded my writing goal by thirty minutes–and also met each of my milestones. All while finishing up my run streak, enjoying my Fourth of July, and taking a day off on Friday. I even meal prepped lunches for the next week, and that’s really saying something.
I was pretty proud of how I was able to manage my time during the week and make room for everything I wanted to get done in a day. The biggest lesson I learned: I have to give myself permission to prioritize myself. I learned this week that when I do that, I can accomplish whatever I set my sights on.
One of my big progress goals (again, check out part two) was to write five new poems. In this week alone, I’ve written three. THREE poems in ONE week. I’m not sure that’s something I’ve done since I was in high school, if I even really did it then. And I’m actually pretty happy with these three! I also revised a poem into what I think will be it’s final form (maybe with a couple minimal tweaks) that’s been through the rounds for about half a year now.
I also knocked out another big progress goal, which was to update the homepage of this site. I’m much happier with it now. This space has been confusing and messy since I started it a few months ago. I’ve been working on refining it. It pains me as the perfectionist I am that this site wasn’t absolutely beautiful and totally functional from the moment it went live, but this is something I’m learning to get over. And changing the homepage was a big step in the right direction.
As for my reading goals, I finished reading the novel Ask Again, Yes, which was such a satisfying and beautiful read, and am now nearly done listening to Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine on Audible, which is one of the funniest books I’ve read in a while. As you can probably guess from the title, Eleanor Oliphant is not completely fine, but the style of this book makes working through her struggles a fun and laugh-out-loud event. I’m particularly glad I got this as an audiobook–the reader’s delivery is perfect, and she captures the tone of these Irish characters in a way I never would have been able to in my head.
Anyway, it was a good week. We had great Fourth of July, despite it raining the entire time, and since I took Friday off we had a four-day weekend. Got to spend some much-needed time at home. Next week is going to be the opposite–I have a bunch of post-work obligations that’ll keep me busy, so I’m going to need to try to get everything I need done in the mornings. But, we’ll go over those things next week when I post my next update. So, till then.