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October in Review

Well October is officially over, and there are only 61 days left in the year. As I’m writing this I realize that my reboot break is going to be starting in a few weeks, and that I’m a month into my last year of my thirties—so I should really try to figure out what the hell I’m doing with the second half of my life. In addition I realized that I only met one goal (in total) for the month of October.

We’re officially a third of the way through the fourth quarter of the year, and I’m thinking that is where some of the change is going to take place, and the seeds for change in 2020 will be planted.

I didn’t really change my October goals that much, so they were basically the same goals that I’ve had for the past few months, including the goal of working on my “reboot break” plan.

October was a difficult month in general—as it marked the one-year anniversary of losing both Chewi and Piranha.  

The goals for October included:

At least 434,000 steps

Photography challenge (if there has to be a recap session to make up for a few days—oh, well—I’m only human)

Read at least 2 non-fiction books

Continue working on my reboot break & start reworking my transition plan

Aim for one week no spend

Continue working out (hybrid LIIFT4/Country Heat/Yoga Booty Ballet)

Set up the monthly calendar (can start with November as a trial run)

So how did I do with each goal?

At least 434,000 steps

            This was basically the only goal that I was able to reach this month, even with a few days below the target of 14,000 steps. I managed to get 487,754 of steps, which was 53,754 over the goal of 434,000 steps. This has me at a yearly total so far of 4,535,054 and that means to reach exactly 5 million steps, I only need to reach 7,623 per day for the rest of the year. This is nice to know that I can have several days that I don’t reach my total—but even with the reboot break coming up—if I walk around Boomer Lake every day, that will get me to at least 10,000 steps. So unless it is raining or snowing—I’m going to be getting a daily walk in on my reboot break.

Photography challenge (if there has to be a recap session to make up for a few days—oh, well—I’m only human)

            Well this didn’t really happen. I have been taking pictures on the weekend—but currently the area of my photography shots is Boomer Lake. I feel like I’m sharing the same theme over and over again—though they’re all slightly different. So I’m in the process of trying to develop a nice long list of photography topics, so that I can start the challenge over once more. Though this time around I did make it a little over 200 days before falling behind.

Read at least 2 non-fiction books

            I don’t think that I managed to finish any non-fiction book this month. One thing that I’ve noticed is that there are numerous books that I’ve started at some point, but then started reading another and never went back and actually finished. So, therefore moving forward I’m not going to jump between books—but pick one and finish it before going to the next non-fiction book. I will probably go between that non-fiction book and my fiction books.

Continue working on my reboot break & start reworking my transition plan

            I’m slowly working on both plans, and actually made a little headway this month by “naming” one of my biggest hurdles—movement paralysis. The first week of my reboot break is probably going to be spent just relaxing and decompressing, especially since it is also going to be a holiday week (Thanksgiving). The major work is going to start during the first week of December.

            I have several different areas/titles that sound interesting picked out—I just need to fully determine what type of professional lifestyle I want, and which would fit it the best. I know that I will need to make a choice and therefore a plan of action for the early part of 2020—but hopefully I can narrow down the choices before than and not feel totally overwhelmed.

Aim for one week no spend

            This didn’t happen—I spent money on campus more or less daily during the month of October. The only good thing is that towards the end of the month it may have only been once a day. I figured that once I’m on my reboot break, that will be the easiest time to curb the spending—I won’t be on campus, and I’m going to more or less shut down the WiFi connection on the kindle (with exceptions)—that way I will save money two ways—no buying snacks on campus daily, and no mindlessly buying e-books on the kindle.

Continue working out (hybrid LIIFT4/Country Heat/Yoga Booty Ballet)

            Well I managed to start the hybrid calendar, but that has been about it. I’ve realized that even though I’ve had a couple of months to figure out the getting home after 5 schedule—I still haven’t; I get home, do the few chores and then I sit and relax for awhile. If I was prompt—I would then change into my workout clothes and get my workout done before dinner, but that isn’t what I end up doing—I sit and relax until dinner. Then after dinner I have my evening routine (and I don’t like working out on an semi-full stomach either—I’d rather workout on a semi-empty stomach), and I have so far only fit in stretching and meditation.

            So this is a workout calendar that I’m hopefully going to follow much better once I start on my reboot break (I really won’t have any excuses not to follow it).

Set up the monthly calendar (can start with November as a trial run)

            Well, this semi-happened—at least workout wise, but I haven’t followed it that well. I’m going to be setting up another calendar, hopefully this weekend for the rest of November (as I’d only be missing one or two days) that I will hopefully then follow. I’ve realized that when it comes to trying to figure out my life—I need to do in such a way that the anxiety and depression don’t realize that I’m trying to move out of the do nothing zone and into the positive and constructive zone.

So not that much progress on most of the goals for the month of October—though admitting that there were problems is progress in and of its self. There are two months left in 2019, and there can still be quite a bit of progress in those last sixty-one days—I just have to play mind games with myself.

So what are my goals for November going to be?

At least 420,000 steps

Making a nice long list of possible photography topics

Slowly start the hybrid LIIFT4/Country Heat/Yoga Booty Ballet workout calendar

Reading two non-fiction books

Making my November monthly calendar

Working on my reboot break plan & transition plan (revamping this one)

Keep reminding myself: Progress over perfection, and that I shouldn’t fear failure, but fear being in the same place next year as I am today.

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October in Review

Well there are now only two months left in the year—that is 61 days until 2019 arrives. While Halloween has always been a favorite holiday, I’m ready for this month to be over. It has been an extremely rough and depressing month & one that I don’t want to have to repeat ever again if possible.

Needless to say, I didn’t do great with the goals for October. But let’s take a look at each one and see how close I came to accomplishing each one. The goals for the most part really aren’t changing that much, as there are certain things that if I keep on the list, they will slowly become a habit, and the list is just a reminder of things that I want to try to be better at compared to the day before.

 

So my goals for October included:

 

434,000 steps (This is still basically 14K/day; it may be less or it may be more—it depends on if I do any traveling this month).

Trying to have my shakeology daily (breakfast, dinner, or snack)

Read (or finish) at least 3 non-fiction books

Start working though the list of books that I’ve finished, but haven’t written a review over:

Science of Intelligent Achievement by Isaiah Hankel

Self Talk: How to train your brain to turn negative thinking into positive thinking & practice self love by Aston Sanderson

Minimalist Living: Declutter your home, schedule, and digital life for simple living (and discover why less is more) by Aston Sanderson

Rewire your Habits: Establish Goals, Evolve your habits, & improve your relationships, health, finances, and free time by Zoe McKey

Thinking in Bets: making smart decisions when you don’t have all the facts by Annie Duke.

            What your clutter is trying to tell you: Uncover the message in the mess and reclaim your life by Kerri L. Richardson

Limit what I buy on campus (pack lunch daily, including snacks)

Start another workout program (or a mix of programs—may combine LIIFT4 with InsanityMax30)

Start going through the different e-courses that I’ve bought, taking notes and posting summaries on the blog

Continue working on the transition plan (again hopefully weekly summaries for blog)

As usual—continue networking and adding value to connections on linkedin

Work on my photography challenge (probably try to restart it in the middle of the month).

Start working on more science blogs posts for the page as well.

So how did I do with each one?

434,000 steps (This is still basically 14K/day; it may be less or it may be more—it depends on if I do any traveling this month). So my total number of steps for the month is below the goal of 434,000; but only by about ~31K. The final number of steps for the month of October was 402,888. This brings my yearly total to 4,459,004. I’m just a little over 500K away from my yearly goal of 5 million steps. Since there are 61 days left in the year, I have the possibility of getting another 854,000 steps in (14K/day)—if I manage that, I’ll get above 5 million for the year. So I’m not going to beat myself up over the fact that I didn’t get to or above 434,000 steps this month.

Trying to have my shakeology daily (breakfast, dinner, or snack)

I did manage to travel out to Boston for a week (and I didn’t pack any shakeology to take with me), and I think I only managed about half the month having my shakeology at some point during the day.

Read (or finish) at least 3 non-fiction books.

I’m about 2/3 of the way through “Drive: The Surprising Truth about what Motivates Us” by Daniel H. Pink. With my mood this month, I’ve stuck with a much lighter reading material.

Start working though the list of books that I’ve finished, but haven’t written a review over: This one didn’t get done. I haven’t added any books to the list, but I haven’t taken any off the list either.

Science of Intelligent Achievement by Isaiah Hankel

Self Talk: How to train your brain to turn negative thinking into positive thinking & practice self love by Aston Sanderson

Minimalist Living: Declutter your home, schedule, and digital life for simple living (and discover why less is more) by Aston Sanderson

Rewire your Habits: Establish Goals, Evolve your habits, & improve your relationships, health, finances, and free time by Zoe McKey

Thinking in Bets: making smart decisions when you don’t have all the facts by Annie Duke.

            What your clutter is trying to tell you: Uncover the message in the mess and reclaim your life by Kerri L. Richardson

Limit what I buy on campus (pack lunch daily, including snacks)

Due to several issues (mainly the depression due to losing two dogs within a span of four days) this wasn’t the greatest this month. There have been numerous items bought on campus (ranging from coffee to lunch to snacks). I do need to try to be better about this as well.

Start another workout program (or a mix of programs—may combine LIIFT4 with InsanityMax30)

I’ve managed to do a little LIIFT4 this month (I think I managed it the second week of the month), but other than that I mainly used walking as my mood of exercise.

Start going through the different e-courses that I’ve bought, taking notes and posting summaries on the blog

Nope, this didn’t happen. It needs to start happening hopefully this coming month.

Continue working on the transition plan (again hopefully weekly summaries for blog)

This is still something I’m working on, but didn’t make much progress with it during October (especially in terms of trying to write blog posts about it).

As usual—continue networking and adding value to connections on linkedin

I did make some headway with this goal this month. I went to a couple of networking events out in Boston last week, and in addition to making some new connections on linkedin I got feedback on my resume & help with my elevator pitch.

Work on my photography challenge (probably try to restart it in the middle of the month).

Going to need to restart this one yet again. While I did quite a bit of photography on my mini vacation most of it was with my actual camera (not my phone—since it seems to be acting up in terms of allowing me to take pictures).

Start working on more science blogs posts for the page as well.

I started to draft the post for “Introduction to Central Dogma of Biology” but that is as far as I’ve gotten with my science posts for the page. This is also on my radar of things to try to get better at doing.

 

So what are my goals for going into November?

At least 420,000 steps (this breaks down to 14K/day—which will help me get above & beyond my yearly goal of 5 million steps—or have me close by the end of the month).

Shakeology daily—either breakfast or snack

Read (or finish) at least 3 non fiction books (write & post review)

Write reviews for the above books that I haven’t done yet

Limit my spending on campus (try to have consecutive no spend days) 

Start another workout program (either another round of LIIFT4 or maybe Insanity Max30 or a mix of different programs)

Spend at least 45 minutes a day on personal/professional development (e-course related)

Networking & working on transition plan

Restart the photography challenge

Work on drafting editorial calendar for the blog and trying to post at least twice a week.

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