Finally. Here we are. At the end of 31 Days of 31 Newness.
I'm absolutely happy that we made it.
Granted, I managed to complete this a few days late. But, at least, I still managed to complete the challenge I set for myself last month. Knowing how many times I wish I could've just given up, I'm glad I didn't. It didn't turn out exactly as I hoped. But, there were also a few unexpected delights.
And, the great thing about completing any goal or challenge is that it gives me the ability to set new ones.
On a high from accomplishing something, this time is a great time to set new goals it makes me feel as though, yes, I can do it. After all, I just did something I set myself out to do.
At the moment, I'm looking at setting new goals for the following areas of my life:
1. Fitness Goals
This has become a biggie for me, as I have mentioned a few times in the last few days.
Over the last few years, fitness is an area in my life that I've struggled with, partly because it was one of those things that I feel I can ignore. Lately, though, it no longer feels that way. I suppose that's what happens when you start edging towards the big four-oh.
And, yes, after talking to a few friends and contacts online about this, I know that it's something that I will have to figure out my own fitness routine that would work well for me and my family.
And, one of my rules with fitness right now: Keep it simple and achievable!
So, for example, I've given myself a "starter goal" of making sure I achieve a walk of 100 kms in a year. That's not a lot. Just a couple of kilometres a week, really. But, for someone like me who sometimes can spend a full week without leaving the house, that's a goal that I can hopefully try to maintain. Basically telling myself to go out for a couple of quick, short walks at least 2-3x/week. Nothing too strenuous. That should hopefully keep me checked with at least some form of physical activity within the week.
Ideally, I know that I probably should be setting myself daily goals, etc. But, I'm taking baby steps here, folks. So, let's cut me some slack. 😉 Hopefully, though, the more I do these things, the more I can build up on my fitness goals.
2. Blogging Goals
Another thing that I've mentioned a few times in the past few days is that one of the things this project has helped me to see is that I should really be blogging more often. After all, it IS something I love doing. And, it doesn't even matter what I write about. My perfect readers would understand - and would take it all in (or just forgive me and wait for occasional appearances of brilliant blogging ;)) - right?!
So yeah, even though I'm definitely planning on taking a break from daily blogging after today's post. I'm hoping that the pauses in-between blog posts will no longer be as long as they have been before this project came along.
There are many other things I'd like to look into as well, but I'll take it one bit at a time.
My blogging mantra of the moment is: Just blog it! Yep, don't overthink. Don't worry about perfection. Just get on with it and keep on blogging.
3. Creative Writing Goals
As I've mentioned in this post, one of the things that I've missed doing the last few weeks is being able to work on my creative writing projects. Now that the expectation for daily blogging is out of the way, I'm hoping to resume working on my novel writing, scriptwriting, and flash fiction writing. Not all at the same time, of course. But yeah, I'm definitely getting back to fiction again.
My current writing plan: Get to the finish line.
Finishing creative writing projects that I've set out to complete is definitely something that I'm hoping to get done.
Wish me luck! 🙂
And yes, THANK YOU all so much for sticking with me throughout this project. Your feedback, comments, likes/Tweets/etc, as always, are very much appreciated. They inspire me to keep on going.
Now, on to many other new things...
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.