A Half Year Review (3 Months Later)

I’ve been obsessed with the concept of personal development lately – its themes are weaved throughout most of these blog posts and is reflected in my choice of reads.

The question I keep returning to is: how can I live a self-fulfilled and meaningful life? In other words, what do I need from myself to continue being happy?

I looked back at my list from early January of things I wanted to accomplish: my own spin on New Year’s Resolutions. I mentioned before there were dozens of reasons why I moved to Dallas. I’ve more or less wanted the same thing since I was 18 years old: my independence. I wanted to evolve into a woman I could be proud of.

Moving to Dallas was definitely the right choice for me. It’s the first time I’ve ever had real financial independence – I’m responsible for myself, by myself. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I get asked pretty often if I miss Chicago; however, if I’m writing candidly, the answer would be no. Don’t get me wrong – I sure do miss my loved ones. But staying in Chicago would have stopped me from pushing forward. And I needed a resounding push.

Gaining my independence wasn’t the only goal I accomplished off my list: I graduated from undergrad, I found my dream job post-graduation, I traveled solo internationally for the first time, and I even started this blog.

I won’t list them all here, but when I look back at my initial list drafted back in January, I realize now how unrealistic some of it was. For example, I literally wrote on my list I should attempt to travel to 12 countries this year (lol… I don’t know why I wrote that either) – without a concise plan how to budget or plan for it. By the end of this year, I’ll only have traveled to half as many countries.

Goals are so important to keep us moving forward. If I didn’t write down any of those goals for myself, I don’t know if I would’ve had the same incentive to move and really claim my independence; I usually need the accountability. This exercise is also teaching me the importance of having both realistic and concise resolutions.

With this in mind, I created a new list of goals titled “September Plans”:

[x] Write two more blog posts.

[x] Figure out a consistent workout routine (now that my apartment has a functional gym!)

[x] Meal prep the next two weeks and only eat out on weekends.

[x] Start waking up at 6:30 am instead of 7:30 on work days.

[x] Plan for my October trip. I’m making a pact to not do any last minute bookings.

This makes one blog post already down. 4.5 more goals to go.

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