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Personal health and happiness are more important than career and business success.
This belief was a core reason I left my hedge fund job to pursue an online business. I wanted more time with my family, less stress, and a healthier lifestyle. But in the first half of this year, I’ve slid back into my old ways. Prioritizing work above almost everything else has become a bad habit. And one I need to break.
I’ve developed a good practice of setting business and career goals. Actionable steps I can check in on that create structure and routine. Over time, however, I’ve forgotten to do the same in my personal life.
So, starting this summer, I want to start cultivating that practice. I have come up with five core goals for my health and happiness.
Why Am I Sharing My Goals With You?
These goals aren’t money or business related, so why am I writing about them? And why will I be sharing updates at the end of July and August? Well, for a few reasons.
First, I think as we pursue our money goals we need to remember that while our financial goals are important, they aren’t the be-all and end-all. How can we stay motivated towards long-term goals when we are generally unhappy? What is the point of debt-freedom or financial independence if we aren’t healthy enough to enjoy it? We are all much, much more than our net worth.
Second, breaking habits is really freaking hard. I know that if I just jot these goals down, they will be forgotten in mere days. Each time one of these goals comes head-to-head with an item on my business to do list, it will lose out. So, I’m hoping that sharing gives me some accountability to break the cycle.
Third, who doesn’t love goals and to-do lists? Writing them is just so fun!
Summer 2018 Goals
In choosing my five goals, I focused on things that improved my health, family, and happiness. Here we go!
#1: Eat Breakfast With the Boys Every Morning 🍳
I am most productive in the morning. So, lately, I’ve been waking up and diving into my writing. Then when it comes to breakfast time, I’ve been likely to skip it or wolf something down at my desk. Not good.
This summer I want to take the time to stop and eat with Jeremiah and the boys.
#2: Work Out At Least 3 Times a Week 💪
A stressful job and motherhood have taken a toll on my health. Once upon a time I played in three different adult hockey leagues and rode my bicycle every weekend. Now I am still recovering from back issues and have 25 pounds to lose.
This summer I want to stop being ashamed of my lack of stamina and get out there to do something about it.
#4: Read 5 Books (That I Haven’t Read Before) 📚
Does anyone else fall into the trap of reading the same books over and over? With my limited time, I want to read something I know I’ll enjoy. But I don’t exactly learn anything from reading Harry Potter for the umpteenth time.
There are currently over 20 books on my Goodreads “Want to Read” list. This summer I’m going to cross 5 of them off, by reading for at least half an hour before bed.
#3: Kick Jeremiah Out of the House Once a Month 👩👦👦
My husband, Jeremiah, is a stay-at-home dad. And since we both love family time and have similar hobbies, even when I’m not working we are all together. What does this mean? First, that Jeremiah gets almost no alone time. Second, that I get almost no extended alone time with the boys.
This summer, I plan to send him out of the house – or I’ll take the boys out of the house – for a whole day at least once a month. He needs a break, and I need to prioritize it.
#5: Have One Day a Week Where I Don’t Open My Computer (or Check My Email) 🛑
I’ve read about technology and email addiction, and I have no doubt it is true. After over seven years of having to have my phone on me at all times, my brain thinks every phone buzz is urgent.
Want to know something embarrassing? Fuss Fish, who is two, likes to pick up my phone or open my computer, then tell us, “Hold on, I’m working on something.” Makes me cringe every damn time. Kids have a funny way of reminding us of our least attractive habits.
So, this summer, I am going to shut down my laptop and log out of the email on my phone for a whole day at least once a week. I think it will be good to give myself a break and create family time that is truly quality time.
How Can You Follow Along?
If you have summer goals, shoot me an email or drop a comment below! I would love to encourage each other so we can all improve our health and happiness this summer.