Hello, how are you? I hope everything is fine! It has been a few months ago since I last gave a more personal update so I thought it is about time.
I recently read an article titled “It is an illusion that your mind is always in control”, which is pretty much my state of mind lately. During our weekend in Paris I was reading the 80/20 principle, which is in a nutshell about getting 80 percent of the result in 20 percent of the time. A book that is very based on being in control of your mind. And although I think some people do benefit from these ‘rational’ methods, I discovered it is not me. Or at least, not now.
As you might know, this year I wanted to ‘slow down’, minimalize, and achieving my goals in order to have a more meaningful life. As most of us have probably, I have a lot of existential questions. The last few years they were mostly about being happy. What does it mean to be happy? What is happiness? Don’t we all have to do things that does not make us happy in order to do the things that will? But how do you know? Well, the simple answer is: you don’t. Sometimes you just have to live life.
So no more goals, capsules or other methods but just life.
Jeez, this year is going by so fast. It feels like yesterday that we were celebrating new years eve. This year I decided to try out monthly themes in order to pursue my goals this year.
The thing with goal setting is that they should be within your reach. You do it for yourself, it is a personal journey. When you set your goals too low you won’t be challenged enough but if you set your goals too high you will be overwhelmed.
I got overwhelmed. And it made me rather sad than happy, which is of course the opposite of what I’m trying to reach. Not so slow living. While I was looking over my previous month I saw that most of my goals were habits I wanted to cultivate. However, to make a new habit your own takes time and therefore it is not that realistic to try out
So for the rest of this month, I’m going to focus on one goal: I’m going to eat vegetarian at least three times a week.
Whoops twee weeks without blogging! However, I have a big announcement that vouch for my whereabouts these two weeks. Namely, I am officially graduated from university! Besides that, I started working part-time at the Centraal Museum again, and I’m also helping with the opening of the Miffy museum. So a lot of things going on!
February has already started so let’s reflect on January first, and then hop on to the theme of February, which is laying a foundation. Michiel and I just moved into our new place and we have to get used to seeing each other every day and create a routine together. I also really hope to lay the foundation of my financial situation this month (finding a job). It feels a bit like I entered a new life in 2016, and I can’t wait to see how it’s going to be.
The first time I read about monthly goals was not so long ago, on zenhabits, and last week Mark Manson posted a great article that included the benefits of monthly resolutions. Monthly goals are great to break down the bigger resolutions you set at the beginning of the year. It is also a good way to, as Allie nicely putted it, give you a kick in the ass. So this year I will share my monthly themes, goals, and reflections of the past month. By doing so I hope it will give me a dose of motivation and you hopefully a dose of inspiration!