I love New Years Resolutions. I know a lot of people think they’re stupid and everybody forgets about them a few weeks into the new year, but I like the idea of starting a fresh year with new goals.

In 2010 I did a pretty good job of keeping my goals achievable and accomplishing most of them. The biggest one was running a marathon and I accomplished that one in June when Hilary and I did the Rock ‘n Roll marathon in Seattle. Unfortunately, 2011 has been a different story. The year got off to a rocky start with my thesis and PhD applications looming over my head, so I never really set any firm resolutions.

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Well, with the year half-way over, I’ve decided to start a new series on the blog called “Practicing Habits Daily.” Each month I’ll set a few new goals for myself that I want to focus on turning into a new habit or a task I want to accomplish for that month. Don’t they say that it takes 30 days to turn something into a habit? I figure that if I work on just a few tasks each month, then by December I will have more than made up for my slacking in January-July.

I’d love any sort of encouragement, reminders, other people joining me in their own monthly tasks, as I take on this series!

Overall, I want the month of August to be about settling into my new daily rhythms of life. The past few months have been very unstable in the sense that I’ve been living out of a suitcase, constantly on the road, and lacking any sort of normalcy in my life. School starts back on the 29th and I start orientation on the 21st. I want to get myself back into the groove before life becomes chaotic. I also know it’s super important for me to establish a healthy eating and exercise routine before I begin to stress about school, otherwise it’ll never happen. So these goals will be geared towards getting me adjusted and settled into life in Tallahassee.

1. Floss every day. I had a dreaded trip to the dentist this week and he threatened horrible things if I don’t start flossing daily. So that will be my number one goal. It only takes a few minutes each day, so it is totally achievable.

2. Start my 30 Days Jar of Joy. I semi-accidentally, semi-purposefully left my Jar of Joy in Tallahassee. I want to do it there, but I forgot how long I was going to be in St. Pete. As soon as I get back to T-town I’m starting!

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3. Do some sort of physical activity 5 days a week. Hilary and I have been pretty good about swimming and biking, but I need to keep that up. I know that if I slack off for too many days in a row, then it becomes impossible for me to get back into the exercise routine. As sort of a part two to this goal, I want to add strength training back into my routine, but I won’t make that a mandatory goal yet.

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4. Pick a half-marathon/marathon and create/start a training plan. Most of the races that I’m looking at doing are in January-March, so I need to start training NOW. I also need to pick one and register for it, before the prices go up and as an added incentive to work out.

5. Start my garden and landscaping projects. I’ve really been looking forward to the chance to do some gardening, but since I’ve been all over the place I haven’t been around to watch over any new plants. Now the time has arrived.

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6. Start taking my daily herbs, vitamins, and recording my body temps.

7. Spend a minimum of 30 minutes a day reading something for fun and a minimum 60 minutes a day reading for school. I am well aware that I spent too much time fooling around on the computer and I need to start setting a timer for myself. Instead of making that my goal for this month, I’m going to aim to spend more time reading because I have homework and Harry Potter to get through this month!

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So what are your August goals? What do you want to make into a habit? Join me on my challenge!

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