I’m writing this from my bed in the middle of a work day with puffy cheeks and a half numb lip.
I had my wisdom teeth removed on Monday, so the past three days have consisted of sleeping, eating ice cream, watching Fixer Upper reruns, and eating more ice cream. There was some nerve damage during the procedure, so I’m just sitting here praying that I’ll be able to feel half of my face again sooner rather than later.
This week has ended an incredibly long month, filled with writing papers, managing Pinterest accounts, and organizing a week-long work meeting. Despite the lack of feeling in my face, it’s been nice to simply rest for a few days with no responsibilities or expectations.
However, as I look back on the month, I’m realizing that I let excuses get in the way of accomplishing my goals.
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I once heard someone say that their life motto is “No excuses.” I don’t remember who it was or even if it was someone I know in real life or just something I picked up from a book or podcast.
Either way, it really struck me, and I began to wonder what my life would look like if I also lived by “no excuses”.
This month was one of those months that I should have been more aware of the excuses I was making.
“I’m so busy.” “This month is just crazy.” “Things will change soon.”
I had basically written off April with all my excuses before the month even began.
So, looking forward, May is going to be my month of no excuses.
Don’t get me wrong, May will be a crazy, busy month, too. Every month is crazy for me. I’ve just decided that the craziness and everything going on around me won’t be an excuse to not work towards my goals.
More Personal Growth Goals
April Goals Report
Get out of bed at 6am consistently
With what I’ve shared above, it’s no surprise that I didn’t follow through on this goal this month.
There were only a handful of days that I actually woke up at 6 in April. To be completely honest, I didn’t even take the time to track it this month, so I’m not even sure how poorly I did on my goal.
May Personal Growth Goals
Get out of bed at 6am consistently
Since I didn’t do so well on this in April, I’m making it my goal again for May. But, this time, no excuses.
I will wake up at 6am every day because I need (and want) the time in the morning to focus on me – taking care of myself and growing my business.
I love that, as summer approaches, it’s been getting lighter and lighter in the mornings, so it’s now light out at 6am, which makes now the best time to start getting up early. I’ve actually been waking up at 7am naturally, just because of how light it is, so waking up at 6 instead shouldn’t be too much of a stretch.
Books I’m Reading
I didn’t spend a ton of time reading in April, but I did make it through a couple of books:
Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
I really enjoyed this book! Mostly because of how well it aligns with what I want this blog to be about: intentionally creating the life you want to live.
This book walks you through exactly how to design your life, step-by-step. I loved the practical exercises at the end of each chapter and the logical approach the authors have to designing a life that is specifically meaningful to you.
If you’re interested in intentionally creating your life and you enjoy practical self-help books, I highly recommend this one.
Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
Yes, just like every other twenty-something woman in this country, I have read both of Rachel Hollis’s self-help books.
What I find so wonderful about her books is the opportunity to get into the mind of a woman who’s been-there done-that. I don’t get to talk with other entrepreneurial women with big dreams very often, so every opportunity that I get to learn from one, I take it.
I will say that I don’t necessarily agree with Rachel’s all-in or nothing approach to chasing your dreams, but I love her go-getter spirit and I always walk away from her books feeling inspired. And I enjoyed this book more than Girl, Wash Your Face, because of the way it specifically speaks to going after what you want in life.
One Last Note
April was a long month, like a few of the months before it, and like many of the months after it will be. But in May, I’m not going to give in to the busyness of it all or let that be an excuse for not going after my goals.
I’m excited for what May has in store and hope that my May personal growth goals have inspired you to set some goals for yourself this month. Let me know what they are in the comments!