Six Little January Goals

Six Little January Goals | www.eccentricowl.comThis year, I’ve decided to follow in Nicole’s footsteps and share my monthly small goals. I think setting easy challenges for myself every month will definitely help me reach my big goals in the long run, so today I’ve set out six things I want to do in January that will push me towards reaching some yearly goals.

  1. Write 31,000 words. As I mentioned, writing or finishing a novel and starting down the road to publishing is a HUGE goal for me this year. I plan to write for 30 minutes a day, but I didn’t previously set myself a word count to reach this month, so here it is. I hope to write 1,000 words a day (which is a bit less than you would if you were participating in NaNoWriMo) to bump my current project forward. I’m excited to say I’ve already surpassed that daily goal! I’ve been sitting to write for 30-45 minutes every day, and on average have produced about 1,500-2,000 words with each session.
  2. Keep weekdays 99% Paleo. I have decided to do stricter Paleo just on the weekdays, because first of all, I think that junk food is good for your mental health and crucial to eating healthier (I know, it sounds like an oxymoron), and secondly, my husband and I tend to go on dates on the weekends. And what fun is a date without a little bit of junk food? NONE. (Okay, it’s actually really fun without junk food. But I like dessert and hamburgers, so there.)
  3. No pants. This is a goal I forgot about when I was writing my big yearly goals. And, it’s not really a yearly goal. I’ve just challenged myself to wear only skirts and dresses – except during exercise or hikes or when it’s otherwise necessary – for at least thirty days. Everywhere I go, everything I do. I’ve been in a slump of wearing my husband’s pajama pants when I don’t go anywhere, and this has to stop! Plus, I want to re-prove to myself that it’s possible to function and be warm in skirts/dresses in the dead of winter. I know it can be done, I did it before, I just have to remember how.
  4. Go outside and walk/play 3x a week. I’m not an outside-in-the-winter type of person. I don’t like to be cold (and conversely, I hate being super hot, too), and right now it’s almost freezing so… we stay inside. But Asa needs fresh air and so do I! So this month, I hope to take walks up to Grandma’s or go play in our yard on the less soggy days, so we can both get in some much needed movement.
  5. List my gently-used clothes somewhere to sell. Last year, I cleaned out my closet thoroughly, and I tried doing an Instagram sale thing… but it’s just not really my type of sale-ing. So I’m going to try to get everything I’ve cleaned out that is worth selling up on my Storenvy, and finally clear that pile out of my room.
  6. Put away some money for vacation. We don’t have a lot of money. I’ll be frank with you: we can basically only afford one “large” thing every month, and by “large” I mean like… around $200. Lately, this has been checkups for the kids, or the dentist for us. But even if all we can do is $20 in a vacation jar, it’s a start!

So, those are my six goals this January! I’m feeling pretty good about them since I’ve already started on two or three. What are your goals?


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    • Eccentric Owl

      I am so bad at using a planner! I really need to, though, especially now that we have kids (checkups) and are pursuing photography more! What’s your favorite kind of planner?

      • Jennifer Sheffield

        I have a hard time finding the perfect planner, to be honest. My high school/college-issued planners were always just what I needed. I like to have a lot of space to write down every little detail of things I want to do and get done for the day, but I don’t really like planners where the full page is the day because then I don’t feel like I can fill them because it’s broken down by hours and that’s not how I roll. I’m a queen of to-do lists, so I like my planners to function much like just a checklist where when I finish one thing, I cross it off.

  • Kadi

    This is off topic, but….I was looking at some older posts and saw one where you mention going no-poo! Did that last long? I have been no poo since 2008. I conditioner wash only. I have thick, curly hair and it has really helped cut down on frizz. I do have an oily scalp, though, so I still conditioner wash daily. I have really enjoyed going no poo and hope you did, too! Initially I did only water washing. I made it 6 weeks. My hair almost had a waxy buildup and it would collect white lint like crazy! I ended up having to wear it in French braids after a week or so to keep it semi tidy. But I think it definitely sped up the transition away from shampoo.

    • Eccentric Owl

      My no-poo journey didn’t last, sadly! I would have loved for it to work, but I have dry skin/a dry scalp, so after a few weeks (I think I did about a month and a half or so?) of trying and adjusting, my hair got incredibly dry and started to break off. So, I transitioned to all-natural shampoo/conditioner and now I only wash my hair about once a week! It really doesn’t get oily very fast at all, and I think not having to wash it as often is definitely thanks to the bit of no-poo that I did.