How to Keep Cooking the “Back-Burner Goals.”
Ahhhhhhh ok it’s literally been forever since I blogged. Forgive me – I’ve been busy moving across the country alone, which turned out to be way harder than I expected. Lot’s of things are easier said than done, and, well, this was one of them. Adulting turned out to be a lot more than just sleeping in a different bed or talking to my mom on the phone instead of in person. Now, it’s up to me to flip switches in the circuit breaker when technology fails, snake the drains when the pipes stop doing their job, and step on the cockroaches. I’ve spent less time scrolling social media and a lot more time figuring out if the price-per-egg at Costco is cheaper than the price-per-egg at Walmart (Costco wins, BTW.) I’ve started doing yoga religiously to get rid of the knots in my shoulders from the stress of life, and I started worrying about vitamins (like calcium – ew.) I aged about 15 years in two months. My eyes constantly burn from staring at a screen of math problems, and 6:30 AM has turned into “Wow – look how late I got to sleep.”
Im not complaining – seriously, I’m not. I’m really excited about all of the things that come with this chapter of my life. I am all about exploring and risk taking, and I get to do that every day now. I guess things just turned out different than how I envisioned them in my head, and I’m getting used to that. I’m adapting and figuring out strategies for keeping on top of my new responsibilities, while still growing this blog and working on my fitness goals. Oh – and I’m handling full-time college and work. You could say those are somewhat time consuming.
What I’m trying to say, is that life will swallow your dreams if you let it. You can spend an entire day grocery shopping, cleaning the kitchen, and working on Calculus. Your 24 hours will slip away without giving you a chance to pursue the the things that really make you want to get up in the morning. Don’t let that happen. It takes a lot of strategy, determination, and time-management, but it is possible to do it all. If you are passionate enough about a goal, you can keep pursuing it no matter what else ends up on your plate. Thats why it’s important to take some time to set goals that you are passionate about – goals with purpose and meaning. Thats what the Roaming 20s is to me – this is what I want my life to be about. I’ll set my alarm earlier and earlier if it means I have time to pursue this dream.
The reality of the situation is that school and work often take precedence and push your wide-eyed dreams to the back burner. When that happens, promise me this – you won’t give up. It’s not a bad thing to have other responsibilities; it doesn’t diminish your dreams. It’s just life. Take care of the life-things, but don’t forget your dream-things. Find ways to integrate them into your daily routine as a reminder of why you’re here.
Enough life rambling! I’m going to start a Podcast or Youtube Channel for that (coming soooooooooonnnn)
Here are some of the easy things that I’ve been doing to work on my back-burner goals when they don’t get to be my top priority:
- Write things on your wall – Invest in a blackboard and chalkboard, stick it right where you’ll see it every day when you wake up and go to bed. Have three goals on it for each day, and three long term goals. For example, my board usually has three school projects for the day on it. On the other side, it has my financial goal for the end of year, my current bucket list goal (learning French,) and the amount of weight in muscle that I want to gain by the end of the year
- Listen to a wholesome podcast every day – Every morning I start an episode of a podcast related to goal-setting, productivity, entrepreneurship, or a skill I want to learn. I listen to it whenever I’m cooking, driving in my car, or doing mindless house work. It is an awesome way to use down-time to keep learning and expanding my mind in a super easy and entertaining way.
- Read things that keep you up to date – My browser is set up with a favorites tab that I can scroll quickly every morning when I drink my coffee – it brings me to sites like the New York Times and Career Girl Daily. I don’t have a TV, so this gives me a way to know whats going on in the world, as well as a few articles on things that I’m interested in (fitness/women in business/etc.
- Journal – This sounds soooo 14-year-old-girl, but I think it’s important to spend time analyzing you own thoughts. Get in your head and figure out whats bothering you or whats inspiring you. Work with whatever you’ve got. Write down your A-ha moments. Use messy handwriting, short-hand, stick figures, or whatever you have to to get it done. Use it as a check to make sure you’re living your life, and not just going through the motions of paying bills and turning in assignments on time. I honestly journal for 15-20 minutes a week, but it is enough.