Sunday, October 2, 2011

6 'til 40

Six months ago today I turned 39. Which means six months from today I'll turn 40. *gulp* There's a better than average chance I'll not handle that well. Just being honest. But I'd like to try to mitigate that by setting some sort of goal. I have six months. What can I achieve?

I've been thinking about it, and a lot of things are swirling through my head. Should it be something physical, i.e. learn how to do a one hand pushup or 100 push ups in a row, something like that? Or should it be a creativity challenge: take a photo every day, learn a new art technique, write here every day, work my way though another cookbook? Should I take this 6 months to finally declutter the way I've wanted to for so long but just never have?

I still don't know what it will be, but I think it should be concrete, measurable, and broken down in steps so that I can reach it in six months.

I want it to be challenging, but something I actually WANT to do or something that should get me closer to an even larger goal.

I'm reminded of a woman I read about on the Weight Watchers forums years ago when I was an active member. She was at her goal weight and decided to set challenges for herself to keep her motivated and on plan. One of the things she did was train to be in a body building competition. For real. This was a woman that had lost a lot of weight, was no spring chicken and I don't think had ever exercised much before WW. But she did it. She worked for it and made it happen.

I'm not saying THAT is what I want to do, but the way she went about it is pretty cool. I know some people operate like this on a daily basis. It's just part of their nature to set goals, make plans and execute them. Unfortunately, that's not me. I'm a go-about-my-days-without-much-of-a-plan kind of gal and I'm drifting too much for my liking, something that bothers me more and more, especially as I near *gulp* 40.

So what about you? Do you regularly set goals and make the necessary plans to make them happen? Or have you done something like I'm talking about here—have a future date in mind and work methodically toward it with a plan in hand?

I'd love to hear about it! Share in the comments, or link to a blog post, if you have something similar on your own blog (or a blog you read).


  1. I'm very much a goal-oriented, list-making, step-taking kind of person - but you already knew that. So as a fellow-about-to-turn-40-and-set-a-challenging-goal-to-celebrate person, I think setting a real challenge to commemorate this birthday is a fantastic idea! My only suggestion is pick something you'll enjoy the whole time, not just something you'll look back on and be impressed with but something you'll love at each and every step. Can't wait to hear what you decide!

  2. I do have some goals but not a clear plan on how to attain them, they just seem to happen over time. I loved turning 40- all of a sudden I felt like I had arrived- like "I am 40 and I am going to speak my MIND, so watch out!!" As if I had earned some badge of wisdom. My 30's were birthing and raising toddlers. The 40's are more about me and my dreams- still a mom and wife, that hasn't changed but I have more time to mold some of the things I like to do, like get back into shape and buy new underwear.

  3. Kelly - I don't have any goals yet but I wanted to let you know that you truly inspire me. I love looking at your blog and seeing how creative and motivated you are. It makes me want to do more! Thanks for sharing you projects and thoughts. You are awesome! xo

  4. How exciting! Have you figured out your goal yet? So anxious to hear it... and I just KNOW you'll achieve it!

  5. Also, just realized your birthday must be the same week as mine :-) Maybe I need a goal, too...

  6. Thanks everyone for your sweet comments!!


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