October Goals

 
I know it’s the last week of October and all, but I didn’t want to miss out on my monthly mind-body-soul goals post! Having moved and taken a family vacation to Spain, this month has literally FLOWN by.
 

September Goals in Review

  1. Mind: Be the expert.
  2. Body: Take time to treat my body through self-care (I want to do more stretching throughout the day, focus on better posture, and pamper my body with at-home facials, eating food that nourishes my body, etc.).
  3. Soul: Enjoy going on dates with my boo.
Sadly, I really only went 1 for 3 in September. While definitely getting better at “being the expert” in my professional life, September was consumed with packing up the apartment, selling a TON of stuff, planning the logistics of the move (as well as an Investment Panel pitch event for work) – it was pretty hectic. Self-care was no where to be seen/found. #thumbsdown Cesar and I managed to get ready for the move without getting in each other’s way too much, but we didn’t go out and enjoy too many dates, either, because we were so consumed with the move.

October Goals

My goals for this month have been pretty straightforward:
  1. Mind: Pay close attention when listening to audiobooks.
  2. Body: Put more effort into getting ready each day.
  3. Soul: Enjoy little pleasures.
I’m so proud to say that I have listened and finished TWO audiobooks this month – 
 

I used to be the biggest bookworm, but ever since I moved to the NYC area, reading hasn’t been something I do for enjoyment. Reading on the subway kind of makes me nauseous like motion sickness. I miss reading. However, I have become obsessed with listening to podcasts, and recently I remembered that there’s a free app called Overdrive where you can sign on to your city’s library website and “borrow” both audio and e-books. I did this right before Cesar and I left for our vacation in Spain, and I listened to an entire book throughout our trip. Overall, I absolutely loved both books and got a lot out of each one of them.

Some quotes that really resonated with me from the books include:
 
“Maybe, if you put your disbelief aside, roll up your sleeves, take some risks, and totally go for it, you’ll wake up one day and realize you’re living the kind of life you used to be jealous” ― Jen SinceroYou Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
“Imagine what our world would be like if everyone loved themselves so much that they weren’t threatened by other people’s opinions or skin colors or sexual preferences or talents or education or possessions or lack of possessions or religious beliefs or customs or their general tendency to just be whoever the hell they are.” 
 
“There is no list of rules. There is one rule. The rule is: there are no rules. Happiness comes from living as you need to, as you want to. As your inner voice tells you to. Happiness comes from being who you actually are instead of who you think you are supposed to be. Being traditional is not traditional anymore. It’s funny that we still think of it that way. Normalize your lives, people. You don’t want a baby? Don’t have one. I don’t want to get married? I won’t. You want to live alone? Enjoy it. You want to love someone? Love someone. Don’t apologize. Don’t explain. Don’t ever feel less than. When you feel the need to apologize or explain who you are, it means the voice in your head is telling you the wrong story. Wipe the slate clean. And rewrite it. No fairy tales. Be your own narrator. And go for a happy ending. One foot in front of the other. You will make it.” 
 
“Yes to everything scary.
Yes to everything that takes me out of my comfort zone.
Yes to everything that feels like it might be crazy.
Yes to everything that feels out of character.
Yes to everything that feels goofy.
Yes to everything.
Everything.
Say yes.
Yes.
Speak. Speak NOW.
“Yes,” I say. “Yes” 
 
“It may be different for you. Your happy place. Your joy. The place where life feels more good than not good. It doesn’t have to be kids. My producing partner Betsy Beers would tell me that for her that place is her dog. My friend Scott would probably tell me that for him it is spending time being creative. You might say it’s being with your best friend. Your boyfriend, your girlfriend. A parent. A sibling. It’s different for everyone. For some of you, it might even be work. And that, too, is valid. This Yes is about giving yourself the permission to shift the focus of what is a priority from what’s good for you over to what makes you feel good.” 

Okay, okay, I can feel myself getting carried away with all the powerful quotes, I don’t want them to get watered down because there are so many good ones. If you like what you’ve read, then go read these books! Too good not to share. If you purchase the book(s) through these links, I’ll get a small commission for it, too. #affiliatelink
 
The body goal that I have been focused on this month is to put more effort into getting ready each day. I don’t know about you, but in the summertime, the most I can do with my mane of hair is put it up in a wet bun, there’s no way that it’s staying down ’cause that sh** is too hot, and I will melt. Now that the weather is cooling off, I made a commitment to take the time to brush out my hair, let it stay down, and dress nicely for work and during the weekends. I also tried harder than normal when we were on vacation to look nice and put together (for the pics, obviously, haha!). Looking pulled together just makes you feel good, right?
 
Lastly, I’ve been enjoying little pleasures as my “soul” goal. For example, we have a new shower head that has nearly 10 different modes, and it feels pretty wonderful getting a head massage in the shower. I treated myself to buying a nice gold speckled vase from Anthropologie. I bought a bouquet of flowers. I replenished my expensive makeup (NARS is life, y’all). In addition, I looked through the vacation photos we took and am in the process of deciding which ones to print to frame – yes, PRINTING photos! Which has me more excited than I should admit…
 

Those are my October goals in a nutshell. Do you set goals? If so, how often? If not, why not? I’m curious. Share in the comments below.
 
  • I enjoyed reading your October goals! I’ve been listening to more podcasts, too! Looking forward to seeing your November goals!!

    • Hi Brennon,

      Thank you for the kind note. What are your go-to podcasts?! I am currently enjoying listening to “Style your mind” by Cara Alwill, as well as Super Soul Sunday Conversations with Oprah. 🙂

      • Mariah, I’ve watched several of Oprah’s SSS Conversations and enjoy them. I also love Ted and Ted-X Talks. They really get in moving in such a short amount of time. Recently, I’ve been listening to a lot from Abraham Hicks and the Law of Attraction. 🙂

        • I’ve spent more nights than I can count binge-watching Ted Talks – loveee them. Although I haven’t listened to Abraham Hicks, I have listened to The Lively Show with Jess Lively who refers to Hicks pretty often. Can’t get enough of good personal development/growth podcasts!