Thursday, November 2, 2017

October Balanced Life Goals - Month End Review

October is over and it is time to review my balanced life goals for the month. As I have mentioned earlier, the goal is to achieve a better sense of balance in my life, to attend to each of the areas I've identified as being important to me, so that none are neglected.

Spiritual:  The goal is to live a spiritually meaningful life.

- Continue with daily prayers and gratitude - On going; daily prayers are part of my routine and I have had many things for which to be grateful, in October.
- Continue to focus on blessings, joy, and abundance - On going
- Take time for meditation - Have been trying
- Cultivate non-attachment - Have been trying; still too many things I'm holding on to for sentimental reasons
- Host the monthly prayer gathering- Hosted the October prayer gathering and I think it turned out quite well; very grateful for all the help my cousins and friends gave me to make it a successful gathering.
- Participate in the special ceremony at the temple (scheduled on the Friday evening prior to and the morning of the same day as the monthly prayer gathering!) - Participated in the Saturday morning's ceremony, although I didn't stay for the entire event.

Environment:  The goal is a clean, tidy, uncluttered house and a well-maintained garden.
- Clean the house for the prayer gathering - Got the main rooms of the house tidied and cleaned.  Started on my bedroom; will continue in November, too.
- Attend to the eucalyptus tree - get an arborist's opinion; trim or cut down the tree- not done!
- Plant some new plants in the front garden for a little fall color - not done, as it was too hot during most of October. 

Daughter:  The goal is to continue to have a close relationship with her. 

- Daily texts, phone calls, emails , and video chatting! - Have been chatting with her every day.
- Look forward to her next trip home (in November) - Have been looking forward to it.

Family & Friends:  The goal is to keep in touch with various family members and friends.
- Visit my mother's grave on her birthday - Visited her grave
- Communicate regularly - phone calls, texts, and emails; I will see several of them at the prayer gathering - Spoke with various family members and friends on the phone, cousins and a good friend helped with the prayer gathering preparations and clean up, visited my neighbor and had coffee with her one evening, had aunt and cousin over to dinner last weekend, exchanged emails with several friends, etc.
Career:  The goal is to continue to do work which I enjoy (for the most part) and which enables me to support myself.
- Continue to do my assignments on time - Did so
- Work from the office each work day this month - Worked mostly from office, but worked from home a few days, as well.

Finances:  The goal is financial security.
- Continue budgeting and spending mindfully, with purpose - Did so; I came under my grocery and prayer gathering budgets; I questioned a double billing and got that straightened out, I called about a medical billing and hopefully, got that taken care of, too.

Health & Well Being:  The goal is good health.  This will continue to be the focus, this month, as well.
- Attend the appointments with my various medical doctors and dentists - 2 scheduled, so far, in October: the dentist (for the crown replacement) and primary care physician assistant (routine follow-up); there might be a third appointment, as well, depending on how the dental work proceeds - Did so; there was an appointment with the surgeon, as well.
- Continue to go for additional screening tests, as needed - No additional tests were needed.
- Continue to monitor blood pressure, sugar levels, and weight - Did so
- Continue to focus on a healthier diet (more vegetables!), drinking enough water, exercising regularly, and getting sufficient sleep - Work in progress!

In addition, I made my selections for health care insurance for next year.  I kept the same medical, but changed the dental.

Time Management:  The goal is having enough time to do all what I want to do!
- Organize myself so that the important things get accomplished on time - Another work in progress, although the important things are getting done.

Leisure/Crafts/Hobbies/Me-Time:  The goal is to relax doing something I enjoy doing for the pleasure of it.

- Finish the two quilts in progress - I made progress but didn't quite finish it
- Do a few things on the Fall Joy List - I did a few things on my list: 
#3. Decorate my house for fall (in October)
#6. Host the October prayer gathering

So those were my goals for October.  I didn't achieve all my goals but I made good progress on most of them and I am content.  Did you make any monthly goals for October?  If so, how did you do?  Are you happy with what you were able to achieve? 


  1. "...and I am content." That says it all. You are doing great with your goals.

    1. Thank you, Live & Learn. Yes, I am content. Of course, I would liked to have achieved more, to have made more progress, etc. But, considering where I've been, I'm happy to be where I am now. :)

  2. I think it is important to have goals because they add structure and focus to our lives, but that is a lot of goals! I find that too big a list of things to do can be overwhelming and lead to feelings of failure if not accomplished. Don't be hard on yourself if you don't make much progress in some areas. We all need time out to recharge the batteries and I'm glad to see that you include leisure/craft/me time but don't let it always be at the end of the list. X

    1. Thank you for the reminder to take time for myself and to relax, Eloise. The goals list isn't in any particular order, but they are of equal importance.

  3. Hi Bless, you have done well my friend. One of my goals for this past month was to be able to move on and away from toxic relationships that I knew were horrible for me and my family, but I still had guilt about cutting them out of my life because they were family. I think I have finally been able to let go of the guilt now and it feels good. :)

    1. Thank you, Debbie. (((HUGS))) It is very difficult to cut ties to a toxic relationship. But one has to move on; it's necessary for self-preservation. We owe it to ourselves and to our children and grandchildren to take care of ourselves in order to be there for them when they need us.


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