May: Taking Care of My Sh!t!



I usually share some pictures of my weekend on Monday mornings, but since I didn’t take many, and I’m wanting some accountability for the upcoming month, I decided to do things a little different today.

I’ve got some lofty goals in store for the year, but there are a few smaller tasks I want to try to focus on this month. I’ve realized that changing your entire life is impossible to do at all at once, but taking tiny steps is easy!

Here’s what I want to do this month:

Keep working out:

I’ve done really well the last few weeks as far as working out goes, and it feels great. This month I’m determined to keep it up. For me, that means either bikram yoga or a walk/run with the assistance of C25K at least 5 times a week.

I’ve realized that setting out my workout clothes and planning what I’m going to do ahead of time does wonders. Making decisions, even ones as small as what to wear, takes energy that I need to get my work out on.

Take an acting class or 2:

Last month, I took a giant step and signed with a talent agency. Now I’ve got some work to do. I’ve gotten new head shots but if I want to really succeed, I need to get a little more comfortable with the audition process.

I’ve already taken the first step with this goal and signed up for Tom Booker’s commercial audition workshop.

I’m excited but a little nervous. I’ve been really lucky in my life in the fact that I haven’t had to do much auditioning, and I’m worried I’ll freak out when it becomes time. But that’s what the classes are supposed to help!

Read for pleasure:

I’ve been so busy the last few weeks, I’ve barely had time to slow down enough to enjoy a good book. I try to read for a while before I sleep, but I usually fall asleep within 5 minutes. This makes me sad. I think it’s important to self-soothe, and I deserve a little more of it this month.

Step up the Mindfulness:

I’m really proud that I’ve been able to stick to my meditation goal, but I want to start incorporating those tools more into my daily life. I know that I’ve made some improvement, as my stress and anxiety levels have decreased significantly-but I still know that I could be more mindful. I want to be a better listener, a better partner, and a better friend. I know that being present and getting out of my own head will help in all of these areas

Be Social!:

I was doing so well in this department, but my priorities shifted a bit in April. The weather is so beautiful and I want to say yes to as many opportunities as I can that will get me outside and around people. I really want to try to go to a movie in the park, increase my workouts with my friends, and maybe go throw a frisbee,

Take Care of My shit:

I’m sad to admit that there are quite a few important things that I’ve put off for a while. I still need to get my oil changed, get my car inspected and get Stevie Ticks her updated shots. I also want to make appointments for a physical, look into seeing a dermatologist, and finally call about an overdue medical bill that insurance was supposed to cover.

So many things. But I think if I can just choose one task per day, I can get them done.

What are your goals for the Month? CAN I DO THIS?

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    congrats for signing with a talent agency! i’d be scared to death i think! but you got this!

  • Bourbon & Lipstick

    That’s awesome that you signed with a talent agency! Hope it brings lots of good things your way

  • Stacie

    I feel like I’ve been guilty of being more social lately at the expense of doing the things I need to do. Oh well, life is too short not to right?

    And congrats on signing up with a talent agency! That is exciting news!

  • Mwa

    *Cheering from the sidelines!*

  • B @ The Sequin Notebook

    These are all fantastic goal – I’m with you on needing to lay out my clothes and plan my workout to ensure it gets done, and I’ve been a little behind lately on taking care of life errands (though I did get my passport photo taken this weekend, does that count?!). Thanks for helping us celebrate our blogiversary!

  • Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    CONGRATS to you girl…that’s amazing. Your goals sound right on point…way to go! Have a great week, XO!

  • SuzLyfe

    Congrats on the talent agency! I sometimes have to have a fire lit under my ass to be social. Like yesterday, I had a headache and was just like PSSH about a blogger meet up. Instead I ate dinner with Alex at 545 (I was ready for it waaay earlier, so I was proud), we watched and movie and Planet Earth, and that was about it. #winning #socialanimal

  • Lora

    I find that when I plan my workouts too I’m less likely to miss them. If I already plan what time I’ll be there, pack my clothes, etc. I know that I’ll actually go…

  • Carissa

    Thank ya! I sure hope so!

  • SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph

    Wait…how did I miss that your pet’s name is Stevie Ticks?

  • Carissa

    Thanks lady! I figured it was time to at least try!

  • Carissa

    Thanks Stacie! Hell yah! I wish my problem was being TOO social.

  • Carissa

    Aw thanks!

  • Carissa

    It really does help! And yes I think passport picture taking is very productive. So glad to be a part!

  • Carissa

    Thanks Emelia! hope you have a great week too!

  • Carissa

    Hahaha I am right there with you. I have things I have to do after work but now I just want to watch planet earth. In bed. WIth my dogs. sigh.

  • Carissa

    Yup! Planning down to the detail really helps me. If I’m unsure of ANYTHING, I’ll most likely cancel.

  • Carissa

    Haha Yup Stevie Ticks! Although right now Flea – twood Mack would be more apt.

  • Sine_Botchen

    Goals are great things to have and to set. Just make sure you judge your accomplishments on a scale (say, 1 to 10) rather than on a pass or fail basis. Don’t think of them terms of accomplished or not accomplished, but rather to what extent were they accomplished. Being more social? “Hey, I went to hear some music and attended a play” is more constructive than “I only went out twice this month”. Just remember, it’s not ‘all or nothing’. And keep away from those ANTs!

  • Allison Renner

    These are great goals! I too have been putting off stuff like car service for way too long – and still taking my car on road trips! Whoops. Also, instead of making appointments for my non-existant dog to the vet, I need to take my real kid to the doctor! He hasn’t been sick and has been meeting his milestones so I just… haven’t…done it. I need to kick my butt into gear. I also LOVE your acting class goal! Good luck with that! I haven’t taken any sort of class like that since 2010, when I took an improv class and sketch writing. I’d love to get back into both but we don’t have that community around here. We DO have acting classes, and I know I could use those towards comedy, but… too intimidating!

    – Allison

  • asplenia

    I want more time to read!! I was just thinking about this!!