My Top 10 January Wins

The first month of 2022 is over which means one thing….revisit my January goals. At the beginning of the month, I sat down and wrote six goals I wanted to meet in the month of January. These goals reflect on my 2022 Goals I also wrote out at the beginning of the year. 

Instead of focusing on what goals I reached and the ones I didn’t meet, I wanted to share my 10 wins I had for this month.

10. Scheduled my blog posts 3 times a week.

My goal at the beginning of the month was to become consistent on my blog posts. I read success stories and watch YouTube videos on the importance of consistency. This is my second month since my launch so I knew it was time to get a little serious and start making some small changes. I decided to publish my posts three times a week with the weekends off. 

I scheduled a post for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. So far I have seen some activity on those days. However, I haven’t advertised as much as I liked due to fear of being “that person” who has to advertise their blog multiple times. I am working on overcoming that fear as you are reading it.

9. I finished 2 books this month.

If you have been following along, I finished the book, Present Over Perfect a before January was halfway over. Instead of starting a brand new book, I decided to finish one I haven’t touched since last fall. I started Sadie Roberston’s, Live, in June 2020. Her book is simply one you can read one chapter after another. Instead, it was one where you read a chapter and internalized what she was talking about. I’m glad I finished this book this month because it has given me a different perspective on my situation. Since then, I have been more positive and confident that things will get better.

8. Started Listening To “Mornings With the Masters” Podcast Everyday.

I ditched my Apple Music in December after I left my job so podcasts have been my main source of entertainment in the car, camper, walks, etc. I came across “Mornings With the Masters” when I was looking for Christian based podcasts. Each episode consists of the scripture, devotional, a brief real life connection to the topic, and a prayer sign off. I love listening to their podcast because Tori and Chad cover a lot within 7-10 minutes. If you are looking for a daily devotional podcast, I highly recommend them.

7. Utilizing my Five Minute Journal.

As I stated in my post, My First Attempt of the Five Minute Journal, I gave myself the challenge to utilize it each day for the next 60 days. I will admit, there were two weekends out of the month where I did not use my journal. I could tell a difference in my mood when I didn’t use it for a couple of days. This has motivated me to bounce back the next day. 

Writing in the journal is the first thing I do in the morning before I do anything else. It is also the last thing I do before I go to bed. My biggest challenge is that I am thinking too much into what I want to write instead of writing what is in my heart. I’m still working to improve on this tactic.

6. Washing My Hair 3 Times A Week

This month marks the first full month I have been able to extend my hair washing days. Toward the end of December, I noticed hair was less oily on my non-washing days. I knew it was time for me to move to the next phase: Go from one non-washing day to two. It has taken me almost six months to move on to this phase, I’ve never been so happy with the journey so far. My hair is healthier and I’m saving money on shampoo and conditioner products.

5. Participated in My First Spot Shoot.

I have yet to write a blog post about my experience. This is my first time ever participating in this form of competition. Honestly, I did a lot better than what I thought. On the weekend I shot, I was the only female participating. Although I was in last place, I did have the opportunity to make it through the shoot up. My biggest downfall was my nerves because I was standing on a podium in front of everyone. There is a lot I need to work on such as my form and mentality. It’s not something I would want to do on a regular basis, but I’m not ruling out that I won’t do it again.

4. Attending Archery Trade Association 2022 (ATA).

This was a big opportunity for Josh and me to attend this event. We were able to meet new people and see the well-known archers. We also got to see new and upcoming products that are releasing later this year. We are grateful to have a great business to allow us to come and represent their shop while making decisions on what would be best for our customers back home.

3. Tikka and I Visited Part of Dismal State Park.

I haven’t created a post about this park yet because we haven’t had the time to explore even further. The park is ginormous and it crosses from Virginia to North Carolina. We spent a couple of hours there, but we didn’t even put a dent into exploring the area. When the weather is better on a weekend, Josh and I are planning to go and check out the area a little more. If you’ve been keeping up with the state and national parks we have visited, stay tuned. There will be a post on Dismal State Park.

2. Felt More Positive About Life.

At this time last year, I was depressed and anxious due to work and the pandemic. My job was very stressful keeping up with virtual learning and sitting in an empty classroom 8 hours a day. I felt as if I wasn’t making a big difference in student progress and became worried about when I would ever see my students again. My anxiety grew as I continued to wonder if anyone loved me while I was in this state. I spent months dealing with this. It’s a season I would never want to wish on my worst enemy.

After moving to a new state with Josh, quitting my teaching job, starting this blog, and focusing on reading and listening to devotionals, I do not feel as anxious and depressed as I was this time last year. I still have my bad days, but my good days are outweighing the bad these days. I thank God for that!

  1. Restoring My Faith.

This has weighed on my heart for the last few months. I wanted to spend some time each day focusing on God and the biblical stories, but I couldn’t quite find the supplements to help me when reading the Bible. Discovering Sadie Robertson’s books and finding Chad and Tori Master’s podcast has been a start. Reading, listening and internalizing what is presented has changed my perspective not on my life, but just life itself. It’s so easy to focus on the negativity going on in this world today. However, I have begun to find the silver linings in each situation I come across which has lessened my depression and anxiety. I’ve been pouring my troubles and worries out to God before I give thanks for what He has given me so far. I’ve noticed that restoring my faith has brought me peace to my life.

Looking at my “wins,” January has been good to me. Big or small, I have experienced and learned a lot along the way. I am a better person physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually now than at the beginning of January. I’d like for you to take time and think about what you have done in the month of January. Even if you have done one thing, consider it as a win and go from there. What were your “wins” for the month of January? I look forward to sitting down and making my goals for February and taking on this adventure.

Stay adventurous,

Natalie

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