Goal Setting For The Busy Girl Boss

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OMG it’s September. HOW. 3 months until 2018. This year has flown right on by. I actually made a goal in January to launch my 8 Week Wellness Challenge by March—but that didn’t happen.

But that’s okay!

It’s never to late to tackle a goal. At least that’s what I tell myself. And others.

Because, better late than never, amiright?

OK so let me share with you a 30 day challenge I’m doing—with hopes of actually checking off goals from my list.
I work a 9-5 corporate job. I side hustle my blog + fitness life. I prefer multiple streams of income and a multidimensional life. If I did the same thing ALL the time, I would die and actual death.
Anyways—my company has a monthly meeting that promotes positivity, happiness, wellness, perspective, etc.—it’s like a monthly wellness hour that covers different aspects in life, like (finance, health, mental health, goals, etc.) I’m ALL ABOUT THIS. And when we all get together it’s like the “work shields” come off, “humans” enter, and we exchange ideas, thoughts, questions, etc. Like—therapy, if you will.
So for September, our theme is the 30 Day Challenge. Sounds simple, right? It’s actually… if I dare say, challenging. HA.
This is how the 30 Day Challenge works—you choose a “thing” you’re going to do for the next consecutive 30 days. We’re inspired by this here TED talk and goes into more detail about how it changed this guy’s life.
Here are some examples of what my coworkers are doing for their 30 Day Challenge:
  • Using cash only—it’s proven you spend 30% less if you limit credit card use
  • No cheese (sounds impossible to me, but do you.)
  • Eat one healthy meal a day
  • Wake up an hour early for “me” time
  • Train for a half-marathon
  • Study 30min of a new language on duolingo.com
  • Write on my blog every working day, mon-fri (this one is mine)
  • Run every day
  • Declutter email every day
  • Call an old friend every day + rekindle friendships
  • Cut back on caffeine and increase water consumption
  • Yoga 3 times a week

We all message and support each other using Slack, too! It’s an awesome accountability system to help each other achieve our goals. Starting out fall in a positive light!

As mentioned, my goal is to write on my blog FROM SKINNY 2 STRONG (you’re here!) every day, Monday through Friday, for the next 30 days. I’m actually inspired by my boss who is an A-lister in the HR world, and he writes on his personal blog every day and has done so for the past 7-8 years. I know. That’s a shmack ton of writing.

But I’m competitive and I want to see what can come from it. Not saying I’m going to be an overnight success after 30days, but I know nothing bad can come from it. My boss says consistency with content is what sets apart the best from the rest.
So here I go. 

In addition to writing on my blog every day, I plan on:

  • Cultivating better pictures for FS2S and my social posts
  • Planning content ahead of time for blog and social
  • Launch 8 week wellness challenge (stay tuned!)
  • Participate in a local pop up event to network + promote challenge
  • Study NASM personal training certification (already in the works)
  • Develop more partnerships with brands + sponsored content

How do we set #GOALS for the busy #GIRLBOSS?!

Working a 9-5 while also working a side hustle is hard. But we can do it. It just takes time and dedication. How bad do you want it? Hmm….
I love the 30 day challenge my company introduced to me. I plan on doing this monthly and writing a list of things I want to accomplish each month and spend the next consecutive 30 days polishing those off. I think supporting your girls who have big goals is important, too. If you hustle, support your friends who hustle. Find an accountability group. Invite friends to join you in your 30 day challenge! Even if it is something as minute as giving up that extra cup of coffee or cheese on your salad.

Set goals that are S.M.A.R.T

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Realistic

Timely

Then check in with yourself at the end of 30 days.

So what are your goals? Leave them in the comments, I want to hear! And let’s keep each other accountable xoxo

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19 Comments

  1. Liam Robinson
    September 6, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    Man, this sounds like a great idea! I wish my job did something like this.

  2. September 6, 2017 / 3:54 pm

    I love this post! Your energy is contagious, and I’m all in on the 30 day challenge (I’m the half-marathon dreamer on the team.) You are absolutely right…time, dedication, and finding a group of people to support you make all the difference!

    You are going to do a terrific job crushing your all of your goals!

    • elizabeth
      September 6, 2017 / 4:02 pm

      You’re going to kill it in your half marathon, JAY!!!

  3. September 6, 2017 / 3:56 pm

    Is adding more hour to the day too unrealistic?!

    • elizabeth
      September 6, 2017 / 3:57 pm

      OMG right?! That would be amazing.

  4. Lex
    September 6, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    I love this! My goal has been yoga 3x a week for multiple reasons. So far I’ve only been doing two, eeeeek, but this is refreshing! I always find it easier too to list steps underneath my bigger goals of HOW I will accomplish them!

    • elizabeth
      September 6, 2017 / 4:05 pm

      You can do it! and I’m going to start joining you 🙂

  5. September 6, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    Omg love this post Liz!! Great hearing your goals!! Let me know if you want some tips for NASM!

    My goals are to:
    1) photograph some shots and a 2 episodes for my Fit Life Kitchen/cooking with friends series. It’s a new series so I haven’t quite worked out the details but I’m excited about it
    2) do in-studio or at yoga 4 times a week
    3) send pitches to a few brands for sponosperes content. Hoping to get at least 2 brands to say yes this month

    • elizabeth
      September 6, 2017 / 4:41 pm

      Those are amazing goals! and I def will come to you for NASM tips! xo

  6. Morgan
    September 6, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    Oh wow – I need to do all of these…. how does someone do them all?

    • elizabeth
      September 6, 2017 / 6:47 pm

      Lists are my secret weapon! HA

  7. September 6, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    Great post Liz! I definitely needed a reminder that it’s not too late to set a goal and achieve it this year! Keep it up gurlll.

    • elizabeth
      September 7, 2017 / 9:38 am

      Never too late! xo

  8. Kendra
    September 7, 2017 / 12:20 am

    30 day challenge? Monthly personal development meeting? Who thinks of these things???🙃
    Way to stick to your goals! Thanks for documenting the process and challenging us all

    • elizabeth
      September 7, 2017 / 9:38 am

      YOU! ARE THE GENIOUS BEHIND THIS! and I love it xoxox

    • Michele Silagy
      September 8, 2017 / 12:14 pm

      Only a Culture Maven could come up with such a concept . . .

  9. Laura Hogans
    September 7, 2017 / 10:35 am

    #CashisKing- Thanks coach – Jay Kuhns / If you don’t have the cash don’t spend the money- Love the 30 day Challenge- Thanks Liz for sharing!

  10. Michele Silagy
    September 8, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    I’m doing the cash only thing. Trust me it works, you’ll actually spend 30% less. I’m also doing the “touch email only once” thing. It’s quite liberating not being a slave to your inbox. Liz, keep up blogging and I’m looking forward to seeing your progress on learning Portuguese. Obrigado e boa sorte!

    • elizabeth
      September 8, 2017 / 2:17 pm

      HAHAHAH Obrigada Michele!! boa sorte a ti tambem!

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