Earlier in 2013, at the end of July in my post Developing Good Habits I produced a monthly breakdown of key areas I was going to focus on each month from August to December. My hopes were to achieve a lot of individual goals by hitting those key areas hard for a solid month.
The breakdown looked like this:
August: Cleaning – create, implement and maintain a simple, less stressful and easy to maintain cleaning schedule September: Finances & Budgeting – create a budget, set short-term and long-term financial goals and document every penny spent
- October: Blogging – create a minimum of 10 quality posts and follow a 30-Day blogging challenge
- November: Health & Fitness – Increase my physical fitness, decrease my bad eating habits (ex. eliminate soda, cut back on fast food) and work up to a 3 mile jog/walk at 05:00 every morning
December: Building my business – taking classes and attending training and seminars related to my business
So on July 27, 2013 I had my plan broken down and ready to implement. But let me fast forward to today, October 11, 2013. Here is an update on how the above scheduled plans and breakdown went and what took place.
Creative Courage Campaign & Girls Guide Classes
In June I met an amazing entrepreneur, Amanda Aitken and took part in her FREE, five day course, the Creative Courage Workshop. In my post Creative Courage Campaign I express the vitality of this workshop. The Creative Courage Campaign is still available and something I highly recommend for anyone interested in getting a project, movement or business out into the world.
At the end of June, Amanda opened enrollment for her latest online class, the Girls Guide to Graphic Design. I promised myself if the price was within my range I would enroll but if it was too high I wouldn’t enroll. I was a little sticker shocked when Amanda announced the price of the class. But I recognized the value in the class (and how badly I wanted to learn what she was teaching) and leveraged some money from my retirement account.
The official Girls Guide to Graphic Design started in the first of July and I got started right away. I also went ahead and signed up for Amanda’s Girls Guide to Web Design as the two classes compliment each other.
Placing Our Plans Before God
So why do I mention this – in my opinion it seems regardless of what our own plans for our lives are God occasionally takes over. Essentially, I believe I gave God an outline of the areas in my life where I wanted improvement and he made it work, just not according to my timetable.
Basically, my scheduled plan for December: Building my business – taking classes and attending training and seminars related to my business, was rescheduled for earlier in the year (not by my plans) to July, August and September where I worked hard and diligently to follow the Girls Guide to Graphic Design course, which I’m still actively a student. But I was able to create my business name, Canyonlandz, my logo and in essence get the basis of my business off the ground.
Of course, this month my plans were to go forward with my blogging. I knew I wanted to join a blogging challange, which I did by joining the Ultimate Blog Challenge. So far this has proven to be an amazing challenge and I am immensely enjoying writing a blog post every day. It is not only fun but quite a learning experience.
If you have ever created scheduled plans for your life and had those plans scrambled please share in the comments below. I look forward to hearing from you.