As a little follow up on my update post that I posted about a month ago, I wanted to set myself some goals for the summer, some personal some practical. I’m a very goal-oriented person and I’m most motivated when I have a few achievable goals in mind to accomplish seasonally. I can already tell that this summer is gonna be busy from a professional stand point, so all the more reason to set myself some personal goals to keep a good work balance during some potentially stressful periods.
Take more time to unplug ~ Ever since I turned on the screen time function on my iPhone, I have become acutely aware of just how much time I spend on my phone, most of it unnecessarily. I really want to start breaking the habit of picking up my phone and mindlessly scrolling through instagram because it never makes me feel better or more productive. I’ve already begun to set time limits on certain apps on my phone, which is super helpful and something I would highly recommend to any of you who might be struggling with being on your phone too much. I do want to shorten my time limits gradually over the summer to further cut down, and spend more full days where I am completely without my phone.
Focus on climbing ~ I’ve gotten really into climbing over the last three months and it has quickly become my favorite form of exercise. The thing I love about climbing is that it goes beyond your physical abilities and you really have to rely on your mental fortitude to get you through tricky moves. Part of the reason why I got into climbing is to eventually be able to do some climbing outdoors, because Brad and I are lucky enough to live three hours away from the climbing mecca that is Yosemite Valley. In order to get more comfortable with climbing outside I want to pass my lead climbing test in the gym by the end of the summer and hopefully make some small trips to some of our local outdoor crags during the summer!
Save money ~ As I get more and more into my twenties I want to focus even more on saving money for the future. This next year is going to be full of big changes (stay tuned!) and I really want to set myself up the best I can to be able to make those changes. I will also say in the last year I’ve had a much stronger desire to not buy so much stuff unnecessarily, I’ve overall been more conscious about what I buy and how much I buy and I really try to think my purchases through beforehand, instead of just spending money on a whim. I still have a ways to go in terms of buying less and saving more, but no time like the present to start!
Get away from the city more ~ I’ve felt the urge a lot more lately to be out of the city. This is a bit weird for me because I was born and raised in a big city, and I’ve always been able to appreciate all the opportunities big cities have to offer. That being said, I think it’s very easy when you become an adult and live in a big city to get caught in the rat race and not having much else going on except work. I’ve definitely felt the need to balance out the amount of time I spend in the city, with spending a good amount of time outdoors and disconnected from all the stresses of city life. Luckily, Brad and I have a big National Parks roadtrip on the books for early fall, but we both want to take advantage of the California summertime as much as possible, whether it’s going on bike rides through Golden Gate Park or going on a hike on the weekend in the Marin headlands.