Goal Talk: July.

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Hi there!

Although my inclination is to be lazy in the summer, there’s still a few things I want to get done. Naturally, this happens in the form of goals. 

Goal Talk: July

So first off, a recap of how my goals went in June:

1. Use my small group training yoga classes to further explore my yoga practice.

Done! Although a bunch of classes got delayed and I had to miss one, so I’ve only actually had three classes so far (the fourth is tonight). So far, I’m really enjoying it! I know there’s been some improvement in my alignment on basic poses, and I feel like I’m starting to understand yoga better as a practice, rather than a bunch of crazy poses thrown together. And I’ve been focusing more on meditation. So far so good!

2. Disconnect.

Yup! When I went to go visit family a few weeks ago, I wasn’t able to get my internet connection working for a while. So I kind of had to force myself to disconnect, but it was thoroughly enjoyed. As much as I love participating in social media, it’s nice to focus on face-to-face interaction and relaxation.

 

Unplug

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3. Finish my French program.

Ok, big fail on this one. Between my computer crashing (twice), thesis edits/conference prep, and all the traveling/events I had this summer, I didn’t make any progress with this whatsoever. Oops.

4. TV and computer off at 9:30.

I think I did ok with this one. Some nights I did, other nights were more like 10:00-10:30. But I don’t have any early mornings anymore (for the moment) so I’m not too worried about keeping up with this goal.

July Goals

And what I want to accomplish this month:

1. Focus on my job hunt.

While I’ve been ‘job hunting’ for the last little while, I was going about it pretty lazily and had only actually applied for about 2 jobs – basically, procrastinating. But that’s not an option anymore and I NEED a job, so I need to start actively searching, applying and networking. Fingers crossed!

Getting a Job

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2. Finish my French program.

Yup, this is a repeat goal. Hopefully this month I can actually get it done! Semi-bilingualism always looks good on a job application, right?

3. Slowly and carefully reintroduce weights into my exercise routine.

So it’s been a few months, but I’m really feeling the itch to get back into a heavy lifting routine. My plan right now is to introduce weights slowly – not trying for any PR’s or anything ridiculous, but just trying to get a feel for it again. And again, slowly – I’ll start off with one additional workout a week to my yoga, walking and Physique. And of course, fuel properly before and after. Did I mention I was doing this slowly and carefully?

Weights

Happy to be back in the squat rack.

4. Feel prepared for my thesis defense.

My thesis is ready to go (more or less – I’m waiting on one more draft to come back, but there shouldn’t be too many corrections) and I have my thesis defense date. Of course, now I just have to make sure I feel ready for it my knowing my literature and my research inside and out. People keep reassuring me that it isn’t a big deal, but nonetheless, I want to feel prepared so that I don’t get caught off guard by any questions.

Thesis Writing

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That’s all for me today – have a great Thursday!

<— Any job hunting advice?

<— What are you hoping to accomplish in July?

<— Any fitness goals right now?

<— Do you speak a second language? If you could speak a second (or third or fourth or fifth) language, what would it be?

38 Comments

  1. Ahhh Good luck with job hunting- My advice would be set time aside and hit out as many as you can then stop it completely for the day- doing it in dribs and drabs made it so mentally mind numbing! HR nerd coming out now, but if there is the option to contact an employer to discuss further do it- even if it’s pretty self explanatory

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  2. Happy Birthday to Better With Sprinkles! Good luck with job hunting too!
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  3. Ohh man, job hunting is such a pain :(. I’m currently in the process myself and have been for almost six months – it’s kind of the pits. You’ll find something so soon though, I can feel it! Good for you for telling us a bit more about your plans for weight training – I really need to get into it. I’m super intimidated, though, not gonna lie.

  4. I love reading about goals. I was about to write that in a more crass way that involved the word ‘boner’ but I decided against it. Those are great ones! Unplugging is actually something I’ve been forced to do since being home, and it’s great! My job hunting tip is network, network, network. You are more likely to be successful at getting a job if you have some kind of personal connection, or a connection through your school, or through a professional relationship. Just searching job boards and hoping for the best is not nearly as effective!
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    • It’s definitely more about who you know than anything else these days! I’m hoping someone will be able to get me an ‘in’ somewhere.

  5. Ugh I wish I had job hunting advice for you. Clearly what I’ve been doing hasn’t worked for me…
    My fitness goal for July is to do something active every single day. Not necessarily a crazy difficult workout or something but if I’m not working out, at least go for a walk or a shorter yoga class. That and I want to start doing more weights. I kind of stopped for a while and definitely noticed it.
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    • That’s a great goal! I love using my pug walks on my ‘off’ days. And I missed weights, I’m happy to be introducing them again!

  6. hahah that graph. I feel like that’s so realistic for any school-related project. As for job hunting…um….no. LinkedIn/any other job board, and talk to any adult who you may still be in touch with. You never know who they might know! Have a great weekend Sam!
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  7. I am in complete support of that heavy lifting goal One of my favourite parts of going on holiday is the disconnection from technology I’m almost always forced to take. In the beginning, it used to stress me out but now I purposely avoid wifi!
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  8. Happy 2nd blog birthday!

    Oh I wish I could speak a 2nd language. Here in the UK we don’t even start to get lessons in another language until we are 13 and unless we take that option, only do it for 2 more years. So most of the people in my country barely know the odd word of another language
    I would want to speak French I think! I do know the odd word or sentence!
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    • That’s interesting – I would have thought that being so close to other European countries that have different first languages, speaking two would have been more common over there!

  9. It sounds like you are being super cautious about getting back into weight training which is great- so long as you’re fuelling correctly, i am sure your body will continue to respond positively. I’ve rekindled my love for strength training over the past month so definitely want to continue working on that. As my outdoor longish runs are going to be replaced with short treadmill runs from now till September (Moonsoon season in Mumbai), I also want to work on getting faster!
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  10. Happy Birthday Sprinkles! You’re looking mighty fine And good luck on the job hunt, hun! I wish I could offer some good advice, but I’ve never actually had a job that I had to find and apply for — just been doing the family business thing for as long as I can remember. And I’ve kind of, sort of been toying around with the idea of getting back into strength training, but I always seem to find an excuse to avoid it. Right now it’s a love of biking and hiking. Maybe when the weather cools down I’ll have more motivation to get back in the gym?
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    • That definitely makes sense! If you prefer being outdoors right now, then take advantage…hell, if you want to reintroduce some strength training, break out into some squats and pushups mid-hike

  11. My only recommendation for job hunting it to send your CV and Coverletter to everyone!!! Oh and track all of the people you send it to so if they call you’re not like uhhhh did I send you something? That happened to me once lol
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  12. Omg that job meme is SO true! I’ve applied to about 4 or 5, but haven’t heard anything back. Everyone keeps asking me if I’ve heard anything yet, and it sucks to respond “no”. I want to start wearing a sign that says “Do NOT ask me about jobs” haha.

    Good luck with the continuing hunt!
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  13. My goals for this month are to sleep more and run smarter. And to save money!
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  14. Fingers crossed for your job hunt. It’s nerve-wracking and – at least in my field . makes you wonder what exactly companies are expecting from a recent graduate in terms of work experience. My only advice is to keep believing in yourself. I know it’s random but that’s really been what people kept telling all.the.time.
    English is my second language and French my 2 1/2 because I’m not sure I’d be able to speak it anymore. If I could choose another language I’d go with something like Chinese. Fo all those travels to China I’ll never take, you know . Or actually just to be able to read the labels at the Asian grocery and chat with the store owners.
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  15. Happy Blogiversary Sprinkles! A milestone down.

    Good luck with the job hunt. I have to interview people occasionally and I’d be happy to give you helpful tips when it comes to that stage, just shoot me an email.

    By the way, this weight training thing…it sounds like you’re going super fast. Maybe you ought to slow down. Alright, sorry I couldn’t help myself. I like the extra emphasis you threw in there though. I felt like I could almost see you saying it.

    • I will absolutely take you up on that! Now, the first step is to actually get an interview…
      And what can I say, I like to get the point across!

  16. Great goals! Don’t worry, the job search sucks, but one day you’ll get a call/email and everything will work out. What French program are you referring to? I was a French minor in college and have been tryingggg to find a way to re-learn it!
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  17. Ahhh job hunting.. fun times! haha. I just apply to as many that I can find that interest me! Then you can interview and decide which one you like best Good luck girl!
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  19. My only job hunting advice is really use Linkedin and reach out to recruiters! It’s so hard… and so frustrating, yikes!

    I really need to make goals for July but the month is almost 1/3 over lol.
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    • I need to get better with LinkedIn! I have it, but I ignore it most of the time…I’ll have to change that!

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