Getting it Together Thursdays: Goal Check In

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On my 25th birthday, I posted my goals for the year. My half birthday is Sunday, which makes me halfway responsible for seeing how driven I have been in actually achieving some things instead of thinking about achieving them this year. Let’s check back in.

  • Personal Goals

My number one goal is actually not able to be posted up on my blog. If you know me, you probably know what it is. If you don’t, feel free to go to my About Page, send me an e-mail and ask.

Update: Still secret. Still in progress.

nicaragua  san juan del sur | almost getting it together

Nicaragua moments.

Go on a solo trip. I don’t want to be held back on adventures because I don’t have someone to go with. I actually already have this one planned – I’m going to surf camp in Nicaragua later this month! I want to be able to just go out surfing on my own (granted I’m by the ocean and not in Pittsburgh) so I figured the best way to really hone it is to go to surf camp.

Update: Nicaragua, beaches! (Play on words, get it?)

fiesole italy | almost getting it together

Me in the homeland, a million years ago. It would be beneficial to have a passport and be a real citizen.

Get Italian passport. I’ve seriously been meaning to do this for like six years. I have Italian citizenship through my grandmother and it’s just a pain to deal with the Italian embassy. It’s in Philly, it’s open literally nine hours a week in total. My grandmother gave me the name and number of an attorney who will actually do all the paperwork for me – I seriously just need to get it together (pun not intended) and call. From my adventures in third world countries and desire to go to Cuba, sometimes traveling as a non-American has its perks.

Update: AHAHA. I need to get on this. I did call the attorney (months ago) he just decided to not return my call. I need to stalk him call back. A classic case of me being unmotivated.

Pittsburgh Marathon 2014 | almost getting it together

Me with my fave seasoned marathoner, Emily!

Run a marathon. This is the year I’ve finally decided I’m ready. If I don’t get in the New York City Marathon, I’m going to run the Savannah Marathon with my great aunt for her 70th birthday. I would have ran Pittsburgh but I’m running the DC Nike Women’s Half the weekend before and I really want to focus on doing well at that race.

Update: In progress. I’m planning on running the Savannah Marathon. I accidentally ran 18 miles Sunday and kind of wanted to die the last two miles, but other than that, I feel like I’ll probably finish.

Take the GMAT. I’m not totally sure if I want to get my MBA yet, but just in case, this will be the year I take the tests

Update: Yeah, this hasn’t happened. I looked at a prep book at Barnes and Noble, immediately got a headache and left to get an iced coffee.

Start/finish my novel. I used to think this was stupid and unattainable until I read The Happiness Project. If you write 1,667 words a day, you can have a short novel done in a month. I am going to self-publish and see if it goes anywhere from there.

Update: The pattern of goal-achieving failure continues. I haven’t done a thing, other than think of a few ideas. I’m disappointed in myself, but it’s so hard to find time to write.

Go to Wanderlust/other yoga retreat.

Update: I still have six months for this. I’m considering teacher training this winter. We’ll see!

Read one book per month.

Update: I’ve kind of done this, so I’ll kind of count it. I read The Rum Diary in July and I’m working on
 The Goldfinch now.

Start swimming again. I keep talking about it – I just need to do it.

Update: I went to the pool Monday. I swam 500 meters. I forgot how hard swimming was. I like berating a lot.

  • Blogging Goals

Redesign my blog for a more professional feel. Self-explanatory.

Self-host my blog. Google Analytics would be nice.

Aim for new content three times per week. I want to have new content more often that that, obviously, but I know for goal making you’re supposed to set attainable goals.

Make a press kit. This is becoming my to-do list in a blog post.

Apply for one new partnership opportunity/guest blog/free lance writing gig a month. If I want my blog to be successful, I need to put a little time and love into it!

Update: Basically, I just need to make a press kit. At least I’ve made progress in my life somewhere.

  • Friends & Family Goals
almost getting it together

My grandfather and I golfing earlier this year.

Spend meaningful time with my family at least once per month. I’m guilty of blowing my family off, screening calls because I’m busy or sitting at my grandparents house reading blogs. I seriously need to focus on them when I’m with them.

Make time to talk to my friends. I am also guilty of saying I’ll call and never do. A lot of my friends live in different cities and are always there for me when I need them. I really need to make more of an effort to pick up the phone and talk to them every once in a while rather than texting.

Reply to e-mails within 48 hours. Do you ever get an e-mail from someone and don’t want to respond right away so you can write a meaningful response and then totally forget to respond? Yeah, me too. I need to write a response, even if it’s short and sweet.

Update: I’m marking all of these as in progress because I’m making progress, but I’m not there. I haven’t seen my grandparents since June, when I just went up to get my hair done/have dinner with them. They live an hour away. I’m an asshole. I need to see them more.

I’ve been making an effort to talk to my friends more – Facetiming, Skype, actually replying to texts and e-mails. I went to Boston this past weekend to spend time with my friend Lorraine and we both agreed – it’s important to remember what matters in life: what matters is the people in it. It’s not work (unless you’re saving lives), not going out and getting wasted – it’s knowing what you enjoy doing and who you enjoy being with. It’s having pride in your work (but not letting it be your life).

Chat with me:
What are your current goals? What do you think I could be doing better to achieve my goals? I’m always down for constructive criticism.

24 comments on “Getting it Together Thursdays: Goal Check In

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on September 4, 2014 7:15 am

ugh I still need to make a press kit too. BLARG.
I think that you are doing pretty damn well, my dear.
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Cassie on September 6, 2014 11:53 am

I need to break down and learn indesign/photoshop, too lol.

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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean on September 4, 2014 9:45 am

you’re crushing those blogging goals! keep it up! plus i’m jealous of your solo travel trip!
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Cassie on September 6, 2014 11:52 am

Thank you! I realized I loveeee traveling alone :)

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Ang @ Nutty for Life on September 4, 2014 10:33 am

One of my goals for next year is to go to SeaWheeze. I guess I have to say that’s on my list before I turn 24 because I’ll be 23 before the next one.
You rock (the socks I rarely wear) off.
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Cassie on September 6, 2014 11:51 am

I WANT TO GO TO SEAWEEZE TOO. Registration opens in like, two weeks. And you have to do it that day. So start thinking about that.

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genevieve @ gratitude & greens on September 4, 2014 10:34 am

Such great goals! I read The Happiness Project and loved it- it made me feel like I could do anything I wanted if I just put my mind to it! Good luck on the rest of your goals and have a happy half birthday!
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Erin @ The Almond Eater on September 4, 2014 10:55 am

Hhahah you picked up the GMAT and then got an iced coffee–that would so be me. I’m also really, really bad at responding to emails in a timely manner. NOT a good habit and I need to get better at it!
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Cassie on September 6, 2014 11:49 am

That’s why we are friends… we are so similar! :) At least we typically respond to texts in a timely manner!

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Melissa @ Mango About Town on September 4, 2014 12:51 pm

Solid goal achievement! I set some goals at the beginning of the year that were similar to yours – minus the whole Italian Passport thing. BUT one of my major life goals is to take my Italian boyfriend to Italy, because it’s SO not right that his non-Italian girlfriend has been and he hasn’t!
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Cassie on September 6, 2014 11:47 am

That’s an amazing goal – for both of you! Just book it and go!

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Caitlin on September 4, 2014 1:19 pm

I think it’s pretty awesome to see that you’ve accomplished this much in six months hun. Seriously, you make me want to do something like this on my 26tb bday later this month. Just have to think about what I would want to accomplish before I turn 27. Definitely getting better with keeping in touch with everyone. I’m bad at that but have gotten a little better the past few months since Joe has been gone. Forced me to take matters into my own hands, which is good now and then!
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Cassie on September 6, 2014 11:51 am

Thank you girl, that means a lot! It’s weird how relationships, especially LDR, can bring you closer to your friends!

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Bethany @ Accidental Intentions on September 4, 2014 2:48 pm

I’ve written two novels NaNoWriMo style, which I highly recommend for getting a down draft, uh, down. Haha. Now, granted, I’ve never done much of anything WITH either one of those novels after writing them (it’s a nice thought, of course, but I lose momentum and…yeah. Here we are. :P ), but having that deadline of getting it done in a month really worked for me. I don’t know how you operate, but if you’re anything like me and get all ADD with the Internet, I also recommend writing somewhere where you CAN’T access the Internet. I wrote a fair portion of my second NaNoWriMo novel on Amtrak trains (which, at the time, did not have WiFi), but I can’t get real work done for the life of me if I have Internet access.
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Cassie on September 6, 2014 11:45 am

That’s really interesting… I’m going to have to look up that style! That’s a huge accomplishment!!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on September 4, 2014 8:56 pm

I can’t even tell you how badly I’ve wanted to write a book, but the thought of writing that many words is just so completely overwhelming that I give up before I begin… especially because I’ve currently got do many other things going on in life. I like the 1667 word a day approach, though — that sounds so much more manageable.
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Cassie on September 6, 2014 11:45 am

That’s my problem, too – so many other things going on in my life!! How do people manage to do it?

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Francesca on September 4, 2014 9:23 pm

Happy halfie! I also ran 18 miles for the first time this past weekend- we have many of the same goals– nice progress, sista!! :)
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Cassie on September 6, 2014 11:44 am

Thank you!!

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Davida @ The Healthy Maven on September 5, 2014 8:51 am

I think you are AMAZING at keeping in touch with your friends! I, on the other hand am not so good about this. In fact I’m learning I’m not so good at setting goals and actually achieving them. Unless drinking more wine counts…you seem to help with this one ;)
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Cassie on September 6, 2014 6:57 am

There is nothing better in life than 2 PM weekday Skype + wine dates with you. Nothing.

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Kelly Cote on November 13, 2014 11:03 am

Thanks for sharing! I really like seeing progress for others as well and things we fall short of. Means we are all human, but you are still moving forward, so CONGRATS! for staying with it. And you haven’t given up, they are still “to-do” items!
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Cassie on November 18, 2014 1:01 am

Thank you!!!

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