Do You Set Monthly Goals?

My friend and I walked in a nearby park.

On Saturday, a new month begins. It's June! The end of school...beginning of summer...8 years since I first retired. I have been available to work Tuesdays and Thursdays this school year. I had not substituted for 30+ years but I have survived and enjoyed the contact with schools and children. I've already declared my availability for next year. Teacher contract negotiations have begun in our province so the future is a bit uncertain.

Walking is my regular form of exercise. My friend and I walk together a couple of times a week. I should walk more when I am at home. I've stopped driving as I have never enjoyed it and I live on a direct feeder bus line to Canada Line, our subway system. I take job assignments close to home and Monsieur drives when I need a ride. I renewed my driver's license so I can always change my mind if I wish. Most of my errands can be completed on foot

We visited Van Dusen Gardens and renewed our memberships.

Last month, I visited the Vancouver Art Gallery twice and renewed my membership in Van Dusen Botanical Gardens. I attended 3 musical events. A friend recommended  house seats, a subscription entertainment group where you pay a fee and have free access to unsold musical event tickets.
It is inexpensive and might be worth a try.

With the Van Dusen membership, I get a discount on the Art Gallery.

I have not been recording my food intake conscientiously for a while. I notice that when I record, I tend to be aware of the amount of exercise I need to "balance" my meals. That extra glass of wine requires lots of steps. I eat in restaurants  frequently as I socialize with friends over food.
My friends do not entertain at home and with ongoing noisy renovations chez moi, this summer would not be ideal for entertaining.

This month, I would like to tackle my fashion jewelry and scarf drawers. I own many items that I have collected over the years. I believe that style is in the accessories. Unfortunately, clothing wears out, no longer fits or goes out of style. Accessories are forever (or not!)

A goal without a plan is just a wish.

I don't usually set monthly goals but this June I plan to:

1. Work 5 more days.
2. Walk 15 times for at least 7,000 steps.
3. Attend 3 cultural (art or musical) events.
4. Order mineral water with lime  in a restaurant at least 5 times.
5. Organize my jewelry drawer and boxes and donate surplus to the hospital auxiliary store.

I've noticed that a lot of bloggers set seasonal or monthly goals. This is an experiment for me but I am a person who likes to be accountable so perhaps this will work. Check back at the end of the month.


  1. I don't usually set monthly goals but I do focus on healthy eating and walks.
    Drinking more water, especially in the heat, is a goal that I should make...
    Hope you have a lovely weekend.

  2. I have not made these kind of specific goals often but I'll give it a try. I found an old journal from before I retired. It was amazing to me that most of the activities that I visualized myself engaging in were indeed part of my life! It's hard to believe but I really like the St. Exupéry quote. Your Italian cooking class adventure will be here before you know it!

  3. I admire how you purposefully incorporate walking into so much of your life. And I realize that it also allows you to keep enjoying the wonderful activities that are so important to you. I really like the SMART points and am writing them down. I've spent the last 2 1/2 months going to physical therapy twice a week, 3 times a week the first month, and have two more weeks scheduled. All due to problems in one knee and the goal has been to build the muscles in my legs to help with this and I've been thrilled to see that it actually works and I'm much less wobbly when walking.

    I hope you're already seeing some of your goals being accomplished in these first two weeks in June!

    1. That is great that you are less wobbly. The therapy must have worked! I just bought new walking shoes so that I can increase the distance of my walks. I think that healthy habits are so important as we get older.


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