Each month I share my goals as a way to motivate myself to get things done and stay accountable. I hope to inspire you to set goals as well.
July was Minority Mental Health month. Mental health is something that is very passionate to me because of my past experience with depression and also my new discovery of another mental health disorder that I have. If you missed my “Coming Out” story, you can read all about it here. I also shared some important stats on Mental Health on my Instagram stories, so if you missed them, here’s a quick recap:
- 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness
- Research indicates that African Americans believe that mild depression or anxiety would be considered “crazy” in their social circles
- Many believe that discussions about mental illness would not be appropriate even among family
- 42 million adults in America live with anxiety disorders
- 16 million adults in America live with major depression
- Nearly 60% of adults with mental illness did not receive mental health services in 2017
It’s so important that mental health is discussed MORE in minority communities. As the statistics show, many people are afraid to admit that they may have mental health issues because they are fearful of being classified as crazy. So I really wanted to share my story about anxiety to help cure the stigma around mental health.
August starts the busy season for me as an event planner. My largest event of the year takes place at the end of September, so August starts the detailed planning and prepping phase. It’s important for me to maintain my mental sanity during the next two months so here are my goals.
- Take mental breaks when necessary during the workday. I’ll be escaping to the rooftop or taking a walk around the neighborhood a lot more in this month.
- No BUYING any candy this month. I know going cold turkey on ALL sugar is hard, so I am going to start with candy. I can eat it (in moderation), but I won’t be buying any. It’s only day two, but the struggle is HARD.
- Personal Bible Study. I’ve been majorly slacking on my personal bible study, so I am making it a goal to take at least one hour every Wednesday to read the bible or do something spiritual.
- Work out at least 3 times a week. I really want to work out at least 4-5 times per week, but I know that isn’t practical with my schedule this month, so I am aiming for at least 3 times a week and blocking off time during the day to actually step away from my desk and go to the gym.
- Pitch two NEW companies this month. I have my big work event next month and want to create some great content to give you guys more insight on the life of an event planner. I really want to work with a brand who makes comfortable shoes because comfort is KEY to event planners. And of course, I want to be cute while I’m running around California in September, so we’ll see what the future holds.
Here’s what I was working on last month:
- Cutting down on my sugar intake. I started off really well cutting back on my sugar intake. Then I went to a couple events and couldn’t resist. Work got stressful as well and I started stress eating. However, I have been good and resisted the urge to buy any candy. Candy is a major weakness of mine. So I wouldn’t say I failed, but I didn’t do the best either.
- Creating a doable/reasonable fitness plan. I haven’t gotten back to the gym yet, but I have come up with a plan to work out 3-4 times a week. It’s important that I really stick to this schedule because as work gets more stressful, I would rather use the gym to work off stress rather than eating cookies.
- Meditating more. I’ve been using meditation to help ease anxiety for a couple of events that I attended for work and they helped, so I will continue with them.
- More positive self-talk. I’ve been using positive affirmations weekly to encourage myself and remind me of my strength when I’m feeling weak.
Funny thing is that as I was putting together the recap for July, I had to laugh at all the fashion posts I did last month. I looked at the list and said, “Who am I?” Years ago, I never wanted to be or even imagined that I would be a fashion blogger. Even now, the term still seems a little odd to use when referring to myself. However, I love to shop and look cute, so y’all gon’ get this fashion posts. I’ll deal with the label “fashion blogger” later,