It’s mid-2023: Here’s your mid-year check-in (and how I’m doing) – A Lady Goes West

Can you believe it’s only halfway through 2023? Today, we’ll be doing a mid-year check-in to see how we’ve done this year and refocus on what we want to do before the end of the year. I also share my personal check-in with you at the end.

It seems commonplace to say that this year is flying by, but it is. It seems to me that 2020 has passed at a snail’s pace. And since then, life has moved at a very rapid pace. I started 2023 knowing this was going to be a big year for me when it comes to life decisions. And well, that’s the truth. We’ll get into all of that in a bit in this midyear check-in. But first, let’s talk about you.

It’s quite common to do a mid-year workplace assessment, but it doesn’t have to be job-related. This can relate to anything that happens in your life. If you want to play along, grab a notebook, grab a pen, get rid of distractions, and take some time to think with me.

I find the mid-year check-in can be both motivating and enlightening. So here we are…

It's mid-2023 Here's your mid-year check-in (and how I'm doing) from A Lady Goes West

Okay, the real turning point of the year is around July 2, but we’re doing our midyear check-in a little early.

The following questions are meant to get you thinking about what you’ve decided to do this year, what’s important to you, and how you might need to refocus if things have changed.

First, revisit the goals you achieved in January 2023, if you met them.

Step one, if you wrote down goals at the beginning of the year, find them, read them, and review them. How did you do? Do these goals still make sense? Or has something changed? Do you need to adjust them?

If you haven’t written any goals for 2023, it’s definitely not too late to do it now. You can “start fresh” or “start fresh” any time of the year, and we should never forget that.

Second, revisit your personal why or mission, if you have one.

I’ve talked a lot about personal mission statements, because I made my own a few years ago when I was working with my life coach. This personal mission statement should guide everything. I keep mine in the notes column of my phone, and hadn’t looked at mine in months, prior to this post. It’s always a good thing to come back. While my personal mission statement airs on the professional side of what I do, yours can relate to any part of your life.

And if you don’t have one, you just have to think about your “why”. Why do you want to do the things you set out to do? What do you want from your life? What kind of feeling do you crave every day? What matters most to you? This “why” should guide your goals and where you focus your time and energy.

Ashley and a 2023 midyear check from A Lady Goes West

Third, take some time to address these midyear questions.

So, ask yourself (or ask someone in your life) these questions and write down the answers so you can look back at the end of the year…

  • What is one area you have really excelled in so far in 2023? How can you do more?
  • Can you think of an event, activity, project or time period in the first half of 2023 that made you feel truly inspired, passionate and energized? How can you repeat that?
  • Can you think of a moment, event, activity or situation that made you feel really bad in the first half of 2023? How can you prevent it from happening again?
  • What is one area where you really need to make some improvements in the second half of 2023? What’s the first thing you should do to make improvements there?
  • What are some fun activities you would like to do by the end of 2023?
  • What is one thing you want to do for your health by the end of 2023?
  • How do you want to feel at the end of 2023? What can you do differently to get to that feeling?
  • Want to change your goals to finish 2023?

I hope you enjoyed these questions, and I hope your answers help you see a clearer picture of what you should be focusing on for the rest of the year.

A Lady Goes West Mid-Year 2023 Check-in

Now let’s talk about me…

How I’m doing at my mid-year check-in based on my 2023 goals

For many years, at the beginning of the year, I set very specific and measurable actionable goals for my personal and professional life. While it has worked for me for a long time, this year, 2023, I felt a change. I have been very open with you about feeling a transition coming in my life as Brady goes to school full time for the first time in her/my life this fall. I’ve been blogging and teaching group fitness for a while now – and while I absolutely love what I do – I want to do more.

A 2023 mid-year check from A Lady Goes West

Because I knew I might have a potential transition and wasn’t sure about some aspect of my future this year, I took a more haphazard plan and created a few behavioral approaches for my year instead of super specific measurable goals. In the past, I’ve had really magnified goals for my professional and personal life, and I expect to have some for years to come.

Here’s what I’ve decided to do in 2023:

  • To take care of my body:
    • I plan to do one solo progressive strength training workout per week outside of the classes I teach.
    • I planned on eating at least 100 grams of protein a day.
    • I planned on drinking at least 120 ounces of water a day.
    • I had planned to take a day off every week.
  • To take care of my mind:
    • I planned to meditate once a day.
    • I had planned to read for pleasure most nights of the week before bed.
    • I plan to take at least two nights off work each week after Brady goes to bed.
  • To take care of my spirit:
    • I had planned to spend more uninterrupted tech-free time with my family and continue to invest in my close relationships

So how am I doing about all of the above? Honestly, I’m pretty good. But these goals have been easy enough for me and there are areas of my life that need a lot of improvement that I haven’t addressed with these. I haven’t tackled anything on the professional side with these lenses really, so there’s that. Let’s analyze…

Taking care of my body:

I have definitely increased my protein intake. I’ve added more meat to my diet and I’m enjoying this change — I’m also now looking at 120 grams a day instead of 100. I’ve increased my water intake with the help of my Stanley cup, and I always add sea salt to my my first two cups. Most days, I also drank 160 ounces instead of 120. Also, I’ve been pretty consistent with solo weight training once a week and have even started tracking the exact weights I lift so I can continue to improve. . All these things combined made me feel healthy and strong.

In fact, just a few months ago, I felt stronger than I have in several years. While I’m trying to get back to that point right now, I definitely know how to get there. Moving forward towards the end of the year, I would like to get even stronger, and I would also like to improve my body composition a bit (isn’t it?), which has taken a back seat to all the other things on my mind this year. year. These behavior based goals are being achieved and I want to keep them.

For my mind:

I also stayed consistent with my very short morning meditations using the Headspace app and reading for pleasure in the evening, even taking weekend nights off work. Because I love what I do, I will always work every day of the week, but I think I have a good balance of not working too much on the weekends. But my mind has been in many places this year, and while I’ve done my best to stay grounded, I’ve looked too far ahead and for the rest of the year, I want to be more present with what’s right here. before me.

For my spirit:

I spent a lot of quality, uninterrupted time with friends and family this year. It’s been great to have my mom around and I spend a lot of time with Brady every day. I’d like to plan some trips for the rest of 2023. My goal is to get us to Disney World before the end of the year so I hope. I honestly haven’t had as many good relationships in my life as I do right now since I lived in Florida, and it’s a great feeling. People really matter to me and I’m really lucky in this department.

Ashley and Brady and a 2023 midyear check from A Lady Goes West

Overall thoughts on 2023 so far for me:

It’s nice to say that I’m very happy and comfortable with how my health and personal life is right now. Yes, of course, I’ve had some losses and struggles, but I’m really thankful for the people in my life and for my healthy body and mind. Things are far from perfect, but when I feel good, it’s so much easier for me to go through life every single day, you know?

Based on my recent loss, I know I won’t be pregnant or holding a newborn in the future, so this gives me a little more clarity. And as of right now, I plan to spend the next six months of 2023 continuing with the behavioral goals I set above, and also plan to actively explore and pursue some additional professional opportunities.

So while I want to make some changes in my life, I also know that many things are right where they need to be. Cheers to that.

Thank you so much for reading this post about being in the middle of 2023. Wishing you peace, love, happiness and well-being for the rest of the year. Now go get a notebook and start thinking.

Have a nice day dude!

Ashley Brady and a 2023 midyear check from A Lady Goes West

(I’m wearing these shorts and top in these photos, both in a size small. Two of my favorite pieces of clothing for summer and beyond.)

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Questions of the day for you

What is one thing you have already accomplished in 2023?

What is one thing you still want to accomplish in 2023?

What’s your why?

What will your mid-year check-in reveal to you?

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