We are now officially in the last month of 2020, a fact that I am sure many people will be celebrating this year more than the typical year.
Today I’d like to update you on how the rest of my Happy.Healthy Whole Project (HHWP) goals went for November, as well as share my goals going forward for December.
November was a very hectic month for me, but also an extremely exciting one, as you’ll soon see. I’ve got some pretty big things planned for December as well!
If you’re just joining me and are not familiar with the HHWP yet, or if you have been following along, but would like to do some catching up, you can do so on my HHWP page.
What Didn’t Go So Well In November
As you might recall from my mid-November HHWP update, the first part of November was pretty rough for me. I was very anxious about the presidential election on November 3rd, and I had a bit of a Covid-19 scare.
Because of these things, I was not nearly as productive as I had planned to be in the first part of the month.
I ended up having to quarantine in one room of my house, away from my partner, for about a week, which I can tell you was no fun.
However, being locked up with nothing but my computer did give me the opportunity to catch up on some of the productivity I had lost out on earlier on in the month, which is I suppose, a silver lining of the whole situation.
Fortunately, I was given a clean bill of health with two negative covid-19 tests.
Update On My Wrist
As those of you that have been following along with my HHWP know, I had an accident at work in early January, of 2020.
I had surgery to repair my shoulder which has been healing nicely, but my wrist has not been improving much at all.
At the end of October I got a cortisone injection in my wrist, and my doctor said that the pain would go away for at least two weeks. After which he said, one of two things would happen: the pain would either come back in two weeks when the medication wore off, or not at all.
Instead, the pain never really went away at all. So I called back my orthopedic doctor (the one who had done my shoulder surgery) and he referred me to a hand doctor to take a closer look at my wrist.
When I saw the hand specialist, she decided that since the physical therapy and cortisone shots had not worked for my wrist pain so far, and the pain was still persisting 11 months after the accident, that it was time to take the next step. She ordered an MRI to see what is going on and to determine if surgery is necessary.
I am currently waiting for my workers compensation to approve that procedure. So keep your fingers crossed that I will be able to get the MRI done and figure out what I’m dealing with before Christmas!
November had some pretty amazing highlights as well. As I pointed out in my mid-November update I got to spend a little time with my sister and meet my one and only niece for the first time, which was absolutely amazing.
Since then, I was also able to set up an office for myself in a spare bedroom in my house.
I was previously writing at the kitchen table while sitting in a wooden chair which was terrible on my back. So I am beyond excited to have my own dedicated work space and office chair now!
I am also happy to report that my goal of contacting my family and closest friends every other week on a schedule has now become a habit!
Whereas before I would think about reaching out and then didn’t, telling myself I was too busy and I’d do it later, now I have become quite good at this and feel that my relationships (even though they are quite long distance) have improved significantly.
I feel much more in the loop about what is going on in their lives, which is a very good feeling. I plan to maintain this habit from here on out now that it is formed.
And finally, as you might recall, one of my November HHWP goals was to produce my first digital product to begin selling. I am beyond proud to say that I did in fact accomplish this goal!
Introducing,The Happy.Healthy.Whole Workbook & Planner!
On November 30th I officially launched my first digital product called The Happy.Healthy.Whole Workbook & Planner [AD]. This 142 page ebook is both a workbook and a planner.
The workbook contains:
- A chapter on how to get rid of limiting beliefs and adopt a mindset that will allow you to achieve your goals.
- 4 self-discovery activities to help you decide what you want from your personal HHWP.
- Instructions for how to personalize your own HHWP for maximum benefit.
- Chapters on best practices for goal setting, action planning, habit tracking, and self-reflection.
The planner includes 12 months of:
- Calendar pages for important dates, goal deadlines and space for notes.
- Goal setting and action planning templates.
- Monthly habit tracking sheets.
- Weekly self-reflection worksheets.
- Quarterly well-being assessments to measure the overall effectiveness of your HHWP.
If this 2021 workbook and planner sounds like something you could benefit from, check it out below!
With the start of November being pretty bumpy, I learned an important lesson.
Namely, that I am still struggling to stick to my personal commandment of “one thing at a time”.
I often have so many ideas and things I’m passionate about, that I try to take them all on at once. However, that leads me to be spread too thin and struggle to give the necessary time to my different projects.
In November my main priority was getting my ebook completed. Because of this my social media presence and studying for my exam suffered a bit.
In December I will think carefully about what I’d like to prioritize.
December HHWP Goals
One of the main areas of life that my HHWP has focused on from the start, is career. Specifically I wanted to find my calling and then turn it into a new career path for me when I have recovered from my injuries.
I have 2 main long-term goals in this category.
- To begin my own health coaching practice.
- To develop alternative income streams through my blog.
In the spirit of these overall goals, here are my December career goals in these categories.
Begin My Own Health Coaching Practice
My December goal in this category is to take and pass the Health Coach Certification Exam before 12/31/2020.
In order to accomplish this goal, I will take the following action steps:
- Study at least one hour a day, every day, including reading the textbook, taking notes, watching online lectures, and taking practice exams.
- Renew my CPR certification.
- Submit proof that I meet the prerequisites to sit for the exam.
Develop Alternative Income Streams Through My Blog
The two main ways that I have decided to monetize my blog are through affiliate marketing, and by selling my own products.
Last month I laid the groundwork for these goals by applying and getting accepted to 3 affiliate programs, and launching my first product [AD].
This month my main goal is to promote my product and affiliate links on the run up to New Year’s Eve, which is the most important time of the year for my niche which is of course, healthy lifestyle.
I will do that through more organized and purposeful social media and email marketing campaigns.
I was really tempted to do Blogmas this year. I really enjoyed and saw a lot of benefit from my daily posting in Blogtober.
After much back and forth thought, I decided it would be putting too much on my plate, and it would end up taking away time that I should be dedicating to my priorities for the month. So, instead I will keep to my regular 2 post a week schedule.
In summary, my blogging goals for December are to:
- Continue posting twice a week.
- Promote my digital product on the run up to New Year’s Eve to make the most of resolution season.
- Add affiliate links to old posts.
- Schedule my social media and email campaigns at least 1 week in advance.
Recover From My Injuries
Finally, the other big focus for my HHWP, in addition to career, is recovering from my injuries so that my surgeon can clear me for return to work.
The initial intention was for my shoulder surgeon to release me back to work at our upcoming appointment on 12/22/2020. However, this date is now uncertain due to my unresolved wrist issues.
This makes it even more important for me to focus on my recovery.
My goals for recovery this month are to:
- Continue physical therapy (PT) 2x/week as prescribed.
- Perform my PT exercises 4x/week at home.
- Cardio 5x/week at home.
- Add lower body strength exercises 3x/week.
After a bit of a rough start in November, I was pleased with my ability to overcome obstacles, and refocus on my goals in the second part of the month.
I am extremely proud of my first ebook, The Happy.Healthy.Whole Workbook & Planner [AD], and cannot wait to promote it this month to help people reach their new goals in 2021!
This month should also bring a little more clarity to what is going on with my wrist, hopefully prior to the one year anniversary of my injury on January 2nd.
Thanks for tuning in and following along with my project! Look for another progress update on my HHWP goals mid-December.
And if you think you might want to join me and do your own HHWP in 2021, check out the benefits of doing your own HHWP here!
A hui hou (until then),