Right now in Barbados, thousands of people – Bajans and international revelers – have gathered for Crop Over. It is their annual holiday to commemorate the harvest – after months of planting and nourishing, it is time to reap the crop and celebrate the yield.
I, too, planted something and it’s not quite time to harvest but if I was to check my garden right now, what could I expect at my Crop Over?
At the beginning of the year, I planted some seed by setting some lofty goals for myself and writing down my plan for how I would achieve them. On a weekly basis, I set these little intentions that I plan to use to take me in the direction of meeting them. For the past seven months, I have nourished them. In looking at my progress so far, I am having my own Crop Over but is it going to be cause for celebration or lament this time? Did my hard work thus far yield good results or am I going to be hungry for the rest of the year? Let’s see.
My results are not as strong as I would like. I know I set some difficult targets but I honestly believed I would be further along by now. In my planning, I had planned to have a book published by now, with another one ready in the next few months. I thought it would be easier to gain followers on my channels. I thought once I decided to save, that money would just stay in my account. But seeds, when they are planted, don’t always bear fruit. Remember the Biblical parable of the sower and the seed.
Jesus said when the farmer did what he had to do, some seeds fell on stony ground and so the conditions weren’t right for them to germinate – these are the goals I set that were good goals but the timing was wrong, etc. Other seeds fell and were eaten by the birds – this is when I allowed time wasters to steal my fruit. Other seeds fell among thorns and as they grew, they were choked – these are the bad habits I haven’t given up yet that continue to undercut my progress, like the fact that even though I’ve been running so much, I am not seeing the results I might have if I was consistent with my strength training or if I had a stricter diet. But the final group of seeds fell on good ground and everything was right so when the farmer nourished them, they developed into good fruit. I know some of my hard work will pay off eventually. I just have to continue working on my goals and not give up when things get hard.
The good news is that it’s not really time for my Crop Over yet. In the next five months, I have to get even more serious about meeting my goals. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in the first part of the year and I am trying to acknowledge them so I can move forward. I need to replace bad habits with better ones. The groundwork has been laid and I just have to keep nourishing my seeds.
At the beginning of July, I set these intentions:
- Complete weeks 26 to 29 of the savings plan – Fail
- Read 10 books, including 5 Non Fiction – I read 13 but only 2 NF
- Finish round 1 of Erin’s Reading Challenge – I pushed this back for BooktubeAThon
- Write creatively everyday – I did most days
- Publish my next book – nope. I’m still lagging behind on that
- Read 3 books of the Bible – yes
- Blog every day – I posted most days
- Produce 10 YouTube videos – I actually made 11
- Get my YouTube subscriber count to 600 – I’m just about to break 500
- Continue my running challenge and run 50 cumulative miles – This all fell apart last week. I ran just about 30 miles in July – that’s still an average of a mile a day so I guess it’s okay
- Go camping – that trip got cancelled but I am going next weekend instead
As it relates to running, I am proud of the miles I ran so far this summer even if I dialed things back a little in July. I am ready to get back to running as soon as my knee heals, and move to the next level of my workouts in August so look for that goal below.
Other numbers I kept track of during the month:
- Instagram – Keeping new followers is hard so I’m still around the 1500 mark
- YouTube – 492 lovely people subscribed to watch my bookish videos. Thank you!
- Twitter – fluctuates around 1160 readers
- Blog – 870+ subscribers
That being said, I am now focused on improving in August and have set these goals:
- Complete weeks 30 to 33 of the savings plan
- Read 10 books, including 5 Non Fiction
- Finish round 1 of Erin’s Reading Challenge
- Write creatively everyday
- Publish my next book
- Read 3 books of the Bible
- Blog every day
- Produce 10 YouTube videos
- Get my YouTube subscriber count to 600
- Resume the weekday running challenge and run 50 cumulative miles
- Have a successful camping trip
How did you do with your July goals? What’s on your To-Do list for August?Find me on Amazon, YouTube, Bloglovin, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. Linkup: April