Penning the number 6 with the date these last few days has been giving me mini panic attacks. Each time I write 6/5/17 that signals to me that it’s June, the sixth month, halfway through 2017, over halfway through my 30th year, have I achieved what I thought I’d achieve by this point? Am I ready to be 31!? You can see how the anxiety can quickly spiral out of control.

I think this is starting to feel particularly scary as I get older, because in school you could mark the passage of time with accomplishments and clear progression – mid-terms, finals, graduation, freshman year, sophomore year, etc. As an adult, without those markers it’s easy to feel like a year can speed by with nothing to show for it.

Luckily, thanks to this series I can soothe myself by looking through my Small Goals posts and realizing that yes – I have achieved a lot. I even added them all up (but stopped short of giving myself a percentage score because that felt too much like school) and I’ve achieved 14 of my small goals so far! And because acknowledging my small victories was one of my goals, I’m achieving one right now.

Let’s see how I did with my last set:

  1. Go to morning yoga twice a week
  2. Host a lady-meeting to help me achieve an idea I have 
  3. Get back to blogging twice a week
  4. Make time for visualization in my day 
  5. Acknowledge little victories

My June Small Goals

  1. Post once a week – This has been a recurring goal that has not been completed each month, but I’m going to try again this month. I expect to reach it this time as I have some exciting travel posts to share!
  2. Go to yoga 4 times a week – In January my goal was to join Corepower Yoga, and in March my goal was to make it to morning yoga. Now I want to make it morning yoga 4 days out of the week, and who knows, maybe by the end of the year I’ll work up to the 6:30am class (I said maybe).
  3. Produce new freelance content – In addition to my job as Managing Editor of a beauty publication and this blog, I also freelance and I have some new exciting work coming up that I can’t wait to challenge myself with.
  4. Don’t shop – So the 1-year shopping ban turned out to be ambitious. I did make it over 3 months without too much difficulty before I needed new things that I couldn’t find secondhand, so I’ve decided that instead I’d like to keep doing shopping freezes for a month or two at a time. I did also venture into new territory with second-hand marketplaces like Poshmark and even saved a lot by finding a BHLDN bridesmaid dress on eBay, so I’m still counting the experiment as a win.
  5. Get coffee with 4 new people – I had a great time with this goal in January and I’m ready to pick it back up. Anyone wanna get a coffee? 🙂
  6. Eat more veggies – I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the way I eat over the last month and my recent trip to Japan (more on that to come) sealed the deal – I want to do better. I want to eat better, and in a way that’s fun and delicious, like the photo above, because I think that’s more sustainable in the long term and won’t end with me in the Taco Bell drive-through ordering everything after a couple of weeks of deprivation. While my ultimate goal is to be eating a plant-based whole foods diet, I’m starting with a much more manageable “eat more veggies” goal, which has already had a huge impact on the way I shop and cook and what I order at restaurants.


If you’re new to Small Goals or to my blog, I’d encourage you to check out these two posts to see why I think they’re so powerful.

How I’m Changing My Brain with Small Goals

The Life-Changing Magic of Small Goals

How Small Goals Build Your Self-Trust Muscle

I discovered small goals through Austin bloggers Chelsea aka @ohhhchelsea and Nicole aka @writeslikeagirl, if you don’t already you should definitely follow them for the kind of inspo that doesn’t make you actually feel worse about yourself. You know the inspo I’m talking about.

And if you’re dealing with June induced mini panic attacks or like you’re getting behind in life, my friend Evelyn From The Internets recently did a whole video on this that you should definitely go watch now.

I hope you’re feeling inspired as you start the month!


Photo by Sarah Elliott for Eyeswoon.

Cristina V. Cleveland

Cristina V. Cleveland is a senior beauty editor based in Austin, TX. She has been exploring personal style and decor on Fuji Files since 2009. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, To&From Magazine, Coco+Kelley, CamilleStyles and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.

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Fuji Files was started by Cristina Cleveland, the Managing Editor of NaturallyCurly, the largest hair and beauty content platform. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Teen Vogue, CamilleStyles, Blavity, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, Coco+Kelley, and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.