JUNETEENTH CHECK IN



Have you completed your mid-year check in yet? If not, take this as a sign. Sit down with the goals you wrote down at the beginning of the year and track your progress on them. To get you started, here's my mid year check-in for inspiration!


Last year, I beat my second bout of homelessness in five weeks, moving into my new home on June 19, 2020. This was such a monumental occasion for me that it will hold a special place in my heart every year moving forward. This will now be my mid-year check in point. Every goal I set for the new year will have two major dates for June 19th and December 31st.


My 2021 Goals

This year, I set the following goals for myself:

  1. Drink no soda

  2. If I didn't make it, I can't eat it

  3. Focus on Today. Not tomorrow, not yesterday!

  4. Practice Self Care every day!

  5. Stay connected to the well or my higher self daily!

  6. Balance my root chakra!

  7. Find my sweet spot, similar to 22 in the movie Soul

  8. Practice Discipline & Consistency daily

  9. Practice prayer, journaling, meditation and yoga daily

  10. Read/Re-read: The Artist's Way, The Power of Now, Think & Grow Rich, Rich Dad Poor Dad, The Purpose Driven Life, You are Here

  11. Complete the Insanity Workout Program

  12. Complete the Hip Hop Abs Program

  13. Pay off all of my small time debt (outside of school loans)

  14. Reach 10k in: my bank account, my stock portfolio, followers on Tik Tok, Instagram, & YouTube

  15. Print the first copy of my book When Life Serves You Lemons

  16. Start my YouTube Channel

  17. Learn Spanish

  18. Reach my goal weight of 165 pounds

  19. Raise my credit score

  20. Travel to see Niagra Falls, Central Park, the Lincoln Memorial

I commemorated all of my goals in this vision board:



My Juneteenth Check-IN

This year on Juneteenth, I went back to the parking lot that I called home for five week and looked at my goals for the year. I crossed out (bolded below) all of the goals that I had completed are had been actively working on for the past six months:


  1. Drink no soda

  2. If I didn't make it, I can't eat it

  3. Focus on Today. Not tomorrow, not yesterday!

  4. Practice Self Care every day!

  5. Stay connected to the well or my higher self daily!

  6. Balance my root chakra!

  7. Find my sweet spot, similar to 22 in the movie Soul

  8. Practice Discipline & Consistency daily

  9. Practice prayer, journaling, meditation and yoga daily

  10. Read/Re-read: The Artist's Way, The Power of Now, Think & Grow Rich, Rich Dad Poor Dad, The Purpose Driven Life, You are Here

  11. Complete the Insanity Workout Program

  12. Complete the Hip Hop Abs Program

  13. Pay off all of my small time debt (outside of school loans)

  14. Reach 10k in: my bank account, my stock portfolio, followers on Tik Tok, Instagram, & YouTube

  15. Print the first copy of my book When Life Serves You Lemons

  16. Start my YouTube Channel

  17. Learn Spanish

  18. Reach my goal weight of 165 pounds

  19. Raise my credit score

  20. Travel to see Niagra Falls, Central Park, the Lincoln Memorial


I will be celebrating the goals that I did accomplish this weekend with a solo miniature golf trip to one of my favorite places: Camelot Golfland.


It's important that you celebrate each of your wins no matter how big or how small. You put in the work to make those things happen and that deserves some recognition.


As for the goals that I have not made much progress in, the question is why. Why haven't I made any progress on those goals? The answer is usually one of three: I forgot, limiting beliefs, or the goal needs a pivot.


I Forgot

If you genuinely forgot about the goal, take a look at it again. Is it something you still want to accomplish? If so, set an action plan to attack it. If not, drop the goal all together. It can't be too important if you forgot about it.


I forgot about all of the books I wanted to read and re-read this year. So, I will be working to incorporate reading into my evening routine. That way, I will be reading every single day. I'll start with the books on my list and move down.


I also forgot about my goal of getting back to learning Spanish. I am going to put this dream on hold for 2022. It's still a goal that I hold, but other goals are more important right now.


Limiting Beliefs

If there's a goal that you've wanted to work on, but haven't because of limiting beliefs, you need to take a moment to identify those limiting beliefs. Face them and stop running from them. Address them and make a plan to tackle the goal in the second half of the year.


I have a limiting belief about the Insanity workout. I have the tapes, I even did an entire month of strenuous workouts to prep and prepare myself for the program. Yet, when it came time to start the program, I was just too afraid that I couldn't do it and that I wouldn't be able to sustain whatever results I obtain. So, I didn't.


In fact, ever since the month of April, I have completely fallen off of #MyFitnessJourney . The struggle is sustained discipline and consistency. I can give it a good four weeks and after that I get tired of pretending like I care about carbs and crunches. After facing this fact. I realized, that completing the Insanity workout was just a goal that I had to lose weight fast. However, after about a year of playing yo yo with my body gaining and losing the same 10 pounds I think it's important that I look for a long term solution rather than a lose weight quick scheme.


Which brings me to my next point.


Goals that Need a Pivot

When we create our goals, we are operating from the mindset and circumstances that we are in at that moment. However, in the pursuit of reaching those goals, we may learn more information, heal, and grow. In that elevation of our mindset and circumstances, the goal may still be important but needs to be updated to your new current reality. Thus, if there are goals that you haven't made any progress on that are still important for you to accomplish, you may consider a pivot.


Let's go back to my goal of completing the Insanity Program. I realized that I didn't want to lose weight quickly. I want to start a long term program that'll help me sustain my discipline and consistency beyond four weeks. I believe the only way I can do this is by doing workouts that I love. I love Yoga and I love walking. And so, I've decided to pivot and focus on walking and yoga in order to reach my weight loss goals. Because I already have a goal to complete Yoga every morning, I'm just going to switch this particular goal to completing a 45 minute walk every afternoon.


Consolidate Your Goals

Finally, because we're already halfway through the year, it's important that we look at the amount of work and goals we still have left to accomplish. When we first set these goals, it was with the intention of finishing them within a twelve month span. Now, halfway through the year, we are looking at less than six months. This is where you have to look back at what you've done and be honest with yourself. Are you willing to put in the amount of work that it will take to accomplish your remaining goals? Is there anyway you consolidate goals? Or are their goals that you need to put on the back burner for now?


Looking through my goals, I still have ten goals that need attention. However, there are still another 5 goals that are ongoing goals for the year. That's a lot to be working on in just six short months. So, I decided to consolidate my goals. A majority of my goals are habits that I would like to form in order to strengthen my mindset and remain in the present completely focused & disciplined. A lot of those goals can be accomplished by just doing two things: developing a strong morning and evening routine. So, I've decided to alter my morning routine and create an evening routine that incapsulates all of those goals with those habits that I am trying to create/sustain. Observe.


My new Morning Routine will be as follows:

4am wake up no socials until after my routine is complete

  1. Pray

  2. deep breathing

  3. meditate

  4. journal while listening to my morning power playlist

  5. yoga

  6. shower/brush teeth/ wash my face

  7. affirmation in the mirror

  8. Lotion & drink first 50oz of water

The Evening Routine I will be creating will be as follows

Phone away by 9pm

  1. Relaxing music with blue light

  2. Write down three things I'm grateful for & any questions I may have

  3. Set my intentions for tomorrow

  4. Read my daily devotional

  5. Read for thirty minutes

  6. Wash my face/brush my teeth

  7. Pray

Maintaining these two routines will help me achieve goals 3-10! But now it's not 7 different goals that I have to worry about, just 2: keeping my morning routine and keeping my evening routine.


After completing my mid-year check in, these are my goals for the remainder of the year:

  1. Keep my Morning Routine

  2. Keep my Evening Routine

  3. Keep my Daily routine