Seize The May!

Group Immaculata 4: Seize The May!
(May 1st – May 31st, 2011)


Image by Valerie Dambold.

Seize The May, like other group Immaculatas, is all about goal setting.  For me personally, it’s about getting back on track, and my goals (detailed below) entail health and creativity.   For you it can be something you’ve been wanting to do for a while, or something you’ve never done before.  You are welcome to choose anything you’d like, I’d only recommend that it be realistic, yet challenging enough that you’ll feel a genuine sense of accomplishment when the month is over.

In March, Immaculata participants: Learned to cook, went gluten-free, started worked on a novel, wrote and submitted a dissertation prospectus, read Marx’s Capital, exercised 6 days a week, ran a bunch of stairs, applied to a university, mediated daily, practiced drums, painted, penciled, and inked 4 paintings, took Salsa lessons, designed a mini-comic, composed and produced a song, lost 15 pounds, finished a business plan for a restaurant, wrote and produced a live comedy show, shot two music videos, built a goddamn lamp, and a whole lot more.   It was totally awesome.

How does it work?
Ultimately it’s up to you!  Set the goals, make a plan, and then make it happen.  If you haven’t already, join The Immaculata Facebook Group.  It’s a fantastic way to share your goals, and a really fun, creative group of folks that will help motivate and support you.

A Handy Breakdown
1. Decide what goal/project(s) you want to finish in May.
2. As soon as possible, map out a step-by-step plan, budget time for each step, and put it all on a calendar.  Do it!  NOW!
3. Sign-up and send in your project in the form at the bottom of this page.
4. Join the Immaculatize Facebook Group.
5. Get crackin’!

My personal goals:
-Commit to my personal version of The Slow Carb Diet (basically no carbs unless I work out and no sugar except for one day a week, and lots of veggies and whole natural foods)
-Meditate at least 12 minutes daily (using immaculatizer Erica Lee’s methods which I will outline soon)
-At least one activity in nature a week (i.e. hike, bike ride)
-Exercise at least 5 days a week
-Finish writing Episode 2 of The Spanglers’ Time (my live comedy musical)
-Finish outline and start on writing packet to submit to agencies and management companies
-Write at least one short story (which I will have to do anyway for a live reading show called Quote Unquote)

What if I have a longer-term goal that can’t be finished in a month?
All good!  Simply commit to a benchmark you’d like to hit by the end of the 30 days.  For example, if you are working on a novel, just decide on how many pages you want to finish.   If you are building a pyramid, decide how many blocks you want to place.

Can I pick more than one goal?
You bet!  Just keep it realistic.  Better to set one goal and finish it then set 5 goals and finish none.



Anything else?

So, what do you think ?