I’ve started drinking pumpkin beer. I saw a blog post last week about business planning for 2016 (?!?). Kids have already been back at school for, like three weeks already. (I swear I saw a “back to school omg they grow up so fast” Facebook post on August 1st. August 1st, people. What is going on??) My husband is planning is fantasy football draft. People are already starting to freak out about the return of pumpkin spice lattes.
Exactly one of the statements above excites me.
If you’ve been reading for awhile, you know my feelings for Fall are ambivalent, at best. So I’m really less-than-thrilled that it’s freaking September, it’s already full-on dark before 8:00, and I’m starting to get bombarded with boots! sweaters! leaves! pumpkins! and all that shit.
Whatever. In my world, summer is faaaaar from over (oh hey, 85+ degree days until October! Nice to see you again!). BUT it is still the first of the month (or nearly) and that means a little goal-setting.
So, in August…
Not so much. I posted on Instagram a little more than I had been (that’s yet another thing I lost my mojo for over the past few months), but I only followed a couple prompts.
Knock some items off my Summer Bucket List
Sadly, no. But like I said, I still have plenty of “summer” left.
Work towards being able to establish a “Summer Fridays” schedule
Well, the last two weeks, I let myself sleep in on Friday and enjoy a slow, lazy morning before starting work around 11:00 and working hard until 4:00 or 5:00. So I sort of managed that, only in reverse. And one time it involved a conscious choice of “I’m going to take it easy today and make up some work on the weekend since we don’t have any plans for once.” This is obviously a long-term goal.
Get those steps in
No…it was, as I predicted, tough to manage this when I was spending a week on the beach. And geez, it is hard to hit 10,000 steps (or even 8,000 steps) on days when I don’t have to leave my apartment. If I make it today, I’ll have 18 “successful” days this month, which gives me a benchmark to shoot for in September. I’m thinking once I hit that mark for 30 days straight, I’ll treat myself to a better/more attractive band/bracelet for the tracker (I’m eyeing this one.)
I completed one and added a bunch to my saved list. I also went ahead and signed up for their “three months for 99 cents” deal so I have until the middle of November to try as many classes as I can
Also this month, I tentatively signed up for a couple other e-courses focusing mainly on finding and attracting new clients. One is already complete (it was a one-day online workshop; now I just need to put some of the ideas into action) and one is an eight-week thing. Week two starts today.
Rig up a stand-up workstation
Complete except for finishing/painting. But I’ve been using it and it’s awesome except my feet are hella sore.
Proofread and update the images on at least 50 posts
Haha, I think I managed seven or so? I didn’t start on this until the second half of the month and it’s taking me a lot longer than I expected to update the posts (because I’m picky and a perfectionist). Maybe I’ll get the remaining…43…completed this month?
So, some wins, some losses, some progress. Now! Onto September:
Sign up for/run a cross-country race or two
Guys, I don’t know how I’ve lived in San Diego for four years without hearing about Dirt Dog Cross-Country races, but I’ve heard about them now and I CAN’T WAIT TO SIGN UP AND RUN. Cross-country was how I first fell in love with the sport, and the best part is the races are like fifteen freaking dollars. I’ll take that over a $140 marathon any day.
Prepare for “El Nino”
By buying a doggie rain coat for Onyx and galoshes for me. And finding the $12 Target umbrella I bought three years ago and only used when we were in New York two years ago. Maybe buying a rain jacket. (I own none of these basic weather essentials.)
That’s it. Not much else I can really do besides mentally prepare to (if all the meteorologists are right) to be very, very wet for several months.
Stay on pace with the e-course
Re-read Harry Potter
My mom got me my very own set of the books for a belated birthday present (THANK YOU MOM). Growing up, I always had to share with my brothers and those books are now scattered around my parents’ house. Once I finish All the Light We Cannot See I fully intend to immerse myself in Hogwarts.
Yoga my ass off — in the morning
Have I mentioned I put my studio membership on hold to save a few bucks? So I’ve been looking for good YouTube classes and trying really hard to build a more consistent home practice. Get this: I’ve practice yoga for at least 10 minutes every day since August 18th. I can’t remember the last time I had a streak like that. I really want to keep that up, but I want to start practicing in the mornings more. I usually put it off until bedtime, and then I’m scrolling through looking for a short class that’s more on the easy/restorative side instead of the faster-paced vinyasa classes I used to attend at the studio. I’d prefer to mix it up and try some more dynamic or longer classes…which would be best done in the morning (or at least during the day).
Linking up with Esther, Hsiao-Ting, Mariah, Lindsay, and Shannon for Maximize Your Month link-up!