My mind has taken years to unwind from an academic calendar. It’s Q4. Not the start of school or a few weeks into the semester. We’re in the final 92 days of 2018 and I am ready to take on some big challenges.
But looking back, we closed out Q3 in style:
- Exercise (make room for one non-WIP workout per week): 19 bootcamp workouts this month plus lots of great outdoor time. Still trying to figure out how to go spinning or go swimming or go running. But I have time to figure that out (and some out of town travel that will force me to figure it out, too).
- Allowance for the kids: Nada.
- Read 30 books this year: Read 2 books this month and started a third. For the first time in my entire adult life I read a book in a week. It helped that I was riveted and couldn’t put it down. Both books were captivating.
- Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
- The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
- Write regularly: I have been on a writing hiatus. Not sure why–the layers of life plus using the morning time to do other things has left me with no big progress on anything this month. That’s okay.
- 1 hike per month, preferably with the kids: A full day of outdoor ropes course and ziplines with the girls was a highlight of the month. They were brave and adventurous. We went on a boat. I fit in a nice long walk with a friend. And we spent time at a faire (the renaissance faire that is).
- 1 date night: How did we let a whole month pass with no proper alone adult time. There was a quick dinner we had while the girls were doing their own thing. But no date night?
- Donate blood 6 times: I’m due to donate but couldn’t find the time to get to a drive. Lots of opportunities to squeeze this in at the start of October. Still on track to get in the 6 total donations.
- Volunteer once a month: We got back to volunteering with the dog rescue organization and logged a few hours at an adoption event. It was a gorgeous day and we spent it sitting outdoors, petting dogs. Not bad.
- Self care (once per quarter): Nada again. I’ve been sleeping a lot–does the nap on Yom Kippur count?
- Experiment with podcasting: I am motivated to get equipment but that’s about where it ends for me right now.
- Find new opportunities to speak in front of an audience: In an unexpected turn of events, I am now going to tell a story at the Best of Valley Voices Story Slam in Northampton. It’s a storytelling show in a big theater with a bigger audience. Feeling lucky and nervous.
- Capture my “best thing all week” every week all year long (52 total): Going strong.
- Financial planning for the household: Nothing happening.
- Get our unfinished rooms completed: Swapped out some furniture in our living room thanks to my family offloading some of their furniture. Starting to plan for some updates to the girls’ rooms.
- Crochet regularly: Meh. I started something to keep my hands busy. Will be a good goal while I watch the girls’ dance classes.
Additional September highlights:
- School got going–4th grade and 2nd grade are solidly elementary school age
- Outdoor music festival in Hartford
- Holidays with family
- Celebrating a friend’s 40th
- Boat time (saw littlest Weiner go tubing for first time)
- Got a promotion at work
- Ropes course
- Renaissance Faire
Life is a snowball rolling down a hill. October is upon us….