August recap + September goals

August felt like it was a year long.  As I was compiling everything for this post, I was actually shocked when I realized how many things I felt and accomplished this month.  It was a bit of a roller coaster and I’m on the “I’m feeling the adrenaline” phase of it being over.  I’m looking forward to the next few months, and of course, the traveling in our future!

HIGHS

  • Even though I did not want to quit my job and there were a lot of tears, I’m realizing how much more creative I have been feeling since I did.  I’ve been shocked at how many ideas have started coming up for me and how many goals I am starting to develop around blogging; I’m excited!
  • I worked on two blogging campaigns that I really loved this month and I feel like I learned a lot otherwise that I need to start implementing.
  • I finished my first continuing ed class for my teaching license (all of my credits are due in June).  My masters doesn’t count as continuing education even though it was teaching related, but for some reason a travel writing class did haha!  I enjoy learning and I plan on taking more writing or potentially web design to fufill the rest of my credits.
My blogging PSA: I always have a hard time posting pictures of myself because the whole "narcissist" stereotype of bloggers, of millennials, and any other stereotype unhappy people make. However, in my highly unprofessional opinion, liking the way you look isn't bad (in fact, I think it's great!). I don't think posting pictures of yourself is narcissistic at all unless you think you're better than other people because you like the way you look/ the stuff you have. . The short of it though is: I felt pretty today and I liked it. I had spells in my life where I thought I was the ugliest human around (I'm not and I promise you aren't either). I'm posting this because I hope you have a moment sometime soon or today that you feel just genuinely yourself + pretty at the same time too.
Today I had such a good reminder that I need outside & open space to feel grounded. I love IDing plants, smelling pollen, and being able to share thoughts and feelings with friends. There have been many times being unemployed has felt like it was the end of the world, but I'm certainly enjoying life being more simple .
Three years ago today was my first week of grad school in Atlanta; that weekend, my sister passed away. I learned so much more than just things I read from research articles and books. I learned it was okay to grieve while feeling simultaneous joy. I experienced culture shock from being a true minority for the first time in my life. I learned how to stand up for myself again. I developed more love for my husband as he helped remind me of deadlines (I don't see how he remembers these things), did flash cards with me, and always asked me what I was learning. I reaffirmed my love for teaching and I learned so much about myself. •••••••• Out of all of the things I learned in grad school though, I learned people are important. Relationships are important. Our families are important. I learned sometimes it doesn't matter as much how we convey that message, whether it is through a job or our daily life, but it should be conveyed.

LOWS

  • I quit my job and I miss my awesome students, but it has also been positive for me.
  • I’ve been going to therapy for my PTSD since last fall.  It has been kind of intense for me and I feel like I’m getting back to normal for the first time in months.  It can be easy for people with PTSD to become re-traumatized from therapy as stuff starts to be discussed and that is the place where I have been.  I feel like things are getting back to normal and I’m happy for it. 
Can we talk about how therapy sometimes REALLY is before life feels better? I've never been one to avoid my emotions or how I feel so it has surprised me how intense this experience is. Having someone point out patterns and give you extra insights about your life, your relationships, experiences, and anything else going on is both life changing and heart breaking sometimes. The past few weeks has been such a weird combo of being so frustrated, but also so empowered. I've never understood the stigma to mental health treatment, but I sure am grateful for the resources I have. Anything you need to do to shine, you do. ️
My $12 fiddle leaf fig tree has now been potted and has a home in our office with my $75 couch and $25 dollar desk . So excited to watch my plant spread out and become even more leafy (and to finish the room up)! #autumnnests

Now for goals 🙂 …

Reviewing goals from August

  • Spend 30 minutes daily doing something spiritual
  • Spend 30 minutes doing maintenance cleaning everyday
  • List all of my grad school textbooks that I haven’t used
    Nope, doing it this month!
  • Pick one of our bedrooms to purge
    We purged our 2nd spare bedroom.
  • Post 1 travel post
    I posted about our trip to Lake Bled in Slovenia!
  • Schedule/write out two weeks ahead with blogging
    I have about one week out, but so many half written posts now as well.

Goals for September

  • Spend 30 minutes daily doing something spiritual
  • Spend 30 minutes doing maintenance cleaning everyday
  • List all of my grad school textbooks that I haven’t used
  • Fold all of the clothing in our house
  • Test out our travel backpacks again with proposed clothing
  • Schedule/write out two weeks ahead with blogging
  • Post 1 travel post (I’m thinking from our time in Germany or Austria)

What is a goal you have for September?

LINKUP + RULES


  1. Add your goal posts to the linkup: it could be your goals for the year, 101 in 1001 goals, monthly goals, or just a post that talks about a goal you have completed!
  2. Display the button on your blog or post (button + code is available on my sidebar)
  3. Comment on 3 other blog posts that are linked up!
  • If you need inspiration for your spiritual goal… I’m hosting a prayer challenge on my new website for Christian women. It’s an ongoing challenge, so you can start whenever you want! I’ve put together 31 prayer prompts to pray for your spouse, plus the challenge includes emails every 4 days with additional readings for each prompt.

    I’m taking the challenge myself, and I’ve started journaling my prayers, using the ACTS method. I’ve found that it really helps me focus on my relationship with God.

    • Thank you! I just signed up for your newsletter over there and also just pinned your prayer prompts. I have journaled my prayers before too and it always gives me a lot more insight than what I have sometimes found through speaking.

  • If you need inspiration for your spiritual goal… I’m hosting a prayer challenge on my new website for Christian women. It’s an ongoing challenge, so you can start whenever you want! I’ve put together 31 prayer prompts to pray for your spouse, plus the challenge includes emails every 4 days with additional readings for each prompt.

    I’m taking the challenge myself, and I’ve started journaling my prayers, using the ACTS method. I’ve found that it really helps me focus on my relationship with God.

    • Thank you! I just signed up for your newsletter over there and also just pinned your prayer prompts. I have journaled my prayers before too and it always gives me a lot more insight than what I have sometimes found through speaking.

  • thetechchef

    I love that red couch! Also I think the end of summer is always a hard time to accomplish goals. For me I didn’t bother to set any for August and just tried to enjoy the moments, at the State Fair or wherever. Good luck with the goal in Sept.

    • We were lucky- we got this couch second hand for $75; the previous owners had never sat on it! I’ve had months where I decided to take a break from my goals too- that time can be so good for your soul!

  • thetechchef

    I love that red couch! Also I think the end of summer is always a hard time to accomplish goals. For me I didn’t bother to set any for August and just tried to enjoy the moments, at the State Fair or wherever. Good luck with the goal in Sept.

    • We were lucky- we got this couch second hand for $75; the previous owners had never sat on it! I’ve had months where I decided to take a break from my goals too- that time can be so good for your soul!

  • Amanda

    Love your goals that you have monthly! I need to start implementing this!

  • Love your goals that you have monthly! I need to start implementing this!