“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” – L. M. Montgomery
Dry spell? I should say so! I have been a busy, busy bee. September was such a great month. It brought with it rekindled friendships, beautiful weather that demanded our company and enjoyment, and lots of life lessons. Being a stay at home mother can be very isolating. So September was a month when I really challenged myself to relax, and welcome the people around me into my world.
Now it’s time to do some self-evaluating and see how I did on meeting those September goals I set for myself. Let’s begin, shall we?
Personal Goal #1 “Take better care of myself”. I am flossing now, and have turned my evening walks with Gideon into an opportunity to break a sweat. And that is the extent of my accomplishments in this area. Womp womp.
Personal Goal #2 “Read more. Fiction and non.” Goal NOT met. Hours upon hours of reading and researching every single aspect of what involves Gideon’s life does not count. This goal was meant specifically for leisure reading, and I’ve done none of that.
Personal Goal #3 “Be a forward thinker. Plan ahead.” Goal met! Every week I have set one day as my “errand day”, and it has been great. A habit I will continue to practice.
Family Goal #1 “Spend more time outside.” Goal met beyond my expectations.
Family Goal #2 “Have people over more often.” Goal met.
Household Goal #1 “Complete Gideon’s Binder”. Fail! I end up tossing everything I want to keep in a hanging file labeled “peanut”, and that is the extent of my progress on his binder.
Household Goal #2 “Make my C.H.O. Binder”. Goal not met. I’m still in the planning phase of this project. Just when I think I’m ready to get it started, I think of something I want to add or change. I do, however, have a newfound love for my dry erase board. Keeps my mind focused and my days productive. It has been a good substitute for what my binder will [someday] be.
Household Goal #3 “Establish a flexible-but-guideline-like routine for our day.” Goal met. Inasmuch as I haven’t met a bunch of the goals I set for myself, I have actually felt pretty productive this month. I have found my groove in maintaining the general state (cleanliness, neatness, basic going ons) of my home. How do I do it? By keeping it real. No more exhaustive daily to-do lists. It does me no good to constantly feel like I’m falling short. To-do lists are supposed to help, motivate, and reward you. If you don’t get any of these satisfactions from yours, then you need to re-evaluate. “What on earth does this list expect of me?? It’s fired!”. Try out different ones until you find the kind of list that makes you feel good about how hard you work.
In total, I met 50% of my goals – which is a higher percentage than I anticipated. But September is in the past, and October is ahead.
1. Take better Care Of Myself Part II. Let’s try this again.
2. Try the no ‘poo hair washing technique. In the quest to simplify our lives, I’m striving to cut any costs that are unnecessary. The expense of haircare products is one area I’d be happy to eliminate from my life. I have yet to find a shampoo or conditioner that helps my hair in the long-term. The “good” brands are pricey, and eventually stop working. Besides, women have not always used detergent in their hair. I’m positive women in our ancestry did not use Herbal Essences or Aussie, and I get the sense that their hair was lush – so full of life, body and shine. I seriously suspect that if we let what God gave us take the reigns and let the hair He put on our heads thrive without our human-made additives, it would flourish. At any rate, I’m going to see what my hair does on its own. I’ll let you know how it goes!
3. Lose 3-4 lb this month. I am happy to report that I now weigh 3 pounds less than I did when I got pregnant. It took me 6 months to get here. I have lost a total of 44 lb. since March 8, the day Gideon was born. When I got pregnant I was in the “normal range” for my BMI, but I wasn’t comfortable with my body/health. So my goal for the next couple of months is to lose 10 more pounds. If that goes well, I’d like to lose another 5 and then maintain. One step at a time. **I am not using any diets or weight loss products. Only making healthy lifestyle choices**
1. Continue to make family dinner a priority. We have recently begun putting Gideon in his high chair to eat with us at dinner time, and it has been so good for us. We don’t answer phones, no T.V., just sitting, eating and enjoying each other.
2. I asked for Daniel’s input in this area and he had a great idea. He said that he enjoys how structured and schedule-oriented we are, and that he would like for us to maintain that about our lifestyle. But in addition to that, he would like for us to make daily Bible reading a family thing. We don’t now how this will look yet, it will probably evolve. But whether we read Gideon a Bible story, or we read our Bibles while Gideon plays with his books, we are going to make family Bible reading a priority.
1. I really like this maintenance groove that I’m in. The downstairs is pretty much set, I’ve got my routine down, and I’ve got a consistent handle on it. I’ve been hitting the upstairs this past week, and the rooms next on my list are Daniel and my closets. If I get to my office, that will just be icing on the cake.
2. Since going grain free, our pantry has changed a lot. It lost about 2/3 of its contents, and it needs a do over.
“Yada yada! What about Gideon??”
He’s still a ham.
He’ll be 7 months old in 5 days (!!)
Have you set any goals for yourself this month? Care to share?