Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Goals for August

I love the start of a new month. It feels especially refreshing to start a new month on a Monday.

I am heading into August riding a wave of productivity. These last few weeks I have accomplished more than usual. I think the reasons are threefold (1) I am getting more sleep, which is key to all the things, (2) life is settling into an easier rhythm with the kids as they get older, and (3) I am utilizing smaller bits of time that I used to fritter away. Natanya recently wrote about all of the things she can accomplish in ten minutes. So, so true.

This month we have two trips planned--one for Neil and one for me--so we'll both get to go out of town and solo-parent. Neil is going to a work conference in Anaheim, California. I am headed to Chicago to meet-up with two high school friends. We haven't all three been together in... a decade? On the agenda: lots of Olympics watching, catching up, and good food. This will be only my second time away from E overnight.

Other things happening in August: the start of preschool and end of swim lessons. The transition to a new class may be a little rough for HP. Change is hard, especially when you are four. I have no doubt he'll be loving it by the end of the first week.

On to my goals:

Continue posting twice a week here. I have gotten into a good rhythm and I want to keep up the momentum. I may struggle a bit around the trips, but I am going to do my best to keep plugging away.

Take care of a health insurance issue. Calling health insurance companies is the worst.

Organize photos on our external hard drive. I started doing this last week and made a lot of progress. This has been on my to-do list for YEARS. Once these are all culled and sorted, I plan to make a photo book for each kid, inspired by a recent Girl Next Door episode. Photo books won't happen this month, but just getting the hard drive organized would be huge.

Find a good exercise routine. I'd like to find three or four classes to go to each week and then commit to making it happen. This will be easier once preschool starts mid-month and I have more open hours. New school year, new start.

Complete house projects: hanging ceiling fans in two of the bedrooms, install a solar tube in E's room (this one might be a stretch for this month), and figure out what we are going to do with our fireplace (gas insert? wood burning insert? I need to not be cold in the winter).

Get back in a reading groove. June and July have been rough for reading around here. I am currently reading The Big Short and picked up three holds from the library yesterday.

Take my spare bike to the shop to get the shifter fixed as it is currently stuck in one gear.

Figure out Neil's birthday present. I have an idea, but need to make a trip to Goodwill and another store to make it happen, which means I need to think about it now instead of days before.

Okay, that is plenty for one month! May the momentum and productivity continue through to September.

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