Goodbye, October & Hello, November.
October felt like forever as it flew right by. I know, it’s a phenomenon that makes no sense whatsoever, but I feel it. I feel like it has been forever since I’ve been in Pittsburgh, though it was just the beginning of the month. My mom visited ages ago, but really just two weeks ago. Yet I can’t believe the month is over; it feels like it started just yesterday.
Whether the month felt short, or long, or both, October felt hard. The weight of two jobs pushed forcefully on my shoulders this month. I slowly dug myself into a hole of I-don’t-want-to-do-it-all that lead straight to too-much-procrastination which of course led to what felt close to a panic attack.
And when I found myself cranky and tired and shoveling handfuls of chocolate into my mouth to distract myself from how stressed I was, I learned that I needed to slow down. In October I had to let some things go that weren’t fitting into my packed schedule, and although it was hard to fall back on a commitment, it was for the better.
October also taught me that I need a schedule. One of my jobs is a from-home situation, which I absolutely love. But I’m learning what it looks like to hold myself accountable for my work, and for me, this looks like writing it down and letting my agenda help me move forward. It’s a learning process, because I’ve never been good at keeping up with an agenda. I’ve bought plenty of lovely planners that are only half used, every other month, and every third week. But I think I’ve found a new system-bullet journaling. A Godsend, really.
October taught me that I still get homesick, and I especially get homesick in the midst of the crazy and panic. Family visits this month felt healing- like an oasis in the chaos. But it also taught me that good friends can be family, too.
Through the busy, though, October taught me how to have fun- with my husband, with friends, with family, and even with my students. It taught me that enjoying life is a practice in thankfulness.
From the top: Nick’s PA Spartan Race | DC Field Trip and my fantastic group of girls | Lounging at our new fire pit with mom & Nick | Winning door decorations by my 1st block class | Danny & Sandy for Halloween.
Thank you, October, for the pumpkin beer, the Virginia fall-ish weather, and the friends and family that we spent our time with. Thank you for the hard lessons, too, for I know they’ve made me better even if they’ve knocked me down a bit.
I’m ending October exhausted and sick, but starting November restfully; hopefully on the right foot for a new month.
I’m setting some goals as I sit thinking of what’s ahead. I don’t want to let another month go by where the busy takes over and I end up frantic and frazzled. I want to lean on God and be productive enough in my work days to actually be able to enjoy my time at home. I want to continue to make healthy choices (though the Halloween candy staring at me isn’t helping.) So here’s my list I intend to follow:
-Count macros 4 days a week.
-Use my bullet journal for organization and productivity.
-Practice hand lettering (new hobby!)
-Carry out my new system for grading that will hopefully keep me less crazy as a teacher.
-Take my group fitness exam at the end of the month (and pass, of course!)
-Finish my grad class that is currently incomplete.
-Blog at least 8 times.
These goals feel like a lot, but they also all feel necessary, and maybe the accountability of writing about them will help me keep up with them. We’ll see in time!
What did you learn in October? What are some goals you have for November- I’d love to know what you’re working on this month!