Dear October | Goals Update

So, it’s that time again, time to see how I got on with my goals in the month of September and to plan what I’m going to focus on in October. I’ve really enjoyed this whole goal series, and I can’t wait for the massive end of year recap in December – I think, all things considered, I’ve made a lot of progress… but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Today, we’re going to look at the past 30 days and see how what progress Ihas been made… spoiler alert, I’ve had a really, really good month (for a change)!

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Guys, I’ve finally done it! I’ve finally gotten myself into a better morning and evening routine! As soon as I have all the kinks ironed out, I’m going to do a more comprehensive post on this, but for now I’ll just give, you a quick summary…

6 days a week (well, 6 days a week in an ideal world, in reality, it’s probably more like 4 days a week… nobody’s perfect) I wake up at 6:30am and have my morning routine completed by 7:45, meaning I can get to work on time (if it’s a work day) or maybe even do some uni prep before catching the bus.

I also established a much better night time routine which I start around 9 o’clock so I can be in bed and seriously thinking about sleep by 10:30.

One day a week (on a Saturday night/Sunday morning) I stay up and wake up a little later, meaning I still get to spend time with my friends and family, the point of this routine is not to eliminate all fun from my day!

This month, I would like to add an extra 15 minutes into my morning (meaning I wake up at 6:15) with that time, I’d like to incorporate a 7-minute workout and about 5 minutes of meditation or deep breathing, so let’s see if we can do that in October!

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As my dedicated followers will know, this is always a sore spot for me, but I have made some progress this month (emphasis on the some).

My student loan came through at the end of the month which means I have made it out of debt with no room to spare – yey? By the time I get paid and add the rest of my birthday money, I’m hoping to have enough the get by in October without causing myself any more serious debt.

I’m hoping to make this especially easy by having a spending freeze this month, it’s not going to be anything extreme, just enough to keep me on track… I’ll keep you posted on this as the month goes on (I’m infamous for promising spending freezes and the chickening out).

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The picture of the wee girl I sponsor came through this month and she’s absolutely gorgeous! I’d love to sponsor a second child before the year is up, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves, this is pretty dependent on how my finances work out.

 

health

I have been eating pretty healthily this past month. I mean, I’m always a victim of the Domino’s delivery, service but since going back to uni I’m walking more, still not snacking and just generally being more conscious about my food choices.

This month, I’d really like to start have whole days of eating as a vegetarian/vegan in my week. In other words, days that I pick healthier varieties than the usual, but I’ll see how that all goes.

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Part of my brand new evening routine is devotional time, and I’m really loving having part of my day set aside solely for God. It means that I don’t really have to think about when I’m going to fit it in, it just flows naturally into my day.

I’ve also really been throwing myself into my church these past few weeks. I’m back this year as a Sunday School teacher, a leader in the creche, children’s church and youth club, and I’m organising a few different projects for the year ahead. There’s a lot I want to do, and I feel like my faith is getting stronger every day, it’s a part of my life that I’m really happy to have in the foreground again.

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This is the one thing that I think I’ve really gotten good at. I have been ridiculously productive these past few weeks not only because I have a lot of balls in the air at the moment, but also because I’ve finally (finally!) found a task scheduling method that works for me.

In terms of blog stuff, I currently have 2 months pre-planned and I’m getting way more done each day than I anticipate (I almost always end up snagging a few tasks from later in the week to bulk up my to-do list). What more can I ask for?

My family’s scared I’m going to burn myself out, but all in all, I think things are going really well – I love what I’m doing so it rarely feels like work.

 

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I had an okay reading month in September, and now that I’m officially back at uni, I’m reading approximately 3 books a week (even though they’re not books I could/want to review).

Lowering my goal from 100 to 70 books in 2017 was definitely the right decision though, it’s given me the freedom to pursue other interests and read longer books than my previous goal would have allowed.

All in all, I’m a happy chappy in this department.

 

 

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I guess I should also update you all on my 18 Before 2018 list from the beginning of September.

This month I was able to check 6 items off my list…

  1. Minimise my kitchen
  2. Restage my office shelves
  3. Redesign my master bedroom
  4. Rearrange my living room
  5. Reorganise and simplify my module centre
  6. Sell 1 thing on Etsy

I know they’re almost all household tasks, and there are lots of other bits I still need to get to, but it feels like a really good start – I’m a third of the way there, and my house is looking amazing because of it!

If you’d like to hear more about any of these projects let me know in the comments down below, I’m more than willing to do a post on any of them that tickle your fancy.

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Overall, I’m really happy with how things went in September. I feel like the back-to-school season has given me a whole new lease of life!

Make sure you check in with me below, I’d love hearing how you guys are getting on with your goals in the comments – we don’t have long to go now so let’s keep the momentum going!

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