Monthly Project Updates are a series I began to hold myself accountable for finishing the many projects I start–and to document the ups and downs I encounter along the way.
I’m not going to lie—it’s been genuinely hard keeping up with blogging recently, and once again I’ve let weeks slip by without an update. I miss this community! And that’s why I’m stopping by to make a quick, belated update… even though it’s late and by the time I finish it will probably be past my bedtime!
August Overview and September Goals
1. Cleaning and Downsizing
Sticking to the method of making small tweaks to my routine to keep things clean. However, due to three consecutive weekends of weddings and all that comes with them, I’ve occasionally let my weekly cleaning frenzy fall by the wayside. And you know what? The world didn’t end.
2. Nurture my Marriage
One thing I love about my husband is his hobbies. He’s always involved in something and on the go—which leaves me lots of wonderful free time to do my own introvert things. Well, these past few weeks he’s been at a loose end, which meant constant time together, which meant… that I got to a bit of a breaking point. I always get a bit weird when I’m feeling smothered and craving alone time, but I’m always shy about asking for it. Of course, what that means is that M gets weirded out by my strange, stand-offishness, and grows increasingly concerned until I confess that I just want a bit of time to myself. So… that’s what I’m working on this month: asking for the time and space I need to recharge before I go crazy and scare my husband.
I’m still loving my new job, but trying to avoid working such long hours so I can pursue that ever elusive “work-life balance.” While it might not be reasonable to expect to leave on time every day, I’ll try to leave on time at least twice a week.
4. Live According to My Values
Here’s the thing about this category of goals: it’s a bit more political than I like being on this blog. I have no interest in being divisive, preachy, or controversial—only in expressing my feelings and truths and experiences. So, while you can imagine that I am continuing the things I started here, I won’t be writing about them as part of my monthly goals anymore.
(What will you hear more about? Maybe more about the house-hunting process or my latest attempt at using a budgeting app to track my expenses.)
5. Make Time for Friends (and Family)
Well… the great thing about attending a different wedding every weekend is you get to see a whole lot of friends—even sometimes far away friends you rarely see face-to-face! This, combined with a good friend moving back from abroad, means it’s been a very good month for making time for, and celebrating with, friends!
6. Keep Writing!
If you were looking for the fail of the month, look no further! I’ve done zero creative writing over the past month (list-making does not count) even though several times I’ve gotten strong urges to get involved in another writing project. (Probably because I’ve been reading a lot of fantastic fiction recently!) I need to figure out how to work this into my daily/weekly schedule… and do so in a way that doesn’t keep me up all night!
And… that’s it! If the only goals I succeed at next month are writing more than one post and catching up on the backlog of blog posts I want to read, I’ll call it a good month. Please comment below and let me know how your month has been!