I always get excited when it’s the start of a new month. It’s a fresh start for new goals, habits and routines. I always like pressing the restart button on the first of the month as it’s a simple reminder for me that anything is possible. I’m someone who loves clean slates, so the new month always brings me excitement and joy. So today, I thought I’d check in and share a couple life updates, goals on the docket and what’s been on my mind lately.
Things I’m grateful for:
There’s a lot of people and things I’m grateful for these days. I’m thankful for my loving support system of friends and family. I’m thankful for a challenging and rewarding career that pushes me outside of my comfort zone every day. I’m also thankful for slow mornings and evenings when I get to read or journal. I’m also thankful for my CrossFit gym – it’s truly an amazing community and bootcamp has changed my life in so many ways. Gratitude is a daily practice for me, so these are just a few of the things that come to my heart and mind.
Habit I’m trying to break:
Hitting snooze! It has been a cycle of ups and downs for me this year with the snooze button. I’ll have weeks when I jump out of bed before my alarm and others when I’m dragging. And while I’m still waking up early (anytime between 6-6:45 a.m.), the inconsistency is driving me nuts. This month I’m going to be better about going to bed ON TIME so I can wake up without wanting to hide under the covers.
Habit I’m trying to continue:
Reading and journaling each night before bed. I got out of this habit during the months of September and October because let’s be honest, life gets BUSY. However, I could feel the impact of getting out of this routine. This month, I’m going to aim to read a chapter and journal for 10-15 minutes before bed. This also means closing the laptop and turning of the TV earlier in the evening.
Task I haven’t done yet that’s driving me crazy:
Inbox zero. For real. While I am on top of my inbox, I also have a lot of emails waiting to be filed or deleted. My goal this month is to spend a few hours on the weekends doing a digital detox. I think it will also be a great way to start the new year (and not wait until January to clean my inbox).
Getting me excited for the holidays:
I’m really looking forward to savoring the season. Somehow fall slipped by me and Halloween happened in a blink of an eye. I’m really hoping that the time between now and New Year’s Day slows down. I’m really looking forward to preparing my apartment for the holidays, writing Christmas cards, shopping local this year, spending time with family and friends, maybe planning a Christmas party and hopefully having some time off between Christmas and and the new year to recharge. Bring on the hot cocoa, Christmas movies and all the of the joy!
Goals for November:
One of my work goals this month is to build more systems into my work flow. While I’m good at setting priorities and keeping track of deadlines, I’m want to be even MORE efficient so I can build in more time for planning and brainstorming. I LOVE planning, so building that into my schedule will bring me a lot of happiness during the work week!
What are you looking forward to this month? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
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