What was the most memorable part of this past month?
Visiting my grandma’s cabin in early August, saving four squirrels from freezing to death during a rainstorm and adopting our new dog Lucy.
What were the three biggest lessons you’ve learned in this past month?
- Being open is okay. Since moving to Minnesota, I’ve met almost all my neighbors. It’s drastically different from the Seattle freeze I’m used to. I’ve had to pull myself out of my shy, introverted box which hasn’t been easy. I have to keep telling myself that I need to be open and friendly. I should actively try to make some of my neighbors my friends as we will be here for a very long time.
- Having people who push you in the right direction is essential. I have always struggled with self-motivation. There are things I genuinely want to do or a goal I want that is entirely achievable but sometimes if I don’t have that person to force me, then I’m just not going to do it. I’m lucky that I have a few people in my life that push me towards my goals.
- People care. In the middle of August, I received an email from an old teacher of Odin’s. She expressed how much she would miss Odin this coming school year and how she thinks of him often. It touched me how much she cared for him. I was always taught that family is important but so are some people we meet along the way. I hope to keep in touch with this teacher and share with her how well Odin is doing. She and Odin only had a short time together, but I know it impacted him profoundly and that he cared for her very much as well.
How are you different between this past month and the month before it?
This month has been a struggle but a good
What or who are you especially grateful for this past month?
I’m grateful for my sister who graciously babysat several times this month so Nick and I could pick out furniture and go on a date. I think I would be pulling my hair out if not for her. I’m also grateful for buying/ordering all our furniture and no longer needing to go through that very stressful process.
Name three things you can improve on next month. What are some concrete actions you can take to work towards these improvements?
- I still need to improve my regular habits. The boys start school soon, and we still aren’t on a great schedule. We’ve made improvements this month, but we’re not at 100% yet. We mostly need to work on getting our morning routine down since the boys will be catching the bus and we need to work on the boys being responsible for their bedtime routine like remembering to brush their teeth and Odin not staying up until 11 p.m. reading Harry Potter.
Staying on top of house stuff.We went from living in modestly sized apartments to owning a giant 3,200 square foot house. I truly love my home but it can get overwhelming, and a lot needs to be done. I’ve let things slide from time to time, but I’ve found that when I do that it only makes the situation harder. Next month I want to focus on organizing the house, keeping it clean and tidy and hopefully getting to set up our new furniture and decorate for fall.
- I want to accomplish more of my goals next month. In August I’ve managed to achieve a lot of my goals, and it feels perfect. I want to keep that going. I’ve got new goals coming for September which you will be able to read about soon.
From 1-10, how do you feel overall about this past month?
My knee-jerk reaction was to say seven but then I thought eight because it was a good month. I managed to accomplish a lot and deal with my stress without killing anyone. That’s pretty good, right?