September isn’t quite here yet (one more day!) but I’m definitely excited to be starting at the number one again. Not because I’m all that excited about time moving forward so dang fast all the time (something I’m going to need to work on eventually, hello meditation) but because it gives me an easily trackable starting point, a fresh start. It’s also technically the beginning of Fall and I am basic b*tch ready for that. Oh my goodness, scarves, different colored leaves, layers, crisp mornings?! I don’t even need a PSL or uggs. Okay, wait, don’t take those fluffy warm boots away yet.
Oh yes, hello September, this is what I have decided you are for:
- Getting myself back on track with money management. Over the past few years I have been taking baby steps towards getting better with managing my money and not putting things on a credit card. Lately I’ve taken a couple steps back incredibly worrisome but a cleanse is in order. For the past year (!!! WHAT? !!!) I have been putting all of my expenses on a credit card that I pay off each week. I started this with a Southwest card to get the bonus points at sign up and more recently the Sapphire from Chase and managed to get the bonus points for that sign up as well. I haven’t left a balance on these cards since I signed up for them, however, I have left the balance on a couple days longer than I should while waiting for my paychecks. I don’t want to be spending money I don’t have, or money I will have before I have it. And so, for the month of September I am back to the debit card, that is my money cleanse.
- Dance classes. I am going to be taking classes at The Chrome Bar again. I’ve been taking the stretching classes off and on since I moved here but as of this week I decided it’s time to get back into the on pole class variety. I won’t be climbing or doing any aerial work because I don’t have my shoulders figured out yet, BUT that doesn’t mean I have to stay away from the part I love most. Monday I took a pole flow class and felt really great afterwards. The environment was awesome and supportive, I showed up and at the end while I didn’t look exactly like I wanted in action, I definitely gave it 100%. I learning to really appreciate that.
- Exploring what is essential to me. I recently read Essentialism by Greg McKeown after I saw Elise post about it and I connected with a lot of what was said. I have been exploring minimalism for a few years now, constantly trying to evaluate if I really need some of the things I have. I’ve done really well at getting rid of stuff but I can’t say that I’ve done all that great on figuring out what to bring back in. My closet contains very few clothes and while that might work for some, it leaves me feeling frustrated most mornings. Turns out I like clothes and need a few more options. Reading Essentialism gave me new questions to ask and new tools to evaluate my closet, and life with. I’ve already started asking myself “what is essential right now” when I get antsy or feel like my mind is going 20 ways at once. I’m excited to see where my answers take me on an even larger scale.
Just in case you are wondering, I did not forget my third quarter goals, they all tie into my essentialism focus real well. Here’s a little progress report:
- Start a probiotic and getting on a memorable/maintainable schedule with all pills – yes and yes, started, following, easy as pie now that I’ve decided I need to commit.
- Blogging at least 2 times per week – Besides this week, where I’m pushing it, I have been keeping up with my two posts per week goal. I might be going back to just one in September as I evaluate what is essential for me to be sharing here.
- Deciding on a GP and getting and going to an appointment – I have an appointment with a GP in October, goodness with the wait… AND I have an appointment with a dermatologist Tuesday. Double star here!
- Finding a weekly, social exercise class to be a part of – Pole flow classes. I’m ready!
Who else is ready for Fall?