#1- Complete a No-Spend Year.
I bought something on my "Banned" list with my birthday money. I bought myself winter boots. I had banned shoes on my no-spend year list. I took my daughter to daycare wearing my current boots in the snow. By the time I made it to work, my socks were soaked and my toes were cold. I feel strongly that I need to put my the health of my feet first so the other boots are hitting the trash. I ordered quality boots that will last me many years. I live in Canada and winter came early this year. Our temperatures go as low as -40 degrees Celcius (-40 Fahenheit) and I am not risking my toes. I knew that my boots were starting to leak last year so I am not sure why I didn't put it on my approved spending list.
#2- Establish a Self-Care Routine
Let's talk about this. I really thought that I was doing well with this goal and I was. Life threw more than one curve ball at me in October. I had a huge deadline at work, a major fundraiser for the local daycare (I am on the committee), pregnancy related nausea/dizziness/headaches/fatigue and I was working a LOT due to my co-worker being on vacation. It all added up to one large meltdown where I was bawling an hour before the fundraiser was set to begin. I have looked back at my busy month and I am not sure what I could have done differently. Most of the curve balls were out of my control, besides the fact that I didn't take a sick day when I was feeling awful. In hindsight, that wasn't practicing good self care. I have been reading an interesting book by Gretchen Rubin called The Four Tendancies. I am an upholder with obliger tendencies, which means that I am good at meeting both inner and outer expectations. It also means that sometimes I work too hard to meet outer expectations and I occasionally experience burnout because of this. I find my work to be a heavy expectation at times. My work involves the health of my clients (I am a lab and x-ray tech in a small town) and I find it really hard to call in sick when I am ill because I know that my clients are often dealing with much worse situations. I need to start putting my health first, especially in this last month and a half of my pregnancy so I am working to set up some clear boundaries this month. The first boundary is working out well and my co-worker was able to lighten my schedule substantially which has already made a tremendous difference in my well-being.
#3- Say Yes to Family Time
This has been going well. I am finding the "rules" that we set earlier in the year are working really well for our family and are surprisingly easy to follow.
#4- Start school in September.
This is being postponed until after Baby's arrival.
#5- Learn more about traditional prayers and incorporate them into my prayer life.
I am still working on figuring out how to make a habit of incorporating these tradtional prayers.
#6- Establish a routine for the blog and stick to the blog's vision.
Ummmm..... yeah. So that burnout that I mentioned above? Well, that lead to a really bad blogging month. I have worked to circumvent that this month with better planning and a lighter load at my job.
October was a good month of learning for me. I hope to apply what I have learned for a successful November. How are your goals going?