October has always turned out to be quite a good month for me, and although it’s only the 2nd, things are already looking pretty positive. This month, we’ll finally settle into our own home in Johannesburg after three months of living out of suitcases – and I can’t wait! I also have some exciting work opportunities lined up that I’m really excited about.
It feels like a brand-new chapter in our lives, so I’m determined to make the most of it and I’m feeling more motivated and more positive than ever. Here are a few things I’d like to see, do, and achieve this month – otherwise known as my October goals.
More writing, please!
I’ve been commissioned to write a handful of freelance articles for various magazines these past couple of months, and I’ve really loved the opportunity to spend more time writing. It’s made me realise that writing is and always will be my first love – I could happily spend all day, every day putting pen to paper on various topics. I’ve got a few more contacts that I need to reach out to this month, and I’m hoping that I’ll be getting a whole lot more freelance work in future. I’m also feeling newly inspired to post more frequently and more consistently over here on the blog.
Create a beautiful, cosy haven in our new home
I can’t wait until we’re properly settled into our new home! We did a huge declutter and got rid of loads of things (furniture included) that we didn’t love or felt wasn’t really our style before we left our previous house. That included our manky, old couches that were hand-me-downs from my parents (they were roughly 15 years old and had seen better days), so I’m really excited to go couch shopping and to pick out something that we truly love.
Drink more water
My water intake has been shocking as of late – I’ve been living on coffee and Coke, but I’m determined to change things and to start drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day this month. I’ve even included a little water tracker in my new bullet journal to help inspire me to stick to this one (I’m a sucker when it comes to ticking things off a list).
Start exercising again
In between trying to work and being a full time mom these past couple of months (Beanie isn’t going to school at the moment), I haven’t had much time to exercise… unless grocery shopping counts as exercise! After hearing about Aaptiv on various podcasts that I follow, I decided to download the app this past weekend. It’s like having a personal trainer in your ear, and they have a variety of workouts to choose from – from outdoor running and indoor cycling to meditation and yoga, there’s something for everyone. They’ve even recently launched short workouts for busy moms, and I think I’m going to start here with a quick, 7 minute workout.
I recently bought Walking in Grace, a daily devotional that was written by my high-school French and English teacher, Dalene Reyburn. I’m really enjoying her writings and her fresh perspective, especially knowing that she is a mom and that she’s going through (or has been through) everything I’m experiencing too. I haven’t been as disciplined as I’d like and have skipped mornings here and there, so I’d like to carve out some time for devotional every morning this month. (If you’re interested, Dalene also has a blog, which I’ve loved reading – read more here).
Then, of course, there are the usual culprits: read more, go to bed earlier, wake up earlier, follow a proper morning routine… but I think I’m going to focus on the 5 highlighted above, and hopefully some of the other ones will fall into place (for example, wake up early enough so I have time do my daily devotional before Bean wakes up, which basically covers the proper morning routine thing as well).