What was the most memorable part of this past month?
The most memorable part of October for me was turning 30 and saying goodbye to my 20’s.
What were the three biggest lessons you’ve learned in this past month?
- It’s okay to not be okay. Everybody goes through difficult things and everybody falls on hard times. It’s okay to not be okay for awhile as long as you figure out and fix what’s not working.
- Things take time. As much as I’d love to rush 90% of my life, I can’t. Certain things take time and I have no control over that. All I can do is try really hard to be patient and let life happen at its own pace.
- Lofi hip-hop chill music is the best. This probably doesn’t seem like a lesson but for me, it has been. I find that when I’m listening to this music I get more done and feel better. It helps me focus and clears my mind. A meditation of sorts if you will.
Are you happy with how you spent your time this month? What steps can you take this next month to adjust them?
I’m going to have to say yes and no to how I spent my time. I feel like I got a lot of stuff done in October but I also wasted a lot of time.
In November I’d like to spend less time on a screen, unless it’s for getting things done, and more time actually doing things. I know in the past I’ve tried to track the amount of time I spent on my computer and it didn’t really work out. I couldn’t find a good way to track that time but maybe I need to try harder to see if I can reduce the amount of time I waste in front of a screen.
I’d also like to declutter and deep clean my entire house. It needs it bad and with us moving in June it’s better to start organizing and getting rid of things sooner rather than later.
How are you different between this past month and the month before it?
November is already shaping up to be a better month. I feel more motivated than I did in November and I feel more optimistic. I’m getting things done and I want to do more. I’m realizing where my limitations are and am learning to work with them instead of against them.
What or who are you especially grateful for this past month?
I’m grateful for Odin who turned 9 this October. He’s turning into his own person and it’s so crazy and wonderful to watch him come into his own. He does drive me crazy from time to time but he also brings me a lot of joy and laughter. I really love that kid.
I’m also grateful that my sister came out to visit me this month. I always like having her around. We are two very different people but she is probably the only person I know who actually understands me, sometimes better than I understand myself.
Name three things you can improve on next month. What are concrete actions you can take to work towards these improvements?
- I want to spend a little time on a lot of things each day. I may not get my entire house clean in a day but if I slowly chip away at the clutter and junk it will get done. If I just spend an hour a day writing blog posts I’ll have more content on my blog each month instead of feeling pressure to write and post all on the same day. I want to have a slow but steady pace.
- I want to do a better job of sticking to a routine throughout the day. A lot of that wasted time I talked about earlier can be used more efficiently if I stick to a routine. The only problem with that is that I’m no good a routines. I get bored too easily and want to change it up. I’m going to try to come up with a routine that works for me.
- I want to spend more time on me. Fixing what I think is wrong or coming to terms with things I cannot change. I feel as if I’m going through a quarter-life crisis and I really just want to focus on making myself the best I can be. When I’m dying at 120 years old I want to look back and say that I lived my best life and right now I don’t feel like I am right now.
From 1-10, how do you feel overall about this past month?
I’d give myself a 5. It was good and it was bad and I’m glad it’s over. I’m happy that November is taking a more positive turn and I’ll take the lessons I learned in October and keep moving forward.