It's the beginning of a new month! Can you believe there are only 3 months left in 2011?
I didn't do that well with my first-half-of-the-year goals in September. I forgot to bring things to work a couple times, I injured myself and couldn't work out for a week, and Mike and I only prayed together a handful of nights. I'm determined to do better this month!
One goal I did fairly well with was sending an e-mail to a friend every day. I received several long updates in reply from friends who I hadn't talked to in a while, and I've received more requests to get together for lunch this month than I have money for! It's made me feel incredibly connected, like I've got a big network of friends even if they don't all live nearby.
September was devoted to parenting discussions with Mike, which I recapped in my last post.
So, on to October!
I wrote previously about how I dread this time of year because I'm freezing all the time, particularly at work, and you guys responded in droves with great suggestions about staying warm.
I decided that the best thing I can do for my happiness this month is to help myself enjoy fall and look forward to winter more.
Here's my plan:
- Make lists of good things about fall and winter. I put out a question on Twitter and Facebook asking people to tell me their favorite things about fall and winter, and I've started compiling lists of what I'm looking forward to in fall and winter.
- Act on the lists. A lot of the things I enjoy about these seasons are very simple, like hot apple cider and hot chocolate. Since I'm already drinking tea all the time at work, I should get myself some instant packets of these other drinks. Another thing I like is seasonal decorations -- maybe I'll get a tiny pumpkin for my desk to make me smile!
- Learn to layer. I have pretty much no fashion sense. When I was going to start teaching in grad school, I took a friend to the mall with me and had her help me create a business casual wardrobe pretty much from scratch, and I haven't branched out since then. For three years my primary work wardrobe has been a sweater over a button-down (3/4 sleeve-length), with dress pants. This isn't quite warm enough for my office in the winter, but if I put a long-sleeved T-shirt or other layer under the button-down, I can't take off the sweater if I get too hot because it looks stupid. Moral of the story: I need to learn how to layer more effectively and then hit up the thrift store to buy some key pieces. (And ask for gift cards for Christmas!)
That's pretty much it, although I would love your suggestions about how I can feel more positive about the coming cold months. And please, share your favorite things about fall and winter in comments!