Hey there y’all and welcome back! I just realized when writing this post that I never set goals for myself for August. I guess that’s because I was just in survival mode. Lol! But I can do a quick recap of my July goals. So here it goes…
I did a really great job of doing laundry once a week for myself and Keenan. I have continued with this habit, and actually love it! I am going to start doing it for Andee too, especially now that she is in daycare and I have to wash her school stuff anyway.
I also did a pretty solid job of sticking to the sweat challenge. I didn’t complete it perfectly because I was traveling a lot at the end of the month. But I did incorporate tons of movement into my day-to-day schedule. So I will count this as a success as well!
Unfortunately I did not finish the book I wanted to complete, and I still have about 13 pages left. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but finding time to read has been a challenge for me. Instead I have started listening to audio books, which fits into my schedule way more. This is because I can listen to the book while I am doing other things like running, driving or cooking.
Coming up with my back to work routine and prioritizing things I value are still a work in progress, but I think that’s good a thing. I’m still working on wrapping my mind around some of these things, but I think it’s good to constantly reflect on your routine and what matters most to you. I am such a “yes” person for others, and these goals are making me consider what I need to say “yes” to more for myself.
And just a little break down on our new reality – Andee started daycare and I started back with teaching the last week and a half of August. Fortunately Andee’s daycare is right across the street from my school, which is helpful for me with getting to work on time. My newish schedule basically consists of me waking up at 5:00 to get myself ready and things packed for the day, Andee getting up around 6:15, feeding her a bottle and getting out the door by 6:45. I drop her off at daycare and am I my desk by 7:30. Then I work all day, pick Andee up at 4 and head home. I instantly make her dinner, bathe her and get her in bed by 6:30. Then I can breathe a little… kind of. Keenan and I tag team making dinner and cleaning up the house and then I am in bed by 8:30. It’s a long day, but enjoyable so far.
But I digress… let’s dive into my September goals.
- Morning Skin Care – I absolutely LOVE my skin care routine, and I am really good about doing it consistently at night. I’m working to make it more of a habit in the morning as well. Using the products is not a hardship for me because, as I’ve said, I love my products! But making sure I carve out the time to do it is the kicker. I have been waking up between 5 and 5:30 to make sure I can fit this in, and I aim to continue doing that for the rest of the month.
- Exercise Routine – Y’all know I love exercising. It’s like a reset for me and a way I give back to myself each day. I love feeling strong and challenged, and then accomplished once I’ve completed my workout. Finding time to do this now that I’m back at school is the challenge. There are only so many hours in a day and so many days in a week. So my goal is to get three workouts in a week – running, walking, weight training – whatever, just three workouts. Anddddd I recently got a fancy FitBit, and it tracks my steps. So I want to get my 10,000 steps in a day, as well. I have noticed that I get really pumped when my FitBit buzzes at me saying that I have accomplished my step count. Lol! So this shouldn’t be too hard to remember.
- Laundry Once a Week – As I mentioned above, I did laundry once a week for Keenan and myself in July, but I need to start doing it for Andee’s stuff too. Her items from daycare (bedsheet, lovey, sleep sack, change of clothes, etc.) are sent home at the end of each week to be washed. So I don’t think this will be a hard goal for me to implement.
- Call Grandparents More – A general theme in a lot of these goals is the fight against time. I made it a goal several months back to call my grandparents once a week. This way they could chat with Andee and I could also check in on them. It’s been hard to carve out the time to do this, but even a quick hello would be better than nothing.
- Drink a Gallon of Water a Day – Annnnddddd my water goal is back. I love my gallon sized water bottle and it has definitely helped me drink a better amount of water each day. I know any teachers reading this can relate to what I am about to say… Drinking water and teaching do not mix! First of all, it is hard to always have your water bottle on you. Secondly, you are so busy with the kids that you forget about yourself. And lastly, but most importantly, when do you find the time to pee?!?! Staying on top of this might be the hardest goal of all for me. But my fingers are crossed that I can do it! 🤞🏻
What goals do y’all have for this month? Let me know in the comments below so that I can cheer you on! Happy day y’all!