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Monday, September 4, 2017

August Look Back and September Goals


A look back at August's goals:


Get the front and back yards underway
"You may have read about my aversion to the constant sweeping that I've been doing lately, so it's no surprise that goal numero uno this month is to get a damn yard to cover up all of that sand."
Tick: You have no idea how good it feels to look outside and see something other than sand. To not sweep ninety times a day.

Spend less time fussing about the house
"From the moment I get home until the moment I fall asleep, I'm either unpacking, cleaning, organizing or fussing about the house in some way and Jesse has already complained. What is the point of living together if we can't both enjoy it? I plan on being more present in the time that we do get to spend alone together."
Cross: I tried, I really did. I think that I'll relax more after the house warming (sorry, Jesse).

Get back in to my gym routine
"With all that has been going on, I've been forgoing the gym in favour of getting house-related stuff done before bed, which is understandable, but I've learnt that once I get out of routine, I really get out of routine and it's extremely difficult to motivate myself to start again. The sooner I can get back in to my old routine, the easier it's going to be."
Cross: I wasn't even close to accomplishing this goal. Oops.

Find a Fathers Day present
"Fathers Day falls in September here in Australia, and as the worst present buyer in the world, I need all of the time I can get otherwise it's back to the usual leave-it-too-late-then-panic-the-week-of routine."
Tick: Worst daughter in the world crisis averted.

Goals for September:


Walk more
I had every intention of exploring our new neighbourhood when we first moved in. We're surrounded by parks and there's a nice little café down the road, but two months later and I haven't so much as walked around the block, let alone to the park. With the weather finally starting to warm up (YAY Spring!) I'd definitely like to spend some time walking around my new hood

Bake
I've always loved to bake, but I haven't baked something in SO long, you guys. Our spiffy new(ish) oven is just calling for a big ol' cake, or a batch of muffins, or some cookies, or any damn thing. Berries are starting to come in to season, too. There are so many possibilities!

Take more photos
There was a time that my camera was permanently attached to my hand. This hasn't been the case lately. In fact, I can't remember the last time I took a photo of anything (in case you didn't notice how MIA I've been on Instagram recently). I'd definitely like to start capturing moments again, and I'm always down to improve my photography skills whenever I can. Perhaps on these walks.

Meal plan
I'm the kind of person that can't have the same thing for dinner in the same two weeks. This makes dinner pretty difficult now that I'm living out of my parents' house. I usually have a semi-planned weeks worth of meals, but I'd definitely like to get to planning more effectively, preferably before grocery shopping day to avoid it feeling stressful and rushed (as per usual).



What are you hoping to achieve this month?

45 comments:

  1. I know the feeling about having the same food too often! I also only go to the store once a week to get all my groceries done and I usually freeze the meat for later in the week then. For my meal planning I split it up in:
    - two pasta's (once fish/veggie and once meat)
    - twice something with potatoes (usually sweet potatoes though)
    - one mexican meal (fajita's, quesadilla's, taco's - usually on Friday's cause they are supereasy to make)
    - one Asian meal (rice or noodles)
    - one couscous meal

    And I also wrote a long list of all the dinners I can cook so I can just look on the list and go: oh yeah, that's been a while, let's cook that this week!
    Good luck on all your other goals as well, I love baking and taking photos so I can only encourage you to do it as well ^^

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  2. My dad is pretty hard to shop for, so I get why you made that one of your goals. Congrats on getting that done and on getting your yard sorted. That has got to be a relief!

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  3. Hope you take the time to celebrate the goals you did accomplish. Good luck with your September goals!

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  4. That would be hard to make something different for each day for dinner. I often have leftovers so we eat the same thing a few days at a time.

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  5. You did really well with your goals last month!! That's interesting that Fathers Day is in September in Australia. I never knew that. I hope to be able to work out more this month. Baking is always fun!!! Good luck with your goals this month!

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  6. Walking more is such a great goal. I need to do that as well. It's good to just get out and see what is around you. The taking photos goal is not as much of a problem with me. I find I always have to delete photos to make space.

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  7. I would love to get back into baking and create a meal plan. Those are such fallish things.

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  8. I'm moving into a new apartment with my fiancé this week so one of my goals is to get rid of a lot of clothes that I don't wear. I'd also really love to start meal prepping but we'll see how that works out.

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  9. Congratulations on what goals you did accomplish in August. That one with my fussing over the house can be hard.

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  10. I really need to gather my thoughts and start making monthly goals. Thank you so much for the push.

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  11. I'd really like to start meal planning as well because I want to expand my repertoire and improve my cooking skills. Walking more also sounds like a great goal... I walk everywhere most of the year but winter is coming in a few months where I live so I'll probably have to stop.

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  12. I love setting monthly goals and whatever I do not accomplish one month I move it to the next until I do. Good luck with your September goals

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  13. Getting back into baking is one of my goals as well! Especially with the Bake Off back on TV too.

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  14. This is so inspiring. Love that you write it down and keep track. I really think I need to do something like this!

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  15. Yes, Bake and meal plan are something I too need to be serious in September. Happy for your goals, I too started walking and exercising from past 2 months and it feels great!

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  16. It takes at least 3-6 months to fully settle in from a move so give yourself some time. I love that you're a goal planner I am too. Your September goals look fun and manageable. I wish you success on pursuing your goals.

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  17. I have to meal plan or everyone in my house complains about eating the same thing all the time! For September, I really want to get all my research done for my new business and get it started up. Hopefully I can accomplish that!

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  18. I like that you share your goals with us. Don't beat yourself up over the Father's day present. Finding the perfect present will naturally come to you. If it doesn't, try getting your father something that is technology or money related

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  19. Chiimmiii's Happy WorldSeptember 8, 2017 at 8:27 AM

    Awesome post, You did awesome with your goals last month!! That's interesting that Fathers Day is in September in Australia.Loved reading!

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  20. I also had my camera with me all the time and I have so many funny videos and I captured many moments. I do not know why I lost that habit.

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  21. Good luck in your search for Father's Day gifts. We had ours back in June and I am always nervous because I feel doubly responsible for getting a gift and making sure its a good one because my dad's birthday is at the same time.

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  22. I admire those who can manage to prep their meal for one to two weeks! And I cant do that because I dont like eating the same over and over and sometimes I tend forgot I have foods in the fridge.

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  23. Sounds like the house is really coming together now! How exciting! I'm sure you will have plenty of time to chill and relax once your a little more settled in... Good luck with your September goals!! Xx


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  24. Woah! Looks like you've got your meal planning all sorted out - you go girl!
    Thank you for your kind words, Tine. :) xx

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  25. Ahaha I'm glad you feel my pain there, Lisa. Getting them both sorted was definitely a relief. :) x

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  26. I sure did, Lynn hehe. ;) Thank you so much! x

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  27. I wish I could do that, Kari. My life would be so much easier haha. x

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  28. Thanks, Mistle! <3 We're a bit backwards here in Australia haha, I don't know why Father's Day just isn't on the same day everywhere. x

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  29. I agree, Nina! Here's to hoping we walk more! Aha I used to be exactly like you with my photo taking - too many photos, too little space. I'd love to get back in to my photography. :) x

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  30. Too bad it's currently Spring here in Australia haha. :P They definitely are more Autumnal things, now that you mention it. Here's to getting back in to baking and meal planning, no matter the season. :P x

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  31. I hope the move has gone well, Liz and that you got rid of some old clothes. :) Good luck with meal prepping, too if you get around to it. :) xx

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  32. Thank you! It has definitely been a difficult habit for me to break - oops. x

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  33. I hope you do get around to creating monthly goals - I find I'm more motivated to get things done when I publish them. :) x

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  34. Aww that darn Winter weather ruins everything aha. Good luck with meal planning! You should definitely get in to it - I've found so many new recipes through meal planning, not to mention the fact that it makes life so much easier. :) x

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  35. That's a good way to go about it, Anosa! That way you're ensuring that everything (eventually) gets done. I love it! x

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  36. Ahh yes, the good ol' Bake Off! Happy baking, Sophie. :P x

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  37. I highly recommend it! I find I'm always more motivated when I write out my goals. :) x

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  38. Good on you for exercising more! You must feel amazing. :)
    I definitely think baking and meal planning are great things to get in to - good luck. :) x

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  39. Wise words, girl. I'm finding it hard to relax, but I understand that some things take time. I need to be easier on myself for sure. I love that you're a planner, too. :) Thank you so much for your kind words. <3 xx

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  40. Thank you for the inspiration, Cecilia. :) x

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  41. Aww thank you so much. :)
    Hahaha it's a bit strange that Fathers Day is in September here, Australia is a little backwards if you ask me haha. x

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  42. I know, right? I'm so disappointed in myself for letting my passion die. :( Here's to getting back in to old loves. :) x

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  43. Oh no! Double whammy with the birthday and Fathers Day. I'm sure you put a lot of thought and effort in to that one. :)

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  44. I'm the exact same, Blair! It can be so difficult, but so far I think I'm managing okay. :) x

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  45. It really is, girl! It's so exciting aha. Now that the housewarming is done and dusted, I think I'll be able to relax and enjoy it a lot more. :) xx

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