October has always felt like a special month to me. There’s something about the coming of autumn, the falling into a routine, and the inevitable hunkering down as the days grow colder and the nights grow longer that feels right – like slipping on an old sweater and settling in by a good fire for awhile.
It seems especially fitting that I’ve decided that October is the month where I get some more balance in my life. I have two big projects that will be done soon, which should reduce the stress and free up some time (oh, for a whole two days off in a row!) That said, I don’t want to just wait and hope that finishing projects will improve things. I need to find better ways to build balance into my schedule even when – scratch that, especially when – things are whirling around me hurricane-style.
For October, I’m setting out some goals that I hope will help me to keep me a bit more on track. Work is important, since it pays the bills and there are tasks that have to be done, but I also want to pay attention to health, sustainability, and rest and relaxation, three of the things that I think I’ve slipped the most on and that are very important to my overall wellbeing.
- Apply to at least three jobs
- Edit four papers
- Write two journal introductions
- Eat at least five veggies and two fruits daily
- Drink eight glasses of water daily
- Run or bike at least twice per week
- Do yoga at least twice per week
- Meditate at least four times per week
- Turn peppers into red pepper jelly
- Bring worm composters inside
- Harvest beans, kale, and chard
Rest and relaxation:
- Walk at least twice per week with J.
- Read a half hour per day for pleasure
- Cook one new meal per week
- Make some time for playing the guitar
It seems like a long list, now that it’s all written out, and I’m not going to beat myself up too much if some of it doesn’t go to plan. I think it’s important to have an ideal in mind, though, and some specific goals to achieve. These are things I need to feel healthier and happier. They’re important to do consistently, and this is the month I try to figure at least some of this balancing act out. Welcome, October – I’ve been waiting for you.