September was a whirlwind for health and work reasons. Here is how we did:
Take on a new sponsor
Work has been truly, exceptionally, and stressfully insane this month, so I dropped off the blogging front and used what little free time I had for writing, editing, and scheduling posts.
I didn’t take on any sponsorship or social media work, though I did finally bite the bullet and ask my Facebook friends to like my page. My goal is to get 100 likes in 2012. Thanks for those who have helped!
Review and “pass” a family schedule with JHubbs
Our Family Conference 2012 on Labor Day Weekend was awesome! I booked us both for a two-day conference of fun food and serious business, going over our small-business goals for all that we’re doing, our family finances and debt plan, and our weekly schedule.
Turns out I needed to pitch in by waking up with JHubbs at 530am to make us both breakfast and coffee, thus enabling him to get out the door and not be late. I’d say I am managing about 75% success with this, and it has made life much smoother!
Read three books
In order to keep reading light, I tried two books but ditched them when they got sad, and I blasted through the first three Harry Potter book:
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The English major in me is disappointing because I far prefer the movies. The characters in the books seem so bland that they are overwhelmed by the film version — but I wonder if YA fiction doesn’t need less detail because 9-year-old imaginations are so powerful by themselves…
Exercise three times per week
For some reason, stress and poor health turn me into a non-exercising machine. I might have gone to Seal Team with JHubbs three times, and yoga only once. I plan to counteract that this month by trying a fun new yoga studio (and taking it slow this time).
Throw a dinner party
I get half-marks on this one, because the dinner party is scheduled for October! All of our schedules couldn’t line up in September.
I did try to invite different groups of friends over each Sunday in the month but for one reason or another it didn’t work out. Sometimes I wonder if JHubbs and I are secretly hated by everyone… but it’s hard to do a likeability survey when you know someone. (Oh my gosh… or is it? I wonder if I could set up a SurveyMonkey for that to see why people don’t want to hang out with us….)
However, we were able to go out to brunch with a new set of friends and it was wonderful! So maybe the rejection is just in my head….
Track 30 days of health in a notebook
Finally. Finally, finally some good news. In two points:
- If you are having health concerns of any kind, try to keep a detailed health journal for 30 days. I used this information to make a colored line graph for my doctor (nerd alert!) and it showed a clear pattern of energy, day moods, and night moods, that informed our decisions. Just amazing!
- I have started Armour thyroid (as opposed to synthetic thyroid hormone) and the results are great! Many of my symptoms are disappearing slowly, and I hope for the best as we keep reading test results.
October Ahead of Us
I am looking forward to a slow, seasonal, and celebratory October as I turn 28 (woo woo!) and we travel to the beach twice for JHubb’s shows! Here are my goals:
- Read three books.
- Track 30 more days of health.
- Create weekly time to work on my ACFPE accreditation. Okay, I promise I’m not lying this time. While JHubbs is at his weekly RCIA class, I will study finance from 7pm-8:30pm each Tuesday night. Tweet me to keep me on track @lifecommaetc!
- Have two successful shows in Virginia Beach: the Crawling Crab Half Marathon and the Wicked 10K. Come see us!
- Tweet and post on Facebook at least once per day.
- Use my own photos on 100% of my posts. Instagram is making this so easy that I need to make sure I take advantage of it.
- Pay off our medical bill. Something special is about to happen – I am going to “come out of the hole” on Paid Time Off at work the same month we pay off the medical bill that I took the time off for. A small progress, but it is going to feel AMAZING. It will take a bit of will power in the budget, but I think we can pull it off!
- Celebrate my birthday in a relaxing way. Last year was the best birthday ever and it was so simple: JHubbs cleaned, vaccumed, and scrubbed my car, and I got a mini-shopping spree at Whole Foods to try all those crazy homeopathy things. It was amazing, and probably one of the cheapest yet (maybe like $50?).