1. Work out more: Living in San Francisco means everywhere I go is a mini workout with the hills, but that isn’t going to cut it this month! I’ve been missing my swimming routine and just the energy I get from exercising. I just bought a gym pass and want to attempt to go 5x a week!
2. Know when to unplug: I live in a digital world. My life and job revolve around being online – whether it’s blogging, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, anything. I seriously sit in front of my computer all day (and love it!) but I want to consciously remember to turn off my computer after work and just relax. Relax like sit down and read a book. Or enjoy a friend’s company. Or just be. Without the screen in front of me!
3. Keep in touch with friends/family more often: Living on the other side of the country means it’s not always an easy task to communicate often. I manage to text/call my sisters and parents almost every day, but this month I’m striving to Skype and talk with my grandparents, friends from high school and friends from college a little more often. That also means sending handwritten notes!
4. Experiment in the kitchen! Not only does it save money, but often I can make something I enjoy more than restaurant food. I recently made this BBQ chickpea pizza and have been whipping up smoothies almost every day. I’ve tried to catch up on reading my favorite food blogs daily (Snackface, Happyolks, HangryPants, Eat Live Run) in an effort to get food-inspired.
5. Write down 10 things I’m thankful for morning & night. I explained here that reminding yourself daily what blessings you’ve received ultimately makes you a happier and healthier person. Woo woo! I typically write down everything at night but I want to do this in the MORNING as well to constantly being aware of how much goodness is surrounding me. This switch in perception is something I highly recommend – try it!
6. Be silly! Yesterday I was reading the Curly Girl Design blog and read something interesting about silliness. We all spend so much time working and living and being in relationships that we often get caught up in “adulthood” and well, seriousness. Enough is enough for me! Leigh wrote: “I learned a long time ago that the best way to keep yourself balanced and your worry, doubt, ego and a vast variety of other life-sucking things in check is to inject a little silliness.” And that’s what I’ll be working on this month – living out of joy and silliness. That means spending time with people and enjoying experiences that truly make you laugh. LOTS. (Below: example of a hilarious, silly day)
7. Remember my Top 9. In January, I made this frame of my nine goals for this year and now it sits on my shelf [and as my phone background] to remind me daily of what I need to be DOING, how I should be LIVING. All the details can be found here. This September is no exception. I want to realllllly make sure I am striving to stay positive, live fearlessly, love everyone, believe in possibility, embrace change, remain calm, seek wisdom, appreciate today, be purposeful. Some are easier for me (staying positive, loving everyone, appreciating today) than others (remaining calm and seeking wisdom in particular) but I will be focusing wholeheartedly on all nine this month.
>>>Thanks for reading! As always, I’d love to hear what some of your September resolutions and goals are! Send them my way! Also, if you ever want/need to reach me via email: andreateggart [at] gmail.com. xoxo queens!