Home TDTFYH 09.01.18


by Carly-Ann

September!! The birthday month for a couple of my favourite people! Back to school! Harvest season! ????

I’m excited for September’s arrival for all of the above reasons. Also, NFL football starts next week and NHL hockey is just around the corner.

Kevin is taking a trip to Philadelphia later this month and I’m super envious. Even though the remainder of the year includes a lot of travel for us (four trips together, one solo trip each) I still wish I could swing an accompaniment with him on this one. Neither of us have ever been to Philly so if you have done must-sees or local tips, send them over!

As much as I’d love to go, I do believe it’s important for couples to do things alone or with others sometimes so I fully support him. His trip means I have a few days home alone and that’ll be fun, too. I haven’t decided what to do with that time yet, but hopefully I can get something together and have some fun.

My overall goals for the September is the other January new year include cooking and eating at home more, getting better organized, resuming run training and making a stronger commitment to both yoga and meditation.

I also want to continue posting every day. Gretchen Rubin talks a lot about finding solutions that work for you and sometimes that’s as simple as reframing something that’s getting you down or changing the words you use around a troublesome topic. In this case, removing the pressure to A. write about a specific topic and B. title it appropriately, well, it’s been a game changer.

And even though I’ve taken this blog’s format in a new direction, things we’ll do this month is still something I want to continue. It was born out of a desire to add some texture to stretches of time that might otherwise be deserts of excessive work or obligation or plain old boredom. My post yesterday reminded me of why I make these lists: because when I don’t, I find my own ways of filling my time, they just appeal to my reclusive/introverted/loner tendencies.

That’s not to say that I didn’t have a list for August. I did. I just didn’t do the best job of keeping it in mind all month. Some second anniversary for twdtm. Pfft.

This was from last year’s apple picking adventure

Goal setting is fun. It’s great motivation to sit down and hash out the things we want to do and fantasize about the roads that will take us there. When we talk about goals, we talk about money and career and real estate and competition, but we rarely talk about good, old-fashioned leisure. What I’ve found is that having some fun and light-hearted goals is a nice way to interrupt the monotony and drudgery of obligation. Month to month, I will publish a list of things I would like to do during the month ahead. Of course, this list doesn’t take the place of all of my standard goals related to health, wellness, money and spirituality, but I reserve the right to, in some cases, blur the lines.

things we’ll do this month: September 2018

  • Random acts of coffee kindness. I saw this idea floated out on Instagram and I want to do it at least once every week.
  • Random acts of letter kindness. I got some praise for this the other day and, we’ll, it made me want to do it more! I’m going to write a note of appreciation to someone new every day.
  • Random acts of text kindness. To start every day, I’m going to text someone a quick and complimentary or affectionate few words.
  • Watch all four movies in The Conjuring series. We started this last month, but we only got halfway through. We have tickets to opening night of The Nun and we want to be fully prepared.
  • Pick apples. We went last year and had a great time. I missed picking berries this summer so this may be my last chance at mass harvest in 2018.
  • Make apple cider vinegar. See above. We have to have something to do with said apples and applesauce is boring if you’re over five years old.
  • Ride our bikes. I told Kevin that if we don’t ride our bikes this year, then we’re going to sell them. I don’t want to have to sell them.

What does September have in store for you?

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