30 September 2017

Prepping for a new month

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After a week of dealing with heavy fatigue (at one point, I could barely drag myself to the kitchen for food), I woke up today and was determined to get some housecleaning done, at least to the extent that my still-limited energy level would allow. While cleaning, I realized that tomorrow is 01 Oct, and you know me -- I love making a fresh start at the beginning of the week or the month. The first of the month being on a Sunday makes it a double whammy in my mind. There is also something about autumn that says "renewal" to me, probably because (at least here in the southern US) it is starting to cool off and tackling the bigger chores is easier to envision when we are no longer having 90-degree days.

So as I'm sitting down to rest in between chores, I'm preparing for the new month in various ways:

  • I'm reviewing the 30-day Foundation fitness program for beginners on HASfit. I've been doing their videos for most of September, but I fell off the wagon during the past week.
  • As you may be able to tell from the photo above, I'm prepping my October calendar in my bullet journal. When I started using it in December 2016, I didn't think I had enough going on to use a bullet journal. Now that I'm juggling classes, exercise, and stitching projects, I'm starting to see how the"bujo" can be useful to me.
  • I'm updating my SHE box. I stopped using it towards the end of May when I was feeling more in control of the housework. Unfortunately, that sense of being overwhelmed is creeping in again, so it is the SHE box to the rescue!
I've been exercising and using my bullet journal for over a month, which I'm taking as a good sign that I may be able to make these habits stick. Hopefully adding the SHE box into the mix isn't too much. 

Do any of you feel that sense of renewal in the fall? What do you do to make a fresh start for the month or the season?

23 September 2017

Saturday Stitching #18: The one where I'm dressed like an adult





I know I said I wasn't going to record for a while, but I was already dressed, so why not?

09 September 2017

Saturday Stitching #17: More Chatty than Stitchy





I didn't have much to show today, but I had a lot of thoughts on how my stitching is progressing.



One thing I didn't mention in the video is why I don't have a lot to show. Lately, I've been blaming it on studying and coursework taking up my time but that is not entirely true. Real talk? It is my old nemesis, procrastination. Once I turn my computer on and grab my cup of coffee in the morning, the time wasting begins.



As I've mentioned on this blog before, I struggle with prioritizing tasks and sticking to it. In the past week, I've done pretty well as far as getting a good start to my day by making sure I do my daily devotions and my exercise as soon as I wake up. After that, the routine falls apart. Right now the battle is between studying and making money on Rev (freelance transcription). Which one should I do first? Which one deserves more of my time? I want to do well in my classes so I can get a decent job, but that is over a year away. We need money now, but I'm still so slow at transcription that it takes half the day to make $20. No matter which thing I'm doing, I always think I should be doing the other one, so I don't do either one.



What is worse is that I don't even procrastinate well. Instead of knitting or reading, which would at least give me something to talk about in my videos and on my blogs, I procrastinate by watching YouTube videos and reading random articles on the Internet. This has been my struggle for a while. I don't  know how to get a handle on it, but I keep trying.

02 September 2017

Saturday Stitching #16: Only Hooks This Week





I've been doing mostly crochet lately but not finishing much. I need to pick up some knitting needles for a change of pace!