Well hello there, August! I know I’m the minority here, but August has always been my favorite month–even more than my birth month. I wish I knew why. I think it’s the feeling of running around with the fireflies as the sun is just barely setting on a sticky Austin evening. Maybe it’s back to school shopping, tax free weekend, and new school supplies. Maybe I’m addicted to nostalgia and it’s fun to look back on the things I did this summer with that sepia tint of favorite memories. Whatever the reason, I’m glad it’s here. August, feel free to take your time.
Last month was pretty freakin’ great, as far as goals are concerned. Not only did I accomplish almost all of my July goals, but I finally took care of a big goal I’ve been putting off every month this year: I found a therapist. I’ve had two appointments, and I’m still feeling both the therapist and therapy in general out as far as what I want, what is and isn’t right for me, and what I hope to gain from the process. I didn’t include it as a July goal, but I really wanted to take a second to pay myself on the back for doing this, because it’s been one of the most challenging things I’ve done. If there’s anything I’ve learned in the past few years, it’s that taking care of yourself is about maintenance, and it’s not always easy; it’s constant and unrelenting. It’s also highly rewarding.
Anyway, let’s see how I did on my actual goals for last month.
1. write 2 essays for my memoir | womp womp. I did not work on this even a little bit. However, I did write about why it’s been so challenging. Does that count?
visit Briley at camp in Amarillo | done! Read about it here.
Read Wild by Cheryl Strayed | done! Loved it! I hate to say this, but I can’t wait for the movie!
imit my shopping and work with what I’ve got | yes! I’m so glad I made myself do this. It felt awesome to have some money left over from this paycheck to pay my speeding ticket with, and also to spend more time being creative with the clothes I have. I’m really considering buying myself gift cards, as I mentioned, because it makes me shop much smarter. Have you ever tried this?
play outside in Austin | I spent so much time outside this month! I went on lots and lots of walks and even had a picnic to honor a friend’s new chapter in her life.
I have to say I’m pretty proud of myself for accomplishing 4/5 goals. I know I was accomplishing the same number of goals when I was setting 10, but it just feels better to have done almost all instead of almost half. Thanks, Dago, for being the most brilliant always.
Here’s what I’m aiming for in August:
1. finish The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison | One of the friends who recommended Wild also recommended my next read, The Empathy Exams. It’s a great book of essays all focused on understanding empathy, a virtue that is extremely important to me, my work, and my writing. I can’t wait to finish it so I can talk to people about it!
2. complete a 7×7 remix challenge | One of my dearest friends asked me if I’d be into doing a collaboration for the blog soon, and I had the perfect project in mind. I’ve been really wanting to photograph a 7×7 remixing challenge using the workwear pieces I bought earlier this summer. So excited to put it together and show you the finished product!
3. focus on eating healthier | The word healthy has always been a tough one for me. Everyone thinks it means something different, and there’s so much judgment around not conforming to each and every idea. For me, I want to focus this month on training my body to know when I’m full. I’m also trying to eat more salad. Not necessarily less pizza, but more salad–for balance!
4. give therapy a real shot | After my second appointment, I started to worry that maybe therapy wasn’t going to work for me because I work in the helping field. I wondered if my therapist just wasn’t a good fit, or how I could be a better fit for her. I’m putting a lot of stress on “making it work” so I think I’m just going to chill out and let therapy do its thing.
5. write more poetry | I mentioned last week that I’ve been writing poetry again and that I’m wanting to share it here. It excites me to have that outlet again, so I’m hoping to really tune into that and write some good stuff.
What goals are you setting this month?