Welcome, October.

I don’t know about you guys, but September was ROUGH. My chart where I log my steps/miles in my bullet journal took a significant hit the last two weeks of September and I made sure to write a note next to the chart for future reference: “Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations towards Brett Kavanaugh and the ensuing response made me filled with rage-induced inactivity.” 

But I love Mondays because it’s what I consider the “start” of the week. Give me a new month that starts on a Monday and it feels like a double dose of: NEW BEGINNINGS. And while I know the inevitable fall of too many goals set on a “beginning” day – I still set them because even if it gives me one good day of focus on goals, it’s better than zero good days.

I did read 10 books in September which has gotten me more on track towards my 100 Books in 2018 goal. I got off track during April and May with the sudden driving back and forth and my inability to get motivated to read, but I’ve made up for lost time and am now within reach since 10-12 books is my average on a good month. So…there’s one 2018 goal I might reach!

The main thing I want to focus on this month is being more present with my kids. I finally will get to spend more time with them (if all goes well next week) and I want to continue my “Make It Quality Time” approach that I’ve had the last 6 months when I only got to see them 3-4 days a week. I felt like I was a damn good Mom those 3-4 days because I couldn’t be there the other half of the week so I want to continue that focus on trying to be there for them for real conversations and homework help etc. 

I’m looking forward to hitting the trails again in cooler weather where I don’t have to worry about seeing rattlesnakes or getting (more) poison ivy. (Sidenote: I have a small patch of poison ivy that I have no idea where it came from, so I definitely try avoid places where I know poison ivy exists.) I’m looking forward to cooler temps on my runs which makes me more motivated to do anything physical. 

Happy October. Here’s to changing leaves, runs through the woods, and toppling the patriarchy.