Well friends, it is the last day of August, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit sad. I love the fall, but I LOVE the summer!
The summer has always been my favourite. I don’t know if it has something to do with growing up on a lake and having access to awesome summer activities 24/7, but I love everything about it. I love the sunshine. I love having a tan (or looking Mexican). I love throwing on a sundress and flippies and being good to go do whatever. I love how everyone is in vacation leisure mode all summa. I love cottaging, and summer event eating, camping, and the beach. And I love seeing my family and friends (like my bestie :)) more often.
I know it isn’t fall just yet, and I plan to soak up every last second of this summer before it is over, but it will be September and I think everyone’s mindset changes after Labour Day weekend. The party is over. It’s back to reality. Time to start wearing socks again (aside from workout socks, I don’t think I’ve worn socks since May ;)).
However, now that September is here, I want to take a few moments and set some goals for myself.
I will admit, that I am bad at goal-setting. I tend to just let things sorta happen, and then go from there. I have a general idea of the direction I’d like my life to take, but aside from that I don’t really “plan” anything (aside from to-do lists, because I LOVE making to-do lists).
I am noticing this about myself and it is something I’d like to improve upon. It is good to have something, or several things, to work towards. I think it will keep me on track, and help me to live the life that I want to be living.
What do I want my life to look like, and what actions am I going to take to get to that place?
So with that, I am going to start setting monthly goals, starting with September. As my friend Jessica said, September is like New Years! I wholeheartedly agree.
I am going to start with some general goals, and then maybe they can get a little more craycray later on. Here they are!
- Switch up my workouts
For the majority of the summer, I have just been running (unless I squeezed in other activities like hiking, swimming and kayaking). I have strength-trained only a handful of times, and I only did yoga one day on the dock (and I half-assed it, I’ll admit). I want to incorporate at least one other type of exercise besides running into my workout regimen one day a week. This can include strength training, yoga, a bootcamp class, or spinning.
- Hit up an active activity with a friend
This one shouldn’t be hard, since I have signed up to run the 5k Toronto Zoo Run with my office Bestie Lexy. Well, I’m on the wait list currently, but I’m sure someone will drop out. I’ll see how that goes. If not, a spinning class with a friend will count also!
- Read at least two books
I am a HUGE bookworm. I can devour a book a day. Before I started my blog I was always reading something and carried a book with me constantly (I haven’t made the switch to an electronic reader just yet, and I love books so much I don’t know if I’m going to anytime soon). When I was younger, that’s what I wanted for Christmas, and for my birthday (I was a giant nerd, I know this). I love reading.
Since I started my blog in January (whoa!), I have read maybe four books. This is extremely unlike me, but I find that my random spare time goes to blog stuff instead of reading. I miss it. I miss totally getting carried away and wrapped up in a book. I think reading at least two books this month is a very achievable goal for me, and I hope to surpass it.
- Try out one new recipe a week
It doesn’t have to be anything cray-zay, but I have been in a bit of a food rut lately and I’d like to snap out of it. I eat a lot of repeat foods, and I want to switch it up and try new things. This is a goal that will benefit you guys as well 😉
- Create one new cartoon post a month
I really, really enjoy writing (and drawing) my cartoon story posts. They are time consuming though and they take a little longer than my typical posts. That is probably one direction I’d really like to move the blog towards though, so I think one a month will spice it up a bit :).
If you are new and you missed my previous cartoon story posts, you can check them out here:
Annnd I think that’s all I got for now. I think I can do this!
This morning I was feelin’ my fave peanut butter, banana, and honey combo, but I also wanted something cold and creamy. Hm…conundrum.
I decided to make myself a cold and creamy peanut butter, banana, and honey (green) smoothie!
This smoothie turned out better than I expected, and the best part was, I took it to go!
In this smoothie mix is:
- 1.5 frozen banana
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- squirt of honey to taste (I didn’t measure, maybe a tsp?)
- 1 large handful spinach
- 1.25 cups almond milk
- 2 ice cubes
- xanthan gum (optional, to thicken)
I couldn’t taste the spinach, but I could taste the peanut butter, honey and banana, and it was delicious!
Questions of the afternoon
- What is your favourite season?
- Do you set goals for yourself? Do you set them as weekly, monthly, or yearly goals?
- Do you have any goals for September?