It’s August, in case you haven’t noticed. We just got home from a fun and restful family vacation (don’t let anyone tell you that Waco, Texas isn’t a fun place to spend an extra-long weekend!), and waiting for us in the mailbox was a letter from Abby’s preschool with a bunch of fall dates to put on the calendar. You know what that means.
While you have a couple more weeks to get used to the idea, effectively summer is over. For some of you, I know this means crying enough tears to fill a swimming pool. But the changing season fills me with fresh resolve to straighten up my sloppy summer self and get back to business. Christmas in July has given way to New Year’s in August.
Here are a few of my goals, with some helpful tools that I’m using to keep me motivated.
1. Get out of bed before the kids. I wrote an optimistic blog about this two years ago, and literally a week after I posted it I found out I was pregnant with Jem, and, well, you can guess how the story ends. Now both of the kids are sleeping great, my body is not trying to grow a human being, and so I have no excuse for dragging myself out of bed when the alarm goes off.
To help me stay on track, I joined a stay-at-home-moms group from HelloMornings.org. I check in on group page at 6 each morning, and I agree to be publicly shamed if I don’t show up. (Okay, so I think it will be more gentle than that, but it’s the basic idea.) I’m feeling so optimistic I’m even resolving to exercise in my newly-found alone time.
(There are currently a few more open spots left in my group, so let me know if you want to join!)
2. Get back in the dang kitchen. I’ll kill two birds with one stone here: tightening up our budget categories (currently nonexistent) AND filling our tummies with healthier food. On a friend’s suggestion, I bought the Weelicious cookbook, and I’m excited to start trying out some new recipes from that. (And from Bread and Wine, of course. You have a copy, now, too, right?)
3. Keep Reading. I’ve done well with my resolution from January to keep a balance between mindless and instructional reading. After reading a great interview with historian/writer Nathaniel Philbrick, I started on Mayflower, and it is very interesting and readable so far.
4. Stick to the cleaning schedule. I started using one this summer, and I’m hoping to keep it up when we get into our fall routines.