These past couple of months have been full of activities and busyness. I tried to push through to the best of my abilities, but I let things slip a little bit. And because I’m always so hard on myself, I pushed until I burnt myself out and ended up in bed with a cold 😥 .
Universe to me: Slow down! No one has all these high expectations of you. Except you! So, since you refuse to listen to your body, here’s a cold! Now you have to stop and rest!
At least that’s what I got from this experience.
Anyways, with the start of a new month comes new opportunities to start fresh. New budget spreadsheet, new meal plans, new recipes to try out. Less worrying about how much I need to get done and just do what I can and what makes me happy.
October is also the month of Thanksgiving here in Canada. I love Thanksgiving! It’s probably my favourite holiday, to be honest. It’s just about family, good food and being grateful for all we have.
So, with all this in mind, I’m setting some goals for myself to stay on track this month. If you would like some inspiration or tips for your month of October, keep reading 🙂 .
I’m planning on sticking to our budget, being more mindful in our spending, creating meal plans every week, and making sure I set aside time to rest and slow down in between all the chaos that is life.
I usually write everything we spend in a spreadsheet. I break it down by categories, such as groceries, home, pets, kids, entertainment, miscellaneous. I’ve been doing this for most of the year (except half of August and September). It really helps me stay mindful of where we are in our budget and what we need to do to stay on track.
Having a budget is a great way to see where your money is going and where you can save. I get a sense of how much we spend in each category and I can see where we can improve/cut back.
Meal plans don’t need to be complicated. You also don’t have to spend a whole day cooking all your meals for the week, unless of course you want to. Our meal plans are simple. We take note of what we still have in our fridge and pantry, what needs to be used up first and what veggies are on sale that week. We have a few easy meals that we repeat all the time, such as tuna melts on the days I bake fresh bread, or pasta Fridays, or lentil soup. Both the lentil soup and pasta days can be vegetarian options, especially if we are running low on meat. They are healthy and frugal options!
Exercise is so important, as I’m sure you’ve heard thousands of times. It doesn’t need to be intense, even 30 minutes of yoga a day is awesome! In fact, that is my normal routine and really all I need. I’m constantly running around after the kids all day anyways. This is my chance to slow down, breathe and relax. It’s energizing and I’m always more prepared to take on the day after I’m done.
I tend to want to do things all the time. I don’t give myself a chance to rest and let my body recharge. My brain is always going, always thinking of everything I need to get done that day, that week, that month. But it’s so so important that we take some time to stop and rest. So this month, I plan on taking breaks. Even little ones, to help me stay on track and not burn out again.
My decluttering efforts are ongoing, but lately have slowed down a bit. I’m still working through all my clothes and still need to organize my baking cupboard. But I’ve been re-inspired by the book Slow by Brooke McAlary. And it feels so good to simplify and let go of things I no longer need. The space that is created feels so liberating. It is a constant struggle to stay mindful of the things that come into our home. I will try, however, to give myself grace and allow myself patience to complete tasks. There is no picture perfect ending. There is just the journey to figuring out what works for us, as a family.
I would also like to start a challenge in recognizing one thing I am grateful for every day. If you would like to join me in this challenge, I will be posting pictures on my Instagram feed, so be sure to check that out! Being grateful and being able to recognize all the good things we have in our lives (even when things may not be going so well) is so important! It helps us stay positive and move through challenges easier. I know I used to be a cup-half-empty kind of thinker, but while I’ve been incorporating gratitude throughout my life, I’m becoming a way more positive person! I also hope it will help me slow down to appreciate the little moments in life even more!
What about you?
So, if you’ve made it this far, what’s one thing you will do this month to stay on track? Whatever that means for you – could be health-wise, budget related, mindfulness, anything you are working on.
Comment below! I would love to hear your experiences & goals!