I had my first pumpkin spice latte of the season while writing/working at Starbucks yesterday, and I’m having trouble believing it’s September already! Usually I love fall, but for some reason I’m having a hard time with it this year.
There’s been a little bit of a chill in the air the past few mornings, after my friend and I took our kids to the beach last Thursday and it was 90 degrees! I’m not ready for the summer to be over!
My daughter starts preschool tomorrow morning, and I don’t know who is going to have a harder time – her or me!
September is always a busy month for us with my husband’s birthday, our anniversary and my birthday all within two weeks. I’m excited that we are celebrating 8 years of marriage, but I’m turning 31 five days later, and for some reason I’m having a harder time with 31 than I did with 30.
So all in all, I’m not really digging the fall and the changes that come with it like I usually do.
But there’s something about the fall that is kind of like the new year, I don’t know if it’s because of back to school or because of my birthday, but it makes me want to set some goals, get organized and try to finish the year out strong.
I looked over my list of goals from last year, (I have to admit that I kind of forgot about them!) and some of them I just had to laugh and shake my head at because I really didn’t do anything toward those goals at all. But there are others, I’m happy to say, that I can cross off my list from last year.
Here are the goals from last year that I accomplished:
1. Reach 1000 subscribers on this blog.
I continue to be amazed and humbled at the growth of my little corner of the internet. I am so blessed to have you all as wonderful readers and am so thankful you have joined with me on this journey!
2. Create a compost bin, or compost pile, and start composting regularly.
I didn’t get this done in time to have compost for my garden this past spring, but I will definitely have some this fall, and hopefully again in the spring if I can keep up the composting over the winter! Brrrr!
3. Increase the size and yield of my garden next spring and summer so we can actually eat more from our own garden.
Yes, our little raised bed garden has definitely done better this year than last year and is growing like crazy! I have had such a good time gardening this year and have again learned lots of lessons that I hope will make gardening next year even better!
4. Replant our front yard with ground cover instead of grass.
Well, we didn’t really replant our grass with ground cover, but we greatly reduced the size of our yard in the front with landscaping and the garden. And we also got a reel mower this summer, so we don’t have to use a gas mower to keep up the grass, which is an improvement too.
5. Make a decision and take action on what it means to live radically for Jesus as a family.
While we’re still working on this one, both as a family, and as a community with our home group from our church, we are excited about steps we have taken over the past year to live this out.
So five out of ten is okay, it’s better than nothing right?! And now I’m inspired to set some more goals for the next year before my birthday in a few weeks, and I’ll be sure to share those with you too!
I’m also trying to clean up and organize around the house. I’ve been reading Tsh from Simple Mom’s book Organized Simplicity and love the idea of moving toward even more simple living. I started her plan for ten days to a more simplified home last week, but got a little stuck. So, I’m hoping to jump back into that this week.
Also, I’m reading and planning to work through Sarah Mae’s 31 Days To Clean. The book walks through 31 days of challenges, and I love that it not only tackles the outward parts of my home, but also the inward parts of the heart and motivation to serve God and serve my family as I strive to manage and maintain my home.
I’ve also been trying to get some fall inspiration over on Pinterest. If you haven’t yet, I really encourage you to check Pinterest out (you can follow me!), it’s a great place to find new ideas and inspiration for all different areas of life.
Hopefully I can get myself into the swing of fall, because it really is a great season. Actually, I’m feeling better about it already!
What do you love about fall? Do you have any plans, goals or projects you are hoping to accomplish this fall?
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