Monday, October 8, 2012

October: Reflection & Rejuvenation

Ah, October. I'm glad you're here. I'm sorry I haven't had time to greet you properly. 

I wanted to wait until I had time to sit down and reflect before I wrote this post about my goals for the upcoming month. 

So here I am, already into the second week of October.

Let me take a quick peek back at my September goals:
  • Work on Purposeful Parenthood (no pressure to finish it): Yes! I'm really excited about the course.
  • Get the bulk of Henry's Halloween costume finalized (I'm thrilled that I can re-use my costume from four years ago for myself): Yep! It's basically finished (although it seems unlikely that he will actually want to wear it on Halloween...).
  • Work really hard for Magnolia Montessori For All to plan an awesome "Meet & Greet" event: This event has taken a lot of time to plan, but I'm hoping it will be worth it.
  • Attend a parenting bookclub (we're reading Parenting from Your Heart): The book did not arrive in time from the library, so I did not attend.
  • Get some fiction books from the library to help with my process of decompressing before bed: Yes! I read two really easy escape fiction books. It was awesome to read them.
  • Enjoy the pop-up dinner party: I ended up canceling the pop-up dinner party. Four people couldn't come and two people canceled, including the person who was going to make the vegetarian enchiladas. 
What else did I accomplish that wasn't on my list?
  • I ran three times a week.
  • I attended three parent education events at Henry's school.
  • I actively participated in Purposeful Conception. 
  • I attended 14 meetings to help build Austin's first public Montessori school
I love the clean slate of each new month. What do I want to accomplish in October? The holidays are nearly upon us...
Hmmm...I feel like my focus is scattered among several big projects: A Priceless Wedding, Kids in the Kitchen, Magnolia Montessori For All, and Purposeful Parenthood. The only thing I could cross off the list would be Purposeful Parenthood, but I'm really excited about working on it. Dilemmas, dilemmas. 

There's also the unknown of when/if I'm going to get pregnant again. The last time I was pregnant (before the miscarriage), I was taking a nap every day, which knocked out a lot of my productive work time. We'll see what happens. 

Photo Courtesy of the Nikki McClure Calendar

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Isa said...

great news about the appraisal! I can't wait to hear how that process goes!

Sara E. Cotner said...

Thanks, Isa! We're so excited! I just told Henry that we're building a house and explained that it will probably be the only house he remembers from his childhood. I moved around a lot when I was little (the longest I stayed at one school from elementary to middle was two years for 5th and 6th grade), so I'm particularly excited to give him that stability and sense of being rooted.

a.m.t. said...

I love your Halloween costume! Glad you get to reuse it. Good news on the house front too. Hope you enjoy the rest of this lovely month!

Maureen said...

Congrats on the appraisal! That's amazing news. :-)

Sara E. Cotner said...

I hope it still fits, a.m.t.! I forgot that part of the equation...

Thanks, Maureen! It's a huge relief.

Angela Mae said...

I'm so excited about your Purposeful Parenthood class!

Sara E. Cotner said...

I am too, Angela Mae! I keep wanting to do things (like clarify our rituals or rearrange something in our physical environment), and I have to remind myself to wait until I can do it alongside kindred spirits. Thanks for your enthusiasm!

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