Analyzing September & Thinking Out Loud About October

Analyzing September & Thinking Out Loud about October
Analyzing September & Thinking Out Loud about October

As September winds down, draws to a close, and becomes a distant memory, October appears on the horizon and brings with it a sense of hope and a time to accomplish great things.

I wrote the above statement a year ago when I returned from a three-month blogging break and was getting back into the blogging ‘swing of things.’

However, these words ring through just as much this year as they did in 2014.

It’s been awhile since I put it all out there and stated my goals for all of the blogging world to read and see. It is something that I did for a short period of time last year which, to a certain extent, made me more accountable.

My mind seems to be here, there, and everywhere lately, so I thought I would go back and give this a try in order to refocus my time and energy to accomplish the tasks that are of the utmost importance.

A Beautiful September Sunset [Changhua, Taiwan]
A Beautiful September Sunset [Changhua, Taiwan]
Analyzing September

The Completion of My Memoir

This is probably the only thing worth mentioning. However, it was/is a biggie!!

I finally completed the initial draft of my book. It is something that I have been working on constantly for a long time. It was an enormous undertaking! And I am proud to say that it is finished and I am onto the editing and revision stage as we speak.

It is a huge project on so many levels, but it is slowing coming together. I am happy with the new title and subtitle I have chosen.

I have also selected one of my own pictures to use for the cover – a picture that I knew was special right from the moment I took it. I just didn’t know why. I have been playing around with fonts and filters and I now have a cover that I am happy with. For now, at least. I am going to let it sit for a while and see if I feel the same way about it in a month or so.

And I have a tentative date for publication, but like everything else, I will have to see how the next month (or two) goes first.

Morning Sky in Fall [Banff - Rocky Mountains, Canada]
Morning Sky in Fall [Banff – Rocky Mountains, Canada]
Thinking Out Loud About October

These are my goals for the month of October:

~~> publish blog posts on Fridays [and maybe a few more]

~~> edit half of my book

~~> continue with Photographing 2015 – my 365 day photo project [which, unfortunately, will be incomplete because I didn’t pick up my camera for three weeks after my sister’s passing]

~~> Exercise daily [starting today]

~~> eat healthier & ‘cleaner’

~~> do something adventurous, try something different, or experience something new every week

~~> make another video

~~> be grateful for the now, the present

~~> celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving & Halloween

Did you do anything awesome in September? What are your goals for October?

Linking up with Food, Booze, & Baggage for #ClearTheList


32 thoughts on “Analyzing September & Thinking Out Loud About October

  1. Those are awesome goals, Constance. If not for all you accomplished in September, I would think your October goals were overly ambitious.

    The eat healthy and exercise daily goals are always on my list. In October I’m going to try to exercise earlier. I was out of commission with the flu for a while in September. I’m hoping to get more done in October. This weekend I’ll be attending “Write on the Sound,” a writers’ conference right here in Edmonds, WA.

    1. Thanks, Nicki.

      September ended on a high note with Moon Festival and that meant a lot of barbecues. I need to be more conscious of what I put in my mouth this month as I feel portion sizes went out the window during the three day weekend.

      I hope you are feeling better now. The writers’ conference you will be attending sounds interesting.

  2. Congratulations on completing the draft of your memoir, Constance! You go!

    Excellent goals for October. I’m also trying to work on being more present in my life — maybe we can inspire each other?

  3. You sound very energetic and motivated, and may October – and the rest of the year – be that way for you. Goal setting always helps us puts things into perspective and help us see what’s important to us and how we can improve ourselves.

    Like you, I am trying to eat healthier and cleaner. For me, I’m trying to eat less rice and meat and more servings of veggies. I’ve recently taken a liking to fresh pressed juices, the kind of juice that has both fruits and veggies blended together. I’m certainly not drinking these juices to replace meals as a lot of health fanatics seem to be doing. Rather, I see them as healthy snacks, way more better than a bag of potato chips in the afternoon. Okay, even if I feel like chips, I’d go for vegan corn chips 🙂

    1. I feel totally refocused. I spent the entire three-day weekend with family and friends. It was just what I needed – to laugh, to relax and unwind, and to enjoy myself.

      You are right. If we officially list our goals, then it is easier for us to know what it important and what needs to be accomplished. Plus, it will also help us allocate our time more wisely.

      Juices made with fresh ingredients are great. We rarely mix fruits and veggies though. Freshly squeezed orange juice is very popular here. My husband also makes carrot juice with a little honey which is so delicious. Fresh watermelon juice is great as well.

  4. Great to hear about the progress. I love the two pictures!
    When you posted that one video it motivated me to search some clips again and edit them. Now I have already two videos done for my blog 🙂

  5. Congratulations on finishing your memoir! That’s amazing! That goal alone is a huge accomplishment.

    I’m sorry about your sister. My mother died 2 1/2 months ago. Grief is weird. The way we handle it is unique to each of us. I spent a lot less time writing than usual when she entered hospice care, and after she died. It was just so hard for me to focus.

    I’ve also worked on exercising more. I exercised 5 days a week in August! Aside from my vacation in September, I kept it up last month too. Starting from absolutely no exercise isn’t easy, but it feels good. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Brita! Finishing my memoir was a major milestone and accomplishment for me.

      I totally agree. Grief is weird. Everyone copes with loss differently. I also stopped writing for over a month as it was hard for me to focus.

      Congrats for keeping a exercise routine for two months. I am on the right track so far this month. I guess we will have to see how it goes.

      Happy October! Good luck achieving your goals as well.

  6. I’m hoping that I can work on my blog better in October too! Haha…and as always, I tell myself to exercise…i say this every month but I have yet to get started..haha..:)

  7. You know, I have a major setback with my book. I am probably 75% done writing my intial draft, but I suddenly felt that I didn’t like most of what I write, so I think I am going to scrap it and start over again. I’m so frustrated with myself, I am staying away from the manuscript file for a few weeks now…

  8. Congratulations of finishing the first draft of your book, Constance! That’s fantastic! I think posting on a set day is a good idea. I’ve been doing Sunday night or Monday morning posting recently and it’s working well for me. I’d love to do more but at least i know I can always do this one!

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