We just got back from our family vacation in Hawaii and I'm somewhere between very happy to be home and not quiet ready to come back to real life. I have yet to check my email, set an alarm or put on make up. Coming back before the weekend was a gooood idea. But back to reflecting on August, before the big vacay!
We started the month strong by driving to Napa to visit a friend/client and it was great to see her, meet her son, and soak up some of the summer that SF does not have; June had a few no-nap scares where she'd go three days in a row without falling asleep during nap time, but then go back to her trusty (and gloriously long) naps; spent hours researching and finally signing June up for a swim class and dance class that will start next month; attended the first Squarespace Circle meet up and met other people in my city who also love using Squarespace for work; started working through an online course to help heal the ab separation I discovered last month, which was graciously gifted to me by a friend who never used the course; finally caved and bought some comfy sneakers for our long, hilly walks in the city; June used her last diaper for bedtime and started sleeping in undies and has had no accidents so far - so impressed with her; went to a clothing swap, got rid of probably 200 items and brought home 3 - goal, met; we started having a lot more sunny days in SF; Chris' parents came to visit and we packed a lot of awesomeness into 2.5 days ...and then vacay but that needs it's own post!
June's eye thing
Mid-August I noticed June started doing this weird thing with her eyes when she's holding something up close. She holds it to one side and one eye goes so far to the side it looks like she's crossing her eyes. At first she was doing it with both eyes and it seemed like she was just playing around, but later in the month it seemed to be happening a lot more with her left eye. Now it happens every time she looks at something close to her, like she can't help it. Luckily this started right after I made her an appointment for a check-up so we'll see what doc says at our appointment in just a few days!
in a Weekend grove
For a while I was feeling blah about the way we spent our weekends. We either did nothing and stayed home, which we do love doing despite feeling a little lame when people ask what we did over the weekend, but it usually leaves us feeling more restless than restful – or we'd get out and go do something that usually didn't feel quite like us and left us super drained and wondering why we left the house. Ha! #introverts
The past few weekends we've found our grove. We take it slow in the morning, have breakfast and coffee and let June watch some cartoons. (Which I can fully enjoy with no guilt since she's not watching so much TV during the week, thanks to our new routine) Then we get ready and go on a little walk or catch the trolley and have lunch out and maybe ice cream. Then we'll head home, put June down for a nap and Chris will chill at home while I go thrifting or sit at a coffee shop or outside to read or write. These weekends – or the ones spent at the pool or beach – have felt like the right balance of rest and adventure for us and I'm pumped about it.
Reading reading reading
This month I spent a lot of time reading and learning in areas I felt like I needed some help.
I read/am still reading through:
Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin
Parenting by Paul David Tripp
Your Brightest Life Journal by my friend Caroline Kelso Zook
(Caroline was one of my business besties - before I started a business. I'm just crazy proud of her and the work she continues to bravely share with the world... so yeah, I'm totally shouting "I KNOW HER!")
Being Boss by Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon
Reflecting on my goals for August
I successfully connected with old and new friends each week of August, got outside in the sun every chance I got, and kept a quick journal of the day's events and how I was feeling every day. Just as suspected, all of these things proved to be winners in the mental health category.
While I never really narrowed down which time of day I'd like to spend catching up on social, I definitely spent a lot less time on my phone altogether. The time I spent on it was much more about documenting real life, and less about scrolling through little bits of other people's lives. Okay, and online shopping for Hawaii
I totally gave up on starting Whole30 when I realized our first day home from vacation would be Sept. 1 and I just really want to Day 1 to be on the first day of the month. (Probably just an excuse to put it off.... totally just an excuse.) But I have been cooking almost all Whole30 recipes for dinner to prove to myself that Chris and I can survive without quinoa or rice with dinner, and I don't have to cook separate dinners for each of us. It is now on my calendar for October 1. (!!!)
PLANS/GOALS/HOPES FOR September
As mentioned above, I'm actually going to start Whole30 in October – so in September, I will plan at least the first week of meals, buy groceries and supplies, take before pictures and measurements, and make a list of the results I'm hoping for and post them for motivation.
We'll be starting weekly activities for June this month (swim and dance) and my friend that I usually switch off with is having a baby, so I want to figure out a good new weekly routine for us.
There are some really exciting things in the works for both The Honest Boss and The Business Bar, and my overall goal is just to move forward with the ideas and dreams without letting fear hold me back.
I'll just be over here soaking up the last bits of Summer!