june life updates

Time has gotten so elusive I almost titled this post "July life updates." That's bad, y'all!

Once again, it's mid-month. It's been hotter, busier, and more transitional than the other months. No? I say that every month? Ok, fine. 

Let's get down to business. 

 

daily dose of vitamin D, courtesy of my apartment pool last week! 

daily dose of vitamin D, courtesy of my apartment pool last week! 

  • Exercise:  Due to a recent personal endeavor, I'm now required to attend 7 - 11 hot yoga classes a week. No excuses. Once this weekend's wedding is over (Woo hoo Dawn & Jeff!!!), you can expect to find me sweating in spandex every waking moment of life. In between working on my August/October weddings, of course.
  • Tidy Home:  Major embarrassment over here. I got caught red-handed with a horrific looking car today. I can't even get into it, it's so bad. However, I'm choosing to look at it as a positive, as a learning experience for me to realize how appearances matter, how cleanliness and tidiness is NECESSARY (in personal and professional matters), and how you can never know what all life is going to throw at you, so BE PREPARED. Maybe I shouldn't have dropped out of girl scouts as a Brownie...
  • Beautiful Workspace:  Again. Horrific. I need a lifespace makeover. "We must get our own lives in order before we can best serve others." <-- Words of wisdom from my own two lips. Putting that into practice? I may need more help.
  • Looking Presentable:  As someone who has been out in public significantly more in the warmer months (hello, busy season!), I've been good on this front. Minus the scantily-clad yoga outfits I live in at home. It's too hot for real clothes. Ain't nobody got time for that.
  • Eating Healthy:  I blame my husband for leaving on work travel. Yoga is going to fix me, I'm telling you.
  • Faith Building:  Still in progress to become members at our church. I'm still on "needs improvement," but several things have been enlightening over the past month. One of my six-month goals is Consistency. Time to get to work.
  • Going Outside:  I practically live outside. Or in my car, since I've traveled more this past month than ever before. (Oh wait, I did the same thing pre-marriage...) But there are windows in my car and I have to roll them down when I drive Drew's Jeep. So there's extra "Outside" time.
  • Undivided Husband Attention:  I live for this. Sadly, Saturdays are pretty much it. He's my favorite person. I wish he was home more.
  • Preparing for Success:  Needs improvement. Major improvement. Some things are improved, but some things... not so much.
  • Making Time to Dream:  I really love dreaming with clients. I love hearing their thoughts, ideas, looking at inspiration pictures, and then collaborating on real life projects and end results. Reason #134332523 I love my job.
  • Cooking/Learning Domesticity:  I don't think I've cooked since April. YIKES. Oh wait, I did make some really terrible shrimp and grits. Because my cooking efforts decrease substantially whilst cooking for one.
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    Things on tap for the future: 

    • Serious delving into summer/fall 2013 weddings! Let's go!
    • Living & breathing yoga. Becoming a better person all-around. 
    • Home improvement. Delegating days to tackle projects. No more excuses. 
    • Learning how to live as a party of one for a while. Being more intentional with time as a party of two.
    • Our first anniversary!!! One month + two days! 
    • My best friend from California coming to stay with us next month!  She will totally judge me if my house is looking shabby, so let that be my goal to keep this place in shape.
    • Learning consistency. What happened to that word of the year I was supposed to be working on? Where's my focus?
    • Cooking. Something. Anything. At least making one helluva smoothie. 
    • BE PREPARED. Become an adult girl scout. Hypothetically, of course. 

    If I had my ideal situation, I would write back to you in one month and say I have been weaning myself from black hole distractions, purposeful and intentional with my actions, appreciating my husband more and serving him better, serving my clients to the best of my abilities 100% of the time (going above and beyond consistently), increasing my knowledge, compassion, and awareness, building my faith, and an awesome cat-mom. 

    Challenge, anyone? 

    this week's progress {ideal life}

    A bad habit of mine is to write about self-improvement plans I hope to implement... and then forget about them. WHOOPS! I have so many good intentions but oftentimes lack the memory-space or FOCUS (there's that word again!) to really ACT on my goals/plans.

    So here's a gauge of progress... lists of the things I've aimed to do, and how I did this week!

    fresh produce = life-giving foods!

    fresh produce = life-giving foods!

    • Exercise:  Major progress!!! I went to hot yoga classes Monday - Thursday. I decided this morning to take a day off and go tomorrow morning (since I usually take off weekends) instead. Major highlight of the week was finding out I'd won three months of unlimited yoga at my favorite studio near our home, Fahrenheit Yoga! WOO HOO! There was some definite screaming with glee and happy dancing when I found that out:)
    • Tidy Home:  I did manage to purchase some necessary large plastic tubs, lined baskets, and a few household things to help us keep a happy and organized home. I'm spending the rest of the afternoon today vacuuming, tidying, and working on "the system" so maintenance takes far less time than doing everything all over again (which is what we've been doing the past six months... yikes!).
    • Beautiful Workspace:  This project has kind of been on the backburner lately, since we really need to install some shelves above my desk before I can get everything settled. Hoping to have some drilling days ahead of us this weekend!
    • Looking Presentable:  Unfortunately, with all the hot yoga I've been doing, this has NOT been a priority for me this week. One day I will master the ultimate balance of working out and working hard while looking attractive. Fortunately, most everything I had to do this week was phone-related!!!! ;)
    • Eating Healthy:  I had over my fair share of green smoothies this week. I went to the grocery at the end of last week and stocked up on fresh produce and nuts. Fortunately nothing's gone to waste, but I've sadly been supplementing my healthy diet with a couple of trips to Sonic and a hefty dose of Blue Bell ice cream...
    • Faith Building:  This has been great!!! I've been listening to sermons with Drew every night, our small group met up for the first time of the year last night, and I started a SheReadsTruth bible-reading plan on Tuesday! Score for prioritizing the spirit!
    • Going Outside:  Whomp whomp whomp... this has been limited to walking to my car or mailbox. Such a shame, considering the beautiful weather!
    • Undivided Husband Attention:  Needs improvement. I need to wean myself from my iPhone. I'm earnestly trying to do a Social Media-free weekend starting tonight, so crossing my fingers for success!
    • Preparing for Success:  This was pretty good! I started getting things ready in advance for future potential client meetings, my business cards came in, and slowly but surely I'm making plans to get things rolling smoothly:)
    • Making Time to Dream:  I haven't really prioritized this, this week, but I'm thinking my Social Media-free weekend should help with this:)
    • Cooking/Learning Domesticity:  Something's gotta give. This week, it was cooking!

    How are your ideal days going?! Anyone else participating in a social media-free weekend like me? Comment below! :)