Outdoor projects roundup

Fall is here! The most wonderful time of the year! ;)
Our exterior is in need of some decor. I have the same wreath on my door from last winter :o
Our entry has been collecting random things and is looking sad. Here are some ideas I'm hoping to complete by next month. 



If we owned this house, I would be painting the door yellow! This wreath is a nice compromise. I also like the chinese lantern wreath on the same page.


I've been collecting jars for these fairy lanterns. 
These are going to go on our fence. 

Photo By: Image courtesy of Sam Henderson
I'm all about white pumpkins. I like the texture they added to this one.

I lOVE this from Lines Across. So many ideas... our porch may be filled with pumpkins. haha!


I also got a new light fixture for our porch (for $5!) 

What are you working on this month?  

September Goals

Time for a goal update! 



I did not do well. 
That's okay, though. I at least am working at some of these which is better off than where I was a few months ago.

Finish reading "An Unlikely Event", and "Orphan Train"
 I had a hard time getting into "An Unlikely Event". I don't know if it's because I kept getting interrupted, or I just didn't like it. I just got Orphan Train from the library, so we'll see how that goes.
I started, "Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me", by Mindy Kaling. So far, I think we're the same person. I've also started a non fiction book, "Antonín Dvořák", by John Clapham. I thought it would be fun to read about the composer Elena will be studying this month. I'll also be learning how to pronounce Czech names. lol.

Visit Mt. Rainier (There's a free entrance day this month!)
Didn't happen :( I forgot all about it when we made our budget, so we didn't have the money for gas. boo. 

Actually stick  to our grocery budget... *ahem*
I did okay with the grocery budget, but we got many coffees and ate out when those things were not in the budget.
Commit to 45 minute barre3 workout sessions at least 4 days each week
Didn't do this, because I was full of excuses. haha. 

Have a date with each of the kids (one on one) once a week
Well. Elena got a date...

Get to sleep by 10pm each night, so we have energy for all of this :D
Still working on this. Sometimes I'm so tired I have no choice... Most of the time though, Jamin and I stay up watching our shows. That's the bad thing about relying on netflix for our tv. We can just keep watching the next episode; we don't have to wait until next week.

Work up to getting out of bed at 5:30am
hahahahahaha

Get a date in with Jamin
This happened!! Our wonderful friend Mary watched all of our kids for us, for five hours! We ate at Ivars on the waterfront and then rode on The Great Wheel. It was so scary and I promised Jamin it would never happen again. lol
It really is the best to just be with each other and have each others' attention for a while.

Now, on to new(ish) goals!

Keep working on reading books
Kill the coffee and eating out for the month
Commit to 45 minute barre3 workout sessions at least 4 days each week
Have a date with each of the kids (one on one) once a week
Get to sleep by 10pm each night, so we have energy for all of this :D
Work up to getting out of bed at 5:30am
Get a date in with Jamin
Take a break (each day) to just do me things


6 Ways to Calm Your Anxiety

By  Photographee.eu



Send. No, don't send! That middle sentence sounds too harsh. Okay, send. Wait! It sounds too goofy... I want to be taken seriously. Should I even send this at all? *sigh* Well, I have to send something, so this is going to have to do.
*30 minutes later*
They haven't replied yet... I probably made them mad. They probably think I don't respect them. Ugh, I'm pretty sure I'm going to throw up. 
*another 30 minutes*
Will the nausea ever end? Why aren't they responding? Maybe I should send another message to clarify more what I meant. Maybe I should apologize for that joke I threw in.
Whatever happens, happens. They probably aren't my friend anymore. Why can't I ever keep friends? What is wrong with me?

Sounds a little dramatic, right? This is a frequent scenario for me. And when I start feeling panicky and sick I do the following to help myself calm down.


Remove yourself from the situation
Turn off the phone. Step away from the computer. Whatever it may be. Just take yourself away from being able to check for messages or re-read what you sent (If that's what you're dealing with)

Distract yourself
It's best to find something that requires you to be active. Anything that can keep your mind from wandering back to your anxious thoughts.

Talk to someone.
Confide in your spouse or a close friend. Having someone on the outside of the situation can reassure you that you are just over thinking. Also, giving someone else some of your burden will help bring your own stress down.

Talk to your pet.
Sometimes we need to talk to someone who won't talk back. When I had horses, I would talk to them about my problems. They would just stand there patiently listening. And I could bury my head in their neck for a good cry.

By  Christin Lola


Exercise
This doesn't have to be vigorous. Just going on a walk will be enough exertion to boost your mood.

Ignore the thoughts
I have found this one to be the most helpful. It's difficult at first, but with practice you can dismiss persistent unwanted thoughts. As soon as a thought starts to enter your mind, make a conscious effort to shut it down. You do this by changing the subject. Immediately start to think about something else.

Exercise for Stress and Anxiety

Find your life goals

By  magdal3na


It is so easy to feel discontent with everyday life. Figuring out what you want your life to look like will help. Many times I've found myself looking at other people's public lives. I think it looks so perfect and I feel the need to recreate it. Even if I could make my life look like theirs, would it make me happy? Would it make my family happy?
We all have different interests. Pursuing our own happiness will leave us more fulfilled than if we accomplish other people's goals.

August goals for myself:
  • Finish reading "An Unlikely Event", and "Orphan Train"
  • Visit Mt. Rainier (There's a free entrance day this month!)
  • Actually stick  to our grocery budget... *ahem*
  • Commit to 45 minute barre3 workout sessions at least 4 days each week
  • Have a date with each of the kids (one on one) once a week
  • Get to sleep by 10pm each night, so we have energy for all of this :D
  • Work up to getting out of bed at 5:30am
  • Get a date in with Jamin

Check out my sources below for even more information on goal setting. Go set some goals! Then come back to tell me what you want to accomplish this month.

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