The Brave + Broken Lifestyle Challenge is a challenge designed to help me rediscover myself after a couple of years of trauma. To find out more about the challenge. Start here…
Man, September was a rough month for us! With all the changes in the air and spring excitement, I felt exhausted! Never the less, the change in weather has been amazing!
Month 2 Brave + Broken Focuses
(1.) The Nurture Goal. The goal for the month was to focus on my portion sizes and practice portion control at night.
(2.) Comfort Zone Goal. The purpose with the comfort zone goal is to do something completely outside your comfort zone for the month. For the longest time, I didn’t have a comfort zone goal for September. But yesterday on the very last day of September, I didn’t something completely outside my comfort zone and immediately knew, I had ticked off my goal.
(3.) Productive or Creative Goal. Spring = Spring cleaning goal…
(4.) The New Habit Goal. Here’s where things, didn’t go as planned… The goal was to focus on early morning meditation and prayer and tracking these using my bullet journal.
September Brave + Broken Recap
(1.) The Nurture Goal. I managed to focus on my portion sizes at night. Generally, it brought awareness for the rest of the day, but snacking was still a bit of a problem. I am a sweet tooth by nature and years ago, I taught myself to drink my coffee bitter, which is great because it really is how I prefer my coffee. The problem now is when I do crave sugar, I want real sugar in the form of chocolate. For quite some time I had it under control, I managed to divert from chocolate to a more suitable alternative. Something like jelly sweets or fruit. This month wasn’t the greatest success in terms of diverting. So I am making it a focus for next month…
(2.) Comfort Zone Goal. As I mentioned, I didn’t have a clear goal in terms of how I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. During the month A purchased a season card at one of the local dams around Pretoria, after purchasing a windsurfer. This meant that we have spent two days next to the water, rowing and relaxing. The first was in last week, on the public holiday. I didn’t feel confident enough to wear shorts, so I settled for 3 quarter comfy pants and promptly tanned a 3-quarter pants line. Yesterday, I decided to brave myself in shorts. Actual short! And even though I felt a little self-conscious, the truth is no-one really cares what I wear! So getting over myself and getting into my shorts is a priority for me!
Waiting is fruitless if we can’t find something productive or creative to do, in the meanwhile…
(3.) Productive or Creative Goal. Spring cleaning wasn’t the initial goal for the month but seems so obvious looking back. We are in a waiting season, exciting things are around the corner. Things that I can’t write about right now, but waiting is fruitless if we can’t find something productive or creative to do. I managed to box up all my winter clothing and pack it away and I have thrown out a whole black bag full of clothing I don’t (shouldn’t) wear any longer. The kids’ wardrobes are sorted and now the only other thing left to do is to sort out Oliver’s toy boxes.
(4.) The New Habit Goal. I should have known, early morning anything’s wouldn’t work. (1.) I was overly optimistic! (2.) I made the mistake of not sharing my goals for the month on here, which means I had no accountability. What I can say, is that I managed to track my goal which was a good start. Although I didn’t meditate early in the morning, I prayed. And I managed to monitor my emotions, which was a great gain!
General September Recap
Even though the main goal of this post to look at the past month and do a September brave + broken recap, I think it is important to document the other things that have been happening as well.
- In between wanting to complete my bpsych equivalent qualification and wondering whether I should enrol for my master’s degree, A pointed out that a post-graduate certificate in education isn’t a bad idea. So I applied at UNISA and I’ll be waiting 6-8 weeks to find out if my application was successful.
- I made a commitment to stop/limit private blog posts. I wrote a private blog post about a job application that I was really excited about. Turns out it wasn’t meant to be and or, the timing was completely off. I guess time will tell? I’ve made it public in the meanwhile.
- We’ve been planning away at the annual Walk for Freedom that is happening in 2 weeks time. If you still don’t know what the walk is about, check out this post.
- Oliver turned 6 on the 22nd of September. He is away on vacation with his dad at the moment and the house is super quiet without him.
- Both Logan and Oliver brought home stunning report cards. I was telling a friend, how proud I am of Logan recently, and I have to admit. It isn’t the fact that he is coming home with distinctions that makes me proud – I have always known he has the potential! It is the fact that he is starting to realise his own potential that makes me proud! That along with hard work. Let’s be honest, the earlier you learn that you need to work for what you want in life, the better. We’re on the right track!
- Fresh air and outdoors. I mentioned out little trips to the dam earlier. The fresh air and outdoors means we all get home physically tired and emotionally rested. The little naps we have under the trees, a glowing tan and limited time spent on social media, are absolute bonuses!
My Brave + Broken goals for the month of October will be up shortly!
How has September been to you?