I’ve kind of let this blog go radio silent again for the last few months… but this time, I have at least somewhat of a good reason. I’ve moved across the country! I’m officially a California resident now - Pete & I have relocated to San Diego. While we knew this move would happen, it ended up happening a bit quicker than we anticipated originally, so life’s been a little hectic and disjointed lately. Now that we’ve finally made the jump, I’m eager to get back into a normal routine, so I felt like it was as good a time as any to try out these bite-sized goals again.
But first, let’s see how I did from last time I posted these (way back at the beginning of June)!
Find a budgeting option I actually like.In the end, I decided to just create a simple spreadsheet so I could set it up the way I liked. I'm going to start using it this month! Practice my photography regularly.While it's a little sad how poor my photography skills have become, I did use my new camera frequently throughout the summer. Write at least one other blog post this month.I DID write another blog post in June... just didn't write any since then.
- Save eating out for actual occasions! I did better with this at the beginning of the summer, but fell off the wagon when our move date approached.
- Read (or at least start) the next book on Modern Library's Top 100. Technically, I did start this book. I did not make much progress and it's currently packed away in a box awaiting shipment to San Diego so I doubt I'll be finishing any time soon.
- Work out or do something active at least 3x a week. I actually did horribly at this during the beginning of the summer, got better towards the middle, and have stopped working out completely due to moving. Not considering accompished since the point was to build a routine.
I basically did a half-ass job at all of these - the purpose of most was to help me build positive routines & habits, and I sort of evaded the spirit of the goals. Since I don’t have moving as an excuse, I’m hoping to be more successful this month.
Bite-Sized Goals for October
Actually use my chosen budgeting option. The spreadsheet is set up and ready - all I have to do is use it! This is an important one as we need to make some purchases for our new apartment and also help our finances recover from the move.
Join a new gym and get into a workout routine. The only workout I seem to stick with consistently is TurboKick, and I’ve found a gym near my new neighborhood that offers classes! I’ll be signing up on October 1st. 💪
Get back into meal planning & avoid eating out on weeknights. This is a tough one, because being in a new city my first instinct is to immediately go out and try a bunch of new restaurants! But cooking at home is important to help me build back up my savings after moving expenses, so I’m going to try to limit eating out on weekdays.
Find a new book club to join. One of the activities I’ll miss the most after leaving Chicago is my book club! It took me ages, but I finally found a great group about a year before moving. Hoping to find a similar club here!
Explore one new national or state park outside San Diego. We drove out to San Diego, stopping at Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, and Zion National Park along the way. It was an amazing trip (I’m hoping to write about it soon!) and it’s got me itching to do more exploring. One of the great things about being in SoCal is that now there are lot more of these opportunities within a few hours of driving.
While I’m hoping to blog more regularly now as well, I’ve tried to stop thinking of this blog as something I have to do. I’m not trying to monetize this, I don’t really care if people read it, so why put pressure on myself? It’s supposed to be easy and fun. I am planning to try to share a post about our drive out here and hopefully some other content from recent trips as well, but I know this month will be full of adjusting to a new city, unpacking, and getting settled, so I’m not making it a priority for now.
Thanks for reading, and hopefully I’ll be back sooner than a couple of months from now!