Hello, friends! I hope everyone had a splendid weekend; mine was filled with fall festivities. I carved a pumpkin, watched the Nightmare Before Christmas for the first time ever (!), and watched football. We’ve had nice weather here in Florida lately, but I’m still wearing shorts and flip-flops, so anytime the weather wants to dip 10-15 degrees cooler, I am A-OK with that.
Today, I wanted to take the time to review the third quarter of 2015. I’ve done it for the past two quarters and I think it’s something I definitely want to continue. I love to reflect on my life, to discuss the high points and low points, and to set goals, so a personal quarterly review is right up my alley.
What went well in Q3?
- My mom married Robert in a simple ceremony by the water in Downtown St. Petersburg.
- I had a fun girl’s night out with two friends where we went to a local comedy club to see Joe Machi do his stand-up routine.
- I took a break from blogging and social media for a whole month, which completely refreshed me.
- I moved to a beautiful new apartment in Tampa with my best friend. Our apartment is so lovely and brings me so much joy.
- My nephew turned seven and we celebrated with a fun-filled afternoon at an arcade center.
- Dutch stayed healthy for an entire quarter (worth noting because in Q1, he pinched a nerve in his back and in Q2, he dealt with a UTI for a month). Very grateful for a healthy pup!
- I started writing fiction again and meeting up with a writing friend once a week to spend a few hours on our novels.
What was challenging about Q3?
- I experienced intense, nearly debilitating anxiety in relation to my move. Big change like a move is a trigger for my anxiety, so I was in the trenches in the few weeks.
- I made zero progress on my healthy living goals. I haven’t been exercising, barely drinking water, and I’m eating way too many sweets. It’s frustrating.
- I wanted to be better at managing my money, but I’m still spending more than I should and saving very little.
If I could do Q3 over again, what would I do better?
- I would make time for exercise and not let little excuses get in the way of my health.
- I would have been kinder to myself when I was in the transitional period, and not have been such a bully about having a tough time with the move.
- I would have reached out to friends more and made more social plans.
What did I want to accomplish in Q3?
- I wanted to move to South Tampa, which I did.
- I wanted to start therapy, which I did not.
- I wanted to lose 15 lbs, which I did not. (I also didn’t gain any weight, so silver lining? Meh.)
- I wanted to take a break from social media and blogging, which I did.
- I wanted to write more fiction, which I did.
What do I want to accomplish in Q4?
- I want to get a tattoo (there are murmurings about the ladies in my family to get tattoos commemorating my grandma).
- I want to participate in The Holiday Council 2015 and invest the time in the homework.
- I want to bake my first-ever pie to bring to Thanksgiving dinner.
- I want to win NaNoWriMo 2015.
- I want to consistently exercise 3-4 times a week and consistently drink 32 oz of water per day.
What would make Q4 a successful quarter for me?
- Losing weight – my goal would be to lose 7 lbs to get me under a certain number that has been plaguing me for this whole year.
- Spending money wisely during Christmas – my family tends to go all out, so I want this Christmas to be a frugal one with an emphasis placed on time together rather than tons of presents.
- Investing the time in my writing – I don’t want to be lazy about NaNoWriMo, but to be truly dedicated to completing this challenge.
What’s one thing – big or small! – you accomplished in Q3? What would you like to accomplish in Q4?