Mission “wake up when my alarm goes off and do not jump back into bed” is going really well this week. Some mornings have been tougher than others, but the challenge to fight both the mental and physical in order to stick to my plan has been good. I am finding that the nights I begin getting ready for bed by 10PM, thus getting me into bed around 10:30PM, leave me feeling awake and refreshed in the morning. My toughest mornings tend to come after Neal and I have have hung out, whether we’ve been out at a ballgame (last night) or have stayed up late watching the shows we have on the DVR. It is no fault of his, but I rarely get to bed before 11:30PM when we hang out.
So far this week I have set my alarm between 5:00AM and 6:00AM depending on when I have needed to be at the gym. As soon as I acknowledge my alarm clock I popped out of bed, turn off the alarm and leave my bedroom before giving myself a change to think about going back to bed. I also turn on lights around the house, which has been really helpful. Training myself to wake up has fallen at a perfect time as I start graduate classes again on Monday and don’t want to miss out on going to the gym before work.
This fall looks to be a busy one, but I’m going into it with a clear head and a fantastic agenda. I don’t know how it is for y’all, but the fall is a crazy season/time of year for me. Everything seems to fall (no pun intended) between the months of September and December for me.
- 2 graduate classes
- Starting to prep my capstone project for my Masters
- Work (fall is the busiest season at work as well)
- Neal’s sister is having a baby
- Training for Hot Chocolate 15K
- Possibly other road races (Wicked 10K, Turkey Trot 5K, Jingle All the Way 10K)
- Baseball season continues
- Football season (NFL and college)
- Fantasy Football (in two leagues this year)
- Fall TV starts (so excited about Biggest Loser, New Girl, Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, and Pan Am)
- LOTS of birthdays (I swear, I have a gazillion friends with birthdays in the fall)
- DC street festivals, markets, fall festivities (I love this website for DC area events)
- Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas prep
The fall is definitely my favorite time of year, but I have to go into it prepped and organized or it can become overwhelming. Listing out the things I have going on, as I did above, is really helpful. It gives me a rough draft of what I have coming up and what my focus will be on. I then import the various events into my Google calendar. I’m a huge fan of calendars and I love being able to categorize events and color code things. On a weekly basis I make a list of to dos, especially for graduate school. Lastly I’ll set reminders or “tasks” in Google calendar of things I need to get done on certain days, for example buying some cards today or sending out various emails.
In the end though, it’s about having fun and enjoying life. Neal has taught me this! It’s so easy for me to plan, plan, plan and not look at what’s right in front of me or what’s going on today. Neal is great about living life one day at a time and I love him for that. He helps me to enjoy every moment and not stress about the future.
Today should be a great day. First on the agenda, getting my next few sets of Invisalign trays. I am 6 trays in, so halfway done with my bottom teeth and 1/3 way done with my top! After work I am meeting up with Matt and going to see Final Destination 5. I’m nervous already, but that’s part of the thrill. I’m definitely the kind of person who watches scary movies through her hands, but it’s like a roller coaster ride to me. You get nervous, you get scared, but afterwards you want to do it all over again!