What a difference a month can make. I wrote my August Looking Back post just before heading next door to share a totally spontaneous girls night out by my neighbor’s pool. just four of us – very comfortably distanced, catching up, it felt like a game changer (September 2 – popcorn and and an adult beverage). Sara arrived a few days later and then I started playing tennis. Three things. I know one of them was HUGE (still not sure Sara’s gonna brave the travel for a Christmas trip) and we reclaimed our bubble with Katie and her family. and maybe that’s enough. October is gonna be a test, isn’t it?!
1. What am I celebrating?
+ we are all still healthy.
+ Sara’s visit.
+ completing our quarantine and getting to rejoin the bubble with Katie’s family.
+ we rolled out a Presbyterian Women’s scholarship at my church. 18 months in the making. a real team effort. (also, I am really enjoying my role as “advisor”.)
2. What surprised me?
+ see that opening paragraph.
+ just how much good the tennis could do – for my head, my heart, and my body.
3. What voices am I listening to?
+ Sarah and Beth on Pantsuit Politics, Anne Bogel on What Should I Read Next, Kendra Adachi on The Lazy Genius, Emily P. Freeman on The Next Right Thing, Brené Brown on Unlocking Us … these ladies keep me grounded and going.
4. What did I make?
+ I finished two sweaters (you saw them here) and that is it. October’s FO’s are likely to be even smaller (literally, I have to sew the buttons on a baby cardigan and it’s done … and maybe one sweater for me.)
5. What was the best thing I watched?
+ I wrote last month about our Homeland binge. We did finish it up with Sara and watched all of the final season in the few nights she was here. It was intense. and really good.
+ After she left we finished the latest season of Yellowstone – yikes! (seriously, that’s what I recorded in my journal), watched some cooking shows and then binged through David Chang’s Ugly Delicious Season 2 … it wasn’t much of a binge because it’s just four episodes, but y’all it’s really good!
+ I finished 12 books – and I still have a few updates to add to Goodreads. Six of them were non-fiction, and I shelved five as “spiritual formation”. You’ve heard about my favorite Grateful already. The fiction was outstanding, too. Charlotte’s Web’s full-cast recording is amazing. and inspired this photo the day I listened.
I also finished Their Eyes Were Watching God, The City We Became and On Beauty. (and my TBR is still full!)
7. What am I working to leave behind?
– (maybe) the self-judging tapes that tell me I’m too old to try something new.
8. What do I want to focus on in the month ahead?
+ making plans for my fall/winter wardrobe … still! (one more month and I’ll be done! …hopefully!)
+ plans to join a tennis team for the winter season.
+ being present to the joy. I might not find it everywhere, but I can find it somewhere. (ditto from last month)
9. What’s something I’m reconsidering as a result of the last 30 days?
+ saying a hard “NO” to anything. the tennis question taught me that I need to to keep myself open to whatever comes and consider … maybe saying “yes”.
10. What is one thing I’d like to start doing in October?
+ getting back to a more regular centering prayer practice.
+ sending real mail (I bought pretty stamps back in August and have used just a few of them).
Is there One Thing you’re planning to start this month?