Monday, October 2, 2017

13 Things to Do This Month + Life Update | October 2017

Exactly one year ago today, I started a Things to Do This Month series- which was, essentially, a spin off of a popular magazine's on-going segment - as a way for me to keep track of my personal and professional goals each month. It became an on going series on this blog and although I didn't always accomplish every single thing listed, it certainly helped with accountability.

Well...the last time posted was earlier this summer, June to be exact, and that's just because this summer, my life has been a whirlwind, a circus of ups, downs, changes, and disappointments that happened all at once. When the circumstances became heavy and things in my life were practically falling apart, it was difficult to try and find some level of motivation to write out my goals. Briefly, I even lost sight of my goals and everything became a matter of survival, which is as depressing as it sounds, trust me. It's not so much an excuse as it is a reason, but in short, it's been a while. 

Recently, I moved back home, back to Atlanta, GA. It was more by force, rather than choice, but choice played a part as well, because I checked out in my mind long before I was forced to leave. The details aren't necessary, but it just wasn't for me. That's the biggest thing I've learned (and still learning) this year: you don't have to chase what is for you. The main reason things worked out as soon as I landed in Nashville is because I chased them; I made things happen. While being a go-getter is an awesome thing in most instances, it's important to be able to decipher the difference between what is and isn't exactly what we need.

Now that I'm home again, I honestly have no intentions to leave anytime soon, but I'm open. I've cured my little travel bug - at least for the moment. New York has crossed my mind a few times, but I'm really just focused on planting roots here as an adult and sitting still long enough to give myself a real opportunity to get my shit together. Tennessee was so random! Although the move itself did through me off track a little bit, it was a lesson learned. I'm determined to live my best life regardless of where I end up.

Here are my 13 Things to Do in the Month of October:

  1. Get back in the gym. Get back in the pool. Get back on the court. I don't know how many times I've written this down as #goals and not followed through, but it really is important for me to get back into fitness and maintain balance withing training by finding time to participate in the sports I enjoy.
  2. Find a new job.
  3. Don't shy away from promoting my blogs via social media and avoid shying away from talking about my blogs when I encounter new people.  
    • But also, spend less time on social media
  4. Be willing/open to connecting with new people; never know what opportunities those connections can lead to.
  5. Significantly increase content on The Sky Box Suite this month, which shouldn't be hard to pull off with regular season basketball and football happening around the same time mid-October. 
  6. Attend as many free local events as I can. I already have an art showcase booked to support a friend of mine, who is one of the featured artist in this particular exhibit.
  7. Friday, the 13th tattoo (?) strongly considering it.
  8. Learn how to travel via public transportation. I've never been much of a MARTA person, but this traffic is no joke! Since it's an available option, it makes since to utilize alternative means of transportation.
  9. Continue to build myself spiritually, spend more quality time with God and with people who are also on their own faith journeys.
  10. Start creating a strategy to get some very important business projects up and running at some point next year. 
  11. Begin the journey to learning to speak Spanish fluently. 
  12. Do something festive and fall related, like go apple picking. 
  13. Apply what Missy Elliot tweeted last night: 

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