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Dear August | Adulting, Minimalism, & Creative Habitats

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Dear August,

You came a lot quicker than expected.

I’ve been waiting for this particular month for quite a long time. It’s consumed my dreams, thoughts, imagination. All those sentences that started with “when I grow up”, might start being finished. This big move I’ve been talking about for next to ever, is finally happening… in just a little over a week (eeeeek!). Although adulthood technically could’ve started when I turned eighteen, or when I had my first glass of wine, or when I graduated college, I’ve somewhat been postponing it… and now here August comes along.

I’ve reached the realization that I’m not the best at ‘adulting’. I’m decently responsible and sometimes motivated, but the little obnoxious requirements that come with adulthood… well, those need some work. Typically (whether I post it or not), I create a list of goals for the month. Why? Because I’m decent at achieving the things I write down. If I don’t write it down or verbalize it, chances are it won’t happen. But, this month I’m doing something a little different. This month is all about becoming more in tune with myself, having more epiphanies, being more creative. Less to-do lists, more thinking, more quiet time, more peace. Rather than planning my life and my month with a list of tasks, I’m going to try and just live… but I really want to keep three things at the forefront of my mind.

1. Be a better adult

Whatever this means. Mainly being financially responsible and being able to manage my time (work/life balance) and resources like a boss. You all know I love books, one of my good friends sent me a care package with tons of great books while I was on bed rest including the classic 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I’m also getting myself some personal finance books to learn the ins and outs of maximizing the money that comes in my pockets and living the life I want while minimizing the money that comes out. I should probably also do better at keeping up with things like doctor’s appointments, oil changes, etc. I’m a work in progress, y’all.

2. Keep it Simple

I want to eventually get to the point where I can say I live a pretty minimalistic life. I stumbled upon the 30 Day Minimalism Challenge as I was penning this section of this post, so I’m taking that as a sign to do it. “I’ve compiled 30 one-day assignments to help you dip your toes into minimalist living, discover lots of new things about yourself and get a big head start. If you want to live a simpler, more intentional life with less stuff but more time and energy for the people and things you love…” — sounds like what I need right now. There are many things on this list that are part of my regular routine, and things I plan on making part of my everyday life (ex: decluttering my digital life, practicing gratitude, journaling, single-tasking, etc)

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3. Exist in a Creative Habitat

 

dearaugustI’m a bit of a night owl, but I’m grateful for it primarily because I am most creative during the wee hours of the night. I know my other creatives feel me on this! August is my last full month before I join the workforce so I want to literally exist in a constant space of creativity. I love this quote by Alex Elle and I’m letting it be my theme for the month. I’m excited to channel my creativity into my new home in the Pacific Northwest, with my blog, and in some of the client work I’m doing this month.

Happy August! What are your monthly goals/hopes/wishes?