And Fall Bucket List Scorecard
Happy day, reader dear!
It’s that time again!
I’m not sure why I bother with these Bucket Lists. The past year feels like such a wash. Maybe two washes…
I don’t think I’m alone in that.
Maybe the whole point of this exercise is to acknowledge the mess and if you’re there, too, you can feel better and say See, Liz can’t get her stuff in a sock, either!
First a huge thank you to Leslie at Once Upon a Time Happily Ever After for starting me on this seasonal adventure. I think…
Are you familiar with Red Car Syndrome?
It’s the experience where something of which you had previously been unaware keeps coming up on your radar? Everywhere.
James Clear is my red car. He’s finding me. Daily.
I’m starting to feel stalked.
Is the universe sending me a message?
I’ve been deep into James Clear’s Atomic Habits. Not only the book, but recently I caught his interview with Brene Brown on her Dare to Lead podcast, it’s a two-parter worth a listen. Warning: It’s Brene. There will be cussing. You can find Part One here. Hearing the two discuss habits and how we sabotage ourselves is uncomfortable. Have they been watching me?
Which has me pondering this…
You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systemsJames Clear
Ouch. Maybe that’s what I need to rethink. Not goals or tick boxes but babysteps. Teeny tiny processes AND where I can piggyback them onto what I am already doing.
FALL 2021: Keep up the Couch to 5K as the mornings get darker. That’s going to be hard, but running is good for my mood (NOT during the run, mind you) and I am struggling with my mood lately. Even when I get nothing else done in a day, if I can get my exercise in, I feel like it hasn’t been a total loss. This went better than I thought. Another injury and some lousy weather derailed me, but I’m still feeling good about my progress. Not where I’d like to be, but better than I was before.
WINTER 2021/22: Move every day. That’s it. Keeping it simple. Maybe that’s a walk. Or a run. Or yoga. Or a swim. Yes, even on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. It doesn’t have to be big! I need to admit to myself that if it doesn’t happen first thing in the morning, it’s unlikely to happen at all. #hardtruth
FALL 2021: We’ve been eyeing a gas fireplace insert. Maybe we’ll have better luck with that? (Than with the cabinets.)
I think what I need more than a remodel is an attitude remodel about our house… I’ve been taking our home for granted and it’s time to show her some more love of the everyday maintenance kind.
There’s a list of little jobs that need sorting. I need to stop waiting for someone else to take care of them. (Neither of us are particularly handy. I mean, I can remove a U-bend under the sink to extract a lost ring and put a new flapper in the toilet tank. I’m fabulous at hanging pictures. Mr. CP is great at cutting things in the garage with the big saw. But we just aren’t do-it-yourselfers.) AND I need to get another estimate for the exterior work we need done. If you are a praying person, please lift that one up. It’s ridiculous.
Got the estimate. Strange experience. He wouldn’t give me anything in writing until I paid a deposit on the verbal estimate. THAT’S not happening. Who does business like that? Fireplace insert ordered and we are awaiting delivery. (It’s a long wait.) Now to schedule the plumber for the gas and an electrician! As for the attitude adjustment, that’s coming along… Slowly.
WINTER 2021/22: Not processes, but schedule the electrician and the gas for the fireplace. As for processes? Stick with my daily zone cleaning schedule. That happens after getting up in the morning but before getting outside for exercise.
FALL 2021: Get our pots planted and decorate the front porch for fall. I should be able to handle that, right? We also need to order new mulch… That’s a long shot, people. I DID plant our pots out back and spent a lot more time out on the back patio, eating lunch out there many an afternoon. That makes me very happy! Front porch was bedecked for fall. I’m working on holiday decor now. We still have our pumpkins out there… Orange and red is what I’m going with! No joy on mulch.
WINTER 2021/22: I think S’mores and hot cocoa around the fire pit might become our celebratory default for the next few months. Having a default is part of a process, right? Gotta check the firewood supply and get a few new cushion inserts to soften and warm the chairs.
FALL 2021: I have this fun book called 50 Ways to Wear a Scarf and it’s time to try out all 50! I won’t finish by the next post, but starting at the beginning and plugging away should be an interesting way to learn something new. Join me on Instagram to see the looks as I try them out! I suppose it’s a different kind of style challenge. As of writing, I’m close to the 50! I’ve learned some fun new ties, and have unequivocal proof that I don’t rock a headscarf.
WINTER 2021/22: I feel a 12X12 coming on… Other than that, it’s time to go through the shoe collection and release some back into the wild. Also, pulling together my suitcase and an outfit for the wedding. Packing I have a process for. Letting go of shoes? Need a better process for that! It really should happen at the same time I sort out my seasonal capsule… Note to self in calendar for February!
How About You?
Do you make seasonal lists? How did your most recent season go? Have you been following along on the Scarf Style Challenge? What would you like to get done this winter? (Or summer for my Southern Hemisphere friends!) Have you read Atomic Habits? What are your thoughts on process vs. goals? Do you like S’mores? Or do toasted marshmallows gross you out? I’ve heard there are people… Do let me know. I’d love to hear from you!