And just like that, August is upon us…It’s the last month of winter here in Australia, but also usually the coldest month here in Melbourne.
I had a busy July, mainly due to work, and am glad to say things are quieting down on that front so I can get some more balance back.
So how did I do with my July intentions and what’s up next for me?
Seek out winter warmers
As I looked over the last month, including my photos, I realised I actually had a lot of sunny memories.
We like to moan about the weather but chilly sunny days can be counted on here in winter and I can handle this season when there’s sun.
A weekend in Healesville was a highlight with country town fun including walks, wineries and a gin tasting - not a bad way to spend a Saturday.
I’ve also had some cosy dinners in the city with friends and even when it’s wet, Melbourne is still beautiful when slick with rain.
Put first things first
This one has made a big impact on my life in the last month.
As I mentioned in my habits post here, I’ve been planning my week and therefore having a much nicer balance of blogging, study, catch ups with friends and exercise (all alongside the busy work month).
I really encourage you to write down what’s ahead for the week on a Sunday, if only to get it out of your head and easily visible once the busy weekdays take off.
Interrupt the negative voice
Another habit I reinstilled during July was journalling before bed. It’s been insightful and slightly terrifying.
I’ve been tending to have (self-proclaimed) crazy ‘worst case scenario’ thoughts lately - mainly about what other people think of me and also around work situations.
I’m still not sure how to alleviate these negative thoughts but am going to do some digging this month and see if I can’t stop them in their tracks.
Up the training at work
Continued professional development has always been important to me, but it’s so easy for it to fall by the wayside in between the daily to do list and busy weeks at work.
We have a few products at work I’ve been meaning to learn more about for (ahem) over a year, so I’m going to try and be ruthless this month and block out time and headspace to up my knowledge.
What’s your intentional plan for August? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!