Light Links: September (+ October Intentions!)

Hi lovely readers. I’m going to mix it up with this last post of the month.

Along with the regular Light Links, I’m also going to look forward to the next month and set some intentions (I love this word over ‘goals’ - thanks Jess Lively).

Then at the end of each month we’ll recap and see how I did. Sound good? Ok, let’s go...

October Intentions

Cut off technology at 10pm (and read hard copy books)

So my reminders plan was going along brilliantly, but since I finished my last hard copy book, I’ve been a little lost after 10pm and have either been reading on my Kindle app or (let’s be honest) perusing the internet again.

This month I’m going to pick some books to replace the internet habit and wind down before bed without a screen.

This time last year...

This time last year...

Enjoy the daylight

Spring has rushed into Melbourne and I’m noticing the longer days more than ever before. I think because our new house has lots of natural light, it’s more obvious than in previous years.

I’m planning on sitting on our balcony or in our courtyard with a glass of wine after work as often as possible in October. 

Revel in upcoming events

I have some exciting plans for October - things I booked in months ago that are now almost upon me. It’s my birthday, I’m going to Soulfest and I’m spending a biennial weekend away with all the women in my family. I really connected to Laura Vanderkam’s post on how to make time slow down. This month I want to enjoy the moments I’ve been anticipating for so long and remember Laura’s quote:

“For the door does close, and eventually I will look back on all of this. Even happy moments bear in their shadows this melancholic reality. All moments, good or bad, are finite. All you can do is deepen your experience of them.”

September’s Light Links

And for those who enjoy my favourite links of the month, here they are for September.

Some measures to help you get to your higher self

It is 100% worth getting organised Friday afternoon for the week ahead: 

A fascinating article on intuitive eating and the intrinsic need to control

Anyone else struggle with being an adult some days

And finally, don’t forget to let go of perfection. 

Light Links: March

 
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How was your March lovely readers? My first thought was to say that mine was busy, but I've been reading a lot recently about how busy is some kind of proud badge we're all trying to wear.

'I work longer days than you', 'I haven't taken a lunch break in weeks', 'I check my email at 3am' ...and so on... This is definitely not me, but I don't want it to become me either. I've been very mindful to take care of myself through good food, exercise, meditation and kitten cuddles, so I don't burn out.

The weather is getting a little cooler in Melbourne which does make my motivation waver a little. I'm going to try and take advantage of future hibernation instead. I'm hoping for chats with friends on the couch, red wine and fuzzy blankets. To my northern hemisphere friends, enjoy all that spring brings!

Here are some of my favourite links from the last month:

When I have the motivation to prep for my morning the night before, things run much more smoothly. If you're not a morning person, here's some ideas on how to become one

I'm always on the look out for new gym songs and I found this '90s collection to work out too (or just listen to as a Monday motivator!) 

I'm sure I've said this before - but I love Zen Habits. Read this one about doing less, or really leaving yourself wanting more

For those struggling to see the positives at the moment - three great reminders. 

And lastly, a longer ready about how being busy is making us sick.