So, I realize that I totally flaked on updating you all on my progress with my summer bucket list, but since I really only managed to do one of the things on it (rock a crop top, and even that didn’t happen until September), it’s probably for the best. While creating a list of things to do over the summer seemed like a good idea at the time, summer to me is more about lounging in the sun and letting the day take you where it will. It’s too hot and sweaty for plans. Which I guess is where I went wrong.
Fall, on the other hand, always inspires me to get down to business and get things done. I don’t know if it’s a holdover from my school days, when fall and homework went hand in hand, or if it goes even further into genetic memory of when my ancestors had to get the harvest ready before winter descended, but for some reason fall just seems like “get it done” time. So, I decided to share a little list of things I’m planning to get done this fall.
1. Keep Incorporating Yoga Into My Daily Routine
Although I started having trouble keeping up around week 3, I’ve really been enjoying the 30 Day Yoga Challenge I’ve been doing and would like to keep up daily practice through the fall and winter. Adrienne’s videos are so easy to follow and varied that I actually look forward to working out every day. Also, the difference I’ve noticed in my temperament, ability to focus, productivity, and energy levels is so marked that I’m hoping daily practice will help me combat my annual bout of SAD.
2. Retake My Office Space
We have yet to repair the shelf that crashed all over the place two months ago and my laptop screen has recently decided it no longer works, so “my” office space hasn’t really been that in far too long. While working from Rick’s PC is an okay holdover, the fact is, I need a new laptop and I need my own desk space that I have full ownership over. Especially now that I am getting serious about blogging and freelancing. The reasons this hasn’t happened yet is part laziness and part lack of money, but mostly it’s been because my office hadn’t been a priority. That has to end.
3. Get A Jump On My Christmas Knitting
I’m already doing pretty good on this one, thanks to a yarn sale and some Ravelry inspiration. Also, I’m very excited to finally have a baby girl I can knit lacy dresses for. I also kind of want to try my hand at some knitted toys for the littles. Can anyone recommend a good pattern?
4. Revamp marikomcdonald.com Into A Portfolio site
In addition to getting extra serious about blogging, I want to get extra serious about writing and freelancing as my primary source of income. Right now, I own the domain marikomcdonald.com, but it’s redirected to this blog. Eventually I’d like it to be a more general portfolio site for my writing and freelance work, maybe even including my voice acting work. We’ll see how it takes shape, but suggestions for layouts and formatting are greatly appreciated.
5. Drink Lots of Homemade Chai
Back when I first moved to Montreal (8 years ago!) I was introduced to homemade chai by a tea connoisseur friend. Now, whenever the weather starts to cool down I instinctively start hoarding loose leaf chai from Camellia Sinensis to enjoy on dreary Sunday mornings. I’m also very excited to see that they’ve released a non-caffeinated blend for movies nights tucked under a blanket.