Friday, August 17, 2012

August Goals: How Was Your Week?

(1) Pick a book to read or finish and journal about it: It might be Eat, Pray, Love or The Answer is Simple or another one altogether.

I haven't finished either of the ones I mentioned, but last week, I finished The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram: Nine Faces of the Soul, by Sandra Maitri. Although I am not new to the Enneagram, I realized recently that I might be a type nine instead of a type five or four, as I had previously thought. I'm actually still trying to decide, so am re-reading parts of it.

And I am still reading The Answer is Simple: Love Yourself, Love Your Spirit! One thing I read this past week is how important it is to keep your heart open. She says that in order to love yourself and your spirit, or to love anything with joy and abandon, your heart has to be open. We are born with our hearts open, but we close them in response to the pain of life.

"If your heart is closed, you cut yourself off from all the goodness in life. In this state, you won't be able to connect with your Spirit, nor will you be able to enjoy beauty or music or laughter or love. If your heart is closed, you can't feel or experience any of the sweetness that life offers..."~~Sonia Choquette

I agree with her, and I wonder if this isn't something that can happen on a smaller scale every single day. Heart opens when we hug our beautiful children, closes while we're reading the paper, or stuck in traffic. Etc. The remedy, she says, for keeping the heart open, is to expect good things. So that's a decision we can make moment by moment.

(2) Homeschool planning: as always, I have left it for this month, but hopefully, I can get it done in a month. At least the outline for the year, but hopefully, even more specific planning, week by week, and month by month.

Well, the good news is, I'm doing it! I've been working on it every day, just about, since last week, and I have the broad outline for the year done already. 

What's left to do now is to plan, specifically, for each month, which means planning each homeschool day of each month. And my plan is to work on it month by month each day until it's done. I'd like to do a month every two days and so far, that has worked for September! :)

Here's another book we'll be using...

We're actually using it already for math review. We always start a couple of weeks early with review type stuff, because we take the entire month of December off. 

Neither of us refers to it as starting homeschooling early, because we like to think we're still having summer. We just call it "review." And it is. Mostly, we do math review, and reading.

And I'm thinking this might be part of our inside P.E. program, though he has his own yoga books for kids...

(3) Create a fall capsule wardrobe: I feel more settled in my seasonal colors and fashion feng shui style, so now it's time to get absolutely clear about what I am going to wear.

I've been participating in a "Make It Real" Makeover Challenge, so I have approached this task from two angles: a broad and "ideal" vision and a more specific, realistic one. I did the realistic one first and now, am going back and creating a vision board that is broader. My post on Tuesday will explain this in greater detail, but basically, this challenge is making it easier (and even more fun) than I expected to think through my fall capsule wardrobe.

(4) Go see 2 Days in NY: Adding this goal because I hope it will force me to actually go to the movies this month. I always say I'm going to go but then I never do.

*cough* I really have lost all enthusiasm for this movie, but then, I haven't seen any ads for it yet, either. I don't know if it just hasn't opened here yet, or what. But we'll see! 

Meanwhile, I've been watching a lot of movies here at home. This week, we watched a Doris Day movie (with Rock Hudson) I'd never seen before! It was great!!

How did your week go?

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  1. You're doing great with your goals! I've got to get started getting ready for school, too, since we're starting next week. I have most of my supplies; I just need to get them out.

    1. Thanks, Nikki! Best of luck with your homeschool planning, too.

  2. You've been doing a great job with your goals and your homeschooling planning. Both the books you've mentioned I am not familiar with. I'm going to order them from the library since they sound interesting. Am needing to update my wardrobe this year, and am so inspired by what you do with yours!

    1. Oh thanks so much, Ann!! Let me know what you think of the books.

  3. You had a great week :) Good progress - love reading your updates each week!!

    1. Thanks, Aurie!! I have fun writing them.


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