September Reflection (2016)

“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.” ― Margaret J. Wheatley

Each month, I set aside a chunk of time to reflect on the previous month: memorable moments, lessons I learned, how I spent my time, how I’m different, who/what I’m grateful for, improvements for next month, and goals to work toward. I want to be more intentional in my personal development this year, and posting each month serves as a way to help keep me accountable.


  • Every so often, go out into nature to reset your perspective. It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of life, constantly connected and running from one appointment to the next. But out in the woods, those things can seem so trivial. Rest and reset — it’s healthy.
  • Life comes in seasons. This year has been a year of travel for me so far. But now my traveling (but not adventuring) has come to a close (for now). In the meantime, I’ll be putting in the work (and wearing lots of dresses 😳). I’ll be doing what I love (a.k.a. teaching lots of yoga), exploring PA (anyone want to venture to our “grand canyon”?), paying off debt, and saving up for my next big adventure.
  • Being clear about your priorities and knowing your goals can make decisions easier. I’m in big time saving mode to pay off debt and meet aggressive savings goals (well, aggressive for me). Having that knowledge makes it easier to say no to things that I am on the fence about (like an event that would put me out $20, when I could babysit during that same time and make $20). I’m cutting costs (moving out of my place to save on rent so I can double my car payments), and it’s not always easy or comfortable. But clarity in priority is key.

What big lessons have you learned over the past month? Share in the comments below!


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