Hi, friends! Although I already feel heavily invested in the rhythms of September, I want to spend some time reflecting on the golden season that was summer. If asked, I would definitely tell you that I value reflection, but in all truth, it’s often easier for me to skip the reflecting and just go straight to planning whatever comes next. Even if I have good memories from whatever I’m reflecting on, it feels uncomfortable to me to examine the things that I did (or did not!) do. I have the tendency to always feel like I fell short of what I wanted to accomplish. I’ve been noticing that I’m tainting more and more of my good memories and moments by thinking about everything I should have done differently, and that makes me sad. I want to practice walking into the discomfort of reflection and building the ability to appreciate the good things that I did/experienced, while being honest about what I’ve learned and how I can improve in the future.
I'm slowly getting into fall mode, and this cooler weather is definitely helping with that. In the next months, my writing goals include finishing up my notes for doing a workshop (on parenting - yay and yikes!) at a Ladies Retreat, and doing more editing on the Ruben book manuscript. I loved your post. All of it, but especially the prompts you used, and the pic of you and your dad admiring your diploma. Congrats on the "with high distinction"!