September can be a funny month. The start of a new term, children moving onwards and upwards, a chill in the air meaning that autumn is on its way and most of all, change. I’ve concluded that humans don’t like change very much.
Don’t make me go home!
During our last few days in Guernsey I was sort of dreading the return home, to life and a daily routine. And then I re-visited the “roundabout” as per my earlier post and I decided that either September could rule me, or I could get my schizzle together and tackle it head on. So before I left Guernsey I started to get my act together and I sent just one or two emails of things that I knew needed doing around the house, just to get the ball rolling. Little steps and all that.
So in no particular order these are things that I’m going to tackle and this is what I have in mind to do – a list of New (school) Year Resolutions – if you like.
Stuff around the house:
I’ve contacted a local handy man. The tap in our downstairs loo needs fixing, plus I have pictures to go up. I’d like to re-grout the bathroom floor and buy a new blind for the bathroom too. Even knowing that those things are in hand have made me feel better.
The girls have both tidied their bedrooms and the car is full of stuff for the charity shops. I’ve been through my wardrobe and sorted my clothes out, meaning that I now have a better idea of what I have and what I’d like to add. That too is a weight lifted.
There’s a chair I’d like re-covering, and I’d like to replace the blind in the spare room as well as get a new sheepskin rug for it – so those things are now in hand.
I’ve booked the decorator to come at the end of October to paint one of the bedrooms and also the bathroom. We’ve been in this house for nearly 13 years now and neither room has been decorated since we arrived. How bad is that?!
So that’s it for the house for now, other than needing a new desk chair. It’s GCSE year for our son and he will be sitting at his desk a lot. Oh yes, he will!
Stuff to do for me:
Get a hair cut. I purposefully haven’t had my hair cut for ages but now is the time to go for the chop. That will make me feel a whole lot better.
Think about having a spot of botox. I’ve never really seriously contemplated it before now but I might just investigate it. It may not go any further than that but there’s no harm in looking.
Get back to eating 3 proper meals a day rather than summer type food. I love home made soups and stews and with the marathon coming up, I need to keep on top of my nutrition game even more.
Plan my winter wardrobe – but that’s worthy of a blog post in its own right!
Back from holiday and contemplating the jobs (and washing!) to be done
Stuff to do for work:
Say “yes” to more things that I’m invited to do. Historically I’ve felt that every minute of my working day should be accounted for – it stems from having time sheets as a lawyer. But I need to get out and have more fun at events, socials, networking and just in general.
Manage my work streams better. Being freelance I have lots of different “arms” to my work from personal styling, to fashion and commercial styling, TV work, blogging, working with brands and running style events. I’m never quite sure that I’m top of all of them at all times. Any tips would be gratefully received!
Get on top of my social media. My profile pics need updating, my Pinterest link doesn’t work on my blog and there are a million and other one little things that need attending to.
Get back in the shops pronto so I that I can fully suss out the new season’s collections in preparation for all the personal shopping I have coming up.
Sort out all my paperwork and maybe do my tax return before the end of October, rather than waiting until the end of January.
First day back at work – judging the Midlands Media Awards. Excuse the knackered plant pots. I’m going to go and move them RIGHT NOW!
Stuff to do for the children:
With Flo heading off to University, there are a lot of things that I need to do with her. We need to shop for bits and bobs, get her meningitis C vaccination organised and I need to help her with her bank accounts and finances.
So that’s my list of tasks for the month ahead. Does anyone else have anything that they want to add? Is there anything that you routinely do in September? (Please don’t mention Christmas!!!) and which makes you feel a whole lot better. Oh but of course I forgot the most important thing. September traditionally means new school shoes….so a new pair of shoes must feature in there somewhere!