You know I love to celebrate a victory here on the blog. My most recent goals recap was — admittedly — chock full of humble brags… and I’m OK with that! I think we should all feel empowered to share our successes with each other, as long as we’re creating space for others to do the same. Basically, you can (and should) humble brag whenever you feel is appropriate, just as long as you’re prepared to throw a little humble brag party and invite all of your friends.
If I’m going to be open about my successes, though, I also think it’s important to be open about the things that I could be doing better. And with life being so crazy right now — in all the best ways, with weddings and exciting work opportunities and our big apartment move around the corner — there are definitely places where I feel like I’ve been coming up short recently. We can’t do it all, right?
With that in mind, here are a few things that I’m currently working on.
I’m working on getting back to a healthy, positive, consistent place with blogging and my personal social media. I feel like the blog has really suffered since I launched the podcast, and since I’m now managing multiple social media channels for SSR, I’ve also stopped posting to my personal Instagram… which I typically love doing! I need to figure out how to balance my passion projects with my day job, and I need to work on finding a healthier relationship with social media, more generally. I’m a firm believer that Instagram can be a positive place that’s not about obligation or posting a certain number of times per week. It’s hard to live that, though, when so much of your work overlaps with social media. I think I can get back there eventually. Maybe I just needed to step back for a bit.
I’m working on finding peace with a little bit of uncertainty. Our move is now a little less than four weeks away (which, if you can believe it, is actually a really long lead time here in New York City!), and since we’re traveling every weekend between now and then, I’m having a lot of trouble wrapping my head around the fact that this transition is actually going to happen and picturing what it’s going to look like when it does. I think I need to just get comfortable with that reality for now and enjoy all the exciting celebrations we have in the meantime.
I’m working on eating cleaner. I let myself get into some not-so-great snacking habits earlier in the summer, and I’m finally coming out of it now and feeling better.
I’m working on not stressing about how “well” the podcast is doing. Fun fact: it’s really hard to find metrics about your podcast, and since I’m a bit of a control freak, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t really hard for me not to have a better handle on how the show is actually growing. But I’m working on it!
I’m working on packing and organizing small nooks of our apartment as we go. Under-the-bathroom-sink cabinet, why must you be so daunting?
I’m working on screen time. Aren’t we all always working on screen time? Matt and I have both been working a lot after-hours recently, so it feels like it’s easier to always have our computers and phones in front of us. I need to get back in touch with that part of myself that shuts down work at a certain time, no matter how easy it is to try to squeeze in one. more. thing in front of the TV at night. When we move into our new place, I think we can really try to redraw the boundaries… and when we get our puppy, we’re going to have to change things up : )
I’m working on my hair. (See — it’s not all super serious!) With all the humidity and rain we’ve had here recently, it’s been in a messy bun 99 percent of the time these past few weeks. Eventually, I’m going to have to do something about that.
I’m working on finding more time to enjoy random articles and essays online. I talked about this in my most recent goals post, but I want to do a better job of consistently reading work from the outlets I want to write for. It’s important field research!
I’m working on not staring obsessively at the giant pile of half-packed boxes sitting in my office at the moment. (That’s not going very well.)
I’m working on staying further ahead of my reading schedule for SSR so I’m not cramming reading sessions — and then research sessions, which take longer than you might think! — the night before a recording. Last-minute is so not my style.
I’m working on stretching more consistently, since I’ve been running again.
I’m working on getting less freaked out about my inbox. HELP.
What are you working on? Tell me more in the comments below and we can keep each other accountable!