Welcome to another addition of “New Months Resolutions,”  where set myself up with goals for the coming month in hopes of becoming a better version of me.

Let’s take a look at last month, shall we?  In August I resolved to:

  1. Experiment more in the kitchen.
  2. Handle my finances.
  3. Get more creative with my workouts.
  4. Wear aprons.

I did okay.

  1. I did experiment more with tofu and almond milk. While flipping through my months worth of eating, the thing that struck (and disappointed) me most about August is that I ate out quite a bit.  Moderate fail on the creative cookery front.
  2. Manage my finances.  This one I did do, well, I’m still doing.  Many a call are in to my financial planner people, who only like to return calls when it is convenient.  I did however pay off the majority of my credit card, establish a budget for the third quarter of 2009, and set in motion a new retirement plan.  I think that deserves a pat on the back.
  3. This one I did alright on as well.  I’ve continued my adventures with exercising in the great outdoors, and have been faithful to my Boot-camp going.  I even ventured into the realm of dance class.  I only went to a couple of my old stand by spin classes in August, opting to try new things instead.  Good job Kim.
  4. Now, this is just pathetic.  Every time I walked into the kitchen I looked at my aprons and decided that whatever I was about to make didn’t warrant apron donning. It figures that the resolution that takes the least effort would be the one I totally failed at.  Boo.

What shall I do with myself this month?

It’s September.  It’s the end of Summer, which normally is a frown inspiring time, but honestly I’m not at all sad to see this Summer go. As far as Summers go, in my 26 years, this may have been my least favorite.  I’m all about Autumn.  Sock it to me Fall, with your crisp air, apple cider, and changing leaves.  I’m ready to soak in all you’ve got!

I’ve got to a lot to be happy about.  I have a new job, a new wardrobe, a new roommate but not for another month which means I can have an entire month of walking around naked!  Things are looking up.

Here’s what I’m going to work on to capitalize on all the good things I’ve got coming my way:

  1. Establish a healthy work life balance.  I’m brand spankin’ new to this company, which means I get to establish certain things about myself.  Things like taking an hour lunch everyday and managing expectations in regard to workload and hours.  All of the things I hated about my last job, because I let them happen, I can be more careful about preventing this time around.
  2. No Men Till 2010.  This was a friends idea.  Honestly, I’m kind of tired of dating, and dating just to date just plain sucks.  Of course declaring this to the universe and to my friends, meant that a few dozen possible suitors fell into my lap (not literally into my lap, as that would be counterproductive), but I’m keeping my distance from the more penisy blessed members of the human race for a while.  I’ve got a lot on my plate, I think the relationship I need to focus on most is the one I’ve got going on with myself.
  3. Meal Planning.  Like, I mentioned, I’ve put on some weight.  It’s nothing I can’t take off again, but it does mean that I need to be a bit more conscious of my eating habits.  This is my first week of work, and I haven’t gone grocery shopping in three weeks, so I’ll be buying lunch for the remainder of the week.  Excuses aside, I think now that I have a set eating schedule to keep me in line I’ll be more apt to stick to a plan of action when it comes to eating.  Not only does planning my meals ahead of time keep me in line with eating healthy foods, but it can also be a good way to make sure I eat enough.  Finding a middle ground is always the hard part, if left to my own devices it’s usually too much or too little.  So, the plan for September is to plan my Mondays-Fridays ahead of time, hopefully giving me a better scope of reference for eating all healthy-like.
  4. This one is just for fun, and I’m kind of stealing it from Lara’s Blog a few months ago.  Mani-Pedi regularly, and perhaps learn how to use a nail file on my own so my nails aren’t always breaking.  I’ve decided, and by decided I mean budgeted, to get a manicure and pedicure every two weeks.  That comes to roughly $40 a month in personal primping.

This is probably one of my more ambitious months, hell, I might even throw an apron-wear in just for good measure, but I think I’m at a place where I can really challenge myself to take care of my needs: at work, in my body, and in my personal life.

What are you planning this September?