I didn’t achieve as many of my July goals as I would have liked but I did manage to tick off a few and with the start of August here I now have a whole new chance to achieve a few more goals
Gretchen Rubin in her book The Happiness Project dedicated August to Eternity: contemplating the heavens with the following ideas:
- Read memoirs of catastrophe
- Keep a gratitude notebook
- Imitate a spiritual master
Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy suggests the following joyful simplicities for August to help bring more harmony to your everyday life:
- Rediscover the books you loved as a child.
- Consider starting or joining a book club.
- Start your search for a choice second-hand book shop.
- Experience heaven on earth with an assortment of sacred sounds that soothe.
- Get Julia Cameron’s book The Artists Way & start her 12 week course.
- Treat yourself to a deluxe box of Crayola crayons to use to create a poster.
Trinny & Susannah in their book The Survival Guide: A Woman’s Secret Weapon For Getting Through The Year say that August is the time to think about getting more time out of your day by doing some of the following:
- Reloading your music player with new tunes.
- Getting your highlights done.
- Going through your summer wardrobe & writing a list of what’s missing.
- Treating yourself to a great pair of shoes.
- Putting in place regular routines that will help you get out the door in 10 minutes.
- Learning some quick beauty fixes
- Making travel time work for me
Kim Carruthers in her book Less is More: How to De-clutter Your Life she says August is the perfect time to:
- Donate the winter clothes you didn’t wear.
- Continue planning for the Christmas holidays.
Rhonda Hetzel in her book The Simple Home: A Month-by-month Guide To Self-Reliance, Productivity and Contentment says that August is the time for domestic crafts, sewing and household linens.
Julia Cameron in her book The Artists Way: A Course In Discovering And Recovering Your Creative Self is more than an amazing book, its a practical step by step instruction manual in tapping into your creativity. It is very involved and I want to give myself the best chance of success so I am going to rejig her twelve week course into a 12 month course and suggest that maybe you do the same. In order to do this week one will become:
August: Recovering A Sense of Safety
- Morning Pages
- Artist date: Five & Dime
- Time Travel: three old enemies
- Time travel: monster hall of fame horror story
- Letter to the editor
- Time travel: three old champions
- Time travel: Thank you letter
- Imaginary Lives
- Affirmations & blurts
- Artists date: 20 minute walk
- Check in