The 2014 Directive // September {Prep for Seattle}

Oh, hi, remember me? I’m surprised this thing still works. I had to dust a couple cob webs off, but I think we’re back in business here!

I’m obviously very late to my own party here with The 2014 Directive and to my girls who were on the ball, time to link up!

Summer has completely blown by before my eyes. My day job continues to rip me apart (time wise) but I’m starting to think I’m addicted to the chaos. It’s a huge lesson in self discovery, I tell ya! I’m also building up a TON of great content related to organization and time management…just wish I had the time to share it…ironic, no?!

In any case, let’s get to the fun part!

september directive

What is The 2014 Directive?

The 2014 Directive started on January 1st as a “modern new year’s resolution.” It’s an Instagram & blog link-up structured in a way to maximize success of your goals by setting them on a monthly basis. Whether you need to lose a couple pounds, organize your closet, or save a bit of cash, The 2014 Directive structure will get you there.

There are no strict guidelines for participating and you set your own goals. Whatever is relevant to your life each month!

{read more about The 2014 Directive here}

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How can I participate and link-up?

Visit The 2014 Directive details page for all the information you need to get started on the right foot. You can participate by linking up your blog post below and/or sharing your goal on Instagram (#the2014directive) with a smattering of photos throughout the month.

This month’s link-up will be open until September 30th, so add your September Directive post any time during the month.

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My September Directive

If you saw where we’re moving, you probably knew this would be an upcoming Directive of mine!

September’s Directive is to Prep for Seattle! Tons of stuff needs to get done, but the good news is most of our belongings are already packed away in storage. Plus, our movers are packing all of our stuff before loading into their truck, so minimal packing is required which is so needed given my currently hectic schedule.

The specific goals I’ll achieve this month are:

> Tour a couple apartments in Seattle during a business trip (holla!!) — I’m in Seattle 9/10 thru 9/13 next week and have some apartments to look at on Friday, 9/12. We originally aimed to rent a house, but I’m starting to think we need more amenities at less cost with less responsibility (yardwork – yuck). Our goal is to save for a brand spanking new build in a couple years, so we think this is the best path.

> Finish assembling my moving binder — I have the binder, tabs are labeled, and some stuff is already popped into the binder. I still need to work on the home inventory recaps and gathering other information related to our cross country drive and things we need to get done right when we arrive in Washington.

> Research Washington — I’d like to create a date night list as well as prepare to hit the ground running with getting our driver’s licenses, finding additional furnishings, etc. We arrive the evening of Monday, 10/27 and we’re both back to work the following Monday, so we have a short window in which to set ourselves up as brand new residents of the State of Washington.

I can’t believe we’re only 6.5 weeks away from hitting the road on 10/22 to drive cross-country (DC to Seattle). How crazy is that??

I’m super excited to read all about your goals! Make sure to link-up below any time this month.

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Past Directive Progress Reports

August 2014 (the link-up) ~ Puppy Love

I definitely achieved a satisfactory level of puppy love in August. Lots and lots of snuggles but also many frustrations. These girls are totally missing their daddy and their mama is so busy all day that I just know they’re bored. They didn’t get nearly enough walks as I had planned and I admit I didn’t stay out for 10 minutes each time we went to the backyard. I did finish Breaking Bad with my girls by my side, so that was a win. Ha!

July 2014 (the link-up) ~ Hit the Barre

Boo July! Total fail. I hit the Barre only 3 out of 12 times. I’m super disappointed in myself and really frustrated at my inability to see this particular goal through. I was excited for it for so long! Pure Barre was an AWESOME workout each time I went and I’m hooked, but the whole get up, leave the house, go workout, come home and try to work more after didn’t work out too well. I need to figure out some kind of routine to get myself in the habit. I think I’ll eventually try the Pure Barre home DVDs and equipment. I’m definitely losing momentum this summer with all my Directives but hope August changes that.

June 2014 (the link-up) ~ Relax

I’ve made it through the May OUAT block since June but I’m still behind on June and July. Looks like I’m coming up close on being behind August too. I’ve not even picked up Storm of Swords since June so definitely no reading in the cards lately. I’ve sold a couple of my half page planners in the Etsy shop so that’s exciting!

May 2014 (the link-up) ~ Detoxify

I’m still down 15 pounds with continued sugar reduction through July. I’m feeling great and am super happy with my decision to limit sugar. I could do better though – definitely less restrictive than in May.

I haven’t really stuck with my digital detox quite like the month of May, but things are going well as far as detaching myself from social media. I really don’t feel tied to anything (except Instagram). I’m always up for more ways to simplify my digital life so I’m keeping my eyes and ears open!

April 2014 (the link-up) ~ Focus on Food

I’m still focusing on food especially with the sugar detox. I now have only myself to feed so meal planning is much easier. I haven’t used the meal plan binder as much since my grocery list is about 10 items strong but if I find more time to experiment with recipes I’ll get back to planning. Otherwise, I’ll probably pick this up again in November when we move!

March 2014 (the link-up) ~ Take Care of Myself

8 hours of sleep is my number one priority and with the dogs, it’s near impossible. Kate loves waking up at 5am when she starts hearing the birds chirp, then we try to get back to sleep until at least 6:30am. That’s tough! As far as going to sleep, it’s hard for me to be in bed before 11pm but we’re trying to hit 8:30pm which is when the dogs wind down (sleep when they sleep, they say!!) Other than that, still just trying to keep up good habits to feel good overall.

February 2014 (the link-up) ~ Organize & Purge my Closet

I got my first StitchFix (referral link) in March and kept all 5 items. I got my second StitchFix in June and due to the weight loss, only one item worked out. I should have been more liberal with my size changes as I LOVED the items I was sent and wanted to keep it all again…so sad! I recently got my third fix and kept all 5 items again! HOORAY!

January 2014 (the link-up) ~ Complete a “No Spend” Month

We’ve really done well since the January no spend month and have knocked out over half of Nate’s student loan. It’s pretty awesome!

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Notes for Next Month

October’s Directive with progress reporting for January-September will be live on Wednesday, September 25, 2014. This date is listed in the (free to download) Participant Planner so you won’t forget and if you join the Google+ Community, you’ll get a reminder there as well!

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The Link-Up

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