Trying to not let September kick my butt

It is very hard for me to believe that September is already here. Labor day usually marks the “unofficial” end of summer, even if there are still a few weeks left, but I’m not so sure that I’m ready for the summer to be over. Even if the fall is one of my favorite times of the year. I love sundresses and sandals and grilling on the back deck. I’m sad that’s almost over for the year.

September is the start of a very busy few months. For the foreseeable future, we don’t have a weekend where there isn’t something going on. The coming weeks will be filled with three weddings (all of which are out-of-town), some of Jarrod’s family coming into town, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Gourmet Gala, Jarrod taking a week-long trip to Canada, and dozens other events and plans. By that time, we’re already up to Thanksgiving and the holiday season will be upon us. It’s crazy how fast time flies sometimes.

In the past month, I haven’t accomplished all that I set out to do, but at the same time, I am proud of the work that I have done. I started back to school and raised awareness for ostomies on the Huffington Post’s blog. All in all, I’d say it was a successful month. The one thing that has suffered is my training. That was part of my goals for this month was to be diligent in working out and running, but unfortunately, that just hasn’t happened. I have just been so caught up with getting back into school and other events going on that I just haven’t felt like I’ve had the time. I had been good at getting to bed earlier to wake up with enough time to go for a run or swim, but now I’ve been staying up a little later getting things done and just haven’t had the energy to get up that early. I’m honestly not sure what my plan is for that right now, because I definitely don’t want to give up on it, but I don’t yet know the best way to handle it. That’s something that I will have to figure out.

graduate school college university study books learning stephanie hughes stolen colon crohn's colitis ostomy blogThis month is going to be all about time management for me. Now that I’m a couple of weeks into the semester, the pressure is on to stay up to date on all of our readings and making sure that I am prepared for class each week. So far, it’s going well though. It is working for me to do a short time of studying each night without overloading myself too much. I think this is going to be a good process for me.

I am actually nervous to put together a list of goals for this month because I feel like just keeping up with everything going on each day is going to keep me busy enough. Just this week, for example, I need to get all of my studying done tomorrow, the local ostomy group meets Tuesday, then I have class on Wednesday and I have to work late on Thursday. Suddenly, it’s next weekend and I haven’t really had any time at home all week.

That being said, that is my goal for this month: to keep up with the every day. It’s going to take some work to stay on top of everything, so not stressing out is my other goal. Wish me luck!

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