September is my favorite month of the year. Not only is it my birthday month, but it’s also the beginning of the fall season. YAY! Bring on the pumpkin spice lattes, jackets and scarves. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

But before I get caught up thinking about fall, I thought I’d share my current pursuits and September goals.

What I’m Reading/Listening To:
This is the second Liane Moriarty book I’ve read this year and I really enjoyed it! The book jumps back and forth between present time and the day of the barbecue (the event that the book is centered around), so you get a glimpse of the aftermath while you’re figuring out exactly what happened. There are so many twists and turns. And, I enjoyed that it’s set in Sydney, Australia.Yes, THAT Gizelle Bryant – former wife of Rev. Jamal Bryant and current star of The Real Housewives of Potomac. I can’t remember exactly how I discovered that she wrote a book, but reading the summary I figured it would be a “fictional” account of her relationship with Jamal Bryant. It was exactly what I expected. If you’re looking for something deep, you may want to pass on this one. However, if you’re nosy like me and want a quick read, this book is for you.

My goal this year is to read 24 books (two books each month), but so far I’ve only read nine. According to Goodreads, I’m seven books behind. I have a lot of catching up to do! If you want to keep track of what I’m reading this year, feel free to follow along here.

What I’m Watching:
I’ve been binge watching Criminal Minds all summer. I have no idea how I got hooked, but I totally am. I recognize this is weird and maybe a little disturbing. It’s just so interesting! Dr. Spencer Reid is my favorite. I’m currently on season 11. Netflix only goes up to season 12 and this fall starts season 15. So, I need to figure out how to watch seasons 13 and 14.

What I’m Eating:
A couple of months ago, I tried a three-day juice cleanse. I felt so much better after the cleanse. No bloating or stomach pains. It was great! Since then, I’ve tried to eat as clean as possible, specifically leaning toward a more vegetarian diet. I still eat chicken and fish, but have completely eliminated beef, pork and most processed foods. Recently, I’ve also tried to stay away from dairy. I was sick a couple of weeks ago and my throat felt like I swallowed a box of nails. The only thing that soothed it was ice cream. While it was good and it helped my throat feel better, my stomach was not happy.

Now if I can just stay away from the sweets…

What I’m Loving:
Yoga! My first experience with yoga a few years ago did not go well. I was extremely anxious and almost had a panic attack because I was so worried about whether or not I was doing the poses right. There was nothing relaxing or zen about it.

Fast forward to this summer when I decided to get moving again. I was looking for creative ways to stay in shape (anything besides going to a gym) when I stumbled upon a 30-day membership at a local yoga studio. I’m in a much better place with regards to my mental health, and several people have told me about the benefits of yoga. So, I put my previous experience to the side and gave it a try. Turns out, I love it – especially hot yoga!! When my 30-day trial membership expired, I took the plunge and signed up for a month-to-month membership. And y’all, it ain’t cheap. But ultimately, it brings me joy and my body feels good after a class, so the money is worth it.

What I’m Wearing:
T-shirts with a message, specifically shirts from Beacon Threads. I found this faith-based apparel line through a random Facebook ad and have been following it ever since. I ordered this shirt for Lavell for Father’s Day and threw this one in for myself, taking advantage of a buy one, get one 50% off sale. I’ve since ordered this one for myself and have my eye on a couple of others.

I’m a big fan of supporting Black businesses and the fact that it’s run by a young married couple makes me want to support Beacon Threads even more.

What I’m Looking Forward To:
College football season! My nephew Sheridan plays cornerback for the #1 ranked (as of this post) Clemson Tigers. I had the privilege of attending the season opener with my sister (Sheridan’s mom), Sheridan’s girlfriend and one of his mentors. To say we had a good time would be an understatement. Words can’t describe how it felt to see him play (he got lots of playing time in the second half!) and to witness the Clemson football game-day atmosphere. I’m sure I’ll be posting more throughout the season because I’m that #crazyfootballaunt. (And, #crazybaseballaunt for that matter. My youngest nephew plays baseball.)
What I’m Dreading:
Actually, nothing! I’m so grateful for where I am in this season. I know it won’t always be like this (See John 16:33), but I’m trying to find joy in the journey.

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With that said, I’m also trying to be more intentional. That means setting clear goals, writing them down and holding myself accountable to them. I’m sharing them here so you know they’re real. LOL. Here are my September goals:

  1. Read at least two books
    I mentioned earlier that I’m way behind on my reading goal for the year, so it definitely wouldn’t hurt if I read more than two. But I’m trying to keep my goals realistic and attainable.
  2. Blog once per week
    I’ve missed my little corner of the internet and want to have a regular posting schedule. There’s nothing left to do but to do it.
  3. Exercise 4x per week
    This may seem like a lot, but it really is doable. In addition to yoga, which I do twice per week, I also joined a Black Girls Run Hampton Roads meet up group. We meet every Tuesday and Thursday morning and get in about 3.5 miles. I’m on the walk/jog ministry, but am working my way up to running. So, it’s not that hard to get in four days of exercise – IF I stick to the schedule.
  4. Start Tithing
    My family just joined a church here in Virginia Beach. Shout out to Ebenezer Baptist Church! We’re excited to jump in and get involved, and I recognize that includes tithing. Real talk, it’s been YEARS since I’ve tithed so I know it will be an adjustment. I also know I’ll be blessed by my obedience.
  5. Create an Emergency Fund
    Our finances are all over the place and I’m over it. My job is launching a financial wellness program this month and I’m definitely participating. With almost every financial wellness program I’ve seen, the first step is establishing an emergency fund. So this is where I’ll start.
  6. Attend my sorority’s cluster meeting
    This year I became an active member of my sorority again and joined a local chapter. Each fall, several chapters in our area get together for a one-day conference. I’m excited to attend this one and get even more plugged into the business of the sorority.
  7. CELEBRATE MY BIRTHDAY!
    Enough said.

Whew! That’s about it. What are you currently pursuing? What are your September goals? Do you have any book recommendations? Sound off in the comments.

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