and there goes August + looking ahead

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So few grains of happiness
measured against all the dark
and still the scales balance.

The world asks of us
only the strength we have and we give it.
Then it asks more, and we give it.

From “The Weighing” by Jane Hershfield

August highlights
completed 64 workouts (strength, yoga, strength, cycle, hiking, running)
exceeded activity goal of 25,000 calories burned
perfect activity month (stand, move, exercise)
completed Psychology of Leadership certificate program
read five books
wrote five blog posts
completed five live Peloton rides with #Schweloton group
continued CommUNITY challenge + two volunteer projects
camped at Big Basin
appreciated local library reopening (curbside)
continued (almost) daily meditation practice
completed #Pelothon2020 + 50th ride
received 50 pound WW charm
hiked Mt. Tamalpais
continued exploring SF (Chrissy Field, Ocean Beach, Lyon Street steps)
discovered + binged “The Umbrella Academy”
filled our house with flowers
continued 40-by-40 challenge (less than a month to go!)
continued daily NYT mini crossword + Spelling Bee challenges
continued to check out local restaurants via delivery/takeout
continued using Habit app to track gratitude and other items
created many delicious meals
continued weekly “three good things” practice + blog post

September intentions + what I’m looking forward to
camp at Hendy Woods
continue CommUNITY challenge + give back
finish review of decade of 30s
read four books
write six blog posts
continue meditation practice
welcome fall (whatever that may look like in SF)
complete 40-by-40 challenge
continue #Schweloton live rides
meet Apple watch monthly fitness challenge
get back into book club (virtual)
celebrate 40th birthday (and try not to be too disappointed that it’s not happening in Italy)

open tabs
thoughts on a child-free life
COVID myths that won’t go away
thinking about giving one of these art classes a try
or maybe one of these classes
dreaming of when I may be able to visit this zen center in-person
adding a few of these plant-based recipes to our meal planning
making time to do nothing is even more important when you’re busy
using a “cupboard list” to feel better when don’t know what’s wrong
books to change your life (what would you add to this list?)
encouraging read as I prepare for a milestone birthday
adding a few of these to the future travel list
pondering the comfort of cliches in a time of crisis
reminding myself a lot lately that I am more than my work (and so are you)
considering a non-traditional team building through tea
encouraging read as I prepare for a milestone birthday
adding a few of these to the future travel list

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