Monday Musings: Happiness Project, October

Another month of my Happiness Project is done! Some of my August resolutions, including making my bed every day, and following my to-do list. I still have the occasional clean-out. Actually I need to check my closet to get rid of fall/winter clothes.

Here were my September goals:

1. Exercise
2. Eat a salad
3. Practice a self-care ritual (Treat yo' self!)
4. Read a personal growth book
5. Meditate
6. Meal prep

This month I did a lot more personal care than normal. Nothing dramatic. Just putting on a sleeping mask at night for extra moisture. I created a lovely concoction to moisturize my feet at night: Dr. Teal's Pure Epsom Salt foot lotion and a few drops of mint essential oil. The mintiness of the oil helped relax the tired muscles of my legs and feet, plus epsom salt is great for muscle tension.

I ate a lot of salads with tomatoes from my garden---not every day, but most days. Much of my meal prep involved preparing my tomatoes from the garden for the freezer. I made roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce, and picante sauce. I meal prepped mainly on the weekends.

Exercise dropped off the middle of the month because of winegrape harvest, but I picked back up in the end with yoga class, which felt divine on my stiff muscles. I stand or walk around the vineyard most days and my feet get sore and my hip flexors get stiff.

I meditated every night before going to bed by listening to youtube videos. Gentlewhispering on youtube has helped me so much on sleepless nights! She makes ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) videos, which give you a sensation of relaxation across your scalp and even down your back. I also practiced progressive muscle relaxation by tensing my muscles and breathing in for a count of 4, holding my breath for 5, and then releasing my breath and muscles for a count of six.

My personal growth book didn't end up being some sort of psychological book. I read My Life in France by Julia Child, which was extremely inspiring. I got Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vol. I and II and The French Chef cookbooks and started reading them, and creativity really flowed. I want to devote more time to cooking than I have been this summer!

I'm excited about October's resolutions, mainly because it's fall and I get really inspired by fall ingredients. Also, Halloween is my favorite holiday so that's enough to get me excited. This month is all about being fearless, taking on challenges, and trying new things.

Quote of the month:

"If you're offered a seat on a rocketship, don't ask what seat! Just get on." ~Sheryl Sandberg

1. Happy Blogtober! (blog at least once a week!)
2. Make a new recipe
3. Read a journal article (scientific journal article)
4. Read a book for fun.
5. Become a minor expert (I want to learn more about French cooking!)
6. 2 Duolingo lessons/day (I want to re-learn some French!)