September Resolutions! Time for a Fall Refresh

I’m one of those people that tends to think of September as a time to make resolutions, not January. Guess I never outgrew the whole Back To Schoolย  feeling. I mean, how could I? I was a lab tech in high schools so, yeah-I was ALWAYS in school! ๐Ÿ˜›

So, I thought I’d share my September Resolutions! Maybe you’d like to join me in some of them?

1. Simplify my makeup stash and life.

I’ve been slowly going through my makeupย and have gotten rid of A LOT of stuff. But now, I want to be more ruthless. I’m kind of tired of STUFF. I don’t know, maybe it’s an age thing? But lately it just seems like too much stuff just slows me down and stresses me out. I hate feeling anxious about makeup and skincare. I miss the days of LOVING my makeup. Right now I look at it and go UGGGH, why? So everyday I’m going to start decluttering a part of my life-be it makeup, skincare, clothes-all of it needs a reduction. How many spatulas does a person need?!! I might even share my progress with you all, if you’d like to see. Just let me know!

2. Learn to meditate

I have a good friend that’s a Buddhist and she’s been trying to get me to learn how to meditate. So I’m finally going to do it! I need something to quiet the inner demons that clutter my thoughts. I’ve always been an extremely anxious person, so I think meditating will help me CALM. THE. F$$K. DOWN. And I want to feel more grateful for everything, like my friend Tanyaย does. She’s such an inspiration and I want to be more thankful for what I have.

ย 3.ย Read more

I’ve been seriously slacking on the reading front lately. I’ve downloaded a bunch of awesome books that soundedย really good, so I’m going to start relaxing with a good book every day.

4. Eat more veggies.

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Roasted turnips and rutabagas seasoned with salt and pepper

More veggies, less bread, less CHEESE. I love cheese. Sometimes I think I was a mouse in a past life since I love cheese so much. I’ve decided I’m going to have to go cold turkey and lay off the cheese for a bit. Once the last Babybel in my fridge has been eaten I promise to not buy anymore cheese… for awhile. And I LOVE roasted/grilled veggies like you wouldn’t believe! So, my plate will by veggie-full from now on. And cheese-less too. ย ๐Ÿ˜›

5. Try Yoga…again.

I’ve tried yoga, and hated it to be honest. I’m not very flexible and the poses are just painful and stressful for me. But my gym actually has a more healing type of yoga that I actually enjoyed trying. It wasn’t about all the weird poses so much- more mindful healing poses and breathing techniques. It was kind of cool. So, I’m going to start trying to make it to those classes again. These old bones could use it.

6. Drink More Smoothies

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I think I’ve told you before that I’m not a very good fruit eater-if someone cuts it up for me I’m all over it and will eat it all. But on my own? I just don’t eat fruit for some reason? And I have a Vitamix Blender that sits on my counter, so it’s time to use the damn thing! I’ve already started replacing lunch with a protein smoothie the last couple of days and I swear I feel better already. I think I’ll even share the better tasting ones I’ve tried with you all if that’s ok!

7. Try and go for daily walks, weather permitting…even if it’s by myself.

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When Terry is home, we always go for a walk. I really love going for long walks with my hubby, because we get to talk about stuff. Walking isย very cathartic for us. But for some reason when I’m alone, I tend not to go. That’s gonna change. I’m going to learn to love going on walks all by myself, until it gets impossible to walk because of the cold and snow. Honestly, it’s not the cold and snow that would stop me, it’s the fact that people around here aren’t very good at shovelling the sidewalks. Walking in the winter in Edmonton is dicey and dangerous, and I’m getting close to that age where a fall could mean a broken hip HAHAHA. Seriously, not kidding. Then again, maybe I’ll get some walking poles for the winter-that might help, hey? Hmmm….will have to look into it! If not, maybe I’ll take up snowshoeing-I have done it in the past and it’s great fun and an amazing winter workout!

8. Get a good telescope and start stargazing

Looking at the stars has been an on and off again hobby for me and Terry, but this year we want to really get back into it. We’re looking at getting a decent telescope soon and having some fun together! It’s an interest we both share and love which is cool when that happens. It’s not like I can take him to Zumba with me HAHAHAHA, although I sometimes wonder if he’d like it…. ย ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

I think that’s it…for now at least! I can’t think of anything else, but maybe you’ve got some September resolutions to share? I might like one of them and add it to mine!

  • I like these resolutions, Tracy! I love going for walks by myself, it gives me time to think about things and calms me down plus it’s exercise so it’s always good.

    I should start reading more too, what books have you downloaded? I could use some recommendations?

    • Yes! I want to like walking by myself as well. I might even buy an audio book to listen too while walking maybe!
      I downloaded a few books that were recommended for people who miss Harry Potter, so The Magicians, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Cinder, and The Alchemist. So far I’ve started The Magicians and love it!

  • Lily

    Oh I love reading but I just don’t have the time! When I do, I try to catch up on sleep. … hence the slow down in blogging. I’m trying to reduce as well. I already gave out a bunch of stuff to friends and family and I still need to give more. Who needs 50 different blushes, right?

    As for exercise, I’m already doing it regularly and I dropped one dress size. I want to drop another so I want to do more, eat less. It’s the eating part that gets tricky. I’m a carb addict. It’s really 90% nutrition, 10% sweat. No point dying at the gym then go eat a whole bowl of ramen. Hehe!

    • Me too, I haven’t had the time lately. But I’ll be by myself a lot in the future, so reading is a good way to pass the time!
      YAY for you! Yeah, I agree-I’m hoping to finally see changes with no cheese and less bread myself!

  • Great resolutions! I made yoga a resolution in January and I’ve completely fallen in love! If you want any recommendations for good online options, let me know! Also, yoga and mediation really go hand in hand, so one will definitely help with the other ๐Ÿ™‚ And yeah, I definitely have to simplify my stash too!

    • Thanks! Happy for you! Yes, the yoga I like is more meditative, so maybe that’s why I like it!

  • Liz

    I love your fall resolutions. Was just looking at all the kids going back to school and feeling a bit adrift. I’m working on some goals right now but it might be nice to set it down and really commit.

    And I think with Marky out of the house, it’s a good time to buckle down and get rid of all the excess clutter. I’m waiting for the weather to cool down to tackle my bookshelves. Going to get rid of one shelf that’s falling apart and fill another with all the unreads until I destash them or read them.

    • Thanks man! Yeah, do it! Commit to them! JOIN me hahaha!
      Yeah, exactly what I was thinking! I can really get rid of stuff without her here. And send her stuff, like DVDs. WHY do I need them now?

  • Guppy

    Noooo! Life’s not worth living without cheese! Maybe try what I like – make a big mixed veggie casserole and top it with cheese – best of both worlds! ๐Ÿ˜€
    And where do I sent the PayPal payment to get a shipment of your ‘unloved’ cosmetics now? lol!

    • HAHAHA, I KNOW. And uggh, no I gotta stop for a bit-THEN I’ll make the veggie casserole hahaha!
      LOL! I might have a blog sale, I don’t know. It’s such a hassle though.

  • I grew up with school starting in February in New Zealand so all these back to school posts are very confusing ๐Ÿ˜€ was it yin yoga that you’ve been doing? That’s seriously my favourite of the styles I’ve tried. Been meaning to take up yoga in general again – have been doing weights with a PT and I miss it!

    • Hahahaha I believe it would be for you!
      YES that was IT! It’s the only kind I can stand!

  • so many positive life goals here! i think there comes a point for a beauty blogger when they just feel overwhelmed by the stuffs and they nee dto do something about it. i know liz is going through that and to a degree, so am i! it feels good to give away things and its not like a have a large space to keep things anyways.
    yes to meditation! my mind literally races sometimes or is so inundated with low energy or negative thoughts, stresses or anxieties. i learned a bit about zen buddhism a while ago and it really helped keep things in perspecitve. i hope mediation helps for you! i need to do something to help me quiet my mind.
    as for yoga…yea. i dont know if i can really get into it. some yogis are so…’wu-wu’ ya know? but i’ve found Yoga with Adrienne on youtube to be the most normal yogi i’ve tried so far.
    and yes to reading and veggies. i love both of those things and indulge in both regularly.
    good luck!!!

    • Thanks! Yeah, I give away stuff, donate it, but there’s still all this CRAP around here. It has to go-it’s me or the stuff LOL!
      I hope it helps too. My brain is always thinking. I need to quiet it down.
      Hahaha, I know what you mean. I will check out the YT channel!

  • HEY YOU ARE LIKE ME!!! I am not a good fruit eater, either! I’ve been making my own breakfast smoothies and putting fruit in them tho. They really help add to my daily fruit/vegetable consumption! Stargazing sounds so lovely. I did that a couple of times in a friend’s grandparents’ holiday house, but it was always so dang cold out in the open at night :p

    • Yeah, I just don’t eat fruit unless it’s put in front of me. Smoothies are easy!
      I don’t mind the cold hahaha as you know-it’s going to be fun!

  • Wow…it is kinda awesome that every single thing on your list is what I really need to get back into!! I’ve been trying to make more smoothies and walking my pup definitely helps, but I totally want to learn how to meditate. I am way too anxious all the time.

  • Eyeshadow Addict

    Try the free app called Calm. It’s great for learning meditation. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ha ha ha how many spatulas do you own?? Stargazing sounds like a brilliant resolution

    • 3? One of them is going in the garbage for sure it’s SO OLD. Like probably 25 years old like our marriage HAHAHA!

  • Hey Tracy, I see myself in here… I’m quite anxious and have never considered meditation but perhaps I should! I’m with you with the fruit eating too (or non-fruit eating more like it). I think I should write a set of resolutions like this in my blog. Do you think that having them exposed to the world would make you “stricter” on carrying them out? xx
    PS that photo for your daily walks looks like you should go for walks everyday to admire that scenery!

    • Yes I think it helps in accomplishing them for sure!
      Sunsets are so pretty and one of my favourite things to look at! I try to time my walks to end with that view!

  • Love your spatula! ;D

    Ok, so I was inspired by you and Liz and I managed to throw out a shoeboxful of makeup although I’m still holding onto a 2 year old Revlon lipstick. ;p
    And I’m just like you. I’m trying to make fruit smoothie everyday because I don’t really enjoy eating fruits. I’ve also read that frozen fruits are pretty good in terms of nutritions since they are picked ripe. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hahaha, me too! That one STAYS lol!
      Hahaha, Another fruit problem person! So many of us I had no idea! I use mainly frozen fruit-they’re better in smoothies anyways!Makes them cold!

  • Decluttering is such a thing right now but it’s resonating more and more with me too. I’m in the habit of grabbing one old piece out of my wardrobe each week to donate to charity and
    I’m finding that rather than accumulating shoes like I used to my shoe collection is in a steady decline as I get rid of more than I buy and I get more fussy about WHAT I buy too – comfort is EVERYTHING these days! Now my makeup collection is undeniably out of control and stressing me out too – I’m s-l-o-w-l-y and painstakingly learning to part with the unwanted items there, although the hoarder in me makes me wear each item (unless it’s gone bad) just to be sure before I can purge it. Baby steps i guess!

    • I’m going through my stuff, and the blush is the hardest. I’m gonna have to wear what I’ve kept to see if it’s worth keeping, so I see why you like doing that! It is beneficial!

  • Christine Fau

    Tracy, I can totally relate to what you’re saying. I am wondering about moving into one of those tiny houses one day. I would HAVE to downsize then! ๐Ÿ™‚ BTW, I love your skull spatula!

    • YES. I want a tiny house SO MUCH. I’m so tired. Sometimes I feel like just leaving it all hahaha!
      Yeah, me too! That one stays LOL!

  • telle

    Tracy! LoVe your september resolutions!! i think stargazing with Terry is pretty neat- maybe this is something Rod and i should try. i couldnt agree more than walking with the hubs- rod and i did this a lot prior to elijah being born and he is still too young for us to do later evening walks, although we try to go early evening when our schedules permit. it is a great time for us to bond, talk, relate, and get exercise. ๐Ÿ™‚ do you have a fitbit Tracy? for me, starting to walk (by myself) was absolutely motivated by a few pounds (literally), weightwatchers and fitbit, which has been the platform for me getting back into running. it has been such a game changer for me, and i feel so much better than i did in terms of energy, productivity, and control of my life. So, cheers to you, cheers to me! ๐Ÿ™‚ i think your yoga classes sound really good and something i should check into at my local gym here too- do you know the type of yoga? it would be good cross training for running and restorative too! my last in progress resolution has been to spend less time wasting on the digital front and i have been pretty good about that; my need to make a resolution is to get more connected and plugged into a faith community, which hasn’t happened since we moved (although i recently processed the grief related to that loss, yay me!). ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for sharing all of your resolutions, Tracy, and for keeping it real. I love that about your blog, i love that about you! ๐Ÿ™‚ as an aside, are you doing another blog sale?

    xo’s t

    • Thanks Telle! Walks are the best! I love them! I need a fitbit I think, I’ve been looking at them-just gotta finally bite the bullet! I think it’ll help me move more for sure!
      I’m sorry I don’t remember the name of the yoga-Yin maybe? I’ll ask next time I go!
      Aww, thanks love! I appreciate that! Maybe? I might do a blog sale, we’ll see if I feel like torturing myself HAHAHA!

      • telle

        a fitbit, i really thought, was such a super pain and way too technical for me. and then i actually cracked it out of the package and used it. i have the flex which is the more simple model and i really like it, especially because it works in tandem with the weight watchers app which is phenomenal for tracking activity points. id recommend looking into the one with heart rate monitoring, which is more expensive, but monitoring heart rate is a really easy way to get to know one’s body and for fitness.
        yin yoga- that’s something to go on! ๐Ÿ™‚ YAY! Thank you! hahaha definitely don’t do a blog sale if its awful, it’s just not worth it if people are mean and its so much work, especially since it is fall and holiday time coming. the time could be spent better, like on baking, and watching the night sky, and just enjoying life. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ hahaha!

    • You should! We’re still looking for a good telescope. I think we want a refractor? Not sure yet. I want a fitbit! I need one of them for sure.
      Sorry the classes here don’t mention the type of yoga, but it’s more of a restorative kind-not so much about poses, but about breathing and holding certain poses for awhile.
      And I might do a blog sale! I’m thinking about it, it’s just such a hassle and people are MEAN lol! Maybe I’ll only keep it open to North America this time, we shall see.

  • HAHAHAHA wow, I love you Daisy! I guess we are long lost sisters! I;m so glad I’ve inspired you! I hope you keep to the resolutions too! We should check in and keep each other on track!

  • I love this list of resolutions! And you’re right, there is something ingrained deep inside that says September is like hitting the reset button. I love your goals. They are achievable but by no means easy. You definitely have to find the right yoga for you. I’ve tried a bunch of different kinds, everything from hot vinyasa (almost killed me) to hot core power (felt so strong and energized afterwards I could’ve juggled Chrysler buildings) to restorative “flow” types (that left me feeling very peaceful and felt more like meditation). Also, finding a studio that suits you makes a huge difference. I used to go to a very busy studio near Emory University so 95% of the class was young whippersnappers in lulu lemon hot dogging, and talking loudly before class about their weekend exploits and finals. The studio just felt overly trendy and frenetic to me, which is the opposite of what I want in a yoga experience. I found a smaller studio closer to home and the clientele is working people and retired people who all seem calm and welcoming. Much better! I even got Jason to go and he loved it! We do a yoga DVD at home on occasion that’s very calming and good for stretching and just feeling better at the end. I love going for walks with my husband, too! It’s such a nice way to exercise AND connect on all sorts of topics. Snowshoeing sounds kind of amazing to me! What a workout! I’m decluttering as well. After reading Liz’s polish post, I’m tackling that today. I pretty much use reds and lavenders so I don’t need 5 yellows and 13 varieties of mint. If I don’t love it and wear it, it’s out of here. I just completed my clothing and love the organized feel. I actually left a few pieces in there as maybes and think I’m going to donate them. It’s been 2 months since I finished the hanging clothes and if I haven’t worn any one of the maybes, I think it’s safe to say they’re maybe nots! ๐Ÿ™‚ I plan to destash a good deal of makeup this month, too. Time to say goodbye to things that aren’t lighting up my proverbial heart light. I want to feel light again and joyous when I see my stuff, not overwhelmed or guilty. Lots of love!

    • “Juggled Chrysler buildings” HAHAHAHAHA man, you make me LAUGH! I love it! HUGS to you! Yeah, it’s finding the right yoga for sure. I’m not a trendy, lululemon wearing girl, so I want the peaceful, meditation type yoga. Walking rocks. I love it.

      And good for you for cleaning out stuff too! It’s really liberation!
      LOVE YOU TOO. xx

  • Love that you decided to eat more veggies. They are delicious if you learn to cook the right way. I need to get back to Yoga too – its so funny I am in India and yoga should be easily accessible, but its not. Not at all. I remember my first yoga class, I had never exercised in my life before (yes) and a year or two of yoga gave me the best body I ever had. Lean, healthy and also helped me overcome depression and anxiety. I want a telescope too!! I’m that crazy girl who is into astrology and I am fascinated by planets (Saturn is my favorite!)

  • Hi! I’ve been a follower of your blog for a while now. I’m beauty (and personal) blogger based in the Philippines. ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, I like your first resolution. In a way, I’m glad that makeup here rarely gets into discounts and sales and more often pricey so I don’t have a huge stash yet (but my makeup is getting there but they’re mostly gifts). I really get to use almost each product I own. Skin products are on another level, so no new one until a bottle is empty for me. ๐Ÿ˜› Even if I get sometimes envious of those with lots of beauty stuff, there’s still an advantage to having an ample amount… I guess? ๐Ÿ˜› Please do share what has become of your de-stashing. ๐Ÿ™‚