So October was basically the month of transcripts. I ate, drank, slept, dreamed, and breathed transcripts.
I set a new PR of turning in over 2,000 pages in one month! (EDIT: I didn’t quite make it. The last few jobs I turned in won’t be processed until next week. But still…) That’s a lot of editing, a lot of grammar and punctuation, and long hours with my butt in a chair. But there will be some pretty sweet paychecks coming in by year’s end. The goal is to work at this pace for three more months. They’ll zoom right by — I just know it — but realistically I don’t think I’ll be able to stop.
Looks like the winds are a-changin’ around here. On the 18th just before midnight, my first nephew on my side of the family was born. I briefly “met” the little burrito while he snoozed and twitched in the wee hours of the morning, but I have yet to hold him and see his eyes and love on him and his parents. Within the next few days I’m going to finally visit them and catch up and probably cry.
My parents are moving toward moving away closer to my dad’s workplace. Geographically it’s not that far, but it’s out of our town, and they haven’t moved in almost 18 years. We “kids” would be saying goodbye to the home we grew up in, although probably not for forever, because I think they’ll be renting it out instead of selling. While I’m excited for a positive change in their life, it might be tough not having them close by anymore. And not just for child care; I like spontaneously visiting them. But change is good. Life demands adaptation. I want my parents in good health for as long as possible, so reducing their stress by reducing their LA traffic commute time is a reason to be thankful.
And then one of my close friends is moving out to the Midwest in a few weeks for a new job, something she’s needed and has been praying for for a long time. She has endured a very trying season for several years; we both hope this next chapter brings her into a season of thriving after surviving.
All this talk of house-hunting and new babies and new jobs and relocation have me yearning for a similar change in our life. When will it be our turn? In time. I came across a quote on Pinterest the other day: “It’s funny because we ask God to change our situation not knowing He put us in the situation to change us.” Again and again, multiple times a day, I must surrender to God’s will. And not just for myself, but for every person around me, especially my husband and daughter. This is the life He’s given us; this is where He has intentionally put us; and by giving us Himself, He has given us everything we could ever need.
- Go to bed early; wake up early :: My sleep schedule is pretty steady from 10pm-7am, give or take, depending on what’s going on during the day. (To my friends with newborns: I’ve been where you are. The sleep does come back.) I do my Bible reading in the afternoons or evenings before bed.
- Finish Matthew commentaries :: I’m almost done with the other book (Ken Sande’s The Peacemaker). Actually, I finished it months ago, but I’ve been copying down the key sections I highlighted into a journal to mentally solidify what I learned. When I’m through, back to the commentaries I will go.
Read three chapters of Scripture per day
- Fill up prayer journal by end of year :: I may not fill up this current journal, but I’m committed to make this a lifelong habit.
Keep phone away from bedside; spend less time on social media Openly share more spiritually-directed thoughts with my hubby and with others
Daily yoga at home Spend more time walking/hiking outside (summer camping trips are right around the corner!) Save up my pennies for some hiking gear
- Eat more strictly paleo, larger emphasis on daily bone broth and vegetables at every meal :: Told my OB/GYN that the hubby and I might try for another baby next year, and she told me to start taking a prenatal again. Is it already time for that??
Coffee enemas 1x/week:: I’m giving up until further notice.
Register forand earn RPR certification :: I took the last portion two weeks ago, and it was harder than I expected. After the fact, I’ve learned that I answered many questions incorrectly, and I feel like an idiot for not knowing those things, but it is what it is. My preliminary score was a pass; I’ll find out this month for sure.
- New business cards and rates sheet after RPR certification :: The timing should work out to get these together right before the end of the year, which will be perfect for starting 2019 on the right foot.
Finish self-directed software training
- Improve audio recording setup :: I just need new batteries, I think, and a few hours of tinkering.
- Attend online classes/seminars for CEUs and realtime training :: I have one more $40 webinar plus an association registration fee that I want to purchase by year’s end. Gotta rack up those tax deductions!
Start realtime reporting:: Nope, it won’t happen this year. But if I meet all my goals above, I’ll be well on my way by next spring!
Attend FPU with the hubby and apply its principles:: We’re one month into our four-month goal, and we saved exactly 25% of what we need to pay off the car. And that’s with tight paychecks. After all my work this month (and hopefully through the duration of winter), we’ll be able to save a lot and knock that expense out for good! Overhaul our finances and money management
Help hubby find a full-time job after his GRADUATION
- Get pregnant with Baby #2
after that job is found:: Pending further budget discussions and in open surrender to God’s timing, we tentatively will start trying next March.
- Find a new place to live and finally close this chapter of our life :: Again, the Lord knows our desires and also knows His own perfect plan. We will watch and wait for the door to open, keeping busy in the meantime.