Oh, Hello! October Goal Check In

October has absolutely been the most eventful, fantastic, crazy month of my life! Which is the main reason I went MIA here on Project: Best Kim!

First, I got married! When people say their wedding day was the best day of their life, it’s not a joke. My wedding day was filled to the brink with love, laughter, a bit of stress, but mostly, pure joy. I got to marry my best friend and spend the most spectacular day with my closest family and friends. There’s really not much more to ask for!

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The other piece of completely not planned news is that Jason and I adopted a dog – Hoss! We brought him home a week ago, and he is absolutely one of the best parts of our lives. He is a lab-hound mix, one years old (so definitely still a puppy!), and the most sweet, rambunctious ball of fur that I could ask for. It’s been an eventful week (to say the least), but the happiness and love that we feel for Hoss is unbelievable. He makes our little family feel whole.

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As for my October goals, I’ve made pretty good progress overall. In my last post, I talked all about unsubscribing from unwanted emails, like newsletters and “special deals.” Seriously, this was one of the best things I’ve ever done. It is amazing to wake up and not have my inbox filled with unnecessary messages. Plus, it hasn’t been all that time consuming to complete!

I’ve been pretty good about abiding by the one minute rule – aka doing any task that can be completed in less than one minute. Especially now that we have Hoss, tidying up and putting away things is even more important. It’s so easy to quickly put away a few dishes or hang up my clothes after work instead of throwing them in the corner. Letting things pile up is what leads to too much clutter and mess. I’ve been trying hard to keep our house tidy, because having our home appear clean and organized makes me feel more organized. It’s a win-win, right?

As for my closet, it’s not happening this month. Here’s to next month!

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Unsubscribin’

I’m getting married in four days. FOUR DAYS. I can barely contain my excitement (or craziness). J is a saint for putting up with me!

Just because I’m getting married didn’t mean I could slack on my October Focus. The number one focus of the past week? Unsubscribing from unwanted emails.

Friends, this has been the greatest goal I could have ever set for myself. Each morning, I take an inventory of all of the emails I received and then unsubscribe from the ones that I always automatically delete, never read, or are no longer applicable to me (I’m looking at you, Wedding Paper Divas and Chili’s Coupons!). It takes all of 8 seconds to scroll to the bottom of the email and hit “unsubscribe” and I would estimate that I’ve removed myself from over 50 email lists at least!

It may seem like a silly, small goal to set and be so excited about, but waking up daily and only seeing 12 emails in my inbox, all of which are applicable to me and that I want to read, helps me start the day off with much less stress. I feel less overwhelmed and more ready to start the day.

I challenge you to try unsubscribing from email lists or promotional emails you always delete! Let me know if you give it a try!

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October 2015 Focus

Can anyone else believe that it is October? I can’t quite wrap my mind around it. I’m getting married in ten (!!!) days. I feel like I have spent the past year anticipating October and all of a sudden it’s here. A year of planning and craziness and all of a sudden the big day will be here in less than two weeks.

I know it seems silly to be beginning a brand new project with a wedding coming up so soon, but I kind of decided there is no reason to push it off. So without further ado, my October Focus.

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My biggest focus this month is working on decluttering my life. One of the biggest sources of stress that I experience comes from the fact that I’m messy. I have the ability to not be messy, but…I’m a bit lazy. But I’m going to work on that, slowly but surely!

-Unsubscribe from unneeded/unwanted emails. I don’t know about you, but I wake up each morning with at least 30+ emails each morning that I don’t want or need. It’s annoying and takes going through emails even longer each morning. So I’m going to unsubscribe from every junk email or subscription that I receive and delete with no intention of reading.

-Abide by the 1 minute rule. I read about this from Gretchen Rubin (shocking!). The 1 minute rule says that if you can do any given task in less than 1 minute, do it! So often, there is a quick task (like hanging up my clothes after work) that I don’t do because I say I’ll do later, and all of a sudden, days later, it’s too much to tackle and becomes overwhelming. So starting today, every task I need to do that I can do in less than 1 minute, I’m doing!

-Tackle my closet. Sigh, this is a project. A huge project. My closet has become an unmanageable beast. This month, I want to begin the process of cleaning my closet – getting rid of clothes that don’t fit or that I don’t like, getting rid or purses, etc that I never use. It’s going to be time consuming, but I need to work on this to feel more stress free.

-Practice patience. This is a big resolution and I know it’s not something I can overcome in one month. I am prone to …overreacting. When things don’t go right, I get upset quickly. I hate waiting, I hate rude drivers, I hate when things don’t go according to plan. I want to begin trying to be more patient and not flying off the handle when things don’t go how they’re “supposed to.” I figure it’s good with the wedding next week – it’s not worth getting stressed over things I can’t control. But it’s also important in my every day life. On my way to work I go nuts over people who don’t know how to drive (yes, my bias there) or when I have an appointment and the person is running late. I want to work on taking a deep breath, counting to 5, and realizing that things not going according to plan is ok.

I definitely have a lot I want to begin working on this month. Writing down my different areas of focus and sharing them is a great way to keep myself on track and I hope I’m able to make progress!

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