Well hello, blog-reading friends! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’ve been on a little blog/social media retreat since mid-August, and it has been so nice to unplug and focus just on the projects and people immediately around me for a while. I’ve transitioned into a new role at my job, a new role in a local ministry, and started taking regular workout classes (hooray for barre3!) all of which has meant a new schedule and getting into the groove of a new routine. Now that fall is here and I’m feeling somewhat settled, I’m ready to get back into blogging, connecting and sharing with you all – so let’s start with some life updates! Here are a few things I am loving right now:
Anyone who knows me well knows I love the Poshmark app! September and October have been great sales months so far, thanks largely I’m sure to everyone’s excitement about fun new fashions for fall! Here are some of my favorite fall items currently for sale in my Poshmark closet:
I achieved a couple of fun goals I had for my Poshmark shop in September, including investing in professionally printed postcards to accompany my orders and listing 20 new items a week – at least, for a couple of weeks before things got crazy! October Poshmark goals include investing in cute free gifts to include with bundle purchases and listing at least a couple of new items each weekday. Now that my schedule is a bit more settled, I’m enjoying finding small blocks of time to dedicate to helping my little business grow!
2. Bible Study Fellowship – Study of Romans
BSF is an international, interdenominational organization that provides structured, in-depth Bible study classes for men and women all over the world who want to delve into studying the Bible in a comprehensive way. The studies last for 9 months (running on a school year schedule) and focus in one one book or group of books taken together around a central theme. This year we are studying Romans, and I’m already being challenged by our study in amazing ways. This is my fourth year in the program and my first year as a group leader! If you want to look into BSF classes in your area, check out this link: https://www.bsfinternational.org/map/
It wasn’t long ago that I wrote a whole post dedicated to barre3 and why I’ve fallen in love with it. Now that our local studio is officially open, I’ve been going consistently 3 times a week and am still loving it. I’m so happy to have finally found exercise that I enjoy and look forward to – I never thought I would be able to say that! Plus, I’m actually starting to see and feel the results of getting stronger, which is so motivating! Not only do I know that I love barre3 classes, but thanks to a recent book I read, I also now know exactly why this is the first exercise regimen that clicked for me – which leads me to #4!
4. The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
Y’all, this personality framework has been a total game changer for me. I first encountered the idea of the four tendencies in Gretchen Rubin’s previous book, Better Than Before, which I read in one sitting because I literally could not get enough of this fascinating information! I fit smack dab in the middle of the Obliger tendency, and so many insights she was sharing about the unique strengths and challenges of people in this tendency were just clicking for me left and right! After reading this, I couldn’t wait for her newest release, The Four Tendencies, which goes into even more depth about the four types and discusses how they interact with one another in different settings like work, family, etc.
I could rattle off ten pages about this framework and why I think it’s so interesting and useful, but I’ll try to keep this long story short. Put simply, the framework is all about how you respond to expectations, both inner (the ones you set for yourself) and outer (those imposed by others). I learned that as an Obliger, I strive to meet the expectations of others, but really struggle to meet the expectations I set for myself. In addition to that, if I have several competing expectations from others, I want to meet all of them, but the ones for which I have the most accountability are usually the ones that will be met the quickest and best, while those that are communicated and then left with little to no accountability will often fall by the wayside – which can cause misunderstandings and confusion.
The key to all things for an Obliger is accountability. This is why I’m able to be so consistent with barre3, because I have a whole community of women I feel responsible to as part of this tribe! And even when the workout starts to get hard and stops being fun for a while, I’m in a room full of people with an instructor cheering me on, so it’s not like I’m going to stop (whereas when I try to do workout videos at home alone, I quickly abandon them when they feel too challenging.) So now, whereas before I couldn’t get myself to devote even 20 minutes a couple times a week to exercise, I am willingly dedicating at least 3 hours a week + travel time to it with no problem. The only difference is the accountability factor. Amazing, right? That’s the power of my Tendency at work! If you’re curious about which Tendency you fall into, you can take the quiz here to find out! Be sure to comment and let me know which one you are so we can discuss! 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this little peek into life here lately. I am loving this season and am excited to jump back into the blogging world. If you have ideas of specific posts you’d like to see, don’t be shy – send them my way! You can leave feedback here in the comments, or feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time!