September is Self Improvement Month

Self Improvement Month is here. 

I firmly believe we are always a work in progress. There is always something we can do to be better. I decided earlier this year to really try to be a better version of myself. I have a tendency to look at things with a realistic perspective, others think it is negative or pessimistic. I let stress run wild. When I get stressed I do one of two things: eat or don’t eat. Neither of which are healthy. I have anxiety. I am sure there is more. 

I want to be better. 

I have been working to check my feelings and stress level. I’ve been reading books on eating healthier, listening to yourself, and becoming less anxious. I love reading and think it is a great way to learn. 

Of course, there are other areas of life I want to improve upon. I want to be a better photographer. I want to have more financial freedom. I don’t think I will ever stop worrying about money, but I want to be better at managing it. I somewhat budget. I somewhat only spend what I have. There is definite room for improvement. I have been working to pay off credit card debt this year. According to NerdWallet, the average American has over $16,000 in credit card debt. Thankfully, we don’t have that much but I still want to have everything paid off monthly. We should be there in about 6 more months or so. 

I am finding time to do things I love. 

I love reading and this year I have slacked a bit. I am trying to make sure I read every day, even if just for 15 minutes. I want to journal, so I try to take 10 minutes each night to do so. I want to do more creative pursuits. I haven’t been successful with this aspect, but I keep thinking about it. Now I just need to plan some time and do it. 

self improvementI want to take care of me. I keep trying to eat healthier and have items I love in moderation. I have started working out again. I am not being rigid about my food or workouts though because I’ve learned in the past that this stresses me out. I am planning weekly and if I miss a workout, I miss a workout. I am trying to run again because that is my favorite. I love lifting weights but I need to balance it out with running. 

Self improvement takes time. You will stumble. You may even fall but what matters is if you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and just keep going. Be yourself. Set goals but allow yourself to adjust your goals as needed. Reach out to others because we all can use a little help now and then. The idea is to move forward but like any road, there will be twists and turns.

What do you want to work on this month? The rest of the year?

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Jenna Volden studied photography in high school and college but ultimately ended up with a business degree. After spending 10-plus years in the rat race she returned to her first love, photography by starting her own photography company. She can be found either chasing sunsets around the globe or making women feel like rock stars in her home studio. She is currently based out of Phoenix, AZ.

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