10.10.2011

12 Months of Resolutions: October & September Revisited

Each month I attempt a different resolution, 
in the hopes that the resolutions will last longer than a month. 
See past resolutions here.

For September, my resolution was to read every day. .

Grade: A+

Notes:  I promised I would read some of a book every day. And not just mags, either! In total, I read 23 books (and my usual magazines too). I admit, some of the books were style or beauty books, and I could read a couple of those in a day. To help, I kept a book or two on hand, and used my time wisely.

Would I do this again? Sure, but I felt like I was back in college, and trying to cram in reading. I really put pressure on myself to read a lot. Therefore, I also found that my blog posts suffered a bit, since I used most of my spare time reading books and responding to blog comments.

For October, I am stepping out of my comfort zone and saying YES to every opportunity. I tend to be quite a wallflower (unless a microphone is involved), and will just do a little laugh and whisper "no" to many things in life. It's my Birthday month, and it's about dang time I started doing living it up.
I'm leaving this up to fate, and letting things happen organically, instead of planning a list of things to do.

AND since it's my birthday month (& I got away so easy last month) I'm doing a bonus resolution: accept compliments. I'm horrible at this, are you? I always think the compliment is an ulterior motive for something else. Or sometimes I just don't believe them. But this month, that's all changing!

Let's see where life takes me this month...




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46 comments:

  1. Good luck! I think it's a great idea, it's a lot easier to track than one at the start of the year. x hivenn

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  2. horray for birthdays!! and what a great resolution! :) xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  3. Great resolutions! And you seem diligent enough to make them real. I admire that.

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  4. To me, this is the best time for resolutions! Better than at the beginning of the year! <3<3

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  5. awww that's great to hear you met all your resolutions!! you go girl! :)

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  6. Wow that's a lot of reading! Well done! And glad that you're adding accept compliments to the list. That's a hard one. I used to be horrible about that but have finally learned to do it. My inclination still is to protest but I catch myself :)

    Have a fabulous Monday! xoxo

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  7. Good luck with your resolutions!

    It truly baffles me that some people have trouble accepting compliments, your perspective provided a little more insight!

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  8. That should be my resolution too...haha...but a lot of the opportunities I say no to is because I have to work...
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com

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  9. I love your monthly goals...such a great motivation to do things! :)

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  10. Accepting compliments sounds like such an easy thing but I have problems with it to...I should it make a personal resolution.


    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  11. i too am quite a wallflower, so good luck!

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  12. oooh this is a great idea. I love reading, so the reading everyday would be easy for me. But accepting compliments? hahaha. That's genius! You're entitled to it, so hey, take advantage!

    Happy Monday!
    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights

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  13. Way to go! I love your October resolution, too!

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  14. I started trying to focus on being more gracious about accepting compliments when I realized how annoying it was to compliment other people and get the "this old thing?" kind of reaction. Then I noticed I did the same thing! Now I try to just say thank you very genuinely and I share a little bit about where I got it or why I like it or just something about whatever is being complimented. So, it turns the compliment into more of a conversation :)

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  15. I love the commitment to say YES to every opportunity. After a particular bad breakup, I tried something similar. It got me back into the swing of things so fast, and I also met some amazing people along the way!

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  16. I love this idea! I can't believe you read that many books, crazy!! I'm looking forward to seeing how this month's goes. Happy birthday month btw! I'm a new follower :)

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  17. what great resolutions! i love the taking compliments one...everyone should learn to do that! best of luck to you!!

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  18. CONGRATS. You are my BOOK GIVEAWAY WINNER. Send me your mailing address so I can forward Never Let Me Go.

    selfexpressionevents at yahoo dot com

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  19. You read 23 books in one month? Yowza. i consider myself a reader, but I think I'd read that in three months! One day, I will be a fast reader. (Not today, though.)

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  20. This is such a great idea and such a great resolution. I should do something like this because I'm not much of a reader. I loved it! Thanks for sharing.


    - Sarah
    http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

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  21. I really like this - resolutions shouldn't just be for once a year. I don't like receiving compliments - it makes me feel like I'm being judged

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  22. I'm so bad with compliments...so bad! Your birthday month is the perfect one to do this in! Yay for October birthday buddies!

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  23. Really nice post, I got so much to learn from you!
    Followin each other right? :)
    http://thepileofstyle.blogspot.com/

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  24. Elle what style books have you been reading I would love to read some new ones.

    I never pegged you as a wallflower Elle I love learning new things about my fellow bloggers.

    You are a great writer Elle and I love your style ( there are no motives behind this compliment) :)

    www.iwouldsorockthis.blogspot.com

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  25. These are awesome resolutions Elle! I can't wait to hear about all of the things you say YES to!!! xoxoxo brynn

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  26. I'm the same with compliments. Never know what to say.

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  27. Wonderful resolutions...you have inspired me.

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  28. good for you! I need to work more on reading as well. I used to as kid and in high school but I never seem to the have the time to in college!

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  29. I'm so inspired by your monthly resolutions. It reminds me of the book I'm reading happiness project. You go girl!! I'm need to start the same.

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  30. Happy birthday month! Those are great resolutions. I know what you mean about taking compliments; I'm bad at getting them. But then I remember how awkward it is when I compliment someone and they deflect it. So I just shut up, smile and say, "thank you." :)

    ~ Angela
    grahamandangela.blogspot.com

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  31. I think these are great goals and yes, you should definitely seek out opportunities that come your way!

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  32. Yay for the A+ grade!!! I need to start making monthly resolutions. It's a great way to set priorities.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  33. wow. 23 books. I haven't finished a book since 2007 when I started blogging, lol. Nice job! Also... the saying yes to every opportunity is pretty fantastic. I find I say yes more than NO now and it's a much better life. I am however, in a much better place than I once was. Good luck, you can do it :) And Happy Birth-month!

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  34. 23 books in 4 weeks is AMAZING!

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  35. great to know that you achieved your goals for these past months... hope it's a great month to celebrate the B-Day too!

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  36. I say: Good for you! It's great to be reporting in too, as I'm sure it helps keep you motivated. I'm impressed and inspired!

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  37. Good for you!!! I am so impressed you are sticking with your resolutions!!!!

    Hope you had a great Monday!! Xoxo, Stephanie @ Blonde Highlights

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  38. Good luck this month! Back in 2008, I made it my Summer of Yes. I said yes to pretty much every opportunity that came my way. Believe it or not, that's the main reason I went on date with The Boyfriend. Three years later, it was the best "yes" moment of my life. :)

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  39. Wow, you read 23 books! That is fantastic (and they all count, even the beauty books).

    I hope a lot of great opportunities come your way this month.

    *Erin

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  40. good for you on all those books--that is FANTASTIC!!

    and yes--it's your birthday month so take it to the edge. in my birthday month i always seem to be a bit more daring. werk it!!

    xo,
    c

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  41. awesome ideas!!! I love the plan to do it every month. I am horrible at accepting compliments most of the time too, it should be so easy but I always feels so inclined to explain that I got something on sale... WHHHHY! Happy Birthday Month!

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  42. Congrats on your resolution to read! That's awesome! Also Happy Early Birthday-and I am bad at accepting compliments as well! Although flattering, they make me feel a little embarrassed.

    xx

    Erin @ http://www.trufflesnruffles.com/

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  43. Happy Birthday Month! Do you know what is sad? I'm bad at receiving compliments because they make me uncomfortable, so I rarely hand them out too because I don't want to make people uncomfortable. What sort of psychological crap is that?

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