The 2014 Directive // August

August is right around the corner, which means two things: 1) It’s time to start thinking about my “annual” (the way I think of it, but it’s usually a bi-annual) Harry Potter reread; and 2) It’s time to come up with a new 2014 Directive. But first, let’s recap July.

Last month I wanted to clean my desktop on my computer as well as my files. I can check that off the list! It feels so much better to have everything cleaned up. Also, I cleared off a bunch of pictures that I didn’t need to keep (like, spare photos for blog posts, I had a TON!) so that feels good. I also wanted to clear out my bookmarks and I totally forgot about that piece of it. I guess I haven’t been going through bookmarks as much as recently. Oh well, there’s always next month. 
For August I’d like to focus on me a little bit more. I am a bit of a worrywart. I’m sure my family–my parents, in particular–are laughing at me right now because that’s a bit of an understatement. I worry a lot. In some ways I feel like worrying gives me some control; like if something happens I’ve thought about it so it’s not taking me by surprise. But the things I worry about rarely, if ever, happen. 
Awhile back Lauren talked about incorporating “morning pages” into her daily routine. She read about a writer who takes a certain amount of time every morning to write down thoughts and worries about her day, so that she lets them out. I loved this idea, but knew that it was unlikely I would be able to do this in the morning. I don’t give myself enough time for that! When I told Lauren this she said that hers have become daily pages, and I knew that was something that I could do. 
I would love to write my daily pages every day, however I know myself well enough to know that making that a goal might be setting myself up for failure, so instead I’m going to shoot for writing daily pages four times a week. I’ll set a timer for five minutes to start with and increase it if necessary. And, of course, if I write my daily pages more than four days a week that would be awesome!
What are your goals for August? Link up with Jessica over at Kate and Trudy to share and see what everyone else is up to. 

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