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August 2011 Monthly Review: Dealing with Digital Clutter & Focusing on Relationships

A furry kitten is sitting on my lap, keeping me warm, as a cool breeze drifts through the window. The sun is rising later and the fall air seems to been sneaking into the Pacific Northwest. I just finished off a cup of coffee, which tasted a whole lot like chocolate, while paging through my notebook. The month of August was extraordinary!

For the past two years, I’ve done an annual review and picked a theme to work with. 2011 is my year of focus. It’s my overarching theme, but I zoom in on specific areas. For example, this month I focused on clearing out digital clutter and spending time with my family.

Normally, I don’t post my monthly reviews on the blog. Today, I decided to embrace vulnerability and share some August highlights and my plans for September. 

Digital Decluttering. Letting go of crappy content and starting fresh were two themes that emerged in my digital world this month. I deleted my old email, which included 30,000 archived messages, and cleaned up my photo library too.

In addition, I deleted a lot of my old posts from 07, 08, and 09. The stuff that’s left on RowdyKittens is a better representation of who I am now. Even thought I’ve cleared out the gunk, I’m still focused on realigning the site.

Align Your Website with Gwen Bell.  I’ve been following Gwen Bell’s work for a while and have been watching the realignment of her website. The work she’s done inspired me to take a hard look at RowdyKittens. As a result, I decided to make a few changes to the site and my lovely brother in-law, Tyler, designed a new logo too!

In addition, I enrolled in Gwen’s new course. I’m excited about the course and I’m curious to see how it will affect my digital work. Be on the lookout for more changes to the site.

Travel. I spent a lot of time in California this month. I had conversations with my mom about ducks and waves and spent time in Chico with my brother and sister in-law and my super cute niece and nephew.

The trip was beautiful and reminded me that I have to re-prioritize family time. Part of this re-prioritization has included a lot of conversations about moving to Ashland in August 2012.

What’s happening in September?

Writing. I’m still working hard on my print book and will send a few chapters to my editor at New World Library this month. I’m excited about getting feedback on the manuscript!

Volunteering. During July and August I didn’t volunteer much. I needed a break to focus on writing. But I’m back in the game and I’m excited to spend more hours at Living Yoga during September.

Goals. I’m focusing on a few personal goals this month. But I won’t share them publicly until the end of September. If you’re wondering why, then watch this talk by Derek Sivers.

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  • DJ September 1, 2011, 2:27 pm

    Ashland, eh?

    I have such weird memories of Ashland. I went there once with a school trip to see a Shakespeare play and we ran late all day long and never got food or water. It was hot and I remember feeling very out of body.

    Then, as an adult, my family planned to stay for a few days in Ashland one year, but there was a huge wildfire nearby the day we arrived. It was super smoky and so we cancelled our hotel reservation and just kept driving until we were away from the fire.

    I’ll wait until after you are settled in before ever trying another trip to Ashland, since clearly Fate has a problem with me visiting that town. Wouldn’t want to jinx your move. ; )

    • Tammy Strobel September 1, 2011, 7:18 pm

      @DJ – Yikes! Those aren’t fun experiences in Ashland! It’s such a cute town too.

      For now the moving plans are still tentative and at least a year off. But Ashland is on the top of our list. It’s been harder than I expected being far away from my family. It was really nice spending a few weeks with my parents. We’ll see how things play out.

      Have an awesome day!

      • Aiyana October 15, 2011, 6:53 pm

        Hi Tammy. I just found your blog through a tiny house site. I live in Ashland, so if you do move here, drop me a line. I’d love to meet up for coffee or tiny house talk. Until then, happy travels!

  • Lisa @ Just here. Just now. September 2, 2011, 5:18 am

    I love love the new logo! Really cute and clean. Also, Living Yoga looks so wonderful. I wish we had something like that where I live – I think yoga can be such a great, healing process and I love to share that with people who might not be thought of as “yoga types”. Good luck with your September goals!!

    • Tammy Strobel September 2, 2011, 5:36 am

      Lisa – Thank you! I’m so HAPPY that you like the new design. Letting go of all my icky digital clutter felt SO good.

      Living Yoga is an amazing place. Since you don’t have something like Living Yoga in your community, maybe you could start a similar organization? Just a thought.

  • Jessica September 2, 2011, 8:17 am

    So glad to check in here and see progress on your tiny house! Cannot wait to see the finished product. I also meant to email you, my husband and I moved to Portland for two days. We weren’t big fans. Turned around and settled in Utah instead! I don’t blame you for wanting to move, even though your primary motivation is family and not fleeing. Glad to see all is well!

  • Becky Lerner September 6, 2011, 1:28 am

    Ashland is fantastic. I would totally visit you there!

    • Tammy Strobel September 6, 2011, 5:54 am

      Yay!!!! Let’s do coffee soon and catch up! I’d love to hear how the writing is going. 🙂

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