September 2019 Astrology forecast + Productivity Analysis

Hey guys! So today I thought I would set the September mood now that we are past week 1 with the monthly astrology forecast, and productivity tips to use to battle the vibes of September. This is something new I’m doing and I thought it would be interesting for you guys too. My Astrology and Productivity post was one of the most popular posts by far and so I thought I’d continue the trend.

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So I can better give you guys tips I’ve cut it into different sections. Everything bolded is from cafe astrology.

“  The New Moon near the end of August in the sign of Virgo continues to affect us in September, setting the tone. We’re also beginning the month with the Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Mars all in the sign of Virgo! The New Moon promised us opportunities to take charge of our lives through organizing, editing, and refining work as well as better attention to health. This is a fertile and productive time. This is a brilliant time for gently freeing ourselves from limiting circumstances and finding more joy through our daily routines, work, or pursuit of health. With a full line-up of inner planets in Virgo, they’re all harmonizing with Saturn and Pluto and clashing with Jupiter and Neptune this month. We’re likely to enjoy multiple opportunities to get our lives together while battling expectations. “

So for the first half of the month we are being set up for success. This is an amazing time to set up daily routines, get a schedule going, bust out that planner you’ve been ignoring since March - ehem…..

It’s all about getting organized and getting yourself on track again after the craziness of the year. One bit of advice I’ll offer based on the forecast is that we should keep our expectations relatively realistic instead of expecting so much from ourselves. I know it can be hard with so much on our plates, but it is also super important to not overwhelm ourselves.

The key to balance lies in identifying and expressing our spiritual needs while maintaining order in our everyday lives. Saturn turns direct on the 18th, and is a strong reminder to take care of our responsibilities and to bring our goals down to earth. With Saturn’s direct turn, our responsibilities, and perhaps our limitations, are magnified. Gradually, our long-term goals and plans become clearer. “

This is the perfect opportunity to look deeper into ourselves and really narrow down what our goal are. It could be from a month from now, a year from now, or maybe even life goals! Stay focused though, and don’t get too ahead of yourself. This is a time to be realistic with what’s going on around you. Take responsibility for your actions. Make sure you get things done. Make sure you keep your focus.

The end of the month is quite a switch from the beginning.

We may be misled easily under this influence, whether by others or by our own unrealistic or inflated expectations. We may need to deal with the consequences of disorganization, extravagance, neglect, or exaggeration. The tendency for restlessness is magnified, and routine seems to be particularly unsatisfying now. This is a time when we easily take a detour from a practical path. It can also be a time when we are disillusioned by something (or someone). We need to watch carefully for a tendency to evade and avoid things, as well as for writing ourselves new beliefs or philosophies that justify this avoidance. There can be a lot of wandering, meandering, and lack of groundedness happening with this influence, some of which can be helpful in moderation. We might have troubles setting boundaries for ourselves, however. There is a need to come down to earth from time to time.”

My advice would be to stay true to yourself during this period. Don’t compare your step 1 to someone else’s ending. Everything happens for a reason. The Universe has a strict timing for everything that happens to us in our lives. It is up to us to stay true to the person we are and not give into all of these negative, intruding comments. Don’t avoid something just because it seems stressful or it seems worthless of your time. Don’t give in to these beliefs. Keeping up with routines and self discipline will definitely be able to help with these tendencies to quit, avoid, or give up. Remind yourself why you started, and use that as motivation.

Saturn opposes the True North Node of the Moon for the final time on the 28th. Difficulties are possible related to hanging on to old habits that may be preventing us from growing, improving, and thriving.”

We really need to make sure we are on the lookout for how our habits or fears are preventing us from thriving and moving forward. If we notice that a particular thought is crossing our minds inhibiting us to do something, then we need to make the conscious effort to ask ourselves why. We need to try and change the way we think and the way we handle situations. Fear is the number one cause of failure. Don’t let it be yours.

The New Moon occurs in the sign of Libra on the 28th. A Venus-Jupiter sextile highlights the optimistic and cooperative feel of this lunation. This is a time for taking charge of our relationships and giving them their due attention, as well as working on our negotiation and partnering skills. Resolution of conflicts is in focus”

The last half of the month is all about relationships! We need to make sure we are taking enough time for them, and work on compromising. It’s gonna be all about resolution. What I normally do to help with resolution of conflict is write down what has worked before, what didn’t work before, what you can change, what they can change, and how you can both contribute. It honestly makes the world of a difference because by focusing in on the both of you, you can get an accurate telling of who’s at fault which, a lot of the time, is both of you. It’s important to see that not one person is right all the time.

Overall thoughts….

I think September is really set up for success, but it is 100% up to us to keep ourselves on the right track. It is really up to self-discipline and focus. As long as we stay organized, and strive to do our best while understanding we aren’t superhuman, then we will have an amazing September.

Thanks for reading ~

How to be productive with anxiety

Dealing with the day and anxiety can feel like a chore. I 100% get it. I am NOT a medical professional or therapist, so please don't take this as professional advice, but i do know what it's like to live with anxiety. 


Prep for your day the night before.

The last thing you want to do in the morning is scramble to plan your day, start your routine, and then jump into tackling your to do list.  

That's just too much work. Honestly.  

Make your to do list the night before. Doing this will also help because you'll know what tasks still need to be completed the next day if you didn't get a chance to finish or chose to skip out. Get any materials you'll need for your morning routine and to do list out and ready to go. This can also help motivation since it's literally in your face when you first wake up. 

When planning your day make sure you are adding only tasks that need to get done 100% and that you are accounting time incase you don't feel good or need an extra break.  

Start your mornings right.

It is SO important to start your morning right. I follow a morning routine so I'm not trying to figure out what needs to be done for the day. Right when i get up i stop my sleep tracking app, log my sleep, log my mood, check my notifications, and most of the time I'll do a start of the day guided meditation. I'll eat breakfast, maybe take a bath or shower, and grab a bottle of water or a protein shake. 

Following a morning routine can help keep your motivation up. I also get my oil diffuser going 

My essential oil blend for energy: 

3 drops sweet orange

2 drops lemon  

1 drop peppermint 

Please for the love of everything try to only get one drop of peppermint if your oils are strong! It will overpower the rest. Learned the hard way. 

Early risers

Quicker, important tasks first. The reason i say quick easy tasks is because you have so much time in the day to get the longer things done. If you're up early knock out as many fast but important tasks you can. If they're all pretty long choose the shortest one. 

Late risers  

Longer, important tasks first. Since you're waking up later in the day you don't have time for much. Choose whatever will take longest AND/OR is most important. Since you're getting up later you won't have as much time. So you'll want to use prioritizing strategies to decide what needs to be done 100%. 


Always do your most important tasks first. Chances are if you feel good in the morning and motivated, you should get stuff done immediately. You don't know if you'll feel the same way later on let alone in an hour.  

Look at your to do list.

Is there too much on your plate? 

Lots of times we don't know how much we will be able to accomplish until we wake up and see how we feel. There are days I'll have a whole schedule set up and maybe do 2 important tasks. This is totally okay! As long as you're making progress and doing something. Do NOT make your anxiety an excuse to do nothing at all. At least try your best to do something. It's healthier for the mind and body to get up and do something. Plus it serves as a nice anxiety distraction sometimes depending on what you're doing. If you start and you literally can't, that's okay. If you're feeling better later, then try again.

 Be patient with yourself 

Be patient with yourself! It's not entirely your fault if you decide you just can't get everything or anything done. Every day you improve and get better.  Progress is not linear.  It won't be all ups and no downs. Allow yourself to step back and focus on something different or a shorter task. Being patient yourself is key in boosting productivity as someone with anxiety. You won't get better over night.

 Focus on yourself first

You know how you feel and you should always come first. There's only so much you can do about work, school, etc. But no matter what is in the day YOU come first. Schedule time for self care. Take a shower. Take a warm bubble bath. Read a new book. Try a new hobby. Work on personal goals. 

Doing anything can seem like a chore. Trust me. It took me a whole extra week to get this blog post up. But it's up. Find something that motivates you, or wait until you feel up to it. 

If i can do it you can do it.  

5 Ways to Find More Time in Your Day

This article is by guest poster Ashley Leach. Please scroll to the bottom to read more about her.


Do you ever feel like you are running from errand to errand trying to complete all the tasks on your to-do list? Then, by the time you finally get a moment to breathe, it’s 9 pm and you feel as though you haven’t completed anything you set out to do that day.

Ultimately the problem is a failed plan to manage your time. When you schedule your day, you are able to better manage time and expectations instead of trying to check off a to-do list.

Everyone, regardless of who you are, has 168 hours available to them each week. So, let’s break down the hours. If you sleep for 8 hours each day, you are awake for 112 hours each week. If you work a full-time job of 40 hours a week now you are down to 72 hours of available time not blocked off for sleeping or working. How are you utilizing that time? Are you spending it in a way that is most important to you, or are you spending time spreading yourself thin on helping others with their priorities?

Here are 5 tips for finding more time during the day so you can work on your goals.

Use a Calendar or Planner

I have learned that a planner is a crazy useful tool to increase productivity.  For the past few years, I have really enjoyed the Erin Condren Life Planner to keep me organized. Whether you are a pen and paper kinda girl or you like to have your schedule in the palm of your hand - with either Google Calendar or iCal- using a scheduling tool will significantly increase your productivity and help you identify where you may be wasting time.

Plan your week ahead of time

Every Sunday night one of my activities to set my week up for success is to plan the upcoming week on my calendar. I start with known appointments and events such as my work schedule, doctor’s appointments, meetings, and extracurricular activities. Whatever it is, if you know it's happening that week get it on your calendar and block it off during the correct time frame. Once you are done you are able to see the open spaces in your schedule. These open spaces are when you can begin incorporating the tasks necessary to work towards achieving your goals.

Prioritize your work

Now that you see your open space or free time for the week, you can now prioritize your tasks. Now, I love a good to-do list, but I often find that my list can get quite long. And ultimately, I end up feeling like I have not accomplished anything. Prioritize what is important to you. Start by looking at what you need to accomplish for that week and then pull the tasks from that list and plug them into specific days and times that are open in your calendar. If it is not something that excites you or helps you move towards your goal, don’t schedule it.


Social media, email, the internet, and TV are all big time suckers. Ever noticed how easily you can get distracted by an Instagram notification, and 30 minutes later you find you are still scrolling through your feed.

If social media is a big part of your business, plan these activities into your day and stick to it. You can easily lose a couple hours a day with just social media and the internet. I would argue the same for TV, schedule a few hours where you can sit down for your weekly Netflix and chill. But do not attempt to watch a show while working. Trust me not much work will get done.

Use gap times

Gap times are moments where you can’t fit in big activities. Commuting, cooking or exercising are just a few examples of my gap times. During these moments, I listen to Podcasts related to my goals, business or an audiobook for enjoyment. Oftentimes we say that we don’t have time for an audiobook or a podcast however, these are gaps times and the perfect opportunity to catch up on these activities.

The time to start working toward your goals is now! Start applying these very helpful tips and free yourself of the mindless wander and going nowhere. So, let's get to work!


Ashley Leach is an Army Veteran, wife and mother of two. As the owner of Mom In Combat Boots she provides tips on productivity, time management and self-care for busy working women while offering website management and behind the scenes support for female bloggers. Learn more about how to increase productivity and better manage your time here.

How to organize your week like a professional

 *this is a guest post ! Scroll down to read more about Talia 

It’s Friday afternoon and many of us are packing up for a weekend of relaxation, while others are staying late to finish up work that seems to never end. Who would you rather be?

How is it that successful people seem to have the time to accomplish their big goals and dreams while others can’t find enough of it? The secret is all in the schedule and getting yourself organized. Successful people find pockets of time to get the most important tasks done first. They start their week with a sense of purpose and finish with a feeling of satisfaction. They practice work life integration. They have a well-planned strategy and they execute it with ease.

Here are 6 tips to organize your week like a professional so that you can leave early next Friday afternoon!


1.      Find the right tools to organize your schedule.

Before you can start organizing your schedule you need the tools for the job. Invest in a weekly planner that you enjoy using. I’ve been investing in the Kate Spade planner for years and it always makes me feel motivated to get organized. If you prefer going paperless, you can sign up for Google Calendar to set-up reminders of recurring tasks and receive notifications on your phone. Personally, I use both!

2.      Schedule time in your calendar to plan your week.

Plan to spend one hour on Sunday evening or on your way into work Monday morning (if you transit) setting up your week. Many career professionals suggest mapping out your week on a Friday before the weekend, but I find this to be a bit unrealistic. Most of us can’t wait to end our week and enjoy some relaxation over the weekend! To make your planning session something to look forward to, have a glass of wine on Sunday evening as your reward for preparing yourself for a successful week ahead.

3.      Prioritize your tasks.

Make a list of your goals for the week, month and year. Break larger goals into smaller tasks. Now prioritize these tasks. Number each task in order of importance. Plan to get the most important task on your list done first and don’t skip ahead. If you run out of time at the beginning of your week, you will still have a chance to complete your most important tasks as they are on the top of your list.

4.      Schedule your tasks.

Scheduling your prioritized tasks is essential to accomplishing your goals. Schedule each item as an appointment in your planner. Give each task a start and end time. Add buffer time between tasks. Power through each project! Get it finished and move on. If you didn’t have time to finish the task during your allocated appointment, reschedule the task for later in the week. You should aim to complete one important project per day and leave time in your schedule for smaller, busy tasks. Ideally, plan to get it finished first thing in the morning before any distractions.

5.      Allow time to daydream.

Incorporate time in your schedule to daydream because your mind will wander. If you are an entrepreneur you are likely continuously coming up with new plans and you need to allow yourself the time to visualize some of your business ideas so they can come to fruition. Carry a small notebook to capture your ideas when you are on the go. Think about small things you can do weekly to make these goals a reality and bring your projects to life.

6.      Check off your accomplishments and plan for next week.

At the end of your week (or during your Sunday night planning session!), check off your accomplishments and reflect on how much closer you are to achieving your goals. Carry forward anything that didn’t get completed and reschedule it in your calendar. Delete the task entirely if you keep putting it off, or move it forward a few months as a reminder in your calendar.

Now that you have a plan to get your week organized like a professional, you can feel relaxed starting your week with a sense of purpose and ending your week feeling fulfilled. You will be working toward growing your business or your career by taking small steps to organize your goals in the right direction.


Talia Beckett Davis is the Managing Director of Pink Pearl PR, a luxury female marketing agency specializing in baby and kids’ products, women’s fitness, beauty, fashion and lifestyle. She is the Founder of Canadian Women in Public Relations and American Women in Public Relations, an organization that connects women in PR and media across the Americas.

Why motivation alone won't keep you going

Motivation is a great thing to possess. It's what gets you started and sparks your interest. 

But what happens when motivation isn't enough?  


We all know the new years resolutions deal. You make goals. You're motivated. You never actually follow through with them. Do you want to know why ? 

Motivation alone won't keep you going.  

In order to keep yourself going you have to turn that motivation into a habit.  

Doesn't it make sense? You see a bunch of workouts you want to try, so you do a few of them. You're making progress but you fall off. What went wrong ? You didn't make it a habit.  

So how does something become a habit ? 

They say it takes 30 days to turn something into a habit. 

Keep in mind this means continual practice. Continual effort.  

Look back at your "why". This will keep the fire burning until you've reached a point where it's natural to you. Your why is the reason you started. The motivational spark. The initial moment you decided to be better.  

Keep a tracker if you need to, or join an accountability group. I have a Facebook group you can join for productivity support and tips. Click here to request to join  

Here you will find a group of ladies ready to support you and you can learn in the process as well.  

So what are you waiting for ? Go turn some of that motivation into a habit and slay your goals.  

Spring cleaning for your website

There's spring cleaning for your home and for your paperwork, but what about for your website? 

It's not far fetched to need spring cleaning for your website either. It's important to see what needs updating and removing on a regular basis, and now is the perfect time to check in with your website.  

Here are some things you can do to make sure that your website is spring clean and ready to go.


1. Look over your banners and graphics  

Are they updated with your fonts, colors, images, etc? If not go ahead and fix those and post them to your website. I have a few to fix myself.  

2. Check all your announcements or promos

Are your announcements and promos up to date ? How old really is that intro announcement on your website, or that pop up box for your email list? Updating these regularly shows you're active on your site. 

3.  Clean out any coupon codes if you have them

If you have an online shop linked to your website, then you probably have coupon codes stacked up from some point. Make sure you're cleaning out any old ones you don't plan to use anymore.  

4. Check your bio and update it 

Is your age up to date ? Are you going on a different path now than when you started? Don't just check your bio here, but your business bio as well aka your mission statement. Make sure both of these things are still relevant to you and your brand. 

5. Check for typos

Totally guilty. I almost never check for typos. 🤦‍♀️ I know, I know.  It's something I have to start doing. (Watch there be a typo in this post). Seriously though. If not in your blog posts at least check your website. ESPECIALLY your homepage. That's your first impression. 

6. Clear out your media history  

I know you do it to. You upload pictures for your website and they sit in that little media library section for the entire year. Yeah. So make sure you go through and clear out any old pictures, videos, files, etc. 


Do you spring clean your website already? What are some things you do? Leave a comment and let me know !