Restarting.

A month ago, I joined a couple of lovely ladies on a link up at Coast to Coast: Resolutions Revisited. It was supposed to be a monthly thing on the last Tuesday of every month to recap the progress we’ve made on our resolutions…and well, I’m a day behind on that and two on my weekly MPM, so I’ve thought about it…thought about what I’d like to continue to do to reach this years’ goals and I’ve figured I’d like to just KISS it all away. KISS worked on last week’s MPM/FUF, so that’s what I’ll be switching gears to.

Keep It Simple, Stupid!

ONE

Be healthier: mind, body, and soul. Not exactly super tangible, but still workable. The weekly MPM/FUF were very helpful and got me started on the right foot, but my crazy work schedule often got in the way of really embracing a better lifestyle–my eating habits are poor and I barely make it to the gym. But digging deeper to find the underlying cause of me not being able to really be successful forces me to really be honest with myself. I don’t cope with work stress well and I’m lazy. LAZY! On my long days, I let work run me and I don’t take care of myself–running on caffeinated drinks and eating a snack or two all day only to end on a 3,000 calorie late night dinner at 10:30PM is very typical. Then, on my days off, I binge on my cravings and lay on the couch to recover from the work day prior. I’ve lived by “Work Hard, Play Hard” but I think I’m working harder than I really should be for my own (and my husband’s) sanity! So how do I beat this vicious cycle?

My new mantra: Be healthier: mind, body, and soul–and let work be work.

TWO

Write more or less. I’ve always loved writing so I can let my thoughts go, and I’ve always chosen a blog online rather than a handwritten journal only because my thoughts are a mile a minute and I can type faster than I can write (do my run-on sentences give me away?). Blogging frees my mind, as well as holds me accountable. As I’ve already alluded to above though, the weekly MPM/FUFs were awesome on starting me off well with this year’s goals and also in keeping up with this blog, but I’ve also realized that my own self-imposed timeline is an unnecessary deadline that I don’t need to add to my constantly growing to-do list.

So, I will figure out what to do with this blog whenever I want to. Write more or less on anything and everything–perhaps join more or less TDPs, but no constraints and deadlines! Just write more or less to figure out more about anything and everything.

THREE

Continue to find new things that excite me. I really like this one because whether it be something new to do, a new place to eat at, another Pinterest project to tackle, or anything under the sun…this goal I think will allow me to spend more time on me AND also on my relationships with those dearest to me. I love my middle of the week days off where I can try out something new on my own or sit on the couch like right now to do some personal reflection time on this blog. But I also love meeting up with my best friend to catch up and chat while we’re working on a new craft project. And I, especially, love having spontaneous dates with my husband to try out a new restaurant. Simple as these things may be, they do excite me and are very fulfilling–and more importantly, stress-relieving!

With all that said…ONE, TWO, and THREE will still help me accomplish my original list:

1) Lose weight –> ONE
2) Improve finances (less stress, less shopping! LOL!)
3) Exercise more –> ONE
4) Get a new/better job (it WILL get better when I start to cope better!!!)
5) Eat healthy –> ONE
6) Manage stress –> ONE
7) Quit smoking (Thank God, I never picked up this bad habit!)
8) Improve relationship –> THREE
9) Stop procrastinating –> TWO & THREE
10) Set aside “me” time –> TWO & THREE

Phew…that was long! Goofin’ off, KW