Monday, May 1, 2017

Reflection & Rejuvenation: May

This is the time of year when I just hang on to my seat for dear life with regard to my job. 

I'm realizing more and more than I have to maintain equilibrium in my life to 1) enjoy life 2) be a good mother and partner 3) be effective at my job. So I'm working really hard toward my goals for 2017 that relate to equilibrium:

  1. Run at least twice a week and do yoga at least once a week. I'm consistently running, even though I never want to...Yoga is still a struggle. 
  2. Eat in a balanced and healthy way. I'm doing much better! Salads for lunch! Smoothies for breakfast!   
  3. Continue my daily meditation and gratitude practice. I'm continuing to do guided medication using the Insight Timer app. I love it! I do need to work on my gratitude practice. I think first thing in the morning in the shower would be my best time. 
  4. Stop working at 8pm to create two hours of free time for myself each evening. It's been really hard, but I'm stopping by at least 8:30pm most nights. This is a must! 

As far as my other yearly goals go: 
  1. Attend therapy every other week and attend leadership coaching every other week. I thought I found a therapist on Breakthrough (I'm going to do it over the computer for more convenience), but she is all full! I'm still meeting with my leadership coach regularly, and I love it. 
  2. Take a pottery class. Later in the year...
  3. Host a Sunday Supper at least ten times this year. Hosted another one this month! Will get one scheduled for next month right now...oh, wait. We have to host a lot of other stuff this month: a swim party for a school raffle winner, one or two end-of-year class parties, and a party for the children I'm tutoring. Okay, that's enough hosting for May! 
  4. Religiously use to track our expenses. We are not doing this! I hate when we fall out of the habit. When I'm not doing something that I want to be doing, I try to make a plan for it by specifying the day and the time. I'm going to do this while I'm brushing my teeth each night instead of looking at Facebook. 
  5. Restore our house each night. Better! 
  6. Go on a retreat by myself. Later in the year...
  7. Go on a trip with Matt. Later in the year...

Things that weren't on my list but I did anyway:
  • Went camping with the Upper Elementary
In terms of May, let's see. 
  • Make our deck much more comfortable and inviting for the summer. 
  • Build a cut flower garden, following the advice in this book.
  • Take Tate to get genetic testing to see if he needs a prescription of folic acid like Henry does. 
  • Plant non-invasive, clumping bamboo in our yard to create more privacy against the two-story house that is being built. 
I'm going to stop there because I do not want to overwhelm myself. 

Wishing you a happy and healthy May! 

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