Day 183: Monthly Check in Part 6

Time for my sixth monthly check-in! I realized I skipped my last one because it was around the holidays and I was working a lot and traveling and the days just sort of flew past me until it was January. And now today. Disappointed in myself, but it’s a new year and I’m back blogging and sometimes things get away from us and we just have to recenter ourselves and get back on track. (See Meditation is working!)

  1. Work on my Novel – I am doing quite well! Writing mostly every day for a nice little chunk of time. Not a lot, but I’m working up to adding more time to my schedule and I’m almost done. I feel I’m 70% of the way there, so maybe a few more tweaks until I get to 90% and then I can submit. I should start looking into getting an agent though.
  2. Ballet – I have been going to yoga and ballet consistently for two weeks! Hopefully I’ll continue on and solidify my schedule so it becomes a habit instead of just a chore. I also think I might do 30 days of yoga in February + a little bit of March to keep progressing forward. TBD.
  3. Promotion –  DONE! 
  4. Get out of credit card debt – This is actually going well. Although I had to buy some flights for family reasons, so I have to dig into my savings to get back on track. Still, I’ve made some good progress and we will keep progressing as the year goes on!
  5. In a relationship – Still Bumbling, although not a lot. I’m trying to go on one date next month, so we’ll see.

Six Monthly check in!!! I’m halfway done and I feel I’ve accomplished quite a bit so far. Maybe not as much as I want to, but there’s still time left and maybe it will be small steps before a big jump. Or maybe it will be small steps before the finish line and that’s okay too. Still I think I’m happier than I was six months ago, and that’s what this is all about, isn’t it?

Until tomorrow.

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Day 183: Gratitude 23

Gratitude of the Day: Good Sleep

The past few days, I’ve had amazing sleep. I’ve gone to bed at a reasonable time and then wake up when the sun comes up before my alarm. I’ve feel immensely well rested and ready for the day. It really does change your whole perspective about life and about the day. I feel so much better when I sleep well (as I’m sure we all do!) and I’m really thankful for these past few days where my sleep has been top notch. Not sure if I’m doing anything differently than usual, but hopefully I can figure out a way to replicate it easily across the days so I can continue getting good rest. Good sleep equals a happier, healthier me.

Until tomorrow.

182 Days to go.

Day 182: Gratitude 22

Gratitude of the Day: Clean Spaces

I am not a tidy person. I try my best, but I just have a hard time keeping spaces clean and clutter free. Also, to clarify, I’m not dirty in that I clean everything regularly, but every place just seems to accumulate things wether it be bits and bobbles on my dresser top or that pile of clothing on my desk chair. When I do manage to clear off a space and it’s tidy (for me) it’s SO NICE! I love having the clear spaces since it feels like I have my life more together and my mind feels less cluttered. (Less to pay attention to?)

Since I like it so much I really should strive to keep things tidier, but for now I will just savor my small accomplishment of keeping my dresser top clear. Thanks me! 🙂

Until tomorrow

183 Days to go

Day 181: Gratitude 21

Gratitude of the day: Candles

When I was younger I never liked candles. I thought they smelled too strongly and I didn’t really get the point of them. But now I’m on board! I like lighting them in the morning while I’m getting ready for work or just having them lit while I’m writing or reading or putzing around the house. It’s just a small calming spot in the periphery while I do whatever.

I got a fair number of (really nice!) candles for Christmas, so I’m really excited to begin using them one after the other as I work. In a weird way I find them as a tiny stress reliever in the midst of a chaotic week (or the mess of my room).

Since doing these 30 days of Gratitude, I’ve been a little embarrassed about what I think of as “small gratitudes” like flowers or candles. It’s a fault of mine, but I feel like all my gratitudes should be “big gratitudes” like my job or a vacation, but – and it’s something I’m learning – it’s important to be grateful for the small things too. The everyday things I usually take advantage of. Thoughts for the future.

Until tomorrow.

184 days to go.

Progress Not Perfection

Progress Not Perfection

It’s my word of the year! More like a phrase, but close enough. I am always, always trying to be the best person I can be. It can be exhausting and daunting at times. I get discouraged easily because I’m always trying to do the very best I can. And sometimes I get intimidated because I know I’ve slacked off or haven’t done the work I need to do and then instead of pushing through, I just stop. But stopping is the real problem. Stopping means no progress at all. Even if I only wrote a sentence a day, by the end of the year I would have a fair amount of words, maybe even a short story.

It’s easy for me to remember this year Progress not perfection. Submit my story to agents. If it fails then at least I tried. Go to ballet and yoga. If I’m terrible, at least I’m getting exercise and trying my best. Pay off my credit cards no matter how slowly. And bumble or ok cupid away. I’m not going to meet anyone if I don’t try to meet anyone.

Progress not Perfection.

Until tomorrow.

185 days to go.

Day 180: Gratitude 20

Gratitude of the Day: Scheduling

There’s so much going on all the time it’s hard to keep track and to make time to fit everything into one day. I try to write, read, meditate, stretch and blog every day, as well as a myriad of other one time tasks I need to get done. Plus work! There’s too much to do and not enough time, so I’ve taken to scheduling out my whole day. The night before, I write down everything I have to get done the next day both big and small and schedule it out in 15 minute increments from when I wake up to when I go to bed. It seems a little crazy, but it actually helps me get more done.

I don’t usually get everything done, but I try, and those rare days when I can cross off every single thing on my list are particularly satisfying. It’s a strategy which works for me and I’ve actually noticed if I don’t schedule out my day I get less done. So thanks to scheduling for my productivity.

Until tomorrow.

185 days to go.

Day 179: Gratitude 19

Gratitude of the Day: Journaling

Oof. There’s a lot of self-reflection on this blog, isn’t there. Well that’s not necessarily a bad thing. First I have meditation and my monthly check-ins and now journaling. Although, it could be argued this whole blog project is one big self-reflective project to be a better version of myself. It is very goal/career oriented because that’s what I’m focused on right now, but I journal pretty regularly and it is mostly personal and emotional reflection.

I wish I did it more, but when I do journal I find myself going on and on and working through various aspects of my day and week which I had issues with. I write about my friendships and dating relationships and family. I write about my friends from home and my new friends in LA. It helps me to pause and look at problems and my emotional response to them from different angles. It really is incredibly helpful and a cathartic exercise for me. If you haven’t journaled, I would highly encourage you to at least try it. If you find it too time consuming then the one-sentence journal about your day might be more useful. Whatever you choose, it can be anything you want it to be.

Until tomorrow.

186 days to go.