really, it is. because my car ended up miraculously fixing itself (sort of embarrassing, but i’ll choose it anytime over a large bill!) and the hormone-fueled roller coaster that i seem to be riding lately is flying through a happy zone.
i’m not asking questions — just rolling with it. [source]
how are all of your resolutions going?
you know, now that we’ve hit the second real day of the year and all? mine are going well. however, i have been reading focus by my 2011 guru leo babauta (looking back, 2010’s was totally gretchen rubin!), and i have decided that one important element is missing from my list.
resolution #6 is to be more aware of the pace at which i am living life, and make a conscious effort to slow down. but i think that a missing piece of this goal is the idea of being more present and more deliberate — a more active participant in life, if you will.
and i am fairly convinced that one key part of this is prying the laptop out of my grabby paws and getting OFF of the internet already. it’s not that i don’t love connecting with you all via blogs, twitter and facebook! it’s just that the manner in which i do it is haphazard, slightly compulsive, and pretty much the opposite of mindfulness.
obviously, i am in need of a better and more sustainable plan. focus contains several workable suggestions:
★ limit the use of email. ie: don’t leave it open all day with auto-checking every 3 minutes so that nearly every task gets interrupted by some fresh nugget of distraction that has landed in my inbox. i would like to get back to the habit of checking email deliberately, just a few times daily.
★ let go of the need to stay updated. i do enjoy spending a reasonable block of time each morning scrolling through the latest posts on my favorite blogs. i am completely at peace with this habit and have no desire to change it! however, it’s the sneaky ‘oh, i’ll just lean over and read this one post even though i was in the middle of doing something else’ behavior that i would like to change.
★ take breaks, but work free of distractions. a few of leo’s ideas to create this “conscious, purposeful balance“:
1. block off a few hours a day (all at once or broken into 2-3 parts) for focus. let yourself do email and other communicating during the other parts of your day.
2. work in intervals. focus for 10-15 minutes, then do 2-5 minutes of distraction, then repeat.
3. try a 40-20 split for every hour: 40 minutes of focus, 20 minutes of distraction.
4. disconnect completely for large parts of your day, and have certain periods just for distraction.
i am not sure which of these strategies best fit with my own work patterns and focusing style, but i am pretty certain that any or all would be an improvement over my current free-for-all. i’ll let you all know how things go!
the 0th trimester
clearly, TTC-ing* does not come with the same sorts of dietary limitations as actually gestating.
thank god. because this lunch yesterday was GOOD.
but i am beginning to believe more and more that diet may have a not-insignificant influence on fertility. it makes evolutionary sense, after all, that one would want to be in good overall health and replete with essential nutrients in order to have the best chance at growing and delivering a healthy baby.
i mentioned that i am planning on seeking the advice of an expert, something i’ve often thought about but never have done. while i’m waiting for that, however, the lovely heather from side of sneakers has offered to do a guest post (Q & A style) to go over some general guidelines on pre-prenatal nutrition.
i know i’m excited (and have questions for her)! if any of you do, either