each month for my 2014 HP, i will be picking an area of focus [here are the 12]. i am not unhappy, but i consider life a work in progress and i am excited to try new things and implement some changes.
some i may not like, and i’ll ditch ’em — after a fair trial.
others may fit just beautifully.
subject to change, of course! but i think i’ll do a monthly overview post briefly outlining the smaller goals i aim to work on for the month. then, subsequent weekly updates can focus on one or more of those goals.
disclaimer to myself:
a reminder to me that this is not a ‘perfection’ project. i’m not looking to become some sort of finished product at the end [ridiculous anyway], nor am i fixing parts of me that are broken [because i am not!]. my overall aim is experiment, explore, and tweak. and in the process, to try my best to a) enjoy the precious time on this earth and b) cultivate a sense of awareness and gratitude around that enjoyment.
and so with that — we begin!
january’s theme: TIME
♥ do not hurry. i would like to get rid of urgency that is often not really there. this means two things: planning ahead so that i truly CAN do ‘necessary’ things without rush [ie, get to work on time!] and letting go when there really is no schedule [annabel’s bedtime is important, but not immutably fixed.]
♥ eliminate time sinks. more specifically: avoid mental filler/noise. i am going to limit facebook and blog check-ins to 2x/day max [and i’m debating taking these two apps off my phone. at least for january].
♥ plan for breaks. i am going to try to set at least 2 dedicated hours each weekend to pure relaxation time. time to read, write [blog], get my nails done, or nap — i’m building it in. since every weekend is a call weekend for one of us in january, we will have our [awesome] babysitter come for an afternoon stint every sunday. does it make me feel guilty to admit i want/need this? yes. but i know that i will be a better parent overall with this built-in decompression.
♥ dedicate time to marriage as well as parenting. many nights, josh is not home until late [ie, after my bedtime]. but on the nights he does come home, i want us to have a non-rushed dinner with no distractions — we already have a no phones at the table rule, although call interferes at times.
♥ fill free time with worthwhile things. things such as:
– books [fiction and non]
– enjoying new music [in 2010, i actually made a point of downloading 2 new albums/month and getting to know them. thinking about doing something like that again.]
– seeing good movies [at home, of course. i have a want-to-see list going now, which is a major step!]
– staying in touch with friends [via media OTHER than facebook]
– outings, family and otherwise
HERE GOES NOTHING. first update on monday!