1. Reading. I would love to read. I have fairy long list of books that I would love to get to, both novels and nonfiction. Back in the days before children (B.C.?), I read. I’m not a prolific reader, but usually I’d finish a book every 2 months or so. Favorites included Murakami (I’ve read almost all of his novels) and inspirational books like The Happiness Project (what can I say, I like that stuff).
I really miss reading. I still read some blogs (though I have culled my list substantially!) but it’s definitely not the same. There is something so nice about just curling up in bed and getting lost in a book for 30 minutes before going to sleep. Hopefully when C starts making it through the night, this might actually be feasible.
2. Practice deliberate unplugging. I love my iPhone, but I hate that I love my iPhone. I use it altogether too much. It’s so *@#* useful, is the problem, that there are legit reasons to pick it up. I love being able to check weather, get directions to anywhere, and text friends/family with ease. Plus the camera! How can I not use it to capture A&C in their cutest moments?? But then it’s so easy to pop into drift into time-wasting pursuits.
I don’t want to give up social media completely but I would like to corral those kinds of activities into discrete, purposeful chunks of time. I have been putting my phone up on a shelf when I return home from work, which is helpful. But then it often comes off the shelf for one if its “useful” functions, and . . . yeah.
3. Meditation. I have read so much about its benefit, and would love to give it a try. 5 minutes a day should be doable, right? And yet I’ve never been even the slightest bit consistent in attempting to make this a habit. Do you meditate? If so, when?
Some good posts (somewhat) recently:
* mothers in medicine: taking care of ourselves
* becoming minimalist: don’t buy stuff you don’t need
* zen habits: living the simple life
* mark’s daily apple: what difference can being present make?