Here we are at the end of February, and I thought this would be a good time for an update on those goals that I set last month. As a reminder, they were:
Simplicity. Finding peace in the everyday routine and the doings of life.
Health. Fine tuning fitness, food and my mental well-being.
Creativity. Exploring new creative outlets while reconnecting with my favorites.
Relationships. Being present and encouraging others.
Simplicity has probably been the most challenging for me. I’ve mentioned a few times lately that if I could make a task challenging, I did. This was not intentional. My one noticeable improvement in this area has been picking up the family room before bed. When I wrote that particular focus area, it sparked a lot of discussion around my sisters. Some of them pick up their house in case firemen come in the middle of the night. I didn’t realize they were so concerned about that.
Health has been up and down. I am making much more of an effort to get my 4 ½ cups of produce every day. Salads during the week at lunch seem to be working pretty well. It’s on the weekends that I go back to my usual not eating a vegetable until dinner habit. As far as running goes, I am up to 6.5 miles on my long runs. My goal is to get back to 8 miles. I’m sure that my sister who is a runner is reading this and shaking her head. She wants me to run a half marathon.
Creativity has been a lot of fun. I have finished a couple of crafting projects and have more planned. For part of Lucy’s birthday present, we are doing a mom-daughter sewing class together. I can’t wait to learn how to sew! So maybe her present is more about me….although she did ask for a Michaels gift card for her birthday. I haven’t made enough time for writing, but I discussed that yesterday. I do want to add that I slept great last night. Writing always helps me to get rid of those extra thoughts.
Relationships have felt a bit neglected. I don’t know if this is reality or me being hard on myself. Part of that is this frantic feeling lately. Sometimes I just want to retreat. Hopefully with gaining some quiet time, I will feel reenergized in connecting with others.
The other lingering question is have I felt more awake? Yes and no, I suppose. In those moments of feeling frantic and rushed, the answer is no. When I am able to slow down, I do feel more present in my life.
If you have set goals for the new year, I hope they are going well. I hope you aren’t giving up with some setbacks. I certainly didn’t expect instant success. This is a journey. And those goals aren’t set in stone. They can be adapted to what works for me and what is realistic for my life.
I look forward to updating you again in a couple of months!