On New Year’s Resolutions

New years always bring about a swarm of resolutions, lifestyle changes, and posts about looking forward. Sometimes they only last a few weeks, while sometimes they’re serious commitments that create a positive shift in a person’s life. It can be hard to discern which posts on my Facebook feed are simply “in-the-moment” intentions that won’t last, and which are born of serious introspection and firm dedication to making a change. That’s why I’ve hesitated to post anything on my social media relating to the ending of one year and the beginning of the next. I don’t want to fall into the trap of being too excited about new beginnings and letting the excitement cloud my head.

My blog is titled “Live Intentionally” and last year I focused on “intent” without including much of the “living.” I had so many great ideas to work on, and I started most of them without finishing any of them. I wrote posts about things I was going to do, and ideas I had, but I had no progress reports to back them up.

So, in 2016, I’m not going to post about my intentions, or the resolutions I’ve made for myself. I’m going to post about what I’m doing as I do it, and the end result when I complete a particular challenge or goal of mine. I’ve already started on some life-changing journeys for myself this year and I’m going to finish them.

I can’t wait to share my victories with all of you.

2 Quote A Flower Daily – All That Jazz Rose

“Conflict cannot survive without your participation.” ~Wayne Dyer

Source: 2 Quote A Flower Daily – All That Jazz Rose

I’m definitely feeling this quote lately. People at my workplace are drama-hungry and immature, and those of us who prefer to remain out of it are having a hard time since we work with people who like to complain about each other very loudly. I would love to pound this into their heads with a hammer, because they somehow think the other person is to blame and they’re just helpless victims in the drama game. Uh, no. You’re actually perpetuating it yourself.

Healthier, Happier

I’ve been pretty lazy about writing, even though I have a post coming that relates to why I’m keeping a blog and such. I’ve also been somewhat lazy about my health, although compared to what I used to do on a regular basis I’m doing amazing!

I don’t have time to write a huge post out right now, but with the last week of high temperatures and beautiful spring weather, I’m glowing and excited about my life in a way that maybe mid-winter I wouldn’t be. I’m pretty sure I have spring fever, I won’t lie.

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On Friday the temperature was around 70 degrees F, and I was staying with Josh (that’s a good story right there; Thursday I started feeling like crap but I was supposed to meet Josh for dinner that night, and all day I was stressed out and short with the kiddos I babysat. Then that evening a bunch of stuff started coming up that made me almost cancel my date, and I sat and cried in the bathroom for a few minutes because I was just so stressed out and my head hurt so badly…. And then a few minutes later stuff started workout out and I had dinner and somehow was able to make last-minute arrangements so I could stay the night with Josh and spend all day Friday with him. It was incredible and much-needed). We ran a couple errands then we decided to go to the lily pond nearby and take a walk…. I grabbed a couple of big sticks because I have a thing about sticks when I walk. I’m not sure what it is, but I can’t help it! It’s amusing for other people, so it works out just fine.

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I also got the opportunity to see and hear some swans, which was exciting because I’ve never heard them trumpeting before. I read the book when I was a kid, but it was still new to me.

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So, in general, working out and spending time in the sun, I’m feeling extremely happy and healthy and life is going really well for me. See ya later!

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Resistance

I’ve been kind of frustrated with myself lately because the thoughts running foremost through my mind are about my purpose in this life, and how I need to proceed if I want to make a difference in the world. And those thoughts are not reflected at all by my actions of late. It seems like I’ve come up against an incredibly strong wind, blowing hard against my motivation and willpower to do anything important. Making every step forward seem like an indecent amount of effort. I know what I need to do, it’s just a matter of finding the strength to do it.

Maybe this resistance I’ve suddenly encountered is all the proof I need that I’m on the right track. Let’s keep pushing.

Love Your Body

I’m gonna let you in on a secret: if you’re a girl, Karena and Katrina at Tone It Up are simply brilliant. If you’re a guy, I’m sure you can enjoy them too, but they specifically focus on women’s health and fitness using a fun girlfriend-to-girlfriend approach that makes me feel like I have two great workout partners no matter the weather or how little I feel like getting it done.

I’ve known about them for a year or two, but I started really following along with the fitness challenges and workout routines at the beginning of the year. The current challenge is their Love Your Body challenge combined with 100 miles of cardio by V-Day (or 150 if you want to push yourself further). They post weekly workout schedules, complete with “PM Challenges” to treat yourself and enhance your daily life. They also have monthly calendars with tips and thoughts to help you get your mind to start thinking the way the lifestyle demands.

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Versatile Blogger Award

So, the fantastic Jennifer Knowlton of The Loving Llama nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award! It definitely made my day to see that, and I want to say thanks for thinking of me as deserving of this award (this lady has a blog worth following, herself; just saying). I can’t say I entirely understand how this works, but basically to me it seems like a great way to compliment blogs you like, suggest them to your followers, and get connected with other versatile blogs out there that you might find you enjoy. I think it’s a great idea, just for that! The “rules” that accompany this prestigious nomination include:

  • Show the award on your blog.
  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 blogs.
  • Link your nominees’ blogs and let them know.

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ARGH!

That’s how I feel when I realize I’ve fallen into the trap that is a constant temptation for me: not finishing what I start. I know everyone struggles with this to some degree, but I also know that it’s a particular weakness for my personality type (ie, Sanguine/High I personality from Personality Plus/DISC). I get really excited about starting new things, and enjoy the satisfaction of focusing on a project and getting things done up until the novelty wears off. After that, it’s all too easy to get distracted by the next fun thing and to leave a trail of half-finished projects behind me.

Right now, on the last day of January, I’ve taken a look at some of the things I started at the beginning of the month and genuinely thought I’d been doing well with. It’s frustrating to see the last time I messaged so-and-so was on January 6th, not just a week ago like I thought. And I barely completed 2 of the Blogging 101 assignments, and have failed to regularly post to my blog. I have to email pictures to my grandma like I said I would, mail a picture to a friend that I promised a couple of months ago, and I’m just now getting around to cleaning off all the bedding and the mattresses in my/my brother’s room that have been getting cluttered with junk since he got sick on his bed on Christmas Eve.

The temptation for me is to berate myself for “sucking” at life, and give up on trying because I’ll get to it later anyway. Fortunately, I’ve been surrounding myself with leadership-minded individuals and resources for the past couple of years, with a focus on personal development that’s helped me become aware of my weaknesses and has provided me with methods to turn them into strengths.

So, I’m back. I’m getting stuff done. I may falter and fall off the wagon again, but I’ll keep picking up again until I’m better at stopping the distraction cycle before it gets started. Quitting isn’t an option for me anymore.