I am thinking I should do a monthly check in to see how my new year’s aspirations are going. This will help to keep me accountable plus it should be fun.
#1 Make time for ME Working on it. I actually did have some ME time in January. I went out to the soups and salads cooking class. My work schedule changed too, so I actually have an hour or two all to myself on most weekdays. This helps my state of mind immensely. Unfortunately, it will most likely be short-lived, as I need to find a second job. I will definitely enjoy it while it lasts though.
#2 Find ME again Totally working on it. Two important things I am doing are writing and studying natural healing again, both of which used to bring me joy and guess what? Both still do.
#3 Become physically, emotionally, and spiritually well I journaled about the subject, does that count? I took a healthy cooking class. I am getting some me time too. It’s a work in progress.
#4 Spend more time in nature Nope. Nothing yet, but soon, I hope.
#5 Delve into natural healing I have actually been doing this! I finished a course through the Herbal Academy, Herbal Self Care for Stress Management, and it was awesome. I plan on doing more of their courses. It was inspiring and I learned a ton. I have access to the course for a full year, so I plan on doing it a second time, and this time take notes.
#6 Read more I am averaging a book every week, which is good. I love to read all kinds of books, it is extremely relaxing for me plus, bonus, my vocabulary expands when I read a lot. So far this year I have read all five Percy Jackson and the Olympians books at my daughters recommendation, and A Glorious Freedom by Lisa Congdon.
#7 Write more I am literally doing this right now. I haven’t written anything huge or outstanding lately, but I started journaling again and started this blog.
#8 Find a job I actually enjoy I am actively working on this. I have a new caregiving client and I am pursuing credentials for a second job as a substitute teacher. These are mere stepping-stones for what I really want to do, which is to write. I’m not sure what I want that to look like yet, so in the meantime, I am writing and plan on taking some creative writing classes this year and see where I feel led. Who knows, maybe there is a crazy good poet trapped inside me, waiting to be set free. Stranger things have happened.
#9 Create I haven’t been feeling all that creative in months. I did a little baking in December. I cook a lot, but that’s not really much of a creative outlet for me. I haven’t sewn anything in FOREVER. I have been getting a little bit of the sewing bug lately, we’ll see if it goes anywhere soon. I have a ton of unfinished projects to work on.
#10 Be a better mom I haven’t exactly done much on that front lately I’m afraid. I haven’t been a worse mom, so there’s that. My daughter and I are still going on our Friday mother daughter outings. This week we went to see The Greatest Showman. Best. Soundtrack. Ever. Last week we went to see Wonder, and the week before that we went out to lunch. I keep meaning to teach her to drive, but the weeks just keep slipping away. Next thing I know she’s going to be thirty. And I will still be driving her everywhere because I can’t seem to find time to teach her because I am always taking her places. Vicious cycle.