These past two months has been ones of introspection. It’s easy to say “I’m going to have a fabulous year!” but it is a lot harder to make that declaration a reality.
In the words of “The Cosby”, you have to learn to ‘Re-behave’! If it’s not working for you, it’s time to try something new. What is they say the definition of ‘insanity’ is? It’s doing the same thing over and over… expecting different results.
I have a whole lot of re-behaving to do…
What do I need to do to have a fabulous year?
I need to commit to what is important. I need to be grateful for the blessings I have.
What is important to me is my relationship with Jesus. And that is the biggest change I have made. And with that change, everything else is easier.
I am recognizing my husband and my family for the blessings they truly are. Gratitude can make those little irritations from just being different dissolve into something of little consequence.
It is important to reduce stress. To that end, I am working very hard on one of the greatest stress factories in my life.
Ya-ya, I’ve been de-junking for years. Sad, isn’t it? Well, I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and it is a beautiful light. The upstairs of my home is great. The laundry room and garage downstairs are good. My hobby room and shed are in a state of necessary chaos. I’ve finally started the remodel of my hobby room. I’m excited!! But the stuff I have to move to be able to work on my hobby room has to go somewhere… and that somewhere would be out to the shed (with some that I use frequently stored on shelves in the garage). Thus the semi-organized (sorta) chaos.
But you know what? Just the getting in there and doing something is a mentally restful thing.
Another step in my journey is to explore my creativity. As you’ve probably noticed on my blog, I’ve been experimenting with various art forms. I am having a blast doing it! I’ve also started working on my photography by stepping out of my comfort zone. Plus I’ve been doing some fictional writing, particularly a couple of stories for the babies. I haven’t forgotten one of my undone ’50 Before 50’ projects of learning to write passable haiku.
And I have started moving towards a healthier lifestyle. That actually started earlier in the year and is coming along well. My method? Prayer, portion control, drastic carb reduction (NOT no-carb!). And while I am pretty active, I’ve added in small things like parking at the far end of the parking lot and using my elliptical machine (the hamster wheel!).
Since spring I have lost ‘a bag of dog food’ worth of weight! (Don’t you love my visualization methods? LOL)
The results of all this is a level of peacefulness that I’ve never experienced, even when dealing with issues and problems. I feel stronger, calmer, grateful, and excited about each new day.