While I was reading The Happiness Project, I felt very inspired. I immediately started cleaning out my closets and reorganizing my drawers. I am not a person who does well with clutter, and I know it is one of those things that makes me feel weighed down. I started thinking about my own life, and what things I could be doing better.
There are so many things that I would like to accomplish this year, but sometimes the buzz of life interferes. I get caught up with working long hours and in my long commute to and from work. I come home and I am tired. The weekends are busy, and we don't always have time for proper grocery shopping. I end up eating takeout or grilled cheese, or sometimes even cereal for dinner. I have lots of blog posts planned, but don't always have time to sit and compose them. I end up feeling like I am giving everything in my life a little, but not really giving anything my all.
So I have decided to try to tackle a few things at time. I have created some monthly resolutions and documented them here. I have also printed them out in a place where I have to look at them every day in my home. At the end of the month I will take an honest look at how it went and any positive (or negative) impacts it has made on my life. It all starts for me here today.
1) Drink...more water: It isn't that I am drinking other beverages. It is that I do not consume enough water during the day. I must be walking around dehydrated, because I can sometimes eat my lunch at work without taking so much as a sip of water.
2) Coffee does not a breakfast make: I have gotten into a bad habit during the work week of grabbing a coffee in the morning and calling that breakfast. It is quick and easy, and totally not the healthiest way to go. What do you grab for breakfast when you are on the go? I would love some new (healthy) suggestions. My usual go-to is fruit and yogurt, but I like a little more variety in my life.
3) Finish the front yard: Husband and I have a lot of half finished projects around our house. I would like to finish one of them (and we are so close here). In theory, this should be an easy one to knock out, but other chores always seem to get in the way. I am making this a priority. (OK, you could argue that this is more of a goal than a resolution, but I am hoping it will lead to the completion of many more projects around my home. Maybe this resolution will be called "Finish What We Start" in the future.)
4) Go to bed earlier: I admit that when it comes to bedtime, I am suddenly five years old. I fight it. It takes me forever to decide to go to bed, and once I am there I tend to play with my phone and get up to pee several times and pretty much do anything but try to go to sleep. So I am going to make an effort to be in bed by 10:30 on weeknights, and actually try to go to sleep. This is going to be the hardest resolution for me to follow by far, but I am going to go for it anyway.
5) Get Meatball through his recovery: I mentioned a while ago that my American Bulldog, "Meatball", (pictured above) needed to have major surgery to repair his cruciate ligament (the equivalent to a person tearing their ACL). His surgery is scheduled for a week from Friday, and he has to be still for 8 weeks after. He is a very active dog, and this is not going to be an easy task, but I wanted to dedicate myself to helping him through his recovery. It is going to be a long road.
So what about you? What is weighing you down right now? What is it that you want to change in your life this month?