How did you do with your June goals? Have you conquered and are you now standing at the top of your mountain, or are you like me, still struggling to get there? Well, I guess I’ve given you and idea of how well I’ve done with all my June goals. I’ve kept on getting up quite early, so my exercising goal is still going strong. However, I’ve not achieved Tae Bo status yet. Hopefully this month. One of my exercise goals was to walk eighteen miles per week, and that went well. My average mileage was 21 miles per week – so good for me! My fiction writing has not gone very well, with other things taking precedence. I did go to a movie and had some fun as well in June, so that was wonderful!
Here are my July Goals:
Work on coaching certificate.
Write more fiction.
Keep exercising and add some Tae Bo to the mix.
Again, and one of the most important – have some fun!
Harvard has a new study out regarding habits that may help extend your life. Of course, it’s no surprise that the first item on the list is no tobacco products. These products have been linked to a variety of health problems, so if you want to extend your life, I strongly suggest that you never begin using tobacco, or if you have, please stop. Your life depends on it.
Another item on the list is keeping a low BMI (body mass index). Keeping the fat down is always a good idea. The other habit that goes right along with this is cardio for at least 30 minutes a day. How many times have we been told that we absolutely need to exercise? Not only does it make you feel better but doing so can help you live longer.
So, the last two habits are avoiding alcohol consumption and eating a healthy diet. As far as alcohol consumption is concerned, I recommend watching the documentary The Truth About Alcohol (I watched it on Netflix). There is a ton of information in this documentary, and will hopefully help you to drink much less, or stop drinking completely. (That’s what it did to me, and I don’t regret giving up my occasional glass of wine at all.) The latest nutrition information has changed from promoting a lot of meat and dairy to promoting the health benefits of fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes, with only small amounts of meat and dairy. I myself am vegan, so I just concentrate my diet on fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes. If you’re at all interested in the scientific data that supports non-meat/non-dairy consumption, I recommend nutritionfacts.org.
Well, there you have it – five new habits to add to your daily life!
What does home mean to you? Is the place that you live your home, or is your “real” home somewhere else? For many people that may be the place where they grew up. Other people find everything that the word home stands for in a place in nature – the woods, or the ocean. For myself I feel that I’ve got two different homes. The first is in nature – the ocean does it for me. I could stay there forever, and at the risk of sounding insane, I hate to leave the ocean once I’ve actually gotten myself there. I’ve always wanted to live as close as I can get to the ocean, but so far, I’ve got to make do with living about one and a half hours away.
My second “home” is my family (specifically, my daughter). Whenever I’m with her I really do feel like I am home. I’m sure that it’s the feeling of absolute love and trust that makes me feel this way.
To talk about my “actual” home, it isn’t really set-up in a way that I would prefer, but it is still home, since this is where I’ve raised my children. We had “beach” parties in the family room in the middle of winter. I sat on the floor in the hallway outside my children’s rooms and read them The Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and a host of other books for years. We home schooled in the dining room, ate dinner together as a family every night in the kitchen, and watched movies in the living room. It may not be fancy, but it’s still home.
Share your thoughts about “home” in the comments below.
Just thought that I’d share a few of my nature shots from my neighborhood. After a slow spring, the lilacs are starting to bloom.
This is just a look at the sky one morning. It was just beautiful!And, here is a sunset.
Now that the weather has warmed up I’m trying to get outside more. Since I’ve been somewhat stressed lately, I’m trying to add positivity to my life. What have you been doing lately? Let me know in the comments below!
I recently read the non-fiction book The Stranger in the Woods – The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel. This is the true story of Christopher Knight, the man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years. I don’t know about you, but I often consider the option of running away from civilization and living by myself in the middle of nowhere. Of course, I’d have to be self-sufficient, including growing my own food, etc., which would require tons of work, and that’s the main reason why I haven’t done anything like that…money being the other compelling reason.
But this account brought up a lot of issues for me. Do I really consider someone who stole for survival a hermit? What about his watching t.v. (yes, he stole a t.v., and watched it frequently), he also played hand-held computer games, and listened to a purloined radio. While living alone and not speaking to anyone for 27 years (with one exception of saying hi to a hiker in the 1990’s) is an accomplishment, it’s not really what I think of when contemplating my own hermitage. If I were going to become a hermit, I’m pretty sure that I would not want any interaction with civilization. Actually, to be honest, this is something that I’ve thought about since I was a child and read a National Geographic story about a Park Ranger who lived in the middle of Yellowstone (I think) during the winter and was so isolated that his supplies were helicoptered in for him. He spent the time that he wasn’t working reading and writing. That was the life, I always felt – being paid to be alone, and to read and write! A dream come true!
At some point I understood that jobs like that just were not available, then I got married and had children. Even though I am an introvert, I can tolerate being around others for a period of time. As an aside, my children had the earliest bed-time ever, mainly because I’d had enough of “togetherness” by the end of the day and knew my limits. I need time alone to “de-compress” after a day with others, although my patience for being with groups seems to be getting smaller and smaller as I age. Do any of you daydream of the day when you just might turn into a full-time hermit? How would you go about it? Let me know in the comments below.