May Goals

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Here it is already May!  The snow is finally gone and now we’ve got lots of wood to process for next winter.  And, that’s a good thing, since we’ll need a lot of wood if next winter is as cold and snowy as this past winter was.  So, as far as goals are concerned, here they are:

Fitness Goals:  I’ve got the goal of at least 18 miles of walking a week.  I’ve been averaging about 17 or so weekly, so this is definitely a doable goal.  Also keep on doing what I’ve been doing.

Spring Cleaning:  So far, I’ve done one floor of my house, and am working (about 3 rooms to go) on the next floor and have the basement to finish after that.  My daughter who is much cleverer than I am figured out a fabulous way to dust the logs on the walls (we have a log cabin), and they look so good!  We’ll continue doing that as we keep cleaning the house.

Writing:  I’m struggling with the fiction-writing thing lately.  I’ve been so busy cleaning (actually that’s just an excuse), but I intend to write at least one 600-word story this month, and the goal is two.  We’ll see on this one.

Lessons:  I hope to finish up with my coaching stuff and get my certificate.  This is one goal that I’ve had every month for months, and I just can’t seem to attain it.  I’m hopeful that this is the month.

Health:  I want to eat healthier.  It’s amazing what different kinds of unhealthy vegan foods there are out there in the world.  With the warmer weather, there will be more fresh fruits and vegetables on offer, and I want to start adding them into my diet.  No more vegan candy!

Mental Health:  The past few months have been pretty chaotic, and there are a lot emotional events that I need to process.  I haven’t been writing in my journal, so this month I’m going to try and work some issues out by doing that.  I really need to clear my head and take care of myself.

Anyway, there are my goals.  Have you made any goals for the month, and if so, what are they?  Let me know in the comments below, and we can cheer each other on. Happy May!

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Using Affirmations

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The other day I realized that the first thought I had when I get out of bed is usually negative.  It might be about the weather, or how I slept, but it was usually negative, and it put me into a bad frame of mind right off the bat.  And that is not a good way to start any day, much less most days.  No wonder I’ve been having a difficult time of it.  Once I had my big moment of realization, I decided that this little routine that I had going had to stop.  So, what did I decide to do?  Well, affirmations, of course.

I’ve talked about affirmations before, and I know that a lot of people find them silly, but they do help to keep you positive, especially first thing in the morning.  At first, I tried to over-think the whole thing, but I ended up saying my specific affirmations that I usually say to myself as I’m falling asleep at night.  This are ones that I made up specifically for myself and my goals for life.  I wanted to get myself on track with what I consider to be the most important goals for my life right now.

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Are they working?  I’ve found that on the mornings that I remember to say them, I do seem to be in a more positive frame of mind, and I tend to get more of my daily goals accomplished.  So, yes, I believe that they are working.  However, like everything else, I need to make the effort to say them consistently.  Do you use affirmations, and do they work for you?  What do you think about them?  Let me know in the comments below.

The Importance of Positivity

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Here’s the thing, it’s really easy to be negative.  For whatever ludicrous reason, our brains tend to focus on negative comments and situations.  And that is the problem.  Negativity can become hard-wired onto our brains, and once that happens, we will create grooves of negativity right into our brains.  Crazy, but true.

So, that being said, what can you do to create a positive outlook?  It’s something that you’ll have to work at.  And, work it will be…since our natural tendency is to be critical, and look on the dark side of everything.

I know that I’ve written about this before, but the other morning, as I looked out the window after having just gotten out of bed, I realized that my first thoughts of the morning – almost every morning – were negative, and that made me want to cry.  That’s not the way to start a day.  So, mostly because I couldn’t think of anything else, I started to say my affirmations to myself.  Guess what?  I’ve been doing that first thing most mornings, and I’ve been feeling better.

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Depression has been dodging my footsteps for about two months now.  Rotten things have been happening since February, and they’ve been taking a toll.  I’ve been feeling overwhelmed and not in control.  But with consistent work, I’ve started feeling a little bit better.  There are always things in life that we can’t control, but now I’m making an effort to not worry about whether this or that might happen and realize that if it happens I’ll deal with it, but not before.  We can only take some things as they come, since we really have no ability to prepare for everything.  Worrying about maybes is just a waste of time.  And dwelling in the negative only creates more negativity.

So, affirmations first thing in the morning, realizing you can’t control everything, and trying to take things as the come are my order of business for now.  Positivity, positivity, positivity!

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Goals Re-cap for March 2018

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This is the story of March…or really the story of my not achieving all my goals.  You can decide which story it is, but in reality, it’s a little of both.  Okay, we’ve had five (5)!! Nor’easters this month.  Seems more than a little excessive to me.  So, no Spring Cleaning.  I’ve done plenty of wood hauling and kindling making, though!  I am simply done with winter…but still it’s not done with me.  I am such a lucky person!

The other goals that did not get accomplished were my writing, my certificate and my website.  Working on these, but not accomplished yet.

I have achieved one goal, yes, I have worked out every single day this month (year)!  Yay me!  I can feel myself getting stronger and fitter – now, if only I didn’t hurt so much!  No, it’s really only the usual working-out aches and pains.

How did your month go?  Did you accomplish your goals?  Let me know in the comments below.

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Having Motivation and Positive Thoughts

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Life can seem like a series of negative stuff thrown at you from out of the blue.  Or, it can seem like opportunities to start over, and learn new things.  How you look at it makes all the difference in the world.  Of course, while you are caught up in a life-changing event, it can be difficult to see it in a positive way.  But that is precisely when you do need all the positivity and motivation you can get.  Here are some quotes to help you out.  And, even if your life is going along swimmingly, positivity and motivation can always be welcomed!

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Determination

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The only way I can keep working toward my goals is through sheer determination.  Every morning the alarm goes off (much too early), and since I have to stand up to shut it off, I force myself to stay standing.  I certainly would like to simply fall back into my warm and cozy bed.  The sun isn’t even up, the world is dark and so is my mood.  However, I grab my work-out clothes, change and head down to my cellar for my workout.  What’s the best thing about working out when you are half-asleep?  You are half-asleep!  Also, by the time you’re awake, your work-out is half done!  Standing in the shower later, you already know that the dreaded exercise is done for the day and you don’t even have to think about (dread) it anymore.

Sheer determination is what keeps us going.  After awhile it becomes habit, and after that, a lifestyle.  Keep working at your goals whatever they are.  Make them a habit and then your life choices.

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