March is kind of a weird month. We have snow, mud, cold weather and sometimes warmer temperatures to contend with. It’s the month where we’re all done with winter, but it’s not all done with us. So, as I’m more than a little tired of making kindling and hauling wood, one of my goals this month will be to start my Spring Cleaning. I know, the dreaded Spring Cleaning! But we all know that it rears its ugly head right around this time. My plan is to start upstairs with my bedroom and go on from there. Since I still (always) have more stuff to get rid of, I will be doing that, too.
My other goals are to continue working out, work on my Certificate and website, and also get my novel printed out so I can have it read. I just dropped out of my writer’s group because there was that one person who insisted the group was supposed to be all about her. She monopolized every meeting, and I finally couldn’t deal with it. My goal is to continue writing at least one fiction story (600 words or less) each month. That’s a hard goal, since it requires you to be concise. There’s just no room to fool around. Tell the story and then you’re done! I really like that, since I have a hard time with being concise.
So, those are my March goals. What are yours? Let me know in the comments below, and we can encourage each other.
I know that many people (including me), see the weekend as a time to catch up on chores and errands. A time to run around and be busy “getting things done”. However, it is also a time to rest, relax and renew. Spend time on just being. Relax, read a book, do some Yoga, meditate. Your life doesn’t need to be full of “things to do”. Just be present in the moment. Take some time out. Shut off your phones, unplug the internet. Just breathe.
How are you doing with your 2018 goals? Are you still focused on them, or have you already lost sight of the end zone? Even though we’re barely into the new year, I know that some of us are struggling to keep going. I’ll admit that the only thing that gets me up and out of bed to workout in the morning is the knowledge that I haven’t missed a day yet, and I don’t want it to be this morning that I miss.
Have you already accomplished some of your goals? Or have you just been mulling them over? Are there steps that you’ve taken to get you closer to attaining them? Don’t let too much time pass before you get working on those goals you set. But mostly, remember that every day is a new day. We don’t need a Monday to start changing our lives, we only need to start!
If you are looking to perfectly achieve your goals, you will never achieve them. Change is a process. One day you may leap out of bed, jump into your work-out, feel just great, and attack the rest of the day with positivity and motivation as your by-word. Lucky you! Make the most of those days.
The next day may be the exact opposite as you drag yourself out of bed, force your way through a leaden work-out, and trudge through the rest of the day. These are the days that either make or break your transformation. Do you have the fortitude to keep on going?
If we can accept that change is often going to feel terrible, but in the end it will be worth it, we can (hopefully) keep on and achieve our goals. Don’t let those less-than perfect days derail you. Keep focused on your goals. Remind yourself that it’s a process, you are on the path. Sometimes the path is level and straight, other times it’s windy and steep. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other. You can do it!
Are you waiting for your life to be perfect? How about those 15 or so pounds you want to lose? Are you waiting to lose them before you do something that you really want to do? Or maybe you’re waiting until you save up the money to “fix up your house” before you have company over?
Thinking like this will do a couple of things. First of all, it will prevent you from enjoying yourself and trying new things. No one else will notice those extra pounds, and besides, if someone does, you probably don’t want to have anything to do with that person anyway. Secondly, most people won’t judge you on your house. If you’ve ever noticed, other people are in the process of saving up for some new things, also.
Joy should be found in the experience of living life. It doesn’t come from everything being perfect. Some of the best meals can be served along with walls that need to be painted and floors that need refurnishing. Those “things” don’t really matter. How you treat others is what matters. While I understand that what we see on social media gives most of us the impression that everyone else lives a “perfect” life, remember that most of those pictures are posed in a certain way so that we only see the “best”, and not the rest. People accentuate the positive and hide the negative.
I’ve talked before about how I find joy in the little things. The sunrises, sunsets, flowers, cold crisp air of fall. Nature brings me joy nearly every day. A positive outlook helps me find my joy. Look for the good in life and it suddenly appears. Even the worst day has something good in it, even if it’s a good cup of coffee. Look for the joy, and it will be there. I promise!
We all know that today marks the beginning of the Christmas Season. So, along with all the excitement there is way too much worry and stress. The stress of whether or not people will like what you’ve bought, how the decorations will look, when will the cookies be done, etc. etc. Not to mention how much in the hole of debt you may or may not want to go. So, what to do? Just take a breath. Decide what is really important about this time of year. Stop buying things you and others don’t need. The whole season should be about love, and not more “stuff”. Calm down and relax. Try to not get caught up in things that in reality are simply not important.