February Wrap-Up


This month has been more than a little strange.  Some of it was good strange – I made a new friend, and god knows that making a new friend “later” in life is not an easy thing to do.  So, that was a great positive!  However, the negative was that my husband was laid off from his job.  This was a huge blow, since his phone and laptop were both company-owned.  We immediately went and got him a new phone, and a new laptop.  So, now not only do we have no income, but we also have more bills to pay.  Yay us!

Hopefully he will get a new job soon, and maybe even a raise?  He hadn’t had a raise in about seven years, and we all know that the prices of things have just kept going up.  But at the same time wages have been stagnant for most of us.

As far as my February goals are concerned, I’ve worked-out every day, and done Yoga almost every day.  I have been doing a weekly dusting, so there is that!  I haven’t done any work on getting my certificate, nor have I worked too much on my fiction writing, organizing, financials or anything else.  This lay-off has kind of thrown a wrench into my stuff since I’ve been busy with my husband’s stuff.  So, that’s how my month has gone.  What about your February?  Let me know in the comments and we can encourage each other.



Just Keep Going


The last few weeks or so have been filled with both emotional and physical difficulties.  I’ve been suffering with low-level depression for a while now, and the time of year is not really helping.  This is the “cabin fever” time of year, and my crankiness shows!  Luckily, we’ve had a few days of sun (and mud!) so that I’ve been able to turn my face to the sun and inhale it for all I’m worth.  So, there is that positive note.

Last week while working out my back seized up on itself, and decided to just give me a little reminder that yes, there are muscles there, and if they want to, they can hurt me!  It’s been a “bump in the road”, but as I lay on the floor looking up at the ceiling, I had a thought.  Why is it that when we have muscle spasms in our backs we’re told to stay still and give it time to heal, but when we get spasms in our legs we’re told to take it easy, but not to get off our feet?  So, since I get these little reminders every once in a while, I decided to get up off the floor and finish out my workout.  I did that, in a very controlled way, and have been doing my regular workouts every day since.  Have I injured my back further?  The answer is no, I haven’t.  However, I’ve noticed that it’s getting better much faster than it usually does when I stop working out.  I have been very careful, and I do not force anything.  My Sun Salutations are done very slowly, and carefully, since bending over pulls at those muscles.  I don’t push it, and just do what I can.  Have I been wrong in the past to just stop working out until my back feels better?  Well, from how quickly I seem to be coming back (pun!) from this difficulty, I guess that I’d have to say that I was wrong to just stop.


One of things that I’ve learned from this little experiment is that I have rotten posture.  I’ve found that if I sit up nice and straight, my back is very happy.  It’s amazing to me how much I slouch.  I guess my mother was right after all!  How do you handle back problems?  Let me know in the comments below.

Your Ship


I love this quote because it reminds me (and I do need reminding) that what is going on outside of me does not have to be reflected inside of me.  There is chaos in the world, and there is a lot of anger and hurt and division right now.  However, I can do what I can in order to change that by writing about it and by sending letters and signing petitions.  But, if I want to live a life that is not full of stress and worry, I really need to put up boundaries and leave it all outside my mind.

It’s taken me a long time to realize that, and I longer I try to put the focus on what I can do, and what I can’t do the more peaceful I feel.  No amount of brooding I do is going to change others.  Focus on what you can do, change what you can, and make yourself the best you can be.  Yes, be active with what you can do for the outside world, but don’t make yourself crazy by letting that be your only focus.  You can’t change the world, but you can influence and change your life.  Work on that, and hopefully your change will ripple outward and touch the rest of your world.

Do You Have Enough Fun?


What do you do for fun?  Anything?  Are you too busy with the business of life to engage in anything that you find fun?  This is a valid question, since life can get too busy, and we have too many obligations to fulfill.

Don’t forgo fun for too long.  Making time to do something fun actually has health benefits.  Not to mention we can all get too cranky if we don’t allow ourselves to have a good time once in a while.  Some benefits to having fun include decreases in stress, increased serotonin levels, increased ability to cope with life, energy boosts, improvements in both your memory and concentration, ability to get a better night’s sleep, and a more positive outlook on life.


So, if you find yourself going too long without having fun, do yourself (and everyone around you) a favor…plan out some fun time.  Go to a funny movie (I recently went to see Jumanji and laughed hysterically), go for a hike, do something that makes you laugh.  Play a game with family and/or friends.  Find something fun to do, and do it.  You won’t regret it.


2017 Year in Review


This is always one of the most difficult posts for me to write.  I always feel that I’ve not accomplished as much as I wanted to over the past year.  I had separated my goals into sections, the first was focused on organization and meal planning.  I actually succeeded in this area.  I’ve been (for the most part), filing my mail immediately by paying bills as they come in, and then filing everything into the appropriate file folders.  And, I’ve been mostly planning my meals for the coming week on Sundays, and also filling out my shopping list at the same time.

Another area that I had goals for was stress management.  That’s still a work in progress, but I have been listening to wonderful stress-reduction music while I write and read my e-mail.  So, that’s been helpful.  However, I do need to increase my time spent just breathing (which is my version of Yoga breaths).

As far as writing in concerned, I haven’t really gotten anywhere.  I did finish my children’s book, but I’m still working on the illustrations.  So, there was a positive, but also a negative.  I did not work on my novel at all this year.  I never even re-read it.


As far as exercise and health, I tweaked my eating, went no-oil, and lost 23 pounds.  I’ve kept those pounds off, even though I have been having the occasional cookie and piece of cake over the holidays.  As far as exercise is concerned, I have been walking mile a day, however I’ve not been getting up and working out in the morning.  So, again, both a positive and a negative.

As far as my business is concerned, I’ve started to work on my website, but still don’t have my certificates.  I know, I know….

I have done other good things, though.  My closets are all cleaned out as are my drawers and cabinets.  I have bought and hung up curtains in both the living room and dining room.  I’ve taken many boxes and bags of excess “stuff” to the donation center and the swap-shop. So, that’s another positive.

Overall, this year I’ve had about as many positives as negatives.  Not a total loss, but also not a fabulous year as far as goals.  How has your year been?  Let me know in the comments below.


The 15th of December!


This is the day that I had originally planned to have all my Christmas shopping done.  I have to hang my head in shame.  It’s not completely finished yet.   However, I am close, and I’ve got what’s been bought so far wrapped.  So, it’s not a complete disaster, yet.  How are you doing with your preparation?

This time of year can be so stressful, please take some time out and just enjoy your life.  Think about what you are grateful for, and what the season is really about.  Love.  Not what you can buy for someone, just the very fact that you love them.  Let’s try to cut the materialism out, and just celebrate each other.  My gifts are not going to be expensive this year.  I’m giving what’s practical and needed instead.  My house is full of “stuff”, and we don’t need any more.

What’s your plan for the holidays?  Have you gotten most of it done yet, or are you like me, dragging your feet and feeling overwhelmed?  Let me know how you cope with the “stress of the season” in the comments below.



Take a Breath


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.