Putting it all Together


As you know, I’ve been in the midst of changing my life for a while now.  Sometimes it seems that for every step forward, I take two steps back.  However, lately I’ve been feeling quite optimistic.  Losing weight has been a great “kick-in-the-pants” for me.  I’ve changed my eating and my exercising, and feel much better both physically and mentally.  Of course, there have been days where I’ve felt besieged by life, but those days are far fewer than they were.


However, I’ve been having a hard time putting all the changes that I want to make together.  It’s hard to fit everything into one day.  My creative life is suffering a more than I’d like, and I’m not de-cluttering my house the way I thought I would.  It’s hard to get much done with the hot weather (an excuse if I’ve ever heard one), but I also have lost a little motivation in regards to these aspects of change.


I think that my real issue is with organization.  So, my not-so-new goal is going to be trying organize each day into blocks where I work on different things at specific times of the day.  How do you organize your day in order to fulfill your goals?  Let me know, if could use all the help I can get.



This quote is so true.  For many of us, we spend so much time trying to be something that we are not, that we lose track of who we are. I know that for most of my life I’ve been trying so hard to please other people that for a long time I lost my sense of self.  In fact, I often feel like I’m stumbling around in the dark trying to figure out who I am.  Confidence in myself is something that I’ve struggled with for a long time, as I’m sure many other people have.  By always pleasing others, I’ve come to a point in my life when I don’t really know who I am.  How do you find the confidence to be yourself when you’ve lost yourself somewhere along the way?


My solution to this dilemma has been to try to get back to those things that made me happy before I began trying to please others.  The longer I’ve been working on improving and changing myself, the more confident I’ve become.  Another side-effect of this is that I’ve become a lot more understanding of not only my own deficiencies, but other peoples.  I also spend less time complaining about things than I did before.  Confidence is a gift that we give to ourselves.


Goals for September


To me, the month of September has always been about new beginnings.  The hot and humid summer with all its distractions should be over, and now is the time to tackle all the “stuff” that I want to/need to do.  So, here’s my list of goals:

  1. Write and illustrate two chapters.
  2. Begin Fall Cleaning.
  3. Get up at 4:30 am and work-out every day.
  4. Go to bed by 10:30 pm.
  5. Finish coaching course.
  6. Go hiking to at least three new places.
  7. Do something about the lack of curtains.
  8. Get rid of “stuff”!


I tried to make this as simple, easy and “do-able” as I could.  I know that last month didn’t go very well, however, the weather should be better; I’m trying to climb out of my hole of depression; and it’s my favorite month of the year.  What are your goals for the month?  Did you make a huge list or a little one?  Let me know.


August Goals?


Alright, now it the time to be totally truthful.  No excuses.  I did not attain all my goals for August.  Actually, the only thing that I did was to do some form of exercise every day.  Actually, that’s a pretty big deal since the weather was horribly hot and humid with quite a few days reaching the heat index of 101° and above.  So, for the first time in many months I either got up early or worked out, or I went for a walk with the dogs.  But, I did it!


My other goals didn’t fare as well.  I’ve kind of hit a writing block that I hope to end during the month of September.  Also, my throwing things out didn’t go anywhere.  My windows are still without curtains, and there was no quilting that happened.  Not great goal achievement here.  I have collected lots of ideas for blog posts, so that’s another goal that I attained.


Did you met your goals for August?  Let me know.


Do Your Actions Inspire?


I came across the quote above a few days ago, and it set me back on my heels.  In my head, I try to be a “good” and loving person, but do my actions reflect that?  Like most people, I do have an “idea” of who I am.  However, I’ve been wondering if my actions reflect my intentions.


I do struggle with this idea a lot.  There isn’t a whole lot of money left over at the end of the month, so I don’t give much money to charities.  There are so many charities out there that are doing great things, but I don’t contribute to them.  I spend a lot of time signing petitions and leaving personal comments.  I try to let others know what’s going on in the world if I’m asked.  However, am I always a loving and understanding person?


The truth is, probably not.  I get upset, confused and overwhelmed.  I don’t hurt others deliberately, but I can be a sarcastic person at times.  When I’m being personally attacked (and it happens more often than not, due to one of my family members), I try to block out what that person is saying, and not respond.  My real problem is that I let what they say, even if there is absolutely no merit to the attack (as has been pointed out by various other people) undermine me.  This, of course, was the point of the diatribe, which says more about the other person than it does about me.  I do have a wicked tongue in my mouth, but I can’t recall a single time I let it loose.  Of course, the discourse in my head can be vicious, but like I said, it’s just in my head and not coming out of my mouth.


Do you struggle with your intentions versus your actions?






It’s been extremely hot here lately.  We actually had a temperature of 111° over the weekend.  I don’t have air conditioning and have no plans to buy any in the near future.  I’ve got lots of fans, so life is usually bearable.  But, with the extreme heat and humidity I’ve been having a hard time with motivation.  So, here are some quotes I wanted to share with you.


 One of my goals for August was to do some form of exercise every day.  So far, I’ve been successful.  Because of the heat, I’ve gotten up early and worked out, since I was never sure if the heat and humidity would be too much for a walk later in the day.  Even though there have been days that I’ve wanted to sleep in, I’ve managed to keep getting up by telling myself the number of days that I’ve done it.  So far, it’s working.


What do you do to help yourself stay on track during a heat wave?