Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Taking a breath: Goals for the summer

I turned in my grades Monday and it was like coming up for air.  The end of the school year is always a busy time and this year was no exception. I expected to have to teach this summer, but I had someone ask to take my class at the last minute and I was happy to oblige.

This means that I have the summer free for several projects:

  1. Get fit: This year's goal is to do a 2-3 sprint triathlons while getting into even better shape for next year.  I have a package of fitness classes that is set to expire in June, so I have already booked the next few weeks' workouts.  I also bought a private session with one of my instructors who wants to show me a strength training workout I can do on my own.
  2. Eat right: One thing that the Live Below the Line challenge taught me is that I can stick to a meal plan if I take the time to plan the meals and buy the groceries ahead of time.  This summer I will not be able to fall back on the "not enough time" excuse.  
  3. Get my house in order: The first thing to go when I get stressed out is any attempt at picking up at myself, and my husband is all to eager to follow my slobbish lead. I have already spent several hours in the last few days working on undoing the mess, and I want to get things organized in such a way that it's easier to put things where they belong instead of leaving them scattered everywhere. I want to put most of my work clothes in the upstairs closet for the summer so it's easier for me to put my clothes away instead of leaving them strewn about. 
  4. Start writing daily: I still love my blog but I want to start working toward a book. I used to tell myself that even if I wrote a book, I'd never get it published. This gave me a good excuse not to bother.  Now that Karen's example has shown me that self-publishing is a truly viable option, I can let that excuse go. Besides, I should spend some time actually writing before I worry about what to do with what I produce. I am not even sure what I want to write about yet.  I'm going to try the morning pages as described in The Artist's Way
    and see where they take me.
  5. Have some fun: I want to re-engage with my art classes, which I let go because I was too busy. I want to reconnect with my friends and get out of my tight little orbit.  I spend so much time criticizing myself that I feel like I've forgotten how to enjoy the life I have instead of holding out until the better version of myself magically appears. I need to enjoy myself more.
  6. Find some balance: I need to set myself up better for next year so that I'm not spending August through May getting fat, disorganized, and overwhelmed and then spending May through August trying to recover.  
I think six goals is more than enough for three months, so I am going to force myself to quit there.  I plan to post updates regularly.  Please help keep me accountable by bugging me if you don't see them.

1 comment:

  1. I am so glad you're going to write...self-publishing is almost a more viable option for those of us who aren't "someone."


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07