Yes, last year I did better than I ever have. I called them goals though and kept track of them throughout the year. I resolved to finish projects that I had started but never finished. I made a list of them and finished them all. One of which was a crochet baby blanket with giraffes on it. The pattern was full of mistakes and I got so frustrated. I finally finished it and I’m so proud of it. The baby turned 1 just before I gave it to him but he still loves it.
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I don’t really do the resolution thing… at least not the way most people do. I do a couple of different things. First I have my list of goals to work on throughout the year. Not a lot of things – just 2 or 3 tops. I write them in the front of my journal so that I see them every time I open it – which is usually every day or more often. I keep track of some items in my journal and journal about my progress. I don’t like to make “resolutions” that are fast forgotten.
I also make a “to do” list for the year. This list is pretty extensive and more of a wish list sometimes. Sometimes I just can’t afford to do some of the things on the list or I need help – like with painting a room in the house. It is okay though. This is the time of year when I look at what I accomplished, cross off what I can and add a few more things. What didn’t get done just stays on the list for the next year. The idea in this is that when I get to the end of the year I don’t feel like it was all wasted. When I flip through my journal or look back at my blog I know my time was well spent. It wasn’t always that way. Sometimes I would get into this rut of just waking up and going to work, coming home tired and going to bed. That was because of my health. I was working so hard I didn’t have any energy to spend time with my family. Now I enjoy listening to my kids talk about their days or music or whatever. I can sit at the table and have dinner with them. Time is precious and needs to be used wisely.
Anyway, my basic goals are always to lose weight and to get organized. Surprise, surprise huh? With my health problems I have a hard time exercising. When I’m in pain I don’t want to move so I gain weight. My doctor says says that it is important to exercise as much as possible and that it will actually help with pain. She’s the doctor so I’m doing my best to follow orders. I cut some things out of my diet and managed to get some health issues under control that way (which is pretty cool I think). I managed to stop gaining weight but didn’t really sustain any real weight loss. I’m just grateful that I’m not still gaining. This year that is my biggest focus because it isn’t just a matter of how I feel about myself anymore. Being overweight sets me up for all kinds of other health risks, including diabetes which runs in my family. My mom died of a heart attack and I’m going to do everything I can to avoid that happening to me. I’m using a website called MyFitnessPal.com to track what I eat and it really helps a lot. I’ve made some friends on there that are in the same boat I am. They are also trying to lose weight while dealing with chronic pain. It is amazing to have such an amazing support group that will cheer me on but also understands when I’m not feeling well.
I’m about to set a fresh new goal for this year and take new measurements. I think I’m going to break my “wish” for my overall weight-loss into smaller attainable goals. I think if I lost 10 lbs I would feel pretty darn good and that would give me some “FIRE” to keep going. So I’m going to do that and just keep working on smaller goals. Of course exercising every day, even a little, is a task on my list. Sometimes it just isn’t possible but I’ll do what I can. I got some advice from a friend of mine that I am working on trying too. He said to eat what I want but only half. That is a new concept for me since I grew up being told to clean my plate. I hate to see anything go to waste so I eat it all. So I’m going to work on that and put half away for another meal.
Last year, one of the things I added to my list was so stop using the “f word” meaning fibromyalgia. I thought that I should not talk about it and only focus on positive things. It didn’t take me long to realize that was not the right thing to do. Sure, I need to focus on positive things but this is part of me and acting like everything is normal is not the answer. I realized that there are a lot of people out there that don’t understand what fibromyalgia really is. Many people and sadly even some doctors don’t believe it is a real thing. Well, what I feel is real and if there was a solution I’d be first in line. I really think it is more likely that it is a symptom of something they haven’t yet figured out. They need to do more research to find out and that means more people need to know about it. That is when I decided to add that blurb about fibromyalgia to the top of my blog. I also thought maybe if other people with fibromyalgia could see what I accomplish with this than others will be encouraged.
This past year, in working on my to-do list, I was able to get a lot of de-cluttering done. Now I am going to keep going on that. I found this website that has a calendar for each month. Each day there is a task to work on for 15 minutes. I think I’ll give that a try and see how it fits in with the areas I want to clean. Mainly I just need to use some of the things I’ve bought for crafts and let some things go. I have a LOT of yarn. I’m decided to use that yarn to make blankets for Project Linus. I’m the coordinator for my area and I’ve had a hard time keeping it going. I have decided to make working on Project Linus my 3rd goal this year. I’m going to work on getting people to help out and make lots of blankets.
Last year one of my goals was to finish what I started. I tracked down some unfinished projects and finished them! That felt really good! I also concentrated on finishing one thing before starting the next. Some people call it multitasking but usually I just end up with a bunch of unfinished stuff. I did get a lot more done this year and knit, crocheted, and tatted several things. I also read a bunch of books! And the books I read have been passed on to others or donated. I’m also not buying new books but getting ebooks instead. These little things all make a difference.
So I have my new journal – two actually. One is a journal to write in daily and one is a smash journal. I like to use smash journals for projects and pictures. My main goals are already written in the front and I’m ready to get started.
Of course I have my new list of Twenty Wishes that I want to work on too. It is interesting to me how this list seems to incorporate many of the things on my yearly list but it is much shorter. I got the idea for that list from a book.
Now to start working on my lists instead of making them! Here’s to a good 2013!
Nay to doomsayers!
New years is upon us and it is time to think of what we want this year to bring. I don’t really like to make lists of resolutions like most people because they are so easily forgotten and usually under the rug by the end of January. I have made the lists before only to find them years later still in the notebook I wrote them in. I realized that not only did I forget about them but that I pretty much made the same resolutions year after year. So, at least it is clear to me what I want…. well on December 31st anyway. I do make personal commitments that I work towards though. Not like I’m going to read 100 books this year but I’m going to read MORE. I don’t make a resolution to lose weight but a commitment to eat healthier and to exercise regularly since those things go hand in hand. I decide what is important to me and work to make it a priority – a habit! – during the year and most importantly I RESOLVE to never ever quit. If I mess up I have to get back up and go again. My piano teacher taught me that.
It takes 21 days to make a habit right? Read this blog entry titled “A New Habit” written by Steven Aitchison on his blog called “Change your thoughts, Change your life”. I’ve read several things about this but usually books or magazines so this is what I found online. Of course you could read “The 7 habits of highly effective people” by Steven Covey. I thought this article was a little funny actually. While reading it I had this picture of trying to “con” my conscience. He says “If you tell your mind you want to try something for 21 days it won’t be so unwilling to co-operate.” I was thinking…. can’t my mind read my mind? LOL Anyway, it’s the point that counts right?
So I’m going to work on my list (probably updating this post a few times) and use January to get started. I’m going to use my refrigerator to remind me of what is important to me and also make a journal to keep track of my progress.
My 2012 Commitments
This year I promise myself that I will…..
- Read the scriptures every day and pray.
- Attend church whenever possible, even if only for sacrament.
- Write every day (journal, blog, write poetry, write letters or send a card, write on toilet paper before I flush it… whatever it takes. [hmmm, that must be how you send a letter to hell? ya think?])
- Paint or draw (or play with whatever medium I choose) everyday possible (if I’m sick I’m not stressing about it)
- Refuse to say the “F word” (I have Fibromyalgia and it has rearranged my life but I’m not going to let it rule me anymore. My middle name isn’t Fibromyalgia and my blog isn’t about illness. Subject change commencement happening now…. Positivity deployment happening in 3-2-1….
- Keep in touch with friends and family (write letters, email, facebook, CALL!)
- Finish what I start (and all the things I’ve already started.) AND not to start new things before finishing what I’m working on.
- Read more and give away my books. I have way too many! Buy KINDLE BOOKS!
- Learn, develop, grow! (I can’t be a CNA anymore but I CAN do something and I still have the knowledge I gained. I want to work with kids, I want to be an artist! and I will.)
- Organize my stuff and stop buying new stuff until I get what I have in order. USE what I have! Especially YARN – holy crocheted baloney!
- Exercise every day if I can, even if its only for 5 minutes. Stretch when I can’t do more.
- Eat healthy and drink water.
First off I am going to write more. I’ve already decided that I’m going to join NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) for January and blog every day. Oddly enough, National Blog Posting Month can be any and every month of the year and I’m going to try to do every month this year. I enjoy writing and it is very therapeutic for me. I participated in November and really enjoyed it. I especially enjoyed the visits and comments from other members. Feedback is always a good thing.
I will probably join the Art every day challenge again but like I said, no stress if I’m ill that day. I can’t help what I can’t control.