Life isn’t always easy. Sometimes, goals remain out of reach even though you want them so bad and you try with all your might to grasp them in your hand. My habit for the past few weeks has been to focus on all that is wrong with my life in my journal. I complain and whine and declare how unfair life has been to me. Then I head out on my day and things become brighter. The sun is shining, my children are happy, and my circumstances are not nearly as bad as other people’s. In fact, it becomes almost embarrassing to have complained at all.
This week, I’m adding a twist to my journaling resolution. I have to start each journal page with a blessing, something in my life that provides me with joy. My goal is to leave the negative behind and find something positive in everything that affects me. If I can’t change something, I can lament that fact on the pages, but then I need to move on. If I can change something in my life to make it better, I can begin my plan right there. Ultimately, my happiness is my own to make and there are so many things around me that foster joy, I’ve just been overlooking them.
Until next week!
Resolutions so far.
- No television after 8pm
- Exercise everyday
- Eat better, at least one salad and one nutrition shake per day.
- Meditate everyday.
- No sugar.
- Finish the meditation, the exercise, the journal first thing in the morning.
- Look over my ToDo list before I go to bed.
- Write at least one blog post per week.
- Watch something in French once per week.
- Add gratitude into my journal.
So I missed blogging last week and therefore, I’m throwing a resolution at the problem. My ninth resolution is to write at least one blog post every week. Perhaps the power of the resolutions will keep me on track. I am in the middle of writing a new novel and most of my writing time is spent making sure my word count stays consistent so I’m on track to make my deadline. I’m happy to say that so far, I am 100% on track for completing the book with time for several rounds of edits before sending it to my editor.
As for my other resolution? It’s one of my personal pet peeves. Once upon a time, I could speak French. Now? Not at all. So my tenth resolution is to watch a movie in French once per week. It should help me remember the vocabulary and the cadence of the language. I thought I’d start with Harry Potter. My children speak French much better than I do, so maybe I can convince them to join me.
It’s week 8 and time for a new resolution to add to the first 7. Somehow, I have not miraculously lost ten pounds or even a inch on my waist. My bank account is not fuller, and I’m not magically a better mom. I am, however, a little bit more centered in the chaos that is my life. That counts for something.
This week, I was going to try to stop swearing, but I need to keep swearing to calm my frazzled nerves, so I’m trying something simple. I’m going to look over my ToDo list every night before I go to bed.
I’m better with journaling now that I force myself to do that in the morning.
No television after 8pm
I watched Law and Order the other night with my Oldest, but otherwise, I don’t watch television.
I’ve been exercising every morning and feeling better.
Eat better, at least one salad and one nutrition shake per day.
I have not been doing this as well as I could because I’m out of the house so much and tend to grab things at drivethroughs.
I have been decent with this. If I meditate first thing in the morning, I’m on for the whole day.
I ate my daughter’s birthday cake. A mother’s job!
Journal, Exercise, Meditate first thing every morning.
I have been okay with this, but generally only do two out of three in the morning. I’m pushing myself to get all three done.
I’m running around and traveling this weekend. Let’s hope I can stay on track. Any suggestions for next week’s resolution would be welcome.