It’s not quite time for my summer seasonal review, but I have been thinking a lot about where I am in my goals for spring and thought it might be a good time to do a mid-season review. Spring is a great time for changes and there are certainly many good changes in my life this time around.
Shortly after I moved to Arizona I developed the daily ritual of starting to read my affirmations as soon as I get out of bed in the mornings. By the time I’m doing mouthwash, I’m wrapping them up. It takes less than three minutes to read through these 15 or 20 items, but before I hadn’t been referring to them on a daily basis. I am happy to have finally found a method that works for me. It makes sense to start the day with positive thoughts and reminders about what my goals are, and to review these before practicing yoga and meditation in the mornings.
Based on my core values, here is a brief look at where I am in my personal goals so far for spring:
Health has become increasingly my number one priority over the past few years. I am not as concerned with how I look as much as I used to be. I am more focused on how I feel, because I know that matters more, and also reflects in how I look. I continue to make green smoothies at least several days during the week, and have even managed to squeeze in two green smoothies a day about once a week.
Yoga and meditation continue to be my priority for mental health. I intended to go to a yoga studio while traveling during the spring months, but have not yet managed that one. With an upcoming trip this weekend, I am hoping to be motivated and organized enough to get myself to a local yoga studio one time during my stay.
Walking is my other priority for physical and mental health, which I have been slacking on during the move. I am not too worried about it though, because I know once I move into my new house I will get back into my walking routine.
Making new friends is buzzing in my mind as I am now in a new place. This will likely be a goal for the summer and throughout the upcoming year. In the meantime, I continue to work at keeping in touch with family and friends and making plans for our next get-togethers.
Although I am feeling pretty peaceful and the word “stress” is almost foreign to me at this point, I have noticed that my personal reminders list has gotten a bit jam packed over the past few weeks. I am never bored, and over the past few days I have been wondering why I can’t just get it all done already. I feel that once my move is complete, my personal task volume will settle down a bit.
I am happy to report that my reminders – weekday (work-related tasks) list has been completely emptied. I will always have my rituals – weekday list to work from. To get to a place where I am focusing on getting ahead of schedule on recurring tasks has always been my goal, so I could not be happier about this accomplishment. And when new tasks get added to my reminders – weekday list, I am working diligently to remove them as quickly as they came.
Inner Peace is the category where I placed my affirmation to live in a new house with great description of the details. I am looking forward to sharing pictures when the time comes!
In terms of feeling like I have an abundance of time, I am still working on it. In the mornings I feel like there is so much time in the day, but by the afternoons it seems like there is no time left to get to everything I had planned.
My eventual goal for this category is to do the majority of my important tasks during the part of the day that I still have the feeling that there is plenty of time (I am thinking before noon), and then to use the rest of the day for recurring tasks that require less focus, such as sorting files and cleaning. I also intend to eventually preserve the late afternoons for relaxing activities that tend to get neglected amidst chaos, such as reading and crocheting (and who could forget napping!).
Having the freedom of time to write is still something I am working on, but I am getting into more of a routine at least with my blog. I already have a goal for the summer to hire a designer to re-design my blog, which I am so excited about.
A year ago, my life felt like it was breaking. Now, I feel more whole. I didn’t used to be motivated to get things done based on my own goals and values. I used to worry and care so much about what other people thought of me and react to their demands and judgments. No more.
Now, I get things done because I have a greater vision for my life, and if getting something I don’t want to do out of the way means I can have 20 extra minutes to work on something that has meaning for me, then the thing I didn’t want to do suddenly takes on meaning. I am motivated to do things based on where they fit in the context of my greater vision.
Having a personal vision for your own life makes the not so bearable much more tolerable. Seeing where this meeting or that task fits into the greater scheme of getting to where you want to be almost makes it fun to get things done. Here’s to getting things done! Namaste.
image credit: thepumpkin-queen