I thought I would start February with an update, or a report card of sorts and a realization that I have come to this month.
We have been doing really well in eating at home more and saying no to takeout. Mike suggested one of my favorites the other day because we were really tired and it didn’t even sound good. We are exercising together- not the 6 days a week that we are supposed to be doing it, but 3-4 times a week and that is progress!
We set a budget. A real one with goals and plans and everything. This is our first month on the cash system for all of our purchases so…. we’ll see how it goes.
I am doing well with my reading goals! I am consciously trying to put down the computer and pick up a book and read on the bus etc etc. I love reading, and prioritizing it again has been like rekindling an old friendship. Am accepting suggestions for the other 17 books for this year (full disclosure: I will most likely not read what you suggest and I don’t read anything that Oprah recommends.)
Writing: I have done some writing for work but I am still working on how to fit this in to my life and in what capacity.
Cleaning: Did great at first but are now in a bit of a stall while we are waiting for shipping companies to come back to us. We need to start boxing up to ship back to the states. (If you don’t know- we are trying to ship a bunch of stuff back. We are not moving but have realized that if we are going to stay in this tiny flat then we need more space. One day I hope to have a house with kitchen cabinets and closets but that is not what we have today. Oh yeah, I dream big.)
My stunning realization: I can’t do everything! This month has been good and the changes we have been working on are good and I hope they can be around for the long haul. But it is hard stinking work. All the food that we have been eating at home has to be shopped for and cooked. All the working out takes time and makes more laundry. Reading takes time. Etc etc etc. I can not change everything and will be heading straight into burnout of I try to hold myself to perfection. So there are things that I am letting go of- for the greater good. Example? My bedroom will never be clean. I will clean it for company or every once in a while for the heck of it but I am just not one of those people who must compulsively fold everything and or put each hair product right back in its place. I will constantly have piles of clothes on the floor and my vanity will be covered in makeup, brushes and perfume. I am ok with that. I am willingly letting some little things slide so that I can focus on the important stuff.
So in February I am going to concentrate on staying on course with healthy food and exercising, reading and trying to get a shipment of crap out of my house. I have to go to bed now and there are lots of piles of clothes to climb over before I can get in bed!
How are your resolutions?