It is easing towards Midnight on April 30, so its close enough to May for me to post my May goals, right?
Actually I’m sick and just took some nighttime cold medicine, so I’m hoping my post will be coherent when I read it in the morning.
Want to see how I did on the goals I set for April, visit my Art of Living blog and read my April Goal Recap
- MAKE DAILY TO-DO LISTS
At home and at work I’m wondering where my time is going. I feel like I’m so busy, I never get to slow down or take a break for a moment. But at the same time it seems like I never get anything accomplished. At least, I never get anything I planned to accomplish accomplished.At work I doubt my making a list would help, since the reason I’m not getting anything done anyway is because I don’t have time to do MY job and do everyone elses job at the same time.BUT… maybe having a to-do list will help me keep my ducks in a row at home.
- CONTINUE TO WORK ON MEDITATION
Now that I have a little spot carved out in my bedroom that is supposed to be my Sacred Space and help me ground msyelf, I need to work on Meditation. Its not easy for me. As I mentioned in my April Goal recap between my kids and my husband I’m always interrupted. But it is supposed to be worth it if I could actually make it into a relaxed state.
- MAKE SOMETHING EVERY DAY
I like to make things. But I never make things. I need to make an effort to make something every day.
This might be one of many things:
– I can work on one of my cross stitch patterns.
– I can work in my gluebook or one of my art journals.
– I can make some paper beads.I don’t have to FINISH anything every day to accomplish this, but I have to do SOMETHING creative every day, even for 5 minutes.
- WRITE MORE
Once upon a time I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. I’m all grown up now, and I don’t really write much anymore.
I’m not talking about blogging type writing. I’m talking about my self proclaimed “Short Fiction and Bad Poetry” type writing.
I wish I could get my hands on a 5 subject notebook to write in like I did in high school. I’ll never break down and buy one because I’m broke and they are not cheap. I used to could find them at the Dollar Tree at back to school time, but not for several years.
Anyway, I want to try to flex my fiction muscle again.
Does anyone care to see any of my creative writing if I started trying again?
So, those are my goals for May.
Do you have any specific May goals of your own? I’d love to hear them.
So far April isn’t doing my family any favors. We are all sick. All 4 of us. Some of us are sicker than others, and the projectile vomiting 2 year old takes the cake. Or actually doesn’t take the cake, or the cookie, or the mac-n-cheese, cause he doesn’t want to eat. Of course he doesn’t!
So we’re already almost a week into the new month and I have not set any new month goals. I will admit that I’m feeling a bit disheartened because I’m failing at all the goals I’m setting almost every month. March was the first one so far.
If you want to see how I did you can check out my March goals recap post at So Much for March (and if you need a reminder of what my March goals were take a peek at Marching Forward with March Goals)
So, many of my goals this month are going to be slightly altered
- CREATE A SACRED SPACE
I have been looking a lot into sacred spaces and altars. There is only one place in my home I have room to make into a sacred space, but I’m not sure yet how I’m going to pull that off. There will be other blogs about the process.
- JOURNAL MORE
This one is a repeat from last month, because I feel like its something I NEED. I NEED an outlet for all my stress and depression and anger and hours upon hours of repressed feelings. Journaling is healthy and therapeutic.
There is much too much in my house and in my soul that are negative. My clutter, though mostly necessary due to space constraints, is still negative. I think it is crucial to my (mental)health and well being that I get rid of junk. I need to get rid of physical junk, as well as spiritual junk. I just want to make sure that I can get rid of some of the “junk” in a beneficial manner, and not just toss something into the garbage when it can be reused.
- MINDFUL / POSITIVE THINKING
I lose myself for hours. In the internet. In a book. I cease to exist on this plane. And even when I am present here I am not really where I am at any given moment. Far too often (for example) I am in my bed physically, but at work mentally. This month I want to practice being more mindful. More aware of where I am at any given moment. I want to start trying to live in the moment I’m in, not in the past nor in the future.
I’m pairing mindfulness with Positive Thinking, because as an active pessimist (remember my glass it not only half empty, its got a crack in it and the rest is leaking out) I will HAVE to be aware of every present moment, because finding the negative comes easy to me. I’ll have to reach out and search for the positive
I think that is where I’m going to leave it for this month. Just 4 things. If I manage to do 3 of them I’ll do 75% better than last month.
DO YOU HAVE ANY GOALS FOR APRIL?
If you wrote a post about your monthly goal/goals feel free to share it with me!
Another month has started today. That means it is time for a new list of goals.
While some of my goals from last month could be carried over (see February Goal Recap to see what I did and didn’t accomplish), I thought I’d try an all new batch.
Do you make monthly goals? Feel free to share them if you do!
GET UP AN HOUR EARLIER
I’ve been setting my alarm for 7, and sometimes not dragging myself out of bed until almost 7:30, which is utterly insane when I have a kid to get ready for school and myself to get ready for work. That doesn’t leave me any time to myself in the morning and makes the whole morning crazy and hectic. So I plan to start setting my alarm for 6, and dragging myself out of bed instead of hitting the snooze.
This will give me an hour before I wake my oldest son up. An hour in which to check my blogs, and drink a cup of coffee without having to harass a small person into eating their breakfast and putting on their pants.
This one will be difficult for me, because I am NOT a morning person, and I suffer from insomnia. I’m usually just falling asleep good when its time to get up.
START JOURNALING AGAIN
I have a pretty nice (fake) leather journal I got recently that I keep meaning to start using. I used to journal a lot, starting in 2000. After I moved in with my husband and he started reading my journals and getting peeved off at me about what was in them, I sort of got out of the habit.
I still do art journal some, but I need to sit down and do personal journaling, and get the stuff off my chest.
I had been venting most of it on facebook, but people keep sending me messages about being selfish, and making myself unhappy and yadda yadda yadda. I gotta vent it before I burst though, if you know what I mean.
I kind of want to go back to what my journaling was like in the early 2000s too. Writing about my day, my emotions, with random magazine cut outs that appeal to me, quotes, words, stickers, whatever I feel like sticking in.
Yep, I wanna journal like a teenager again.
EARN MORE ONLINE
This one comes with two parts.
A. Earn no less than 100 points on blogjob daily, but aim for the full 150.
B. Be active on mylot every single day.
If I could hit payout from both places every month, that would be $20 in my pocket that I could really use.
I’m also thinking about joining Elitewriters too.
I need more places that will pay me to write there because I will never earn money with my free blogspot blogs.
TAKE CARE OF MYSELF
In recent photos I notice I look bloated (which is no small feat when you’re already obese). At the end of my shifts at work my ankles are so swollen that my socks are cutting into them and causing rashes. I’ve not taken my blood pressure lately, but I bet its high again.
I need to start taking my diuretic again, even if it means I do have to leave the front of the store more often to pee. I need to take my medicine.
Also, my size 18s that I was so proud to get down into (I was a 22) are starting to be too tight again.
Clearly I need to take care of myself again, like I was for a while. I was taking good care of myself up until the BS with me struggling daily to keep my job came into being.
TAKE OUT THE TRASH
I have too much clutter. I’ve started hanging on to EVERYTHING with plans to “make something” out of it. I’ve not been throwing out magazines because they could be used for collage or for making paper beads. Of course, I’m hoarding these things, but I’m not making anything at all.
The time has come to start making something with them, or to get rid of them.
Same goes for a lot of different things I have around here. Ephermia I’ve held on to. It is time to use it or lose it.