A Lil Something, Something

Okay, readers, I need a lil something, something…a lil encouragement from you to help me get my goal list done this week.

I still have not de-cluttered my kitchen cupboards a second time, and I only have two more nights to do that. I have meetings tonight and Wednesday, so really that leaves Tuesday only to accomplish this goal.  Yikes! I could stretch it out until Thursday night, and do my reporting on my goals later in the day on Thursday.  Hmmm, should I though?  Will I be able to get ‘er done?

I don’t know!

I also have not yet researched writing resources for the future.  I do have some time this afternoon to do that, so maybe I can get one or two done today.

I have made a Gratitude List I’ve been adding to as I go along this week.  You can check that out here.  I think in tough times it is triple hard to think positively, so the list is helping me get there.  I will continue adding to it until Thursday, when I report my progress.

I’m a little pressed for time lately, but I love to reach out to my readers and sharing some of what I’m experiences is a stress-reliever for me. That being said, I wanted to pop in here this afternoon to say that I’m thinking about my list, and  you, and planning to do as much as I can to complete it before Thursday.  Oh, and I wanted to share some pics I took recently.

This is Northeast PA in all its glory. Enjoy!

A pond adjoining our property…

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The view from the top of my driveway…

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A lake just around the corner from us…

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A misty morning outside my front door…

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Flowers on my front porch that survived the early frost…

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What do you think, can I get my goal list done this week?  What goals have you set for yourself this fall? 

New Goals-Oct 27

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I cannot believe it has been two weeks since I last posted a goal list.  So much has happened since that time, and almost none of it was orderly or planned.  I hate that!

My last goal list can be found here. I will not be talking about HOW I DID on this update. Suffice it to say my last goals required too much thinking, when life demanded action.  I’m glad to put them in my rear view mirror and march forward with new goals today.

DISRUPTIONS TO MY ORDERED LIFE

Below, are some of the things that have occurred in my world over the last two weeks:

We had the wee ones down for a weekend, without mom and dad. That was fun!

My sister-in-law left this earth.

Mister dropped everything to support his brother as he grieved.

A nephew missed a court date, and came up missing.

We worried that a warrant had been issued.  Thankfully, one had not.

Hubs came down with a bad case of shingles (is there any good case of shingles?)

We spent a night in the ER/ED!

Shingles lay siege to my mister!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHEN GOALS GO OUT THE WINDOW

I don’t know about you, but when the whirlwinds of life start swirling around me I hunker down and focus on staying safe. My goal list goes out the window in times like these and I do well to simply function, without functioning at top speed or higher achievement levels.

THREE TEENY, TINY GOALS FOR THIS WEEK

I think two weeks is long enough for this girl to go without some goals in place. That being the case, here are my new goals for the following week.

1  Create a Gratitude List on this blog and post to it every day this week.

2  Research 3 on-line resources for paid writing assignments and choose one to try.

3  Tackle the kitchen cupboards again, releasing more “stuff” into the world.

OBSERVATIONS

It’s easy to get distracted when life begins to swirl around you.

Even when someone is sick for a long time, their leaving creates deep sadness.

Parents don’t have control over adult children, and neither are they responsible for what they do or where they go.

Police are not the big bad wolf, they just have a job to do.

Not all emergency room spaces are clean. They certainly are not as clean as TV programs make them seem. Not even close!

Tiny girls who are tasked with being night security in the hospital do not fill me with confidence.  I hope she has a side arm, or at least a stun gun in her holster.

Hospital waiting rooms are the scariest places on earth, especially for a germaphobic like me.

Shingles kicks butt, and will kick yours if you’re not prepared.

Who prepares for shingles?

People can be so rude.

What will you be focusing on this week?  Have you ever had shingles?

 

 

 

 

3 Goals-Oct 13

LAST WEEK’S THREE TEENY, TINY GOALS

1  Stay on track with daily exercise and oatmeal.

2  Mindfully eat and write.

3  Create a list of things that fuel joy in my life and share that list.

HOW I DID!

Goal No. 1:  Okay.  I rank this goal as just okay because while I ate oatmeal half the week, the other half I ate other things for breakfast.  I did do all my exercises all week, however.  I also switched back to a veggie heavy food plan, eating only vegetables at lunch time and concentrating on lots of veggies and little meats and breads at supper time.  I’m feeling better because of the change and I  have less pain.  Woohoo!  A good choice for me and something I will continue this week.

Goal No. 2:  Okay. I’m ranking this goal just okay because while I was mindful about my food intake this week, and switched up things with my POE (plan of eating), I did not write much about the changes.  I’ve decided to restrict some foods right now, and minimize the amount I digest of others.  It seems to be working for me.

Goals No. 3: Rocked it!  I worked on my joy list all week and posted as I went.  Some items on the list were more personal than others, but they all have been known to incite a sense of joy in me.  I was surprised by the amount of items I added to the list throughout the week.  If you want to see what makes me joyful, check it out here.

I’d love to hear about what makes you joyful, too. Include your thoughts in the comment section below.

THIS COMING WEEK’S GOALS

This week I have decided to concentrate on a three-fold approach to my goal list, all involving a conscious decision on my part to turn away from self and trust my Spiritual Mentor for help more often in my life.  I’m one of those creatures that has learned to operate under the assumption that if I work harder or longer, or more fervently, more things will be accomplished.  Problem being, I’m getting older each year and less inclined to push, push, push all the time.  My body is rebelling, and insists I listen.  While my natural inclination is to push through the pain, this last year has convinced me that is unwise.  I do better when I remember to pray, meditate, and graciously accept God’s help for setting boundaries around my time and energy expenditures.  This week my goals will reflect my new vision of not having to do “it” all on my own, and the challenge to rely on God and others more to help me find balance in life.

This three-fold goal list focuses on self-power, self-protection, and self-provision.

THREE TEENY, TINY GOALS REGARDING “SELF”

1  Create a list of PROS and CONS associated with self-protecting behaviors I’ve employed in the past. When did they work, and why did they not?

2  Meditate on the benefits/detriments of powering through life on my own, and as time and inclination allow, address how self-powering attitudes might be a set-up for isolation on my part and confusion for others.

3  Look at ways I’ve pushed back on the tendency to provide for myself apart from the help of my Spiritual Mentor, God.  When have I decided to “get it on my own,” instead of waiting for it to be provided?

OBSERVATIONS

It’s hard for the hard-working to not work hard!

It’s good for me to think about new and maybe better ways of interacting.

I have more triggers for joy than I thought I did.

I want a heart that’s a work of art.

Pete the Cat is sooo cool!

Politics are a sticky wicket.

I’m ready for this election to be over, already!!!

What goals will you work to achieve this week?  If breaking big projects down into smaller steps is the way to achieving our goals, how come we don’t walk that way more often?

 

 

 

 

3 New Goals

Its time to set new goals for another week.

LAST WEEK’S GOALS

1  Replace the windshield in the car and get it inspected.

2  Create a concrete Plan of Action to aid in staying focused over the next three months.

3  Begin again with daily oatmeal and exercise.

HOW I DID!

Goal No. 1  EXCELLENT!  Car has new windshield and new inspection sticker. It also has new windshield wipers.  Total spent: $228.15

Goal No. 2  GOOD!  I spent some time putting together an Action Plan this week and discovered two things as a result. 1.  It’s hard to plan 3 months in advance beyond the mundane and habitual, and 2. I really don’t enjoy doing this. It will not be a goal of mine going forward. I will never totally give up my planning ways, but focusing on them to the exclusion of other things makes me crazy and rigid, and nobody wants that-believe me!

Goal No. 3  YES!!!  I have eaten my oatmeal and exercised every day this week. Yay!  Some of the exercise has been painful and hard, but I did it anyway. Yay, me!

THIS WEEK’S GOALS

Stay on track with daily exercise and oatmeal.

Mindfully eat and write.

Create a list of things that fuel joy in my life and share that list.

OBSERVATIONS 

I focus too much on what I do wrong, instead of what I do right.

I still lack the level of joy I seek in this place (see above observation).

Consistency is the key to habit formation.

For every voice there is another opinion.

Social media may be the devil.

My faith is my hope!

What goal will you set for yourself this week?  Where do you see yourself improving?

 

 

Goals for Another Week

dsc_1097This week I returned to the world of reality.  While I was glad to be home after several days on the road, I also miss the alone time me and mister had while vacationing; the adventure of it all, the pampered feeling that comes of having someone else do the laundry, the luxury of having others make our meals for us and clean up afterward.

I guess I’m not alone in being sad when vacation times end, but it’s good to get back to my 8-4 routine, too.

I’m really glad to be setting some goals for myself again. Here goes…

THREE GOALS FOR THE NEXT 7 DAYS

1  Replace the windshield in the car and get it inspected.

2  Create a concrete Plan of Action to aid in staying focused over the next three months.

3  Begin again with daily oatmeal and exercise.

OBSERVATIONS

Maine does not have as many moose running around as advertised.

Cars can be hard to figure out, especially when you have a mystery problem to solve and you’re an experienced procrastinator.

Having family to depend upon in the lurch is an amazing thing. Likewise, good friends who encourage me are a gift from God!

Decompression therapy helps. I may actually be able to move again soon without dehumanizing pain.

It is not all that easy to find time to write when you have a companion traveling with you.

Literal thinkers have a hard time vision-casting and dreaming about the future.

Putting in writing what MY PERFECT DAY would look like has been an eye-opening experience.  I am definitely not where my heart wants to be right now, but I have a better idea of what I need to do to get there.

Are you setting any goals for yourself this week? What would you like to achieve in the next seven days?

 

 

 

 

 

TGT-Sept 15

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As part of today’s blog post, I’m going to begin a new format with my Thursday goal and habit formation posts: TGT, or Three Goals Thursday.  This new format will include four sections.  Each section will have a header, and those headers will read:

LAST WEEK’S GOALS-where I will remind you of what my goals were this past week.

HOW I DID!-Where I report my progress, both successes and failures.

OBSERVATIONS-Offers more details and insight into my struggles and achievements.

THREE TEENY, TINY GOALS-New goal list for the new week.

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LAST WEEK’S GOALS

As you know, I had three very small goals last week. They were:

1 Pursue a path of recovery with the new chiropractor, doing all he asks me to do in order to help myself in the most effective and efficient way.

2  Continue to learn new methods for paring down, in order to minimize my propensity for indecision.

3  Eat as cleanly as I can, incorporating as many veggies as I can and as much water as I can into my Action Plan for the week.

HOW I DID!

We’ve had another great week over here in NEPA!

Goal No. 1  EXCELLENT!  I can confidently report this week that I have followed the path of recovery laid out for me by professionals, and I have done all my chiropractor asked me to do.

Goal No. 2  EXCELLENT!  I have started to feel very comfortable with picking a different simple living project to focus on each weekend, while through the week I continue to read and study about minimalism and share what I’m learning with others.  I’m so thrilled with this new phase in life that I’m sure everyone is thinking, “Will you just shut up about all your cleaning. It’s just cleaning, for crying out loud!”  Little do they know how much deeper this thing has gone with me than mere cleaning.  I’m developing a whole new perspective on life because of this new understanding I’m gaining of what it means to be materialistic and how the the trappings of life can cut off the flow of joy.

Goal No. 3 STELLAR!  I didn’t give myself an excellent rating on this goal because I don’t have an Action Plan that is formally styled, typed, and hung on my wall.  Those things matter to me for some reason.  I have made concerted efforts to eat the rainbow this week though, and water consumption is up!  I do have an Action Plan.

OBSERVATIONS

FaceBook is a pain in my backside some days, and yet so addicting.  I have one person who asked me to add her to my friends list a while back, but never ever indicates that she has read my posts, or gives any encouragement about anything I share there.  I’m not sure why people ask to be included in my life when they don’t want to partake of it.  Thinking about what I should do about this, if anything at all.

My chiropractic treatments have not been achieving success quickly enough for me.  On Thursday of last week, I had this extended gripe session with myself.  I’m impatient for this therapy to work so I can get back to some form of exercise on a regular basis. I complained that I don’t see any appreciable difference in my condition/pain levels past those first two days of treatment, when I slept so well.  I’d been at this for all of three weeks and figured I should be feeling better. Of course I logically know this is not the case, but in my emotional brain felt like this was taking too long, and asked myself, “Why am I wasting my time and money on this, and why am I giving myself false hope?”  Yeah, it was bad.

Don’t you know, on the following Saturday I had no pain all day!  No numbness, no hot spots, no tingling and with no pain meds, all day and through the night! Bamm!!!  Take that, Lori!!  The bad news is that the pain returned on Sunday and it was there Monday, Tuesday….you get it, but, I am in less pain.  I am sleeping better.  My mood is improved.  I guess I best focus on being all I have to be thankful for, hunh?!!!!

As my pain has been decreasing, my spiritual sense of well being has been increasing!  A decision I’ve made to not buy anything I don’t need has been an unexpected source of joy.  Silly, I know, but I feel joyful about not spending money.  Weird.  Temptations to buy have come and gone, but I have not bought things I didn’t need. This is HUGE and I’m guessing can only impact life in a positive way for me and hubs.  We want to travel to GA this coming February, to stay with friends over a long weekend. The money we save now can be used then to enjoy that time and make memories.  Yeah, that brings joy!

As for the glimmers of inspiration, this:  I have written a well-received Friday Fiction short story, I have produced some penetrating and fearless journal entries that have addressed personal issues with me in a satisfying way, and I have experienced a rare piece of intuition that although it was not spot-on, led to the fixing of a hidden problem with our car that could have been a serious issue. Serious enough that I would have had to purchase a new car.  These are true encouragements to my soul and are helping to bolster my faith in the process.

THREE TEENY, TINY GOALS

Keeping goals the same for one more week.  These are too good to mess with right now!!!

What are you doing to improve your odds this week?  What is one goal you’re willing to work on as a project of self-care?

Goals and Observations

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I Googled the words “goal setting” and this is what Dame Algorithm sent me: 

Goal Setting is an important method of deciding what you want to achieve in your life. Separating what’s important from what’s irrelevant, or a distraction. Motivating yourself. Building your self-confidence, based on successful achievement of goals.

Note: there is no mention of size, nor duration, in this definition of what goal setting.

What that says to me is that it doesn’t matter how big or small, long or short, or dynamic (or not), your goals might be so long as they give you a better idea of what it is you’re looking for in a successful outcome and help you stay motivated enough to see that outcome become a reality.  I like that!

LAST WEEK’S TEENY, TINY GOALS

1 Pursue a path of recovery with the new chiropractor, doing all he asks me to do in order to help myself in the most effective and efficient way.

2  Continue to learn new methods for paring down, in order to minimize my propensity for indecision.

3  Eat as cleanly as I can, incorporating as many veggies as I can and as much water as I can into my Action Plan for the week.

HOW I DID!

GOAL NO. 1  Excellent!  I have done everything the Chiropractor asked me to do this week.  I can happily report that this goal was met.

GOAL NO. 2  Good!  I only rank the achievement of this goal as good because I wasn’t able to tackle many de-cluttering projects this week. A few were done, but not many.  Still, of those attempted I had great success and I feel like it is getting easier to make decisions about what I want to do, and what I don’t.

GOAL NO. 3  Okay.  I have not actually put pen to paper to record an Action Plan for this week, which is part of the reason why I mark this goal just OKAY.  I have made a concerted effort to include more color in my diet, and I have drank more water, so that’s good.  My body loves it when I pay attention to these things.

OBSERVATIONS ALONG THE WAY

I think I shared last week that I’m keeping a Gratitude Journal right now. The journal is working to keep me focused on what’s right about my recovery, and not what’s wrong about it.  Some days I find it hard to think of more than a few substantial reasons to be thankful, but as I keep at it they come.  I will continue this practice a little longer because I feel like we all have reason to rejoice over the various good things going on in our lives. Me, too!

My anxiety about having treatment in a communal room at the chiropractic office, is waning.  At this point I’m all about getting better, however that has to happen.  This is a big step forward for me.

I have realized over the last couple of weeks that it is really HARD to shut down my brain.  It wants to think, think, think, and process all the time.  I have had to concentrate quite a bit to find any kind of significant escape from the white noise of the world. How do you all get there from here?

I have been putting off tackling the mountain of paperwork I have at home that needs to be dealt with to gain freedom from paper clutter.  If there is one area of this process that has me spooked, it’s this piece of it.  I need to pray and meditate more to find the courage I need to tackle this project.

A little side benefit of the new simpler living strategy I’m employing at this time is that it’s allowing me to eek out some additional time to do the things I love most.  Time reclamation was part of the allure for this whole experiment for me.  Less cleaning, cooking, sorting, stacking, buying and storing means I have more time to enjoy the people that live with me and make me feel whole.  I’m loving having the extra time to actually sit with people and converse.  Oh, the things I’m hearing!  It’s GRAND!!!

THREE TEENY, TINY GOALS FOR THIS WEEK

I’m going to stick with the same goals again this week.  They seem to be working for me!

1 Pursue a path of recovery with the new chiropractor, doing all he asks me to do in order to help myself in the most effective and efficient way.

2  Continue to learn new methods for paring down, in order to minimize my propensity for indecision.

3  Eat as cleanly as I can, incorporating as many veggies as I can and as much water as I can into my Action Plan for the week.

How do you spell motivation?  What lights your fire and keeps you moving forward with your goals?