Sunday, May 6, 2012

New Years Book Resolution Update

Well.. saying what books I was going to read for March seems to have been much premature.
I didn't get The Hoarder in You or Safe People read.

What I did get read in March was:
The AA Big Book (I'm involved in a 12 step group which is based on the principles developed by AA)
The Little Red Book

In April it was:
A Simple Path by Mother Teresa
Crazy Love by Frances Chan

It is only the beginning of May but I Intend to read:
He Chose the Nails by Max Lucado
and Reshaping it All by Candace Cameron Bure

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Absolute Lists

Absolute Yes List
1. Sleep
2. Personal Care
3. Diet
4. Devotions
5. Housework
6. Reading
7. Check and Keep Up Calendars

Absolute No List
1. Extra Sleep
2. Trash TV
3. Wandering Aimlessly
4. Spending Off-Budget
5. Revisiting the Past
6. Complaining About Being Tired
7. Giving Mickey Extra Treats

Lenten Promises

For Lent I'm tackling sleep:
*I'm starting my Before Bed Routine (BBR) at 11pm
*My sleep at 12am
*My day at 7:50am
*I'm watching Joyce Meyer at 8am in the morning
*I'm cutting off caffeine at 5pm.

Simultaneously I'm trying some things with food:
*3 meals, currently no snacks
*1 soda in the morning with morning meds
*2 GS cookies as a reward at the end of the week if I'm on target with my goals

For Devotions, I'm trying the following:
*In Project 345 and Rick Warren's Daily
*Church's Reading Plan in Genesis and Proverbs

Housework, is going to be rough.
So rough I've thought about not posting it here, at least not right now.
Here goes:
*Laundry-Every Day
*Puppy Pads-Every Day
*Dishes-Every Day
*Bed-Every Day
*Filing-Daily until caught up then weekly

January Resolutions Revisited

So far I've done two books in a month. I didn't get Living Beyond Yourself done in January, but I have hopes to cover it sometime in the next two years.

The Art of Extreme Self Care by Cheryl Richardson (February)
Buried in Treasures by Gail Steketee (February)
Safe People (March)
The Hoarder in You (March)

The rest of the resolutions have pretty much gone by the wayside.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

January Resolutions Post

I suppose it is that time of the year again when everyone thinks about where they are, what they are doing, and what their ideal self would look like. I've had my time in the past when I've written out long lists of things I wanted to see accomplished in the new year and, while illuminating, they always seemed so daunting. Usually I would pick 5 to 10, all in different areas and expect myself to remember them all and act on each individually. Last year I decided to just further my attempts at bettering myself with my current goals and didn't set separate resolutions.

This year I've decided on four resolutions in three areas, so far I'm managing to keep two of the four, but I feel more at peace and less fragmented or frantic and I don't feel overwhelmed. First, I decided to read one adult non-fiction book per month. (Adult vs Juvenile non-fiction, as I have ample occasions to read the latter as part of my library volunteer work). These books I decided to read once all the way through and then implement, in order, slowly. Second, I decided to make a meal plan for each month (completed) and to cook for myself from scratch once a week. I settled on Saturdays, since I'm usually home all day that day. And last, I decided to begin to exercise three times a week, which hasn't happened yet.

So far my most successful resolution has been to read one book per month:
Dec: Sink Reflections
Jan: Sidetracked Home Executives
Jan: Just 10 lbs
Jan: Living Beyond Yourself (current project)

I am implementing Sink Reflections currently. I am finishing a control journal minus the five zones and emergency numbers, and am getting used to doing a before bed routine.