After a whirlwind weekend, I am happy to see another Monday, but could definitely use just one more day off. I spent probably a total of 6 waking hours at home this weekend, and many of those hours were spent outside with the dogs, letting them run it out at the dog park in my neighborhood. I always feel super guilty when I have to leave them alone inside for more than 4 hours at a time.
Yesterday afternoon was spent at a wine & paint place with some coworkers and friends. One of my coworkers was hosting the event in connection with an effort to raise $10,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She is an incredible person, and I was happy to support the cause, and also enjoy a fun experience. I’ve never painted before, and know that my little ode to the SC state flag is nothing to write home about. But hey — it was my first time ever painting anything other than a wall. Not too shabby, I guess. (PS: If it strikes your fancy, even the smallest donation to the cause would be appreciated! We all know someone who has been affected by cancer.)
True to form, I took about 10 minutes this morning and made a list of everything I want to accomplish. Typically, I do this on Mondays for a week at a time. Today I was feeling tired and overwhelmed with how much I want to get done physically, mentally, and around the house that I made a list just for today. Doable goals that I know I can attain if I stay on track and focus on what I want to get done today.
A few things from my list today:
- Do not drink alcohol. (This was also the plan for this weekend, but social-event-peer-pressure got the best of me.)
- Tackle the mound of laundry in the floor of my closet.
- Take a 7:00 PM yoga class.
- Drink 3 big bottles (1.5 L size) of water.
- Walk the dogs to the dog park for some exercise and puppy socializing.
- Make a new friend at the dog park.
- Do some research about affordable bikes. (I want to start biking, do less running.)
- Finish the day reading from my obsession: The Desire Map.
I left a few things off having to do with bills and are not as much fun as these tasks, which I actually look forward to doing later. Sometimes it’s necessary for me to hold myself accountable for doing active, fun things, on top of tedious daily tasks. So I write everything down and get a great feeling of accomplishment when I check off each task. It’s easy to get home and just check out on the comfy spot on the couch, pour a martini, and turn on the tube or open my laptop and geek out on the interwebs.
Lately, my to-do list has looked similar to this:
Not this week, my friends! Some days you really do just have to focus on breathing in and breathing out, putting one foot in front of the other. Today I feel grateful to be able to choose to be active, healthy, hydrated, happy. Moving forward, but with the right perspective…. Besides, we’re only supposed to be taking things a day at a time, right? Right.