Checking in, 2017…

Ya know, you set goals and then forget about them. Well, not me; not this girl. I’m just here, holding myself accountable…

  • Read a minimum of 1 book a monthYeah, I’ve read 3 books thus far. 1 in January (Eat, Pray, Love) and 2 already in February (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy & Where’d You Go, Bernadette). Next: Water for Elephants… (right now, it’s all about the books I already have, but haven’t yet read…)
  • Back to fitnessGym: open. Today: my ass there. They have a pool. I will be swimming laps at lunch soon…
  • Be regularly involved in the community. OK, still working on this one. Have been travelling and sick nearly non-stop this year, but have reached back out to my pal and this will commence by end-of-month. Promise. 
  • Simplify. The garage is getting attacked this weekend. It’s a disaster…

Short and sweet & with forward momentum. Word.

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Answering Questions

I love it when a movie encourages me to reflect upon my life as a whole…and not necessarily to find “purpose” or the “WHY?” … but the “What Now?”

I’m here. I have roughly 73.5 – 86.0 years (according to the 2000-2007 Population Health Metrics Study) to do what I’m going to do here on earth. I’m currently 36. Now, if I fall in the above standard, my life is nearly HALF over.

Where am I in Life? What have I accomplished? Am I happy with this? What am I going to do next?

Up until my divorce from Dr. D., true introspection took a backseat to raising children. Even since then, I’ve been dealing with an army of variables: From physically removing myself from a toxic and abusive environment, to acclimating to the newly found freedom of being in charge of my OWN life, to figuring out just HOW I was going to survive on my own, to falling madly in love and marrying my very best friend… the priority of TRUE self evaluation fell to the wayside.

Now that I’ve arrived to a place of decision making on the direction of my life moving forward, enter 180° South, to completely challenge my brain even more. Looking back to my initial thought: “What now?”

I’m still not sold on the “go to school (optional) to go to work to pay for all the stuff you have/want to save for those several weeks of vacation every year that you dream of for 350 days” idea. To me, this is entirely backwards.

For me, the PRIORITY is the TIME and EXPERIENCES shared with the people I LOVE in LIFE.

Paper. Pencil. Brainstorming.
Let’s see what I come up with…

Oh, and if you haven’t seen this yet, I highly recommend it.

Updates:

α ~ Life. I’ve been “busy”. You know, work… kids and all that. Blogging has taken a backseat and I have to say, I miss it.

β ~ Holidays. I am lagging. Shopping is dreaded at this point. I ventured a few shops today and at one establishment, put EVERYTHING back after seeing the checkout lines. “Are you kidding me? I am NOT standing in THAT!”

γ ~ F.I.D. There were a few days I didn’t flirt at all, while others I did like mad. (I haven’t been keeping up on my documentation and now, I’ve completely jumbled all of the days up…oh well.) I did exchange numbers & hang out with a fascinating [and super talented] guy this past weekend. He lives in Nashville and if we keep in touch, there will be a few adventures born.

δ ~ Romeo. The romance is over. Friendship intact. There were a few variables with that entire scenario…that well…I can only say that I’m quite confident I was the catalyst to his current happiness… C’est la vie.

ε ~ Passion. I have claimed mine: photography. Without a doubt…LOVE it. Pursuing it. No more resting on my haunches. I am lusting over want a Canon 5D with an EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM. Santa, are you listening?

ζ ~ Work. Hate it. Over it. Ready for change. (see passion. see school.) I know that it will not happen as quickly as I’d like…but the ball has started rolling.

η ~ School. Going back. That’s right. Journalism/PR. (my other passion is writing…)

θ ~ Boys. I LOVE them. However, I told myself yesterday that I was going to fly solo for awhile. On purpose. And then of course, one (HotBe) contacts me this evening telling me he was in the Bahamas the past 6 days and he meant to invite me, but thought I’d be busy. Boys: They’re retarded. Ha!

Ι ~ Sleep. Lacking again. Insomnia seems to be back for a stint and this is not a good thing. Not at all.

Κ ~ Chunk. Me. Slacking on my tri training. Broke down and bought “fat jeans”. Yeah…when breathing and walking is painstakingly difficult, it’s time. Damn. The holidays are nearly an impossible time to commence a regimen. What was I thinking?

λ ~ Travel. Stuck. No plans on going anywhere for awhile. Saving money. Antsy as can be. Thankfully, I got down to a Dolphins game on sunday with Pedro to curb the gnawing itch to just up and wander …

μ ~ Munkees. Come back to mommy’s house tomorrow! Yay! We are making cookies after school. Am sad they will only be with me tomorrow & thursday until Christmas Day. But, then they are with ME for a week solid!

ν ~ 2:58AM. Current time. I seriously need to think about sleep. Soon.

ξ ~ MondayNESS. Old. Boring. Will think of a more exciting weekly post. Later.

ο ~ G’nite.