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New Years Resolutions/BLC 24 goals

Friday, January 17, 2014

I always think about new years resolutions this time of year--or rather, as I prefer to think about it, to reassess what I what from life, what I'm doing, and whether the later leads to the former. If not, try to figure out what needs to change so that they do, and then focus on those changes.

This is also the start of a new BLC round, which is another good time to rethink what I want, what I'm doing, and what I need to do differently.

But this year/round, I'm really struggling.

To be honest, my only real big goal/resolution this year is to graduate. That is my #1 priority. And while there are other things I want/need out of life--a healthy diet, consistent exercise, to be stronger, to be pain free, to lose this stress that is weighing me down (not to mention about 70 pounds!) and find the person I used to be, the person who wasn't stressed out all the time. Oh, and to find time for the things I really love in life--friends, family, arts/crafts, creative writing, reading, etc.... I want to learn to crochet, and to do bobbin lace, and I want to step up and become a fencing marshal in the SCA (kind of a safety referee for fencing events).

But balancing all of that against my number one priority of graduating is.... hard. But if I don't make graduating #1, chances are I won't graduate in May, and if I don't graduate in May, I'll have run out of time and I won't graduate, period. And I've been working toward this degree for a long time (about 16 years) and I don't want to throw all that away.

A friend of mine linked this comic to my facebook account awhile ago....


And there are a lot of days--months even--when I feel that way.

So I have decided that I am going to focus (besides graduating) on 6 simple, very basic goals for until the semester ends:

1) Lose 6 pounds
2) eat breakfast every day, even if it's something small, like a hunk of cheese.
3) drink tea every morning instead of pop for my morning caffeine
4) Exercise a minimum of 20 minutes 5 days a week every week, Wed.-Wed.
5) EITHER read for 15 minutes or one chapter (which ever comes first) of a spiritual book (theology, meditation, etc.) OR meditate for 5 minutes every day.
6) Get at least 15 minutes every day of "me" time (such as reading, watching a movie, or playing a video game).

And my #1 goal over everything else? Graduate.
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  • no profile photo CD14309945
    Just stopping by to say hi as we're visiting your cabana this weekend.

    Phew! You'll be glad when your degree is done?!

    Good idea to set up some mini goals but still hard to do huh?

    What sort of spiritual books have you been reading?

    2738 days ago
  • SAASHA17
    Good luck with the goals!!!
    2748 days ago
    I love how you have done this: you are being realistic, and you know exactly what is most important to you. You have a very concrete, most important goal, and the smaller goals are challenging, but still achievable. Great work, and I wish you the best!
    2749 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12024980
    Great goals and I look forwards to watching you cross the graduation finish line
    2749 days ago
    Great goals and a good focus for you with all the stress in your life! You're doing great I think!
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  • FUNGIRL81005
    Graduation is going to be WONDERFUL!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2750 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    I think your goals are really smart for you. You are balancing what you want with what you need. You NEED to graduate so some other things are taking less precedence. That is kind of what life is all about. I love your 6 goals (after the "big one"). They keep you grounded in what you want for your life after graduation... to be healthy, active and happy. You are laying a great foundation. You will find non-stressed self again once you graduate. You got this!

    2750 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8634484
    There are only so many hours in a day, and you need to graduate for everything else to start falling into place. So keep on going, emoticon emoticon
    2750 days ago
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