life worth living weekly update – May 3rd

reach for the starsIf you’re just joining me for the first time, I’ve got a list of 10 Major Goals I want to accomplish before I turn 40 in 2016. That’s what I refer to as my Life Worth Living; it’s a DBT thing. If you don’t want to stay stuck where you’ve been in life, you have to figure out where you want to go and what it would take to truly make your life worth living.

Every week I do a Creative, Stress Management, Health, and Financial goal that tie back to my Building a Life Worth Living project. I’ve also added a Simplifying goal that ties into my plan to declutter my life this year. Bit by bit I’m reaching for the stars.

Update from last week:

Creative:  Something, really anything, creative this week. Could be drawing, knitting, some other random craft thing. I’ve made a few more washcloths, a drawing that is completely done and uploaded to Redbubble, some earrings, and I’ve started a new crocheted vest thingy. Yeah, just a little creative stuff.

Stress Management:  I’ve been looking into various ideas for improving productivity and organization so that life runs a little smoother. I’m going to try to find something this week that I’ll implement no later than next week. Damn near all of the ideas I had stashed to look at later were shit. The only thing I found is an idea that I had thought to try several months ago, doing one of my major chores each evening instead of cramming everything into one weekend day. Now that there’s no more homework this seems like a much more reasonable idea.

Health:  Pills on time every day, all of them, and full oral hygiene routine twice every day. The teeth stuff has been good. The pills have been better but I realized that I neglected to put the multivitamins in my bedtime pill tray. Still, better than it was.

Financial:  Payday is Friday, for both of us, so I need to figure out the budget for the coming month. I’m thinking I’ll start applying the money that used to go towards the Honda to one of my other sort of small bills. Bills got paid and the money situation looks reasonable. So YAY!

Simplicity:  I got a new pair of shoes on the Pella trip and I’ve picked up a few pieces of clothing so I’m kind of itching to do a small purge again. I’d also really like to go through my jewelry box again. I eliminated one pair of shoes (all I really needed to do) and I went through my closet and sweater chest. I sent Mom to the Goodwill with two grocery sacks worth.

flower dividerGoals for this week:

This is Finals week for us on campus and I’ve got to get my presentation completed by Thursday so that it can be reviewed. So far I’ve still been able to do the majority of that during my regular working hours so I don’t think it’s going to make too much of an impact. And usually this is a fairly quiet time for us, but who knows. Technically I “graduate” on Saturday, May 9 with my certificate. Yay me!

Creative:  Finish the crochet vest. Anything else is gravy.

Stress Management:  Now that my work schedule is back to normal, meaning I get a true lunch hour again, I’m going to try to take walks around the campus. The sun would be good for me as would the exercise. And our campus is absolutely beautiful.

Health:  More fruits and veggies in the face hole. I’m thinking that if I take time to eat more of those these will be less hungries and less space in my belly for crap food.

Financial:  I need to look ahead to the rest of the month and what’s planned to make sure that money is set aside for the necessities.

Simplicity:  I feel like it’s time to work on digital cleaning again. I have a ton of pictures and ideas and such stashed pretty well everywhere. I need to consolidate, clean out, print as necessary. Oh, and keep working on cleaning up my boards on Pinterest. I’ve realized that I’m really quite the digital hoarder.

 

 


 

ready, set, DRAW!

summer drawing challengeAlright kids, it’s time to get y’all ready for a challenge I know I’m going to do, mostly because I need to do it for myself. On May 8th I’m starting Mama’s First Annual Summer Drawing Challenge. Every other Friday I’ll post a prompt of what to draw. You’ll have two weeks to make a drawing and then link back to that post to show off what you’ve done. I have 12 prompts lined up which should get us through until sometime in August. If anyone has a suggestion I’d love to hear it. So get your thinking caps on and sharpen your pencils!

are we up for a challenge?

Not sure if anyone else remembers, but back in February Deborah hosted a 28 Day Challenge to help us all get our motivation/productivity on. I had a blast with it and got a ton of stuff completed. I was thinking that perhaps doing that again would be a really good idea. Given that today is May 1 and I’m just now having this thought I don’t believe I’ll be wanting to start today, but would anyone be on board for starting June 1?

share your world – week #17

I missed doing this last week, well, I missed doing a lot of things last week. But I’m back. So here are my answers for Cee’s Share Your World for week #17.

What is your most favorite smell/scent?

Lilacs, no doubt about it. We have a row of them growing along the entire length of the back yard. Mom planted them the first summer we were here, so that would have been in 1980. This is my favorite time of year because you just have to walk out there and inhale.

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close up of one of the bushes right after a rain on 4/18

 

 

Do you prefer long hair or short hair for yourself? 

I’ve had both and I actually seem to go in cycles with it. I like my hair really short or reasonably long. It’s that in-between shit that annoys me. The length my hair is now is really pretty nice because it’s still easy to take care of (what I love about short hair) but still long enough to afford a variety of style options.

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this is about where I like it best – not too long and not too short

 

Do you plan out things usually or do you do them more spontaneous (for example if you are visiting a big city you don’t know?)

I am SO a planner. I don’t need to have every single detail planned down to the minute, but I like to have a reasonable idea of what I’m doing and where I’m going. And I find that having a plan usually makes it easier for me to be spontaneous, which likely makes no sense to anyone but me.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

This year I am getting into gardening. I’ve made a few decisions about what to plant and where and I’ve been helping Mom take care of the plants. I’m really enjoying it. There’s just something very rewarding about seeing something you’ve nurtured grow and flourish.

small piece of the big flower bed in the backyard

small piece of the big flower bed in the backyard

 

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am extremely grateful that Mom and I were able to take our bus trip to Pella. I hadn’t realized just how much I needed a little time away. And because we were out of town there was no way for anyone to fuck up our fun.

This week I am looking forward to continued productivity. I woke up extra early today and have already been kicking ass and taking names. I’m going to try to keep that rolling.

Mom and I in Pella

Mom and I in Pella

super / suck

Last night was good. I got home, took care of my usual “prep for the next day” garbage, started cleaning up some of my boards on Pinterest, and printed some ideas for projects I wanted to make. I did that because I figured I could still be working on things past my self-imposed “no computer” curfew. I’m smart every now and then.

2015-04-28 19.55.55That is a pair of earrings I made. Not exactly what I was going for, but they worked. I also got the outline for an interesting new drawing done and I finished another knit washcloth I had started over the week. Much progress, me likey.

This morning I got to work and started in on my normal ass-kicking routine. Things were going fine until one of the large muscles in my back decided to spasm. I do travel with extra drugs including some muscle relaxers. I took one, asked one of my pals for some Biofreeze, and then channeled my inner sloth. Damn near nothing was done the remainder of the day.

So now the drugs have worn off and it’s time to get back to doing stuff. I made myself a new banner with one of the tulip pics from the trip, I’ve done the “prep for tomorrow” stuff, and I’m getting ready to start working on some sort of project. I think.

Anyway, shit is pretty random around here right now. There’s still a ton to get done at work but I refuse to bring it home with me. I’ve earned the right to my evenings off and by christ I’m going to take them.

life worth living weekly update – April 27th

reach for the starsIf you’re just joining me for the first time, I’ve got a list of 10 Major Goals I want to accomplish before I turn 40 in 2016. That’s what I refer to as my Life Worth Living; it’s a DBT thing. If you don’t want to stay stuck where you’ve been in life, you have to figure out where you want to go and what it would take to truly make your life worth living.

Every week I do a Creative, Stress Management, Health, Financial, and School goal that tie back to my Building a Life Worth Living project. I’ve also added a Simplifying goal that ties into my plan to declutter my life this year. Bit by bit I’m reaching for the stars.

Update from last week:

Apparently I haven’t done this since April 13th. Hmm, I kind of suck. In my defense, life has been hella busy lately. School is just about done (THANK YOU CEILING CAT!!!), I’m still working to get ready for a presentation at work, plus 5 new classes that need to be developed and delivered this summer, plus I took the trip with Mom this last weekend… Yeah, little busy. So this is an update from the 13th I guess.

Creative:  I really would like to get back to drawing this week. I have plenty of room to do it and my supplies are very easy to get to. I had to check dates on files on the computer. There were 4 things from the 16th, but I know not all of those were done on that date. I’d say I got at least one done during that time span, so good enough. I have been knitting a lot.

Stress Management:  I am going to get back on the treadmill this week. I need to do it at least twice. *sigh* Nope.

Health:  All my pills INCLUDING VITAMINS, on time, every day. I did really good for awhile and then I sucked again.

Financial:  We need to get Josh’s taxes finished up and post marked. Done!

School:  Double check to make sure there’s nothing else I need to do and then just show up and play along. Tomorrow night is the last class, YAY!

Simplifying:  I honestly don’t think there’s a whole hell of a lot left to do, so I’m going to take a week off on this and contemplate. I hardly think it counts, but I’ll say “done” anyway.

flower dividerGoals for this week:

I am hereby throwing out the School goal since I won’t be in school for a good long while. YAY!

Creative:  Something, really anything, creative this week. Could be drawing, knitting, some other random craft thing.

Stress Management:  I’ve been looking into various ideas for improving productivity and organization so that life runs a little smoother. I’m going to try to find something this week that I’ll implement no later than next week.

Health:  Pills on time every day, all of them, and full oral hygiene routine twice every day.

Financial:  Payday is Friday, for both of us, so I need to figure out the budget for the coming month. I’m thinking I’ll start applying the money that used to go towards the Honda to one of my other sort of small bills.

Simplicity:  I got a new pair of shoes on the Pella trip and I’ve picked up a few pieces of clothing so I’m kind of itching to do a small purge again. I’d also really like to go through my jewelry box again.

 

 


 

interruption of service

I realized this morning that I didn’t do my goals post last week and that I didn’t get around to doing the Share Your World post. Life at Chez Mama has been a little more unusual that usual lately. Things are mostly just fine, don’t worry about that. Just a lot of busy and a little more of me taking time for myself than I often do. There is still a lot going on though and I’m not really up for making a fully proper update at the moment. I will tell you that the trip Mom and I took yesterday was pretty fucking amazing.

*** I’ve been trying to upload pics of the trip for what feels like forever now. Since there’s still a lot left to do this evening before going back to work I’m afraid this is just going to have to wait until another day.