April 2015

new beginnings

It is April 2015 and I consider the new month an opportunity to practice new beginnings. I’m big on new beginnings or any opportunity to start anew. Each day is a chance to get it right. Each hour, each minute, each breath in fact is a chance to start anew. New beginnings are always filled with hope, positive good feelings, and the opportunity to get it right. I love that.

It is April 4th (just turned April 4th since it is 1:21 a.m. and I cannot sleep).  I have not developed my 27Things list for April yet.  I’m not sure exactly what I want to accomplish this month.  There are things I would like to get started and things I would like to get started and finish too.   I also have some carryover items from my March list.  Hmmm…those are easy ones really.  I do want to install Rosetta Stone on my computer and begin learning and practicing French.  I think I have hesitated installing the software because then I will have to actually do the lessons.  Ha!  I want to learn French but it is hard work.  However since I will be in Paris later this year, it is something I want to do.  Perhaps I could commit to 3 hours of French language work each week and then I can decide how to spread that out … 1/2 hour 6 days a week, or 1 hour 3 days a week or whatever combination works.  I do best with some level of committment with some flexibility built-in so it does not become a chore.

I also want to get my master closet organized.  I did start the process in March but it was a very small start and for some reason it seems to be overwhelming me.  I have a lovely large closet with good shelving and plenty of room.  I know I would feel such satisfaction in completing that project.  Perhaps I can break down the tasks into 3 or 4 chunks that will be more easily accomplished for this project to be completed.

My genealogy work is all over the place with no real organization on how I am doing my research.  I’d like to focus on a specific family line and develop that for a specific period and then move to another line and rotate over the months so I don’t get stale on the research but there is some level of focus and a sense of completion to what I am working on.  I also need to get deeper into some of the data bases and if I commit to 30 days on one line I am much more apt to do that.

I would like to complete a couple of gardening projects as it is spring and this is the perfect time to do some creative work in garden.

I would also like to develop a comprehensive listing of my dad’s revenues and expenses so that at a glance I can see where I am with his bill paying, etc.  It would be nice to have a sense that I have that under control on his behalf.

There are a number of excursions I am interested in researching so that I can make an educated guess and or decision on what excursions would be good for the Mediterranean cruise.  I don’t want the dollars to be the only factor in considering what I see at port!

I did say in my last post that I am rethinking how I develop my 27Things list.  Perhaps I can identify things I definitely want to do even if it doesn’t total 27 items and I can add to that as the month goes by.  I will think about that.

 

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It is finished …

IMG_4725As March closed I realized that I am a sprinter…at least that is how I would describe myself this month.    I found myself very focused and motivated the end of the month trying to get my March list completed before the month came to an end.     And in a way I found myself energized by the focus of the last week and I felt the rush of trying to get to that finish line.   The sprint paved the way for an increased energy level  as well as high level of  focus and creativity.  In other words, for me the sprint got the juices flowing and gave me an energy rush as the deadline loomed.  I would really rather be a marathoner and do things incrementally and feel more in control.   But at least this month, the sprinter definition is the perfect description.

In review, I did get 20 items on the list started and many completed.  There were so many things accomplished this past month that were not on the list so overall I feel like I got a lot done.  Several of the things I did finish gave me such a positive feeling of satisfaction that I will probably include them in my April list.  One of those is writing letters.  I wrote three snail mail letters to various people and  sent one email letter to Cait.  The snail mail letters are really special in this day and age and I hope those recipients got as much pleasure out of receiving the letters as I did in writing the letters.

This past month I did challenge myself physically with walking and yoga and in retrospect those two things were very time-consuming.   I think the physical activity was and is  a worthwhile way to spend time but it does impact other things and I found I did less gardening and cooking than in the past.  My yoga practice has improved and I feel stronger and it will continue to be a priority.   A consistent practice is well worth it and I see and feel the benefits.    I’ve now complemented yoga with a walking program which is an everyday thing and because I really enjoy PodCasts I can listen to those as I walk.  I also incorporated a weight lifting program for my arms and plan to continue that three days a week.

I am going to rethink how I develop my 27Things list for future months.  I want to be sure I’m not biting off more than I can chew.  For example I could have broken down the letter writing into four tasks instead of one given that I wanted to write a letter each week.   I know I can develop the list anyway that I want to and I want it to be meaningful and represent the things I really want to do.   I do feel satisfied with all I got done in March.  I am definitely not going to let the list stress me out or feel discouraged if I do not complete every single item.  Those things that did not get done will most probably get done in April.  Oh yeah…it is finished.