I've actually been taking a break from blogging for a couple weeks. Not on purpose. Just had to take care of a few things (like the whole family having the stomach flu, a root canal, some stress and Christmas festivities). All that is past and I'm happy to report that we did have a great Christmas with family and friends (and lots of germs).
Back in action...and currently...
Listening... This is the first year that we've lived in a 2 story house with our kids. Little things, like hearing the pitter patter of little feet upstairs, make me really happy in our new home.
Loving...I am so grateful for this two week break to snuggle, read and take long walks with my family.
Thinking...I will turn 40 this year. Turning 40 doesn't really bother me. But since everyone else keeps making a big deal about it, I decided that that age marker might help motivate me to lose some weight before I hit 40 (in November). When you are 4 feet 11 inches, it's already hard enough to buy clothes. Enough whining...today is a new beginning!
Wanting...Tomorrow, while I eat only healthy foods that will surely leave me craving all the things I ate yesterday...I will get a pedicure. I'm sure putting pretty toes in my workout shoes will help.
Needing...When I agreed to do a presentation for the Michigan Reading Conference in March, I promised my husband that I would not let preparing for the presentation be a source of stress. So, getting organized and prepared early should help me hide any stress that might appear closer to the date.
OLW - relax
It seems ironic that I would choose "relax" as my OLW...when it is the very word that can cause an instant argument if it comes out of my husbands mouth. :) But, I it is a word that
I need to be more connected to. I'd like for us to be friends (me and my new word) by the end of the year.
Why would I choose a word that I don't really like (yet). Several weeks ago, while driving to work, I had a aha moment. It was the moment when I realized that life would be much less stressful if I didn't have a goal for EVERYTHING. Having a goal for everything might not be so bad if I was not such a Competitive Carly.
There are the obvious goals that we all have (I think) about school and family. And then there are a few others that I recently discovered might not be shared by everyone.
Yep...a goal for how many times a day I'm going to brush my teeth (which the dentist claims is too many - what?!?). A goal for how many students I will work with individually during math work stations. A goal for how many new words each of my struggling students will learn by the end of the week. A goal for how many times I'll walk the dogs in a week. A goal for how many loads of laundry I will get done in one evening. A goal for how many minutes I will allow myself to watch TV. A goal for which day I will go to the grocery store. A goal for how many rows I will knit when I sit down to "destress". I sadly even have a goal for how much sleep I want to get each night...which might not be a problem if I didn't keep waking up every hour to count how many hours of sleep are left. The list goes on...
So... this year. I will focus on relaxing. Not the "calm down" kind of relaxing that my husband sometimes suggests. But, the brushing your teeth 3 times (instead of a higher number) is really ok kind. And...watching TV without a goal of when to turn it off might be nice (if I could just figure out how to use the remote).
Yep...a few more pedicures, a nice long bath, maybe some yoga (as soon as I figure out how to erase the to do list in my head) and dog walks without a minute goal (or mileage goal) in mind.
I'm counting on all of you to be my support group. I can't be the only freak, right? Any tips to help me become "friends" with my new word would be much appreciated...
Relaxing plan for today - read (without a goal for how many chapters) and take my daughter shopping (hooray for girls day!)!
Don't forget to stop by Oh Boy 4th Grade to read about what everyone is currently doing to start the New Year!
Happy 2013, everyone!!