I’m back from Hawaii and feel like a brand new person! I also kind of look like a brand new person, because I came down with a disgusting rash covering over 50% of my body the week before we left… it is now fading into a distant memory (light brown bruises more like, but I’ll take it), and I’m convinced the sun and salt water cured me.
This month is going to be an interesting one – lots of celebrations for the end of the school year, my sister’s birthday, and my last day at my current job. I’m starting a new job in a week and a half (!), which feels very bittersweet and scary right now. Our vacation was a perfect recharge, and I am praying I will retain some some semblance of this perspective and peace as I go through all of this change (and it’s accompanying emotions).
1. Read at least one book (Stars Over Sunset Boulevard (which was ‘eh’), The Forgotten Garden (loved this one!)
2. Keep up with my straight through the bible in a year reading plan (I’ve only got two months to go!)
3. Get back into stand for 1 hour/day at my standing dest at work (ahem. I can’t even address this.)
Pick a procrastination project to finish: I completed another throw out 50 things challenge! And could probably complete one each month this year and still have too much stuff. But it felt great!
Hygge up our bedroom … Will and I are both terrible sleepers, and I want our bedroom to feel like the happiest and most luxurious place in the world instead of the prison where we spend 8 restless hours every night. Stay tuned for how I tackle this. I started the hygge-ing process with some decluttering, and added a comfy throw as well as a bright throw pillow for our loveseat.
Relax! I’ve been so uptight recently, and it’s not paying off in any way, shape, or form. We are spending Easter weekend with Will’s family, and taking a week long vacation to Hawaii, so I think that should help the situation. But long weekends and fun trips aren’t exactly my norm- and I need to learn how to cope (relax, rest, unwind, be content) in the face of my day to day stresses and struggles. Oh man, did I ever relax in Hawaii! But, let’s just say it took me until I arrived at our hotel on April 24th to get there. I’m a work in progress.
1. Read at least one book (Currently: Flight of Dreams)
2. Keep up with my straight through the bible in a year reading plan (I’m so very close!)
3. No clothes shopping – I’ve been in closet revamp mode the past few months, and I’ve added some really great staples to my wardrobe that I think will serve me well for yeas to come. As I’ve moved from mid twenties to late twenties, my style has gotten much simpler- and I’m finally ok with having a work wardrobe and a weekend wardrobe (I used to try to only buy things that could be used for both… that was silly and I disown my choices now). Since I’ll be starting a new job this month which will require a slightly fancier wardrobe, I need some time to focus on cleaning out my closet and best utilizing what I already own to really determine where my closet holes are before I dive into shopping for my new position. Oh, and I used this month’s shopping budget already for last minute Hawaii packing additions, so I also don’t have any money to shop with this month. Luckily. 🙂
4. Buy two items that make our lives easier. This is a bit of a generalized goal, but I have a habit of only buying things I want, and then totally shirking things I actually need and make sense for our lives. I own somewhere in the area of 20 dresses, and one pair of work pants. One. We just bought a second set of sheets for our bed last fall, and yet I have six unused throw pillows sitting in our linen closet. Essentially I only want to buy fun things (usually clothes), and struggle with buying practical things, such as a paper towel holder. There isn’t much that’s sexy about a paper towel holder, but I know it would make a world of difference in our kitchen, where we are constantly losing the paper towel roll… so maybe my goal should be to buy a paper towel holder?
5. Incorporate a (short) evening yoga routine. I found a list of poses on Pinterest that are good for detox, sleep and relaxation and want to go through a few of them each night before bed. I have tried meditating before bed and found that it is boring. Yoga forces me to focus on how I’m breathing and has the added benefit of feeling so dang good!