birthdays & the little things
I don’t know if it’s the getting older thing, or if it’s the fact that my birthday represents half of the year being over, but leading up to it I always get a creeping sense of urgency, the need to reassess my life, disappointment in what I haven’t yet achieved, anxiousness about opportunities wasted.
It used to be something I’d get real uptight and sulk about for weeks, if not months, leading up to, and the weeks following. That’s no way to live, really. I must admit, I’m still like that a bit, but over the years I’ve gotten much better and a lot more positive. There’re the big things that make a difference; like the people I surround myself with, the relationships I work to keep and the work I do. As an extremely indecisive person, I’ve also tried to be more clear about what I want, what I need to get there, and if I don’t like the way something is going, to change it.
Then there are the little things, the little things that can have big effects. Having just celebrated getting older, I’ve begun re-practicing a few of the simple yet effective little things that had been working for me, but for some reason or other, had fallen by the wayside:
Daily To Do lists:
If I don’t write a to-do list, I’m simply not as productive, and I just don’t get things done when I need to. I also tend to remember more stuff I need to do, as I write the list down.
Simplifying/uncluttering your life:
I unsubscribed to about 90 percent of the blogs I followed on my google reader. That has definitely freed up my mind-space, plus I don’t waste so much time anymore scrolling through a bunch of blogs I never really engaged with. I also went through a bunch of stuff that was sitting on my dresser and threw it out. Now I have a nice, compact collection of things I only use everyday sitting there. It looks good, so it feels good. Next on my list: Cleaning out my make-up bag and wardrobe !!
Yearly or Monthly Planners:
It’s easier to plan ahead when you can see ahead, which is what monthly or yearly planners help me do. I can’t wait to fill up all those days with more plans and more X’s that mark tasks done.
With this crappy weather, I spend so much time in my room, so I’ve put up a bunch of things I love looking at, and I actually smile every time I see them.
So this one is clearly pretty important but honestly, after I left high-school there has only been one time in my life that I have consistently exercised, and that only lasted a few months. But I’ve decided that needs to change, which is why I joined a 12 week fitness challenge with a group of friends to get me on the fitness wagon. It’s only the first week this week, but we’re taking it pretty seriously (easy to say in the first week haha) so no doubt you will be hearing more on this big life development. One hundred pushups in a row, here I come!