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“Stay true to yourself, yet always be open to learn. Work hard, and never give up on your dreams, even when nobody else believes they can come true but you. These are not clichés but real tools you need no matter what you do in life to stay focused on your path.” ~ Phillip Sweet

Dream Big

Back in the summer of 2016, I read the book 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam. She included an exercise in her book that Caroline Ceniza-Levine uses in her workshops to help people to try and figure out “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The exercise is to create a “List of 100 Dreams” where you list 100 activities that you would like to experience throughout your lifetime. According to Ceniza-Levine, this is exercising the “passion muscle” (Vanderkam 42). You may discover after trying some of these activities that they are not quite right for how you want to live your life. And, that’s awesome! You can now use your time pursuing something else that is more worthwhile for you.

As a (mixed-style) multipotentialite questioner, this exercise was right up my alley. I have many interests, and I want to pursue creative endeavors. I separated my list into three categories like Laura Vanderkam: career, travel, and personal/family. I enjoyed creating my List of 100 Dreams which was #19 on my 19 for 2019. Take a look, dear reader (Kat’s List of 100 Dreams)!

 

In Other News:

#8 Read one book a month for self-improvement. This month I read Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter, and Thrive by Jessica N. Turner. I admit several times this past school year I felt stretched too thin. I purchased this book to get some fresh perspective on how to handle these seasons of busyness that can get overwhelming. Turner had some good suggestions on setting achievable goals, making self-care a priority, and developing solutions on managing your home. I admit that I did not take the time to complete all the exercises after each chapter which are devoted to different areas of your life. However, I did read through the questions and reflected on the ones that seemed more relatable to me and my circumstances. Self-care is definitely an area of my life that needs the most improvement. I feel that other areas in my life will benefit from self-care getting necessary attention.

Well, dear reader, another month has passed. Tomorrow begins a brand new month with new possibilities and opportunities. Dial into your passions and dream big. Happiness!

“Once you stop trying to be someone you are not and doing things that don’t align with your desires and/or your responsibilities, you are better able to thrive in your life.” ~ Jessica N. Turner

 

 

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a feathered friend on one of my walks this week

Three revelations last weekend prompted me to take action on the morning of July 1st. The first “aha” moment was Jessica N. Turner’s Facebook post on Saturday morning. Jessica writes a blog called The Mom Creative. She posted a selfie of herself on her morning walk as documentation of making no more excuses about taking care of herself. I found it inspiring.

The second lightbulb moment was admitting to you, dear reader, in my second quarterly review that I had not completed any of my remaining 13 items on my 18 for 2018 list which includes losing 18 pounds. Acknowledging to you in my last post that I am failing at this task made me feel uncomfortable.

The third revelation came in the guise of a TedTalk by Laura Vanderkam who writes about time management. After telling a story about a woman dealing with a busted hot water heater and the time she spent dealing with it, Laura made a few important points in her talk that resonated with me.

  • “Time is highly elastic.”
  • “Time will stretch to accommodate what we choose to put into it.”
  • “The key to time management is treating our priorities as the equivalent of that broken water heater.”
  • “I don’t have time,” often means “It’s not a priority.”

WalkSubsequently, I dragged my booty out of bed the next morning, took a selfie of myself making the commitment, and walked for an hour. After walking, I documented my starting weight at 158 pounds. I dug in a kitchen cabinet and pulled out my “pounds to go” and “pounds lost” containers. Diligently, I counted out 18 marbles, dropped them all in the “pounds to go” container, and sat both containers on my kitchen counter. This means that by 31 December 2018, I will need to weigh at least 140 pounds. There is no more “I don’t have time” because taking care of my health is important, and it is time for me to make my health a priority.

 

It has been one week, and I am proud to announce that I have walked every day this week. One day I even walked twice (morning and evening). In addition to walking, Andrew and I played tennis yesterday morning with my friends Pam and Kathryn. I also weighed in this morning. I have not lost any weight (still 158 pounds) and had not anticipated losing any since I am not keeping a food journal at this time. However, I did cut back on added sugar: no sodas, no honey in my green tea, no candy, or sweets…except on Friday at lunch (a slice of strawberry pie made its way into my belly). Although I am limiting processed foods, I am still eating carbs.  For now, I am focusing on moving every day and making my commitment to exercise. I MUST also increase my water intake. In a few weeks, I will set up my food journal and start tracking what I eat. Then, I’ll have to make the commitment to eating clean the majority of the time for the rest of my life. It will be incredibly hard because I enjoy food especially the foods that pack on the pounds.

Well, dear reader, it appears that you will be my accountability partner…again. I’ve successfully lost weight before; however, this time I not only need to lose the weight, but I also need to keep it off for the long term. Please feel free to “weigh in” with any words of wisdom or encouragement. Oh, and if you are struggling with making time for your priorities, check out Laura Vanderkam’s TedTalk which is less than 12 minutes. Happiness!

“Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.” ~ Ovid

 

 

 

 

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