Life gets so busy, so overwhelming and so mundane; that is, if you allow it. Lately I have allowed that. I find myself exhausted and sometimes completely unable to focus on things that are necessary…like you know homework, and on occasion this:
Those two perfect humans that I helped to create, have noticed that mommy is SO tired and that I never stop moving.
I made a conscious effort last week (which I have to do periodically), to re-center myself. Lately I have needed to do this more than normal. I am not sure if it is due to my current schedule or if it is just end of the school year exhaustion weighing on me. Probably all of the above. I made a couple goals to get me through to summer, and I thought I would share them here to help keep myself more accountable.
1. Wake up on my first alarm. This essentially would make my mornings go much smoother, which would make my days feel less rushed. I was so good about this last semester and I felt better then too.
2. Continue to PUT DOWN THE PHONE. I was an addict, I lived for my cell phone and Facebook and Instagram and Twitter and well Social Media. It is sort of the devil in many ways. In the last 6 months I have really worked to put the phone down and have genuine conversations and quality time with my kids. This energizes me and I want to continue to put it down EVEN more!
3. Each Night Take 1 Hour to indulge. Maybe in a snack or some craptacular TV or social media time that is not blog related. Just indulge. I give of myself a lot, to my husband, my kids, my students and my colleagues and I forget that I need to give TO myself.
4. Eat better. I am really trying to eat cleaner and to be more aware of what I am putting into my body and how I feel. I got a wake up call last year when my quarterly diabetic blood work came back elevated for 2 draws in a row. That hasn’t happened since I was first diagnosed, so I am trying. I am not limiting foods yet, just trying to make better decisions and snack healthier. I love me a good snack. I will say my lunches at work for almost a month have been super healthy and we are working on doing that for dinners at home as well.
5. Stop Procrastinating. I am the most epic procrastinator of all time. Oh I have a 9 page paper due in an hour…time to crank it out with some BS in that. My students need a test graded…I will do those right before class starts. I procrastinate in a great way though. I clean and I spend time making memories with my kids. So I sit and justify my lack of motivation for school and sometimes work (not often though) with my motivation to keep a clean home and a happy family. Life has its trade offs, but honestly I need to not procrastinate and put that extra pressure on myself.
I think 5 goals for 5 weeks and beyond are a good starting point. It is out there now, so I would love it if you could help keep me accountable!