11. A New Approach

It has definitely been some time since I’ve posted on here. Happy 2018! The end of 2017 for me became challenging. Peter and I moved in together, we attended two weddings (one I was a bridesmaid in), work became busy in what felt like overnight with new challenges, I applied to take my professional license exams, and I networked with a recruiter for opportunities which lead to a conversation with a potential employer.

Among all of the events and challenges, I realized how stressed out and unhappy I was.

2018, I decided was going to be the year that I live intentionally and that I was going to take my life back.

Thinking about the future was causing me so much unnecessary stress. I didn’t like who I was becoming. One of my first simple resolutions has been to take each day as it comes and be present. In turn, this mindset has made given me a more positive outlook and made me take responsibility for myself and my actions. I need to take a step back and be present.

My second simple resolution has been to write things down. Each day I try to write down what I want to accomplish the next day or what needs to get done. Some days not everything gets done and some days it all gets done, and that’s okay. One thing I’ve learned from this, is to not put so much pressure on myself that tasks become stressful and overwhelming.

A third simple resolution has been to make some changes. A new change has been our bedroom. The bedroom still had a lot of leftover stuff of when it was just me and I was feeling that it wasn’t about Peter and I. I made a few small changes to help represent us (that will come in a later post, so stay tuned). My morning routine was something else I made an edit to. It used to be curling up each morning with some coffee and a good book. The newest change to that is exchanging coffee for hot water with lemon – I felt that I wasn’t getting enough water each day and this was a simple way to incorporate that, and exchanging reading for studying for my professional license exams. I’m not giving up on coffee, just a small cut back and reading will just happen as an end of the day escape.

The fourth simple change and resolution was creating a real budget for myself. Money was becoming not only a stressor but consuming me. Based on the budget I’ve started for myself it has made me question my purchases in the way of “do I really need this?” and has helped me see where my money is going. A recent purchase I made was for tickets for an adventure to a botanical garden with Peter, his brother Nick, and Nick’s fiancee Kris. A purchase well justified – getting to spend time with people I love, and getting to experience something new with those people.

Last simple resolution: being mindful, spending time with the people I love, experiencing new things, practicing positivity, learning, growing, contributing, living intentionally, and making this life wildly and flamboyantly mine.

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