V-Day! and Lent begins…

Happy Valentine’s Day! I got to spend the day babysitting a great tiny person!

Notably, today is also Ash Wednesday.

I do make a habit of observing Lent. For anyone unfamiliar, Lent is a 40 day period of fasting before Easter. Many people give up something important to them for these 40 days. Sweets, caffeine, watching TV, swearing. I consider Lent a time of self-discipline and an opportunity to grow.

In that respect, I generally give up something that’s distracting me. Last year, I gave up Pinterest, Netflix, and online books. It was difficult, and I was forced to notice how often I reach for my phone.

This year, I was planning to do the same.  I know that I’ve been using my computer to procrastinate.  A lot.  As I considered my internet use, I realized that using social media was not the habit I wanted to focus on.

Pinterest, Netflix, Facebook, and Youtube interfere with my productivity.

I am giving up procrastinating, specifically by way of the internet.  I can use whatever sites and apps I want, as long as there’s nothing left on my to do list for the day.

So far this Ash Wednesday, I already went on Facebook when I should have been writing this post and then washing my dog.  I did get to both of those things, but my timeline wasn’t quite what I’d hoped for.

This will definitely be a challenge.

We shall see how this year’s season of Lent goes.

I’m Back! +Blog Updates – Day 63

Woah, I’ve missed quite a few days.

Welcome back everybody! It’s been a little crazy this last week as lots of changes are being planned!

Here’s a little backstory. I moved back home a little less than a month ago. It’s great to be close to my family, but moving back after college, and specifically after my own apartment is… interesting.

Overall, a lot of my time has been spent reeling, refiguring my plans, and creating to do lists.

Next on the list is finding a job and living on my own again.

I’ve also spent this time off thinking about my blog. The last 60 ish days have brought a lot of lessons.

One being that quality content can be hard to create.

To be honest, I was feeling a little burnt out on posting every single day. Surprise! Some of my days aren’t that interesting.

I’ve decided to amend my goal (that’s okay!). It is now to spend a half hour everyday on my blog.

This time could be in writing a post, coming up with new ideas, promoting, or tweaking design aspects. I should develop other blogging skills while keeping the quality of my content top notch. I care about putting out posts that people want to read and that doesn’t always happen daily!

I’m also nixing the day numbers in my titles.

First, it’s more difficult to keep track without daily posts. Second, my titles haven’t been the most snappy. I’m giving myself as much creative wiggle room as possible. We’ll see what happens.

Stay tuned for some great content coming up.

Lots of changes ahead, including more focused (and interesting) posts.

Wish me luck!

Sick Day – Day 56

I did nothing today, because I feel terrible. Not a full flu, and fingers crossed that doesn’t develop.

I should have traded some of my Netflix time for sleeping, though.

I’m off to make up for that now.

Stay healthy this flu season, everybody!

Goodnight.

Sick but Productive – Day 55

Okay guys, this post is later than I’ve been aiming for, but I am actually in bed at 9:24.

I got my whole routine done and am ready to sleep! Not that I’m going to sleep right now. I have some YouTube to catch up on.

Point is, I’m feeling extremely accomplished. Plus, I’m definitely coming down with some sort of ailment, so sleep is key.

The moment describing today was using my Christmas gift card to order tea and dental floss from Amazon. Good adulting and some under the weather indulgence.

I ordered a chocolate tea by Numi that I’m excited to try!

I’m off to catch up on Glam n Gore before I hit the hay.

Goodnight.

Superbowl Sunday – Day 54

Late post today. Considering I should have been asleep an hour ago, that’s a little frustrating.

Finally got to the gym after over a week though, so that was awesome!

As was the Superbowl, of course. Fly Eagles fly! All very exciting.

Some people may have noticed that I missed a post yesterday!? I fell asleep during a viewing of The Naked Gun and spent the first half of the night on the couch.

Missing a day of my goal makes it easy to justify giving up. I messed up the streak, so why keep going? I’m tired, can’t I miss one more day and post in the morning?

Here I am again though!

Using one mistake as an excuse to give up is a one way ticket to regret.

I’m going to San Fran in July, and I don’t want to come back to my blog then, wishing I had six months of content already.

It’s okay to rethink goals, and tweak them a little if needed. Plans change, and it can take some trial and error to learn what’s realistic for yourself.

Those learning moments are fine, but using a ‘failed’ goal as an excuse to give up doesn’t accomplish anything.

Maybe I’m not going to post every day of 2018, but I don’t have to miss more than one.

Losing one game and giving up doesn’t get anyone closer to the championship.

The hardest part of accomplishing goals is overcoming adversity, even from you!

Hang in there, pump yourself up, and get back to it.

Seriously. Power pose, write an inspiring blog post, whatever. I’m feeling more motivated already. The important part is bouncing back.

I can do it.

You can do it.

Cheers to accomplishing goals!

Goodnight.

Finally Unpacking – Day 52

I’m finally unpacked!

How did unpacking take so long when I took only two bags to Alaska, you ask?

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Allow me to extrapolate.

First, arrive home and carry your bags into the house. Congratulate yourself for not leaving them in the car. Fall asleep without doing anything.

Next, wake up. Dig out your toiletries and basic needs. Spend the morning explaining why you’re not in Alaska. Halfway through the day partially unpack one bag.

Day 3: Wear all the clothes you left at home. Stack discovered clothes and dirty laundry on top of suitcases.

Leave that to stew for a few days, as you settle back in to being home.

Finally, take advantage of a cleaning energy spurt. Tidy up your space, fold laundry, and put everything away.

Revel in the orderliness.

I’ll be getting back to messing stuff up tomorrow.

Goodnight!

Falling Out of Good Habits – Day 51

The last few days, I’ve been struggling to get my posts up. Part of it is waiting until it’s late, but the other issue is trying to come up with new content every day.

Today’s topic is about creating habits.

Good habits are really hard to keep up, because bad habits are so easy to fall into.

It’s easy to just go to bed without washing my face. It’s easy to eat a peanut butter sandwich instead of making a salad.

Lazy is easy, but it’s not rewarding.

I don’t feel good when I know that just a little more effort could have gotten me to my goals.

Right now, I’m struggling to keep my good habits in the midst of a lot of change.

My main time suck is my phone. I go on Pinterest, I buy books through Google Play and stay up reading until 2 am. I watch rugby videos on Facebook. They’re only a few minutes long, but that time adds up.

Last year, I gave up some of my electronic vices for Lent. As the season of fasting approaches again, my internet use is weighing heavily on my mind.

We’ll see how everything shakes out, but I think Pinterest and Facebook are going to be banned from my phone.

Social media is important to me, as it helps me stay connected to family, friends, and rugby news. Staying mindful with my time is the key.

Today my alarm went off to write this post, and I opened my phone. A half hour later, I started writing.

I’m not anti social media or internet time. I just need to prioritize my time in order to stay focused and accomplish my goals.

I’ll let everyone know how it goes.