Let’s get this blog back on track!
Here are the primary goals I’m working towards in each aspect of my life right now:
– Drink more water. Fill a drink bottle at the start of the day and make sure it’s empty by bedtime (actually, a bit before bedtime would probably be better, ifyoucatchmydrift…). Also cut back on coffee!
– Get a loose meal plan going for dinner. At the moment:
Monday – pasta/risotto
Tuesday – soup
Wednesday – something a bit fancy
Thursday – comfort food
Friday – eat out
Saturday – leftovers/something fun
Sunday – stew/curry
Any night can be a fast meal like beans and eggs on toast or noodles and veggie sticks if I just can’t cope with cooking or the kids are too hungry to wait. Also, eating out more than once a week is fine, but only if we’re low on supplies and it won’t result in food going off in the fridge.
I’ll see how this goes for a while and then work out if I want to make it more precise. So far it does help cut down on decision fatigue though.
– Always eat leftovers for lunch.
– No coffee after midday (maybe a weak one before 2pm if I’m really struggling).
– Practice mindful breathing and conscious relaxation during stretches before bed.
– Play vigorously with kids for at least 10min a day, bare minimum (roughhousing, chase, throwing toddler in the air, etc. Anything that makes me a bit puffed). Also carry little one around more often rather than relying on the pram for short distances (I wish I could wear her more! My back just doesn’t tolerate pouches or slings like it did with my first one..).
– Do simple yoga stretches in bed before sleep and while waiting for toast to pop in the morning.
– Stop to tune in to my body and head whenever I remember and write things out if necessary. Think about or do something goofy whenever stress threatens to overwhelm to try and snap myself into a better perspective.
– Start a daily gratitude practice before bed (possibly post it here? Do you guys like reading what others are grateful about on a daily basis? I guess if it’s a short post it’s easy to skim over in the reader).
– Track all my expenses for the next few weeks to get a better feel for budgeting.
– List some stuff on local garage sale sites (you can do it, Meg! Get a system going and don’t get overwhelmed by all the steps involved).
– Seriously look into freelance writing/editing options. Maybe set up a professional blog and take it from there.
– Crochet up some small items to sell at the crafty shop down the road.
– Start looking around for self-education options. It’s getting kind of embarrassing how little I understand how money actually works beyond the “buy/sell” part…
– Wash dishes at least twice a day and mop kitchen floor at least once a week.
– Do a “once over” dust and vaccuum through the house once a week (ignoring clutter if necessary).
Culling and Organising
– Aim to set up a kids’ craft/art space in the back room by toddler’s birthday (so I can finally get the girls an easel). This means clearing up the front room and moving a bunch of boxes down there (for further sorting and culling down the track).
– Keep a box near the front door to fill with donation-worthy stuff and GET RID OF IT WHEN IT IS FULL! Gather up good donations for the school fair next month.
– More roughhousing (as covered in fitness goals) PLUS:
At least 10min a day playing pretend
At least one book each day
At least one sensory activity each day
I already do this stuff but want to do it more consciously and consistently, especially to counteract all the screen time they’ve been getting lately.
– Work harder on yelling less. Sing in hammy opera; beat my chest; do some star jumps; go scream in a pillow; put on ridiculously happy music; ANYTHING to redirect my irritation and frustration in the moment rather than scaring my kids with it. My littlest one can brush it off and bounce back easily but my big girl is just so sensitive. I really need to lift my game for her.
– Toddler’s birthday party! Just over one week to go (update to follow soon)…
– Get school stuff in order for next term, including putting important dates in the calendar, making sure summer uniforms still fit, paying for drama lessons, clearing up her desk and getting back into the habit of doing “homework” each evening.
– Help 5yo make a scrapbook of all her art from these holidays to take in for news next week.
Post progress reports here each week (focussing on individual areas through the week as appropriate).
This is quite a lot at once, but most of it is small stuff that should become easier as it develops into more of a habit. Hopefully…
What do you reckon? Do you struggle with this stuff too or do you have it all nailed? Any helpful tips?