Leaves are falling all around, It’s time I was on my way.
Thanks to you, I’m much obliged for such a pleasant stay.
But now it’s time for me to go. The autumn moon lights my way.
For now I smell the rain, and with it pain, and it’s headed my way.
Sometimes I grow so tired, but I know I’ve got one thing I got to do. Ramble on.
“Ramble On” Led Zeppelin
I continued into this week with the focus of rejuvenating and reflecting. The spring to summer months have some difficult life memories attached for me and I alternate between hunkering down in my bunker of solitude and rushing out into the world to breathe. I’ve learned is to listen to what my inner self mentions as a need and to do things differently to answer the requests.
Self-Care Actions This Week:
- Saying no to invites that will cause angst – We can feel pressure to say, “yes,” and force ourselves to attend events because we want to avoid making the host or person inviting us feel bad. Making ourselves feel bad is not an okay compromise so I turned down two. One was a brunch with a negative energy woman I did not want to break bread with and the other a gathering where the emotional context would have been overwhelming.
- Feeding a craving – I had a hankering for garlic pizza and got one. I then enjoyed days of having a piece for lunch paired with green beans with onions and yams. Is pizza the healthiest food choice? Nope, but it sure was delightful.
- Not feeding a craving – At 10:00 pm last night, the craving monster told me that I wanted Twizzlers, gummy bears, and a slice of coconut cream pie. It then whispered that a drive to the 24-hour Walgreens could deliver on the first two. I put that on pause to watch “48 Hours” and got a great spinoff story idea. Then at 11:00 pm, the monster perked up again to chat and I doused it with some decaf coffee and called it a night. Feeding a craving born out of being tired is not a healthy choice for me.
- Planning time off – I booked Thursday and Friday for vacation. My only plan right now is to relax and get caught up on an at home project. That’s good enough for me.
ROW80 Goals Progress
Completed Round Goals
- Complete assignments for From Plot to Finish master class with Laurie Schnebly Campbell (first two weeks of April). – Goal complete.
Still Ongoing Round Goals
- At least one hour of WIP writing time five days a week. – Squee! I hit four days this week. I’ll take the improvement and rearranging of my schedule. Another step and I hit this goal.
- Complete one craft book via reading at least one chapter a week. – Done. The chapter this week was on research so I read for info versus anything I need to immediately apply to my current WIP.
- Complete two novels and one book of short stories via reading at least one chapter a week. – Done for week via another story done from “2oth Century Ghosts.”
- Complete ROW80 sponsor duties via reading and commenting on assigned blogs each week. – I’m now back on track with sponsor duties.
- Share contents of other bloggers via link backs from each of my posts. – Partially done again.
- Check Triberr at least once daily. – Done only three days. Ugh.
- Join and learn Pinterest. – Pending. I plan to do this the weekend of May 19. It looks like I’ll need to also switch to the timeline feature in Facebook so I want time to organize FB as needed once the change is made.
Healthy Happy Living
- Cardio exercise three times a week. – Two thirds done again with an hour each time.
- Look for yoga/meditation course option each week. – Not done though I did get in quiet mind time via a massage.
- Complete neck exercises every day. – Done.
What are some of the ways you kickback and take care of yourself? Do you have any goals that are now completely done? Be sure to check out the ROW80 updates of others via the blog hop.
Other Related Tidbits:
- Roni Loren shares some of the dream poses she hopes to reach with Yoga Aspirations.
- Reading Kate MacNicol’s Laptop On Fire kicked off one of my writing sessions this week. “Book. Me. Laptop. Today. Guilt-free.” True words, Kate!
- Michael Haynes shared some feedback received from editors with Rejection Relics.