It has been awhile since I’ve blogged. Life has a way of getting messing with my plans but I’m back and I wanted my first post of 2014 to be about the things that I’m looking forward too in 2014 (and beyond).
2013 was a year of ups and downs. Good things happened (like a trip to Las Vegas and the acceptance of a new job) but also some bad things happen (usually involving house problems) but I’ve persevered – because that is sometimes the only way…to pull up those metaphorical pants and get on with things.
So for the start of 2014, I sat myself down and did a big self-evaluation. A self-evaluation that looked at all of the aspects of my life and how I can continue or approve upon them…it was also a little soul searching because as the year was winding down – I realized that I had lost touch with it . No, nothing bad just that I hadn’t been paying it much attention. Feeding the soul is something that I think gets overlooked in our lives and mine need some TLC. That is why I did the self-evaluation – I needed to have things to look forward to and to strive for.
So here is my best three:
2. Taking ME time
3. Starting something new
Volunteering. Something that I always say I want to do but end up making up so many excuses why I can’t. Not this year. This year, I’m looking at volunteering opportunities in my community and going to sign myself up. I think this is something that not enough people do (and should be). So many organizations need help. So the question I asked myself, WHY NOT? What is actually preventing me from NOT volunteering? I honestly couldn’t come up with anything so now its on the top of my list to look forward too this year.
Taking capital M-E time. This is something that I also seem to forgot to do or make excuses not to do. This doesn’t mean I need to book spa time…no this just means that I need to focus on things that make me happy – that separate me from my the world. For me, this means a solitary walk, listening to music, reading, playing a video game, doing crafts…it doesn’t cost money…its just for me. I don’t do this enough and this is something I’m changing and looking forward too.
Starting something new. If you’re like me, I usually start something but never finish it. Or I have so many great ideas, I start but again never pursue. That is changing this year. This year I’m going to start a novel. I’m going to start some new craft projects (from start to end). I’m going to learn computer programming. I’m not letting anything stand in my way. No excuses.
As we get closer to the end of the work week and the weekend, I had a few moments today to reflect back on my own work week. For me, the last three days at work have been awful. It is just a constant bombardment of things – one after the other, after the other. Maybe its karma – I’ve always loved my work, loved diving in and getting things done but now (and the last three of my days are evidence of this) I just don’t want to be in my office. I don’t want to work on some of the projects that I use to love, I just want to be somewhere else. I know I’m not alone out there – there are probably hundreds, thousands and maybe millions of people that feel the same way as I do.So while I was sitting at my desk (staring up at the ceiling – I’m in a cubicle so no one was watching), I realized that there had to be some positives…there had to be some things that could help me survive the rest of the week and similar weeks that will be in my future (I wish I could say they wouldn’t but I’m a realist) and I was able to come up with three of the best that I would like to share.
1. A good cup of coffee
3. Earphones (and a good playlist)
My first choice to help me get through a a work week may not surprise a lot of people. Coffee at the start of my day is essential. There is just something comforting about that black liquid (with some cream and sugar for me) that just helps calms and comforts me. I have actually caught myself a few times, closing my eyes and savouring the first taste. Its great and for me, has a way of getting me through some tough days and weeks. Thank you coffee! I salute you (and I wish I could handle more of you in a day but I’m one of those people that need to limit)
YouTube – thank you (and thanks to my employer for not blocking you) because you are an integral part of helping me get through the work week. Why you ask? Well, its pretty simple. Do you know how many hilarious things you can find on YouTube. Who hasn’t seen one of the hundreds of videos of people doing the Harlem Shake. Other videos such as the guy running into a frozen pool with the thought that the ice would crack – it didnt. Or when owners tape the crazy things there dogs do! It makes me laugh, and laughing is one of the best ways to forget about the work (for just a couple of minutes) and the stress and all the things you need to do.
The last way that I know always helps me get through the worst of weeks (or even a normal week) is teh fact that I always have my iPod with me at work. I put my earphones in and use the playlists I have designed for such weeks and I just listen to the music. It not only helps me focus and get done what needs to get done, it tunes out all the other things going on around me – the noise, the gossip, the office politics, the ‘pissing’ contests, etc. It’s a magical tool and one that I would really miss.
For a lot of us, the days of the week sometime fly by while others drag on. That is why today, while out running errands and waiting in line to pay for my groceries, I thought about the topic to this post. There are certain days of the week that I can’t wait for, while other days are days I dread (we all know the day – starts with M) and that is what I wanted to share.
My picks (and reasoning) for the Best 3…Days of the Week
Yes, Sunday is my favorite day of the week because its the day that I have set aside in my busy schedule for some ‘down’ time. This is the day that I usually sleep in (no alarm is ever set on this day). Its the day when I can have a full breakfast – eggs, bacon, toast and jam (and actually take the time to eat it all) and the day that I can stay in my pj’s for as long as I’d like. There are no plans for Sunday – that is one of my self-imposed rules. I read, I watch tv or a movie. I catch up on the new. drink lots of coffee, even do some laundry. Its a great way to spend the day and seems to have a calming effect on me. It prepares me for my week ahead. If you don’t take a day for yourself now – think about using your Sunday this way – it honestly is one great day.
As for my second pick, that would have to be Friday. There is something about the anticipation about the work week ending. You can even feel it in the air on Fridays – people are friendly, they smile more and make time to talk about their plans for the weekend. It’s the day that helps get me through the rest of the week.
My third choice may seem strange to some people but for me its simple – its the day after Monday and it means that I got through my least favorite day.