What a crazy year! We're in the final quarter, and I'm reviewing my progress. I'm slowly making progress, but, overall, I am disappointed in how little I've accomplished and redoubling my efforts to finish the year strong.
1. Say good-bye to one item a day, and if something comes in, something goes out = 366 fewer items.
Still off-track, but I made a BIG effort this past week and made up lost ground. I need to remain motivated and continue what I'm coming to realize is as much mental and emotional as it is physical. Being disabled right now makes it much more challenging to accomplish physical tasks. But if I'm honest, I think some of the things I have are because they remind me who I used to be. In some cases, they speak to who I wish I were. Part of this process is acknowledging reality and letting go of the past to focus on the future.
2. Read one pleasure book a week that meets the requirements to donate to the prison program = 52 books a year. Updated to 75 books.
I read five books this week. Most of them were disappointing, but I did read Joyce Meyers' Making Good Habits and Breaking Bad Ones. Nothing earth shattering, but her connection to God as the foundation for how she views change was really interesting and gave me something to consider.
Total for 2020: 59
3. Happiness Planner project.
Completed!! I review it periodically for inspiration.
4. I will try one new recipe each week.
Nothing new on this front, but I'm going to try a few
recipes. And for you saucy sparkers out there, yes, I am talking about food.
5. Skin care
I cleaned out my bathroom cabinets and drawers and chucked out old product. Now to read up on what skin care needs I have now that I'm getting older.
6. Study French 30 minutes a day.
Nope. I need to be more disciplined.
7. Challenging myself to a no-spend month. Rent, utilities, a set food budget and - that's it, barring a genuine emergency.
I did much better this week and am realizing that I would much rather get my finances in order than own a lot of stuff.
This is a tough time for all of us. Let's all be kind to ourselves and to each other. Wash your hands, wear a mask when you go out, and remember that even if they can't see your mouth smile, people will see it in your eyes and appreciate your uplifting spirit.