This morning as I drove to work, I saw a sign on a pasture fence that read, “Now Boarding, Equestrian Facility” or something like that. I drive by it every day. There are horses in the pasture, with barn type buildings in the distance. It’s beautiful and peaceful.
As I glanced over, I thought to myself, “I can’t wait until I can afford to have horses.” And as I glanced back at the road, I heard the sound of my tires hitting the grids from the road’s edge notifying me that I was drifting left, onto the shoulder. I quickly corrected, and thought to myself, “Stay on the road.” And it seemed that was the answer to my mental thought. Someday I’ll have horses. Yeah… okay… just stay on the road you’re on. No time for horses.
I firmly believe that one day my road will lead to a horse or a horse farm, where a few horses can graze on green grass, safe from slaughter. Even if they are just pasture ornaments – that’s fine with me. I do believe that will happen – but I do not see a means to that end right now. My hands are full, and kind of bound by the present moment. I can only keep doing what I am doing. Continuing on the road I’m on. My chosen path. The one that leads to me.
I can’t wait until I can afford to have horses. But it looks like wait, I will.
A few weeks ago I was having a great Saturday. I was productive. I got a lot done. My goal was to sit on the deck and enjoy the evening. Finally, after many thwarted attempts, I plopped myself down in a chair and sighed loudly. Yes! Finally here!
That’s when I realized I needed to tinkle. I sighed again. “It’s always something!”
Yes, it does seem there is always something that needs doing to keep us from the things we’d rather be doing. When nature calls, you can’t exactly ignore that too long. So I went ahead and took care of that issue, and to be honest – I don’t even recall if I got back to the deck that night. It’s always something…
The important things in life need to take precedence. I remember once saying to a woman friend I ran into that I just did not have enough time. Her reply: “You need to take more time for yourself.” …I’m sorry.. Perhaps you didn’t hear me… I am already out of time…
Turns out a few weeks later, I learned that she was correct. I must recharge my batteries. The demands on my time are many and my time is not. So I have decided that part of my “organization” plan will be to set aside a chunk of time for myself each day or evening after work and on the weekends. Not time where I sit and do nothing, but time where I stop and do something for ME. Some “thing” that I desire to do.
It is ALWAYS SOMETHING. Never a moment to breathe it seems somedays. My grandmother used to say, “If it’s not one thing, it’s three.” She was a wise woman in more ways than one. Hmmm… perhaps a study of her lifestyle would do me good. I think I”ll put that on my “to do” list… for another day…
Going nonstop can be very productive, but not when it comes to blogging. Perhaps my “getting organized” will help me to have more time. One can only hope.
Today is no less full. Doctor’s appointment with my younger daughter. But in theory that puts me home early. I’ll plan now to make up a schedule to adhere to when I get home from work each day. Even a poor plan is better than no plan. I’ll start there and tweak it as I go. Tweaking is superior to twerking. Just sayin…
The fall skies are a brilliant blue. The sunrises are spectacular. The chilly evenings are conducive to bonfires and fireplaces in use. Apple cider sounds like a good reward for the evening’s accomplishments. I think I’ll make it so.
The project of organization is slow to materialize. Let’s hope that means it’s coming together in a sturdy fashion. I’ll cross my fingers and keep moving forward.
Oy vey! What happened to the weekend? I’m sure there was one… We ushered in fall on Sunday with the Autumnal Equinox. The rest is kind of a blur. On my second cup of coffee. I think both my eyes are open…. What did I miss?
I missed plenty… Mostly opportunities. There are things I am only able to accomplish on the weekend. Hmm… I should add “in theory” to that last sentence. It seems the weekend always sucks me in and suddenly it’s Monday and I’ve only added to the “to do” list. Perhaps I’ll turn it into wallpaper because soon I’ll have enough to do the office. Think of the money I’ll save!
See what I did there?? I took a left turn at the end of the paragraph. I believe this may have something to do with my weekend’s disappearance. I get ten things halfway done and then find the first thing I began and think, “Oh, yeah… I was doing that…” and if I’m lucky then THAT thing will get done.
I do love autumn, but it seems it’s even easier for me to become distracted. I’m going to formulate a plan for making some progress. I’ll let you know how that goes. I’m filing this one under “Projects” because it truly is one for me. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them.
Happy Fall! Welcome to the week’s beginning! ~ Diane
Got your plans moving toward your 30 day goal? Only 25 days left! It’s up to you.. if you don’t plan to do anything for you after all, then that is your choice.
Read it again: YOUR CHOICE.
I admit that my “plan” is still in “mental” form.. please – no comments from the peanut gallery… It’s just hard to choose which awesome thing I want for me. I promise I’ll have chosen by tomorrow. Join me?
Yesterday I posted about Self Care. I challenged us all to have a plan to do something nice for ourselves in 30 days. Most women in a family setting put themselves last. If you don’t stop to recharge your battery, how far will you get before you run out of steam? Not very far, I’m quite certain. So let’s take a look at how we get to the 30 day goal mark successfully.
First you need to decide what it is you want to do in 30 days. Is it a shopping trip? Is it a nature trip? A day where you do nothing but relax and watch the tube? (Well, I do hope it’s not that last one but, hey… to each her own…) Decide what it is you want to do in 30 days. That’s step one.
Get a piece of paper or find a chalk board – whatever form of notation works for you. Start brainstorming on what you are going to do for yourself in 30 (29) days. You need to have a firm plan in place if you are to achieve your goal. Decide now what your ultimate “self care” day looks like. It may be harder for some to get a clear picture of what doing something for yourself looks like. Think of one thing (or 12 things) that would make you feel special. That would be a form of loving yourself. A manicure or pedicure or both! A day where you unplug the phone and work on a quilt. Or a scrapbook. Or go look for fabric for a project you want to complete.
By Monday you need to have decided what you want to do for you in 30 (25) days. By Monday one sixth (1/6) of your time to bring this plan to fruition is gone. To achieve your goal, you must stick to a plan.
GOAL: Decide what self care choice you are making for yourself by Monday, April 29, 2013. It can be done. If you will, then you can. Make it so! Have a great day – make that so as well!