1 - conquer my anxiety, or at least win a few battles against it. after a challenging month in february, i managed to do quite well in march on the anxiety front. not much new to report apart from learning more about how to manage anxiety medicinally and risks involved in doing so. i also learned that my life will likely never slow down to a pace where there is not something i won't be even just slightly anxious about, and god help me if it did. i like being busy, i don't like being overwhelmed. ebbs and flows. such is life.
2 - be more thoughtful of others, especially around special events, days, occassions. i wanted to find a most meaningful and thoughtful gift for the wedding that i went to last weekend, but i ended up with a gift card, which did not meet either of my criteria. but i have recently ordered a book online to give to a friend who i know will enjoy it and i have another little something waiting in my home office to be popped into the post. slow and steady will win this race.
3 - continue making visiting family and friends a priority. my trip to visit my dad on vancouver island is all but booked and in that short hop over to bc i am also hoping to see a cousin. i am making headway into plans to visit dc this summer, but that will also depend on others' schedules. i have a standing invitation to visit israel that i could possibly take up, but for now, i am going to focus a little closer to home. or at least stick to my own continent.
4 - nail down some sort of short-term career goals. as i mentioned here yesterday, i have been a networking machine lately and the nice thing about being so busy this past week (so much so that i didn't know my own middle name) was that i also didn't have to time to wonder, 'what next?' or 'what if?' or 'when?' and just got stuff done. my thoughts are that the stuff i have completed recently is enough to keep me content where i am.
i could use a little more motivation in my day job, but whenever i have meetings with my bosses they seem completely content and satisified with my work so instead of caring if i am performing up to my own standards, i should just stop worrying or caring and concentrate on making progress in other parts of my life that could lead to more focused jobs in the future. maybe.
5 - lay a nest egg to accompany my nest. red light and parking tickets are really not helping my cause here. dieter and i need to be a little more careful on the road. i am going to mexico in two weeks' time with my family and i am thrilled that the price tag will be more than worth the fun and time we will have. but other than that, i am trying to save my pennies for tax season. then i will get myself properly sorted in the saving/investing/general finances zones.
6 - eat more balanced, regular meals. i was running around the city last week and in doing so, ate a lot of crap. delicious, but unhealthy food. i have next to nothing in my fridge or pantry at home so the first step to addressing this current situation will be to go grocery shopping tonight and plan a menu for the coming days.
i also need to stop eating the Sausage, Egg & Cheese on English Muffin from Starbucks and any of the Manuel Latruwe croissants served at Phil & Sebastian...
this is becoming increasingly important as i am preparing to run a half marathon in early may and am playing around with my pre and post running meals and snacks. so far, eating at least an hour before i run and eating something packed with energy seems to be getting me through with a few little pick-me-ups of some sort of processed gooey energy bites. i am still confused as to what i should eat after a run though, some people say something packed with protein, others say something packed with carbs. i generally just need to put something, anything in my mouth and then follow it with a latte.
7 - sleep an appropriate amount. i sleep when i need to. this sometimes includes napping. in my napping outfit (just take off your pants and voila! napping outfit). it also includes sleeping in when i have been out drinking tequila at weddings. or getting up early when i need to get into my office for an early morning meeting. still doing well. but still not regular at all.
8 - maintain my priorities. i was tested in this regard recently. and i came out on top. or so i think. i have had a lot of responsibilities lately and the only thing that i felt i really dropped in the process was my punctuality and organisation as i was late for something that i swore started later than it did.
through my recent scheduling madness, i kept up my running, i kept up my socialising with my friends, and i kept up the communication with my family. i took a step back from my day job with intention and judged where my time and energies were best spent before making any changes or decisions. like i said, i think i did ok with this over the past month and i am hopeful that i have set myself up for some success in the coming months because of it.
9 - keep asking for what i want. well, i haven't had to ask for things that i want lately. but that could possibly be that i am not sure what it is that i want. i am really good at asking when i do know that i want something (like a week long training provided by noraid in bangkok coming up in may that i am waiting to hear back on), but i am less inclined to give something to universe and ask for what i want that way. lack of confidence to hand over control, i suppose. but i have held on to my power without fail in 29 so there is something to be said for that.
wow, that was sort of a cryptic recap, sorry about that. hope it is interesting reading, even if you have to do it between the lines.