i am a bit early this month, but i suspect i will have a rather busy 8 days before i leave for south africa with my mama, so i am updating my monthly goals before i head off.
1 - conquer my anxiety, or at least win a few battles against it. this has been easy this month and i am not quite sure why. i have been rather busy and continue to feel stretched, but i am not worrying. i am not panicking. i am ok. it's a nice change.
2 - be more thoughtful of others, especially around special occasions. my little bro and i are going to see kooza, the cirque du soleil show in calgary at the moment, tomorrow to celebrate his 18th birthday (my little brother is an adult!). and my first christmas gift (for giving, of course) arrived in the mail. we celebrated my mom's birthday at our cabin at the beginning of the month and we were not scrambling to figure out who was going to get what, it was pleasant and a lot of fun.
3 - continue making visiting family and friends a priority. seeing as flying to south africa and touring around the winelands and whale trail after a week in cape town is rather pricey, i think this might be it for this year! but i have managed to get quite a bit of visiting with my dad in and that was a nice change this year. still no trips to eastern canada or the states, but i am still committed to making those trips happen one day. for now, i am satisfied with the time i will spend with friends in south africa and i might even get a chance to see the woman i lived with in bredasdorp, south africa over 5 years ago!
4 - nail down some sort of short-term career goals. hmpf. still no closer. my one grand hope for my time in south africa is that i will take advantage of the distance from my regular life to get some clarity on what my next steps are. i keep waiting for the universe to show me the best path, but i'd be lying if i didn't admit that i am getting a little impatient. faith in the journey, faith in the journey...
5 - lay a nest egg to accompany my nest. i've been careful with my pennies lately. this won't be enough to lay a nest egg, but it will allow me to enjoy my time in the southern hemisphere and know i will be coming back to get right back into my job(s), not only because i will have to catch up on 3 weeks away, but also so i can earn some money!
6 - eat more balanced, regular meals. i certainly am not mastering this, but i did spend this past saturday canning pickled beets and salsa, yum. i also made those meatballs last night that were a complete success and me and my slow cooker continue to get to know one another better. i recently renewed my first aid certification, where i was reminded that we can all do something to improve our heart health and i can certainly eat less red meat (when did that happen?!) and make better food choices.
7 - sleep an appropriate amount. success! apart from this past weekend when i had 2 late nights, i have been doing well and feeling rested in the mornings and even making it into my office at a reasonable hour every now and again. i am not appreciating the darker mornings as the seasons change and might feel differently about getting out of my cozy sheets in the morning as soon as it cools down and the mornings stay dark until after i arrive at work, but for now, i'll keep motoring along and when i get behind, take an in-the-bed, pants-off nap!
8 - maintain my priorities. this has certainly been a struggle lately, with competing demands of 2 jobs, a volunteer commitment, and juggling social engagements and fitness. i have found some sort of balance lately and i am not convinced it is permanent, but my decision to get a housekeeper and to say no to invitations from friends and family have helped for the time being. again, when i return from south africa i am going to have to have a bit of an overhaul on the priority front and i am not sure just yet how the chips will fall.
9 - keep asking for what i want. i can't really think of anything i have asked for lately. oh wait, i have asked for some help and guidance on projects for work, which has been endlessly helpful and was instrumental in creating better balance this past month. i walked away from work and put my worries away more than usual this past month and in a sense, that is a form of asking for what i want. even if it is a conversation i have to have with myself.
i am still working on the first piece of this goal - figuring out what i want in order to know how and who to ask for it. i have confidence this is coming down the pipeline. as my mentor at work says, 'as soon as you feel you have no idea what to do next or where to turn, you can be sure that the universe is setting you up for something and you won't know it until you look back.'
i am feeling as though my goal updates are not that interesting or positive these past few months and in many ways, they match my ho-hum attitude. i am going to work on keeping these a little closer to my thoughts throughout the next month and have something super fantastic to say in a few short weeks!