i am late again on the monthly goal update. and i am almost through my 29th year! yay. and eek. and wow.
1 - conquer my anxiety, or at least win a few battles against it. eesh. constant battle. uphill and then some downhill. and then there was november. it was tough. but it is over! anxiety can be a temperamental bitch.
2 - be more thoughtful of others, especially around special occasions. with the upcoming holiday season, i am trying to keep on top of this and have confidence that i will. i also have some bits and bobs to send off to friends in south africa so i had better get those in the post asap.
3 - continue making visiting family and friends a priority. my next trip will hopefully be a visit with dear friends in the states, although the details are yet to be finalised. and i will have a parental house guest over christmas so there will certainly be plenty of visiting!
4 - nail down some sort of short-term career goals. remember the anxiety surrounding november? well, much of it was related to this. i have gathered quite the momentum over the past few years, culminating in recognition as one of the top leaders in my city under 40, but that recognition has made me wonder 'now what?' and worry about how i can improve and grow. this should be a time where i am able to focus on opportunity, but sometimes having too many choices can be equally overwhelming as not having enough. i am not complaining, just working through the kinks. in doing so, i really hope a pathway emerges towards a goal...
then again, i feel like i have been saying that months on end!
5 - lay a nest egg to accompany my nest. doing well! i also overcame a slight panic about my corporate taxes and how much i owed the government by talking with my accountant this past month. i am in good shape and set for the upcoming fiscal year. even if i have spent the better part of my afternoon at work looking up cheap beach vacation packages!
6 - eat more balanced, regular meals. two months running for a fat goose egg! i have been cooking more regularly at home and whipping up some delicious meals. after spending a hung over sunday afternoon watching anthony bourdaine's cooking show where he taught his viewership how to make a delightful beef bourguinon, i decided to try my own hand at the classic french dish. at 10pm. on a tuesday.
everything was going well until i was frying the pearl onions in butter and oil on my stove (it was 11:15pm by this point) and my smoke alarm went off! which means it does not just go off in my own building, but in the three buildings in my townhouse complex!! meaning that everyone had to either put up with the high pitched screeching that the alarm makes or wait out in the -10 degree cold while we waited for the firefighters to come and reset the alarm!!!
except for me, who hid in my house and thought it best that i clean up my entire kitchen, put my cook book away, take off my apron, and make a feeble attempt to hide all evidence that it was me who was cooking at 11pm!
but, perhaps arrogantly, i did not turn the bourguinon off as to not interrupt its delicious cooking process in the oven. and it truly was a delight when it was done cooking. and after the smoke alarm went off.
7 - sleep an appropriate amount. during periods of intense anxiety, one of my coping mechanisms (healthy or not) is to sleep. and then sleep some more. i know it helps my mind turn off for awhile, but it certainly gets in the way of actual real, wakeful life when you sleep for 12 hours in a day. as my mood has improved, so has my sleeping schedule and i have intentionally scheduled a lot more down time during the month of december to make sure i am not overworked or overburdened with too many social or professional commitments.
8 - maintain my priorities. as i just mentioned, i have made a mindful decision not to book myself up too much this month and it has resulted in a happier, more balanced me. i am still not totally sure what my priorities would be if i listed them or what order they would appear, but simply having ME at the top has been good for my spirit. i think this is something i will need to spend more time on in the new year and it will likely have a positive impact on goals 1 and 4 as well.
9 - keep asking for what i want. i recently asked to go to a training on working with the aboriginal community in canada that was approved (and paid for!) at work (but since postponed until the new year). i suspected raising my hand at work will be necessary and beneficial for me in the coming months, but i am going to make sure i am asking for the work that i want to do and am interested in.
i have also asked for a reorganisation in my non-profit work. the outcome of this restructuring could mean that i can take a step back by hiring someone who will work under me and take care of administrative tasks to free my time for higher level discussions, relationship building, and capacity building. and that will all be good.
i also made a christmas list! and it includes sparkling water because that stuff is heavy, yo! and i struggle to carry it home from the grocery store. it is so delicious and one of my guilty pleasures (along with cooking beef bourguinon late at night!)