Editing My Life

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I’m not sure where the first half of 2018 has gone.  It seems like only yesterday I was writing down my new year’s resolutions – some of which I’ve actually managed to maintain.  Others were abandoned/forgotten.  

July feels like a good time to re-evaluate my progress.  

I’m healthier.  I made walking/hiking part of my life.  I started strength training and while I need to be more consistent, my body is stronger.  I feel better than I have in years.  I’ve lost weight – not as much as I had hoped but I still have 6 months to go. 

One of the things I wanted to work on that still needs improvement is utilizing my “down-time.” I’ve spent time on my photography but there’s other things I enjoy.   So in this next half of the year, I’m going to finish the baby blanket I started crocheting.  I have a beautiful puzzle that needs to be put together.  After working all day, it’ll feel good to engage my mind on something I enjoy.  

During June, I spent a lot of time staining my deck – never realized how many pickets we had on that sucker.  I thought my hand was permanently stuck in the “holding the brush” position.  While the work was time-consuming, the pay-off has been so rewarding.  Most evenings I’m out on my hammock, torches burning, crickets singing, frogs croaking and me – doing my best to unwind.  I think the alone time has helped with my stress.

Life goes by so quickly.  It wasn’t that long ago that I was at ballgames cheering for my boys.  Now, two of them have children.  It’s quite challenging to build a new life (in a matter of speaking) when your world has changed.  I want to make sure that I’m living the best life I can.  I don’t want to look back with regret.  So that’s what July 2018 is for – editing my life and evaluating my progress. 

Overall:

I’m proud of my successes but there’s room for improvement.

How about you?  How’s things going with your resolutions/goals?

-Deb

 

 

 

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It’s Monday – Again…

memebetter.com-20180715220615If you’re like me – Mondays can be a struggle.  It’s the whole “time to adult” thing that gets me.  I find it too easy to hit the snooze button and to be honest – by the time I roll out of bed the race is on.  The funny thing – I know better.  The weekend is gone and a new day has dawned and I am forced to acknowledge that I haven’t won the lottery yet and bills still have to be paid.

But on the bright side – I have a job.  I work with some great people and I have the ability to get of bed.  All in all – that’s pretty dang good.

Hope we all have a good Monday!

Here’s to taking it minute by minute!

-Deb

 

 

Loneliness

Came across these shoes, or what’s left of them, as I walked along the river bank this morning.  Each was located within a 25 ft stretch.  There’s nothing remarkable about them and yet, these images have stayed with me all day.  They fill me with a sense of melancholy.  These shoes belonged to someone.  There’s no telling how they made their way to the river bank – might have dropped from a passing boat.  Who knows?  

I look at these pictures and I see loneliness and I wonder how many people must feel like these shoes – thrown away; forgotten. 

 

 Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.

                                                                                                                 -Mother Teresa

My Goal This Week:  To take the time to reach out to those around me.

Here’s wishing you a wonderful day!

-Deb