In coming up with May’s goals, I realized something: I must be burning the candles at both ends. Almost every item on the list refers to taking care of myself. Despite running a challenge group focused on self care, I still let stress get the better of me last month. Rather than beat myself up over it, I tried to figure out why. Now I see what caused the pressure to mount, and I’m ready to take control of that. May is all about reducing my stress gracefully.
But before we jump into that, I should review how things went last month. Last month, I was focused on four items. Let’s break down how they went:
- Freelance work. I’ve actually spent the bulk of April working on a feature story about evidence-based dentistry. I’m writing the article for Pitt’s Dental School magazine. The story has taken quite a bit of interviewing; I’ve spoken with four people. This is alongside my normal job of writing and interviewing. This intention was successfully accomplished.
- Wedding tasks. There are tasks to do every month from now until January, which is only eight short months away. This month, we worked on trimming our guest list (success!) and finishing up Save the Dates. I also updated my address spreadsheet. This means that come May, we’ll be ready to send ’em out. Success!
- Dates with M. Yes! M and I went on a day trip to the Pine Barrens just a few weeks ago. It was one of the best Sundays I’ve had in a long time. I love exploring different ecosystems with him, and I feel like we are so connected when we leave work and home behind. I could’ve used one more day trip, but I’m glad we got this time together.
- Focus on Fitness. FAIL. I kept a calendar this month of workouts. I couldn’t believe how many times I wrote “OFF.” It started making me feel so bad I almost wanted to quit keeping a calendar. Running has screwed with my mojo — I’m just not into it, and I want to get back to my resistance workouts. That’ll happen in due time.
Now on to May. What’s interesting to me is that I subconsciously wrote “goals” instead of “intentions” this month. Perhaps that means I want to get even more focused and on point?
- Making Me Time. I need to make myself a priority. There were too many exhausted days in April. I can’t do that again in May. I’m not sure how I’ll make time for me, so I am leaving that open minded. I just want to make it a daily and weekly habit.
- Making a Plan. Part of the reason I feel so scattered is that I don’t have a plan. Life doesn’t need to be totally planned out but a little checklist can certainly help. I find that when I don’t make my list, I squander any free time I actually have. So this month, I want to focus on making daily and weekly to-do lists — that are manageable — so I feel on point. This will help me find some me time, too, because I won’t be worried about what has been left undone.
- Getting Back to What I Love. I’ve been complaining about running since March. I just don’t love it anymore. I am okay with that. At this point, I just want to get back to what I love: Max 30, Beachbody workouts, walking, yoga, maybe even kayaking. Also, softball season starts. Instead of doing something I dislike, I am going to focus on enjoying the time I spend moving.
How about you? What are your intentions/goals for May?