Goals, Musings

First Week

8 May 2017

DD. Blog Desires/Goals –

What I accomplished this week

Whell ūüėä ¬†This week has been quite wonderful. ¬†I set goals, and I reached them. ¬†My daily regimen (6 days/week for some, 7 for others) was thus: Morning Pages, Yoga, Meditation, Work, A Course In Miracles, Gratefulness.

So the breakdown I suppose.

Morning Pages

I successfully¬†did morning pages every day. ¬†It was nice to get back to¬†dumping my brain first thing in the morning. ¬†Only one day did I noticeably¬†waver with ‘not having anything to say’ for a few minutes, before word vomiting some rather interesting thoughts. ¬†On Thursday, I woke up late and we needed to run to an appointment, so I only wrote about a third of my pages, vowing to return later (to finish both pages and the rest of my morning routine). ¬†After the appointment, I took a nap and when I woke, wrote the rest of my pages as though the day had begun again from the start. ¬†I had at least one noticeable ‘revelation’, and answered or released one notable thing that was bothering me and then proceeded to act upon it. ¬†Even though the end of my week slid into a bit of (a lot of) sluggishness, the pages (and other writing) helped me work things out and feel like I was actually doing Something.

Yoga

I did yoga ‘daily’. ¬†Which is to say, I did it for 6 days and rested the 7th. ¬†So with DDP’s program (QUIRKY but kind of awesome), this first week of yoga was supposed to be two days on, rest a day, two on, rest two days. ¬†What I chose to do was two days of DDP, one 20minute restorative yoga session from the DownwardDog app, two more days of DDP,¬†one 25minute DD app, and then I rested the 7th day (though I probably could have done with another restorative –¬†the stretch would have been welcomed). ¬†Overall, I felt stronger than I thought I would be after so much time away from it¬†(yay), I felt invigorated after each session (most of the time), my pushups were better than I’d hoped (yay), my flexibility came back WAY fast, though I still feel tightness that I can work on, AND I am already feeling the change in my muscles. ¬†My quads are getting back¬†to being solid stone, and my arms are starting to solidify. ¬†NOW, I say this, cause I can feel it. ¬†This isn’t an invitation for you to pinch my arms n legs and look at me quizzically. ¬†…you don’t know what they felt like before… leave me alone. ¬†Im proud of myself.

Meditation

I meditated MOST of the days. I think I skipped 2? ¬†3? ¬†Thursday, Saturday and Sunday? ¬†No that doesn’t seem right… Friday and Sunday I think it was. ¬†Yea. ¬†I am a bit more lax with the meditation, perhaps because I already have Morning Pages, Yoga, ACIM and Gratefulness. ¬†I think those are pretty good for mindfulness. ¬†Not that Headspace doesn’t give¬†another valuable perspective. ¬†I will probably keep doing it, but don’t think I will be as ‘strict’ perhaps?

Work

I did work most of the days (Saturday and Sunday were needed no fly zones).  I added 3 blogs and today the 4th.  Technically, the weekly goal is to do Feelings, Inspirations and Weekly Reflection/Goals and then at the beginning of a new trimester (and maybe month, do Month/Trimester Goals.  I like the structure that this offers, as well as the opportunity to actually bring these concepts into my conscious thought.  How AM I feeling, what IS inspiring me right now, how DID the last week go and what would I like to improve.  So far, I like it.

For the other work, I got some paperwork done for my visa, although the¬†rest of the process is being tabled until this Thursday, and I had a really nice Artist Date. ¬†In fact, the Artist Date is what I wrote about in this week’s ‘Inspirations’ blog.

I uploaded some photos to my Instagram accounts, and let people on the DanDann Facebook page know I was starting to blog.

A Course In Miracles

I listened to ACIM intermittently throughout the week.  When I did listen, it was one chapter with half of my awareness.  A few days ago, I got the workbook so that I could add another element instead of only listening.

Gratefulness

So far, I have successfully logged appreciations every day of May.  Partway through the week, I decided to start noting things through the day, rather than having to jump out of bed and scribble them down before going to sleep.  I really like how that decision has caused me to stop and think about appreciation throughout the day.

Other/Overall

I enjoyed wandering around with my friend Valeria one day and planning events, even though we never did go to them.  I made dinner for myself a few nights, though perhaps a bit too late.  I got my hair done, worked from Ubik cafe a few days, settled my differences with the bike bridge (I hate it less now), started working on letting go of some expectations, and enjoyed a few days of nothingness but a little Netflix n Chill with my monkey.  Overall, I am proud of the week I had.

 

What I would like to improve upon next week

Morning Pages

Im lovin how it’s going. ¬†Just keep it up.

Yoga

Just keep going.  This week I would love to get more sleep, fibrous veggies and water.

Meditation

Lets get back to focusing a bit more. ¬†There is still benefit to it, don’t stop now.

Work

I would like to start adding more content to my BeyondSalad and Vegimundo websites, and keep those moving forward.  I would also like to do deeper research into what all I should be preparing for my applications.

A Course In Miracles

Keep doing the daily lessons, and listen to the audio more often, with a bit more focus.

Gratefulness

I wonder if I can get myself to stop and really think about my appreciations when I do them, as opposed to just making a glorified list. ¬†Whatever it is that hHeadspace is talking about, that ‘feeling’ of appreciation… that conscious pondering? ¬†Maybe I can look for that.

Other/Overall

Less Facebook.  I was pretty good about it actually.  Now that I have this nice skeleton structure in place, my mind is more focused on interesting things.  There were one or two days where I got sucked in, but it was NOTHING like the week before.

Cut off the Netflix. ¬†Ey, my cycle is creepin, so I make no hard or fast rules here, but I feel like I got a nice, solid binge sesh out of my system this weekend, so I think I’m good for a bit. ¬†If I need another, I’ll try to binge books.

More sleep, better food, more water.  This will help me to wake up (and stay up) earlier, and focus for longer.  It is worth it.

I would like to do this Reflections post on Saturday or Sunday, Instead of Monday РI think.

 

Hokay, ¬†this is what I thought of for now. ¬†Im super tired though, chillin in this Library. ¬†Part of me REALLY wants to go home and crawl back into bed, and Im not sure if it’s the lack of proper food, lack of proper sleep, or my cycle. ¬†Either way, it’s being super convincing, and frankly, I cant say that I’d get more work done by trying to trudge through it. ¬†The question is, if I take the nap, will I ever get back to the WORK part? ¬†The world¬†may never know. ¬†Or maybe it will. ¬†We’ll see. ūüėĀ

 

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