A lot has happened since I first started this blog which contributed to me going MIA for a little while. I had a baby and suffered through one of the roughest school years of my life. A few months ago, I changed schools and grade levels, which was an improvement, but presented a whole new set of challenges. We celebrated our child’s first birthday and then bought a new house, which meant moving. So between moving classrooms and inheriting a LOT of stuff and moving into our new house, I rarely know where anything is! Being inundated with too much stuff, learning so many new routines, both at school and at work, has left me feeling like I am living my life in survival mode. I actually haven’t felt like I have been living my life at all. “Survival mode” eventually gives way to “avoiding catastrophe mode” and I think we could all agree that that certainly doesn’t qualify as living your best life possible. I certainly do not want my daughter growing up watching a frantic mom run around completely scatter brained and just barely getting by and think that is the norm or what being a mom looks like. I want to enjoy life and enjoy my life with the people that I care about the most! So what better time than the days leading up to your 40th birthday, could it be to get things back in order?!
Over the next 38 days, I am going to focus on a few goals that may seem far too basic to have much of an impact, but in my mind will create the perfect ripple to bigger and better goals down the road. After all, if you don’t have a solid foundation on which to build goals, you will be far less likely to achieve them. I chose a small number of goals to create a well rounded variety, so that I can focus on the “Whole Emily” and not just one facet of my life or personality. So here we go…
Goal 1: Simplify. I feel VERY STRONGLY that many of our problems today are due to the over complication of things that would best be kept as simple as possible. To simplify things for myself, I am going to focus on decluttering both my home and my classroom. There is just too much stuff to manage and I want to free up my cognitive space to manage things that actually require brain power!
Goal 2: Schedule. I am going to create a daily schedule to serve as a guideline for better managing time and schedule specific time for tasks that pertain to my home life, my work life, and my business life.
Goal 3: Health. My goal is to drink 120 oz. of water a day and have a consistent bedtime.
Goal 4: Attend to my mental well being. I need to schedule down time to read (for enjoyment) and exercise.
I look forward to seeing my progress over the next 38 days and can’t wait to share this experience with all of my friends!