Tomorrow is my birthday and I set some basic goals (to me they were BIG goals) to work towards to set myself up for more balance in my life as a 40 year old. I have definitely made progress in the right direction but just like most things in life, it will continue to be a work in progress. I wanted to take a moment today to reflect on how I have done with all of my goals so that I can continue to grow and work toward making my life into the life that I want for me and my family. So here we go…
Goal 1: Simplify by Decluttering-
The more stuff that you have, the more time that it takes to manage it. You can either spend most of your time managing stuff OR you can spend time living life and enjoying the people in your life. Becoming a mother really made me think about how I was spending my time. I cherish every moment that I have with my daughter and husband and do not want to waste our precious time dealing with THINGS! I want her to be a grateful person who invests her time in people and experiences and not one that sits around demanding more and more stuff. I also do not want to spend her childhood away from her while I have to work longer than is necessary because I have too much stuff to manage.
I have gotten rid of a few boxes of stuff in our house that were donated to Goodwill and removed some of the items that were supposed to be in my classroom by returning them to my classroom. I spent a day in my classroom pulling out all of the stuff that was in my closet and was able to donate a good bit of it and organized the closet. I still struggle with this because I HATE wasting things and I spend more time than I probably should trying to find someone who can use it so that I don’t have to just throw it away. I still have way more stuff than I could possibly manage and know where everything is. We have so many resources to use that I don’t have enough time to know exactly what resources I have. This is why I feel like more money is not the answer to the problems that we face in education but that is a whole different blog post!
I will continue to be inspired by the Minimalist Lifestyle and will continue to work through all of the stuff in our home and in my classroom to simplify my life and free up my cognitive space to focus on more important things!
Goal 2: Schedule-
This is probably the area that I have had the most success. I have gotten very consistent with my routines at home and it has helped me to be more punctual, which makes me feel great! I still need to nail down routines at school to make myself more efficient.
Goal 3: Health-
I am definitely more mindful with drinking water but I have totally blown it with having a consistent bed time! I have found myself staying up later and later, allowing myself to get distracted with technology so I need to tighten up on this.
Goal 4: Mental Well-Being-
I have gotten more accustomed to going for walks with the fam around the neighborhood. I am starting a new work out group when we get back after our break at school so I am looking forward to a little accountability. I am also looking forward to more daylight to be able to go for walks at the park with my daughter.
As far as hobbies go, I have done more reading for entertainment but I REALLY want to get my art supplies organized so that they are more easily accessible so I can squeeze in some art sessions when the opportunity presents itself.
When I first started looking forward to my birthday I was focused on staying positive about turning 40. When you watch children battle cancer and other life altering challenges, it is really difficult to sit around whining about being blessed with another day. But the last few days I have found myself feeling very emotional about it. The realization of how precious time is is really sinking in and I want to channel that energy into continuing to work to dedicate my time to what is most important to me. I don’t want to work my life away and miss out on the sweetest moments of having a young child. I don’t want to buy into the false sense of importance of being busy. My life isn’t going to be about stuff or stress. It will be about joy.