Archive for December, 2013

Moosie NYE

Hey guys, we made it to the end of 2013!! I have a great feeling about 2014. Ftfers, your stars have aligned! Run with it!

This is what I have in terms of plans/thoughts for next year… I’m feeling like the fact it fits easily on 2 pages and doesn’t require a spreadsheet is indicative of my new “embrace life and just go with it!” attitude…

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Hope you all have a fantastic night and a momentous start to the New Year!!

12/31/13 ftf, wren

Happy New Year’s Eve, one and all!

Work was a frustrating yesterday and led to all my confidence being undermined.  Today I’m going to continue tackling one task at a time & reminding myself that these are complex and difficult tasks which would frustrate almost anyone.

No big parties for me tonight.  My plan for celebrating New Year’s eve is to duck out of work early, pick up some Szechuan take-out, go for a snow hike, do some thinking, writing & planning, have a nice supper with J and get to sleep at a sensible hour.

morning

meditate

happy dog time!

pack lunch

circuit training

work day

deal w/e-mail

payroll

review job applications

CM PAN

detailed info re UURF: audit

EV DSS x 2

change calendars

EV prelims x 2

out messages on phone & e-mail

load budget info into LZAX uTRAC

 PAMS sales tax, due 1/31

SOP language

A18 start up invoice

complete A4 DSS

review EDR materials

complete HIPAA training

xfer IME payments

RACC certification

update study cheat sheet

evals

after work

store for chocolate chips

pick up dinner

hike

tidy up house

think/write/plan

WORLD DOMINATION

Well suckers, seeing a no-one is here it looks like I’m going to have the World to myself!

I was very excited to receive my diary and think it’s a really fun idea so I’m fully ON BOARD with this.

I’m determined to make 2014 a great year; 2013 had its moments but it’s been not a vintage year by any stretch. For me the best year of recent times (and I’m sure my memory is clouded by time somewhat but hey ho) was 2010. I had a lot of fun times, went abroad, looked good (in hindsight, can’t imagine I felt that at the time) and was more confident than I had been for a long time and since. I want to try and recapture how I felt but within my new surroundings, with new people and new routines. All of which will hopefully add up to it being even better!

So, I agree with Moose that it’s best to try and live in the Now and also with Dahlia that long term goals soon get boring, however I do have some things I want to achieve:

Medical Issues
A couple of weeks ago, following months of minor pain I’d been ignoring, I had a scan that revealed an enormous mass in my abdomen; a benign tumour called a fibroid. It’s basically just a mass of cells caused (probably) by a hormonal imbalance. The experience of getting to this point has been pretty grim with lots of prodding and probing and unexpected needles and face-reddening/tear pricking size embarrassment but when I see my consultant next week I’ll know what’s going to need to happen to sort it. So that’s pretty much my priority for the first few weeks or more of the year.

I also want to have a long think about the anti depressants I take and whether to continue them. I think their effectiveness might be waning so it’s definitely a point to consider.

Lose weight
Linked to the above is the old classic Lose Weight. I want to take this slowly and steadily and not sent myself up for a fall so I don’t have any specific goals, just to Do It!

Morning routine
To continue the train of goals, I’d like to get something together for my mornings. It’s not that I don’t have a routine at the moment, it’s just that it involves getting up, showering, getting dressed, make up, hair, out the door. I’ve always liked the idea of yoga and would like to see if I can get 5-10 minutes of that in as a boost along with a cleansing lemon & hot water. And maybe also time to heat up some food to take to work (porridge for breakfast? soup/stew for lunch?) and perhaps make a nice, proper coffee!

Exercise
Oh god oh god… Not this again! I really do want to do something though, I want to be stronger and healthier and more endorphin-y!

Book a holiday
I very very very much want to go away with D this year. Just need to get him to commit to a destination and cost!

Read 52 books
Just for personal achievement really. I’m getting quite the list on my Kindle so need to tackle that plus it was very satisfying reading the Booker shortlist before the winner was announced so I’d like to do that again.

Otherwise I just want to make the most of London, be a bit more frugal in general and not be so insular, I could definitely feel myself shrinking into a complete homebody toward the end of the year when contact with people can (usually!) only be a good thing.

And if I achieve all of those I’ll definitely dominate the WORLD!

12/30/13 ftf, wren

Christmas week was very quiet and relaxed.  It’s amazing how quickly I fell into a new routine of morning hike, home for puttering, reading, soaking in the tub, piano playing, and then an evening hike.  I’m going to work on Monday and Tuesday, and then I’ll be ready for another five days of holiday.

The Work Domination Journal has got my thinking directed toward 2014 planning.  2013 was filled with adventure for me.  I saw The Who perform for the first time and went to a lot more concerts than usual.  I visited Paris and London and got to meet most of the FTF group.  I visited my mom and brother for the first time on over two decades, and we also enjoyed some adventures in Arizona.  We also went to the Shakespeare festival in southern Utah and had a great trip to Las Vegas.  We aren’t planning an international jaunt for 2014, but I still want to incorporate some adventures.

I think that my long-term focus for 2014 is going to be on exploring spirituality more and seeing if I can find some things that work for me.

Any way, my Monday plans are:

morning

meditate

journal

happy dog time!

morning cardio

work day

deal w/e-mail

post job opening

noon meeting

p.m. conference call

update EPOCH PBG

complete HIPAA training

load budget info into LZAX uTRAC

CM PAN

detailed info re UURF: audit

PAMS sales tax, due 1/31

SOP language

A18 start up invoice

CM epaf

complete A4 DSS

review EDR materials

xfer IME payments

RACC certification

update study cheat sheet

evals

after work

mail letter

buy chocolate chips

therapy

early sleep

Moosie Saturday 28 December

 

 

 

 

 

Morning all! It’s a beautiful sunny morning here. Hope everyone has had a good Christmas? Still in full-on chillout mode here but thoughts are starting to turn towards the new year and 2014.

By now I hope everyone has received their Universe Ruling diaries for 2014 🙂

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I loved the cheery and colourful messages in here and also thought it would be cool if everyone had one, then we could do some of the challenges & celebrate some of the days together as a team (June 19th “treat your body like a biscuit eating machine day” being a prime example!!) I envisage lots of synchronized biscuit-eating and shared tales of fabulousness…

30th December (Monday) is down as “Prepare for 2014 World Domination Day” and as we’re getting close to the New Year it would be lovely to hear what everyone has planned for next year. I have been thinking about this but am definitely not setting many hard-and-fast goals for next year and the ones I am setting are largely the same as this year’s (lose weight, do more music, save money) within largely the same parameters as well. This year I have really learned that letting life happen is the most fulfilling way to live and I could never have scripted the changes that have come just by going out there open-hearted to the possibilities. Reality, as it comes, is generally better than anything I could plan or imagine and I want more of that in 2014. If there’s one big theme for me it’s learning to be more in the real world, spend more time with real people, make real things happen, take the opportunities that come – and by default hopefully invest more in that than in the fantasy world in my head. There is some unique goodness to be had in my own world too but I want to manage how I use that better and how I transition between the two. Do life, be visible, and be myself as much as possible – that kind of thing. More talking to people and less talking to myself!

I’ve gained a lot from 2013… in general it was a smooth upward trend in terms of developing solid routines and a lifestyle that makes me happy (I am almost missing my regular routine at the moment! that’s how much it works for me). Workout and household routines are rolling along nicely, work is way way better, more social time, my self-esteem is much improved and I have a much more solid support system and ways to cope when things are tougher. It’s great to be starting a new year with all of that in place after the work that’s gone into making it so. It’s nice to not be starting the year in debt like last year and things like having a tonne of nice clothes (a couple of sizes smaller than last year) and feeling like it’s worth taking care of myself a bit more.

The aim for 2014 will be to maintain all of that and build on it… go down a couple more sizes, get out there with music and express myself in public (this is a major thing I feel is missing in my life but my self-confidence is not THERE yet!!), connect with more people (possibly a music crew of some sort or other kind of creative-expressive tribe), and also we’d like to save for and buy a car! Which would open up a load of possibilities for adventures and explorations.

Mostly though I just want to continue this process of getting more open and less repressed and I can’t predict what that’ll take or where it’ll lead but I find that the more I’m striving for that, the happier I am. So that has to be at the core of the decisions I make even if it’s at the expense of the overall plan – I’ve shown my inability to plan what I actually need to do over more years than I care to remember so I want to do what feels right.

Little bit of stationery porn: in addition to the Universe Ruling notebook I have this seyes notebook for detailed tracking:

 

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And this is my main diary for planning goals and so on:

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s GREEN on the inside and has two pages for each week:

 

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Along with an extra space for planning at the start of each quarter and plenty of note space at the back for listing goals etc.

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calypte 28th December

I’ve had a lovely Christmas, and very lazy time at my folks’. Today, though, it’s time to head back to my own wee corner of the world and get back to all my own bits’n’pieces needing done.

I want to spend some time over the next few days really getting organised for all the things I want to accomplish in 2014 (squee – even writing the new year’s date feels exciting!). Right now I’m operating on the principle that while I may not be able to do everything perfectly, I reckon I can have a good go at doing most things – I’m mentally calling it “two minute habits”. That is, get through all the things I fancy doing (and there are oodles and oodles!) even if I just spend two minutes with each – keep my hand in, keep my passions alive, see what sticks, that kind of idea.

Major thing for the new year is going to be spending less time online. I’ve been meaning to (insert massive list of things here, including) write a blog entry based around an article I read a few months back about ‘me time’. Surely all my non-working time is ‘mine’, I scoffed, and then realised that no: the way I spend it is still leaving me with a big pile of things I yearn to be doing, but don’t. Some of it fun – I’d love to make this the year of rediscovering drawing/painting – some of it good for me (looking towards rejoining a gym come april-ish), and some of it just necessary (clean the fridge, resew that button, blah blah). How much more content could I be with my life, if these things are repeated as “Oh, I wish I…” at the end of another year!?

Resurrecting the idea of the happiness project – new goals each month – appeals. As does revisiting the Joy Diet – I know the first week involves sitting still for 10 minutes at a time, and who know: I might get past week three thing attempt (same goes for C25k, later in the year!)!

So yeah, tons I want to be doing – so time to get organised! 🙂

More immediate list:

  • meal plan for ‘week’
  • make minestrone (sun) (2014: year for lots of healthy recipes – ooh, and recipe website/blog finally?!)
  • tidy spare room
  • start on bday card for J (2014: year of lots of cards, AND making them in less of a panic!)
  • write down that idea…!
  • meditation
  • wii-in (argh, but!) (2014: more of this sort of thing!)
  • detroll
  • bath (loads of new lush things to try!)
  • watch Dracula & s/thing else
  • early night(s) (2014: prioritise sleep)

calypte 26th December

Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! 🙂

Don’t know about you guys, but I’m starting to feel super-psyched for 2014 and all the amazing things I’m gonna accomplish and how much fun I plan to have along the way 🙂 Rawr!!