Friday, January 01, 2010
We will be traveling all day and eating on the road in order to visit our son in law. I am trying to figure how how to meet my goals today and tomorrow. I have a few ideas such as jogging during bathroom/gas breaks, meditating in the car, doing my daily devotional in the car, etc. If I can get through these first few days it will be a great start.
Today I am grateful for my life, for my family, and for the beauty of nature God has created that I will be viewing.
Todays affirmation: The Lord guides my every decision.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
To be cheerful and spry,
you have me confused with St. Nick.
Instead I go awry
and my anger flares too quick.
I made a committment
to choose happiness every day,
but my mind gets bent
because life gets in the way.
It must be awesome from birth
to keep a smile on our faces.
I don't think it happens on earth,
just in heaven and other far away places.
Still, the committment I made
to choose happiness and joy.
I must view each and every minute
as a brand new toy.
Happy New Year to All!
Thursday, December 31, 2009
How do you change? Is struggle, pain and suffering necessary?
Change is a decision. And that choice must be made in the moment.
Staying awake if often the problem - remember to focus your
attention on what you wish to change. In the morning when you arise
take a few moments and remind yourself.
Today I will remember to focus on _______________.
Remember to focus on what you do want to create and then as you go
about your day notice how your old ways seduce you and then choose
again. Change is simply a matter of creating a new habit.
Repetition is the key.
Practice the new way of being until it becomes second nature. Be
playful, allow yourself to enjoy practicing. Each moment, each
thought, each action is an invitation to reinforce either the old
or the new.
The choice is yours. The choice is mine! Choose the new and change you will.
I choose to live each day with conscious intention. I welcome change with a willing heart. Believing in my own talents and gifts, I will use them to the fullest extent. Now, down to specifics:
1. I will spend more time with my husband, Gary, and show how much I appreciate both him and what he does to support us.
2. I will do a daily devotional
a. I will read the Bible
b. I will read additional devotional material
c. I will meditate
d. I will pray
3. I will adhere to my budget without borrowing from family or debt accumulation.
a. I will pay my credit card off to zero balance each month
b. I will contribute $350 to the household
c. Starting 3/1, I will save $200/mo towards my dream kitchen
d. Starting 3/1, I will save $75/mo to visit my mother
e. Starting 3/1, I will save $75 to buy an airbrush and take classes
4. I will get healthy and fit
a. I will strive for 10,000 steps every day. I will allow myself time to hit this mark consistently.
b. I will eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies each day
c. I will add more whole grains to my diet
d. I will continue with physical therapy to overcome my shoulder/neck injuries
e. I will get a Pilates machine by 8/31/10
f. I will lose 10 pounds by 2/14/10
g. I will lose 20 pounds by 4/30/10
h. I will lose 30 pounds and reach my target weight by 6/30/10.
i. I will read “The Spark” and use SparkPeople.com resources consistently
j. Through PT and Pilates I will resume the sport of archery
k. Meals will be planned, small, and frequent and I will keep a food journal.
5. I will prepare delicious and nutritious weekday lunches for Gary
a. I will incorporate new recipes into the repertoire
b. I will keep Gary’s taste/digestive issues/satisfaction in mind
c. The weekday meals will be quick and inexpensive to stay in budget
6. I will clean and organize the house a minimum of 20 minutes per day
7. I will meditate each afternoon or evening.
8. I will take more baths in order to relax and sleep better.
9. I will keep learning
a. photography class
b. airbrush class
10. I will keep a daily gratitude journal
11. I will keep a daily affirmation journal (granted it could be the same one repeated over and over and over again)
12. I will convince Gary to visit someplace new on vacation
13. I will stay creative
a. Keep painting
b. Make angel boxes
c. Batik angels and kitties?
e. Lady Jade Bath Salts
f. Caterdash website revived?
14. Read a book a month for pleasure…join a book club?
15. Volunteer at least once a year
16. Try making a daily schedule and see if it works well
17. Stay in touch with friends and family daily
18. Pamper myself once a moth such as with a spa visit
19. Perform random acts of kindness
20. Be less anal retentive (yeah, right)
21. Happiness is a choice. Choose happiness ever single day.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
is my free-flying spirit.
A husband controls me;
his anger, I fear it.
It's not that I will
get beat in the head
or banged up or shot up
or left for dead.
But finances keep
getting in the way.
Will it ruin my life,
or just another day?
Something's going on
that runs so deep.
It burns him inside;
it troubles his sleep.
I want to be good counsel,
but his troubles he will keep.
I want to understand his problems.
God knows I have tried.
But how much should I keep giving?
How much should I be denied?
Am I just a spoiled brat,
only child, doting Mom?
Can I not survive a simple spat
because I feel he's droped a bomb?
I want to be the good wife,
I want to make a good home.
I want to be honest,
but I so fear the unknown.
There's something inside me
that tells me that life
should be more concerned
than with just financial strife.
The rules seem to keep changing;
I feel I'm on shaky ground.
But what would I do
without him around?
I am pouring my heart out,
but in the wrong venue.
I am ordering French
from a Chinese menu.
Pieces are missing,
among them is joy,
the kind that is shared
between girl and boy.
No, not girl and boy.
but man and wife.
And this wife feels
she's trying to make a good life
for the husband that loves her
but does not understand
the joy I should feel instead of strife.
Part of that joy
is romance and sex.
How long I should be denied
is a question of vex.
Diamond bracelets are nice,
what he provides materially
is sweet as sugar and spice.
A nice house, a nice yard;
it's all picture pretty.
I think I have married
the best man in the city.
Despite all our troubles,
despite all our strife,
This is the man I have chosen
to be with for life.
But when the night falls
and I want to be held,
instead liquor calls
and we never meld.
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