Monday, July 28, 2014
I know the basic stitches of knitting and crocheting. I can make the standards: scarves, blankets. I pick up yarn on sale at stores and when I find it at garage sales. There is a huge overflowing tote on my closet shelf. I have signed up for 3 on-line classes. IT'S TIME TO TAKE THE CLASSES! Use up that yarn! Make some gifts! Make some money to take those trips I want to take. Keep me on my toes. Keep asking if I've done it yet.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Last night was another night where I was up in the middle of the night, unable to fall back asleep. Many nights like this, I turn to the computer to get my mind off of whatever is looping through it. I know I have lacked a little motivation, a lot of energy, and don't have clear goals at the moment. I logged onto Spark People and started reading. Three articles made sense to me. I wrote down the key points and printed them out for me to concentrate on.
12 Ways to Stay Motivated on Your Own: Give yourself a pep talk. Find some virtual buddies. Surround yourself with success. Pat yourself on the back. Challenge yourself. Commit to weekly check-ins. Get involved. Use your pet as a workout partner. Call on your co-workers. Journal. Pay yourself. Reward yourself for meeting weekly goals.
Blueprint for goal achieving: A vision, a plan, a timeline and a deadline, action steps, motivation, lots of help, good resources, persistence, learning curve, and find a goal buddy.
Goals that Help, Goals that Hurt: Step 1: Take a close look at the words that express your goals. Step 2: Do your goals deprive you of something you want (or think you want)?
Looking at these points, it is easier for me to set goals and work towards them. I want to get a handle on my physical being. I need to get a bit healthier again. I will be visiting my girls within the next two months. I want to be healthier and fitter before I do this.
So: My vision is to be healthier within the next two months. My motivation and reward is visiting my girls and having the energy to do a lot of things with them. Action steps are eating more fruits and vegetables and less processed foods and literally stepping up and getting more steps in each day.
I am well aware of learning curves. I can rely on Spark People for my resources, my buddies and my help. It's easy to keep track every day to chart my progress. I will do this. You are all my witnesses and I know I can count on you to help keep me on my path. Thanks.
Friday, July 25, 2014
I woke up feeling a little ambitious this morning. Got some laundry almost done, went through some drawers, cleaned some cupboards, then....where did it go? I must find it! Off I go!
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Now that I have actually begun to straighten out the pictures that I have, I found that it has been easier than I thought it would be. Such is many of the projects that I put off - this just re-affirms that I need to just plunge head-first into projects that I am putting off. Sometimes I believe that I put more effort into thinking about projects than I do actually doing them.
When my girls were younger, my mother-in-law was one who always had a camera handy. I have so many memories of my girls' childhood thanks to her. I was able to go through them when the girls were teenagers and make albums for them. It's nice that we all have different pictures. Occasionally, we will get nostalgic and go through them and talk through the night about the different memories.
I find myself taking a lot of pictures of Helena already. Can't help it - I'm a typical grandma; she's so adorable. I want to be able to preserve memories for her as my mother-in-law did for us. I want to add my own notes to the pictures. When I do things in life, I always hope that I remember things in detail. I am realistic to know that this doesn't always happen. It's funny how my girls and I will think back and remember different things.
Also, I was determined to get a camcorder before the baby was born. I do so wish that I had videos of my girls when they were younger. And videos of my dad - the girls were only 6 and 4 when he passed. They have vague memories of him. He was such a great person. It would be so great to hear his voice, to show the girls more of him.
With my mom having such a bad winter, I have to be realistic and know that Helena may not remember much of the great-grandma that she was named after. Actually, she was named after both of her great-grandmas on Sherry's side of the family and my mother-in-law's best friend. She was the girls' third grandma and they are all named Helen. Her middle name of Evelyn comes from Daryl's grandma.
I got videos of the great-grandmas meeting Helena. I will always treasure the one of my mom. She just laughed and laughed and talked to Helena. She sang Polish songs to her that I remember her singing to me. I wish that things were different with my mother-in-law. She has dementia and just is not the vibrant, wonderful, loving person she was when the girls were little. She taught the girls a lot of Bible songs and stories. I wish I could carry a tune - I'd teach Helena in a heartbeat. Gotta get my brother drafted for the singing...
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