I always think about new years resolutions this time of year--or rather, as I prefer to think about it, to reassess what I what from life, what I'm doing, and whether the later leads to the former. If not, try to figure out what needs to change so that they do, and then focus on those changes.
This is also the start of a new BLC round, which is another good time to rethink what I want, what I'm doing, and what I need to do differently.
But this year/round, I'm really struggling.
To be honest, my only real big goal/resolution this year is to graduate. That is my #1 priority. And while there are other things I want/need out of life--a healthy diet, consistent exercise, to be stronger, to be pain free, to lose this stress that is weighing me down (not to mention about 70 pounds!) and find the person I used to be, the person who wasn't stressed out all the time. Oh, and to find time for the things I really love in life--friends, family, arts/crafts, creative writing, reading, etc.... I want to learn to crochet, and to do bobbin lace, and I want to step up and become a fencing marshal in the SCA (kind of a safety referee for fencing events).
But balancing all of that against my number one priority of graduating is.... hard. But if I don't make graduating #1, chances are I won't graduate in May, and if I don't graduate in May, I'll have run out of time and I won't graduate, period. And I've been working toward this degree for a long time (about 16 years) and I don't want to throw all that away.
A friend of mine linked this comic to my facebook account awhile ago....
And there are a lot of days--months even--when I feel that way.
So I have decided that I am going to focus (besides graduating) on 6 simple, very basic goals for until the semester ends:
1) Lose 6 pounds
2) eat breakfast every day, even if it's something small, like a hunk of cheese.
3) drink tea every morning instead of pop for my morning caffeine
4) Exercise a minimum of 20 minutes 5 days a week every week, Wed.-Wed.
5) EITHER read for 15 minutes or one chapter (which ever comes first) of a spiritual book (theology, meditation, etc.) OR meditate for 5 minutes every day.
6) Get at least 15 minutes every day of "me" time (such as reading, watching a movie, or playing a video game).
And my #1 goal over everything else? Graduate.