I did it, and then I stopped! Goal re-added :)
Plan is to pay off the credit card then save for the trip…can’t wait :)
So much for this! High of the list of holiday jobs.
It appears that I should have been more specific with this goal :I Stop letting bad stuff happen to my car, perhaps.
Looks like this one will be happening in 2010: Matt and I have decided to do Christmas in New York, his birthday / NYE in Vegas :)
I’m continuing to make an effort to do this. Matt and I have noticed that the puppies are progressing well with their toilet training when in the playpen, but when we take them outside onto the patio, it becomes a free for all and they’ll go anywhere and everywhere. I guess the lesson to learn is to avoid taking them outside until they’ve ‘eliminated’ in the playpen recently. Need to avoid spontaneously taking them out for a play and think more about when would be the best time to do so, in light of their toilet training process.
This has completely died. Kirstie? Suggestions?!
I feel like Matt and I have done a good job of this over the course of the weekend.
After the puppies had a few too many accidents on our wooden floor for our liking, Matt suggested giving crate training another go. We attempted this when we first got the pups but their incessant howling was just too much for us to bear, so we just stuck to trying to toilet train them in the playpen. This weekend though, we felt it was time to give crate training another go for the sake of being able to let the puppies have free roam of the house sooner rather than later.
The emotional side of me would walk past the puppies looking extremely cute and little in their crate, and want to just run over and pop them out of there. The logical side knew it was for the best to stick it out, and so we did. I’m sure continuing to act on logic rather than emotion will enable us to soon have pets than enhance our lives much more than they restrict.
Hopefully it’s now only a matter of time before
I really enjoyed about 15 minutes of complete mindfulness whilst at the beautician yesterday. I closed my eyes, took in the touch, smells and sounds around me, and really felt revitalised from just being in the present for a good period of time.
Remembering my goal, I made an effort to do this today. The puppies were crying and I ignored them, rather than succumbing to the emotional reaction of giving them attention. At various points in the day, my emotional need was to go and visit them, but I knew they’d whine for more food or attention if I disrupted their sleep. Look forward to continuing to do this and continuing to reap the benefits :)
Today I noticed exactly how under-watered some of my plants were. Watering these plants each day will commence tomorrow.
Okay, so this has kind of died in the ass. These holidays I have four novels to read for school: To Kill a Mockingbird, Chinese Cinderella, Looking for Alibrandi, Running Man. Can I classify them as books relating to education, for I will educate whilst utilising these texts?
I’ve downloaded a mindfulness app on the iphone (how 21st century of me) and that has been extremely successful indeed in helping me to achieve this goal :)
Taking pilates classes has given me a solid 1.5 hours each week of mindfulness, but I’d like to take on a meditation class, perhaps once pilates is over, to help me practice mindfulness on a more regular basis.
I’ve recently discovered mindfulness, and I really think that this concept would change my entire way of interacting with the world, if only it could become something that is imbedded in my way of thinking. That will take time, and practice. This goal has replaced two previous goals I had: to say yes as often as I can and to look for things to be grateful for. The reason for this is because I feel that mindfulness really underpins those two goals, and thus it should be my focus. If I am mindful, then I WILL accept and embrace every moment for what it is, without judging that moment in any way. That will mean I say yes rather than no more often, and that I will find myself appreciating rather than judging.
Eek, I forgot about this! Any suggestions / recommendations?
I WILL finish The Freedom Writer’s Diary today! I’ve got about five pages to go!
Fresh from being inspired by “Teach With Your Heart: Lessons I Learned From The Freedom Writers” over the school holidays, I’m about to start a copy of “The Freedom Writer’s Diary” that one of my students has lent me. I’m looking forward to being inspired by this book too.
I read Edward De Bono’s H+ (Plus) today, so I guess that’s my book for Jan :)
Hmm, I’ve been finding it difficult to do this one whilst on school holidays. I think I’m quite fit as I’ve been maintaining gym visits 3 times a week, but I don’t know about the healthy. Being home so much means that I’m eating quite a bit of junk food. I think that’ll change when I go back to school. But, my emphasis needs to be on the healthy side of things.