It is too hot to cook in my kitchen, so I made a wonderful salad with fruit, cheese, and nuts. Yummy. I consider this cooking because I had to assemble the ingredients. It was homemade, not store bought. And it hit the spot on a hot August night.
I should get some salad ideas and print them out so I can stock up on the items when I go to the store. This is a good way for me to get lots of fruit and veggies in my diet.
I went shopping at an outlet mall with a couple of friends this weekend. And through all the sales, I was surprised at how inexpensive clothes can be. A pair of Levi’s for $11. A pair of capris for about the same price. Two dresses for $50. And a caramel apple for $5.50.
Wait, the apple cost half the price of a pair of jeans? Really? OK it was a treat, but why should an apple with some sugar cost half the price of clothes? More to the point, how did we ever get to a place where clothes can cost less than a dinner?
No wonder people have so many things (myself included). I did buy one pair of jeans at the full price, that I may return. (I almost bought them on sale at Sears a while ago, and didn’t. So I didn’t want to miss out this time.) Other than that, I tried to stay away from buying things just because they were on sale. And it was difficult because almost EVERYTHING was on sale.
Am I so caught up in getting things for a “great” price that I forget what their true value should be? Time to think about what value really means.
1. Change my attitude so that I am positive and happy. I woke up in a good mood and worked at keeping my good mood throughout the day. There are moments when the cats annoy me or something happens that catches me off guard. I try to get back to looking at the positive aspects as soon as I notice I have ventured off course.
2. Change my home surroundings into a clean and organized home. Papers! I have boxes of papers in the house. Time to sit and go through a box, getting rid of what I no longer need, filing what I need to keep, and putting some back in the box because I am not sure what to do with it at this time. I did spend an hour plus on the back patio this morning, and made a lot of progress getting it cleaner. There are still things that need to be done but it is neat, and I can see that I need to come up with a new plan for the entire back yard.
Also vacuumed several rooms, did some laundry, and cleaned out the fridge. Little steps are showing progress.
3. Change how I dress so that I am satisfied with whatever I wear.
4. Complete those nagging tasks that have been hanging over my head for years Taxes and my dissertation top the list. A new battery for the HD. Get the permits for the front fence. Buy the light for the walkway. Get the vehicle serviced. And get my blood tests done. This list has a lot to do. I need to start making a dent in it.
5. Fun things each week – This week I want to go to the movies, and watch a football game. I was going to attend the UCLA opener at the Rose Bowl on August 31. It was really hot and humid so I opted for the easy out and stayed home. The game went quite late, so I am glad I didn’t go – though I could have left early if I wanted.
6. Change what I believe about specific topics – This entails learning new information, thinking about what I currently believe, and why I believe it. I read a book over the weekend that was a real eye opener for me. It was the diary of a young boy that was written from 1886 on. There were a lot of statements in the book that I noted that need more research, or a lot of thought. I am currently reading another book that has a lot to do with how we think, and what we believe. Again, there is plenty to mull over as I read the book.
It has been several weeks since I practiced slacklining and today was a lovely hot day so I headed to the park. It was empty – kind of surprising on holiday, and a lovely day at that. I setup my line and decided that I should be able to walk a few steps today.
My balance was very good standing still on one foot, and two feet. I was pleased that my body/mind remembered how to balance. I visualized taking two steps and then got on the line. I relaxed (after working on relaxing for the past 30 minutes), and walked forward! Yes! Steps without holding on to the tree. :)
I kept visualizing that I could walk forward, and then tried 3 steps. Success! It is actually a bit easier to use the momentum to keep my balance as long as I could place my feet properly. I finally got up to taking 5 steps! It was so great to actually walk on the line and know that I was in control. Sure, I still lost my balance at times, but the fact that I can now take steps on the line, and know that I am balanced is HUGE progress!
Today I graduated from learning to actually being able to slackline. Sure, I may be at the very start of the learning curve. That’s fine. I now KNOW that I can walk on the line, and that will accelerate my continued progress.
I have a week off of work and I want to CHANGE MY LIFE! Change my life means:
Change my attitude so that I am positive and happy
Change my home surroundings into a clean and organized home
Change how I dress so that I am satisfied with whatever I wear
Complete those nagging tasks that have been hanging over my head for years
Change how I spend my spare time so I am doing fun things each week
Change what I believe about specific topics (in progress)
There is more. There always is. Mostly I want to get my life back on track to a life that is balanced, exciting, rewarding, and worthwhile.
I can do this in one week by concentrating on what needs to change and making those shifts.
For some reason the customers were all very happy. The way the order line and pickup line are setup, people can’t figure out which line you are in. (Poor design, but it gets people talking.) While I waited for my food, I spoke to every customer who entered the store to let them know which line I was in. And every person rewarded me with a big smile!
It was beautiful! :)
Over the past few months I have noticed that my body does not want me to eat fast food. This is good because the nutritional value is poor for most of the items. However it also means that when I only have a few minutes to get some food, that my options are limited. I did eat at McDs today, and I ordered a BLT burger without cheese, and extra onions. Because it was fresh it tasted much better.
Still I can tell that I should have eaten something healthier. I need to go to the store and buy some food I can keep at work in case I need to grab something in a hurry. Or better yet, I should make sure that I actually go to lunch each day.
Time to raise my standards about the food I put into my body.
My neighbors were out this evening, and we had a nice long talk. And I managed to borrow some pills for my cat from one neighbor! I want to see if these pills will help my cat, who has been losing a lot of weight recently.
I had a productive meeting at work. In an hour we managed to work through a process and identify the missing data elements needed to improve the process. Productive meetings always make me happy! :)
I received a book I ordered and there was a really nice note included with the book! One thing I enjoy about bookstores, real bookstores, is you can talk with the people about the book you are thinking about buying. The note mentioned that the book was a “great read”! How nice is that?
I think that I always want some huge revelation to prove to myself that I am doing something different. That somehow I will suddenly be incredibly happy, or get a great new job, or buy a new house to prove that I am creating my BEST year EVER! Truthfully, when I read my goals I can see that I am creating a wonderful year – the year I find my inner strength, fix my health, understand the world, and feel comfortable just being me. (Not that I haven’t done these things in the past. People change, and sometimes we need a life tune-up to readjust to the changes.)
My BEST year to date? Probably when I was in my 20s and I was free to travel in Europe or Australia, and do what I wanted. Those were awesome years. (Though I also know that my self esteem needed improvement.) They were wonderful years in terms of adventure. I have fantastic memories of scuba diving on the Great Barrier reef, visiting the Outback. Spending time in Sydney. Living in England and France. Visiting the major cities in Europe, and being totally free. Answering to no one, making my own decisions.
I also remember not doing things I wanted to because I was afraid. Or spending time waiting for approval from other people. And not pushing myself because it was difficult. Taking the easy way out because I lacked the confidence to prove to myself that I could do it. Externally I was living the good life. Internally, there was room for improvement.
This will be my best year, because it is the year that I look inside myself and accept what I find. Change the things I no longer want, and open up parts of me to the world that have been hidden for years. What could be better than that?
It is cluttered! Throwing out paper seems to be a challenge for me. I have receipts from grocery stores, gas stations, etc. all sitting on the table waiting for me to file them. Why? I do check the receipt when I buy things, however I rarely return items (especially to grocery stores), so why do I keep the receipts like they are dollar bills? And filing them just means they now clutter a filing cabinet. I need to review them and then throw them away!
Junk mail? Better but I keep all the coupons for fast food places in case I eat there. Why? Because maybe I will save a dollar on a shake at Jack-in-the-box? I don’t order shakes. So who am I fooling? In my case a penny saved means 1 pound of papers sitting on the table waiting for that saved penny. Time to get rid of papers and only deal with the papers I actually need!
I rode the scooter for the first time after replacing the front brake pads, and I can stop!! Yippee! Seriously, it was a bit ridiculous how bad the brakes were. I need to be more aware that while the scooter is fun to ride, I do expect it to stop quickly.
I joined some coworkers for lunch after missing several weeks. It was nice to see them again and catch up on what has been going on in their lives.
We had weather today! This morning the sky was full of glorious clouds because of the humidity that has been hanging around. I never thought much about clouds before, unless there were some great big cumulonimbus clouds over the mountains threatening rain. Now I am in love with small, fluffy cumulous clouds that look like sheep walking across the sky. They provide contrast to the blue sky, and the way the sunlight changes them reminds me of the Grand Canyon (only I am looking up instead of down).
I am now a cloud fan. Who would have thought?
This came from tips on how to develop your intuition, which is using your subconscious mind, which is how I was taught to communicate with animals. I am trying this approach, though it is hard to tell how well it is working. I will ask my cat what he needs to get better, and then put myself in a feeling that I already know, and act off the impressions I get.
Being a more logical minded person, this is a bit challenging for me. I do know that one day I will be able to communicate with animals easily. I just need to trust that I am doing so already, and start acting on my intuition.
(I will add that I am getting a lot more information about the emotions my cats are feeling when I observe them. I can tell if they are acting out of fear, anger, jealousy, etc., a lot easier. I just “know” what they are feeling, and often comment on it to them. “Oh, you are sitting on the perch because you want to go in the room, and you are afraid that Kona will attack you when you go through the living room.”
As I wrote the previous paragraph it dawned on me that I trust my intuition when I observe their behavior, so why am I not trusting my intuition when I ask a question?? Hello, PasadenaSue!
This is a community goal, and I want to thank everyone who has cheered dec80 on! When you cheer this goal, or act on this goal, it becomes yours. That is the beauty of 43Things, that ideas, thoughts, wishes can take on a life of their own and spread to people and places all around the world! What power that has. Think about how someone in one country can support someone in another country, and other people in other countries can join in. That is truly connecting with the world.
I send a very genuine thank you to everyone who has acted on this goal. You have made the world a better place by doing so.
(And, as so often happens, 43Things provided this quote today!)
“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”
- Chief Seattle
Summer finally showed up in force this weekend. We have been enjoying really nice weather for summer – temps in the 80s instead of the 90s and 100s. This weekend the weather heated up. Still it cools off quickly once the sun goes down so I spent time on the patio during the afternoon (drying my cat since he had a bath), and enjoying the lovely evening weather. I love to sit outside when it is cool and enjoy the evening. :)
I had to meet someone at a bank today and I was early. The bank had a coffee machine so while I waited, I had a coffee. It was good, better than I would have expected and enough to keep me satisfied while I waited.
It counts, though I really need to find some awesome little coffee places nearby and make this goal really count!
Things are looking great, then something crashes, then things look up, then problems, then things get better. Whew! I am tired just trying to stay up with my life these days.
I am making great progress in certain areas of my life and I am very happy about that. Then something that I thought was under control seems to crash and burn. At times I can see that I should have paid more attention to the area. Other times it is because someone else does something. I get the feeling that the universe is sending me a very BIG message.
Houses that are nice but not extraordinary are going for $2-3,000,000 in a nearby neighborhood! I was thinking that $3,000,000 would buy a super nice house with a large lot. I can see that prices have gone up way beyond what I had thought.
Time to get back to some of my goals about my income and money in general. I can see that I need to expend effort into increasing my personal wealth. I have been comfortable for a long time. However I can now see that my comfort level is not keeping up with prices for things that I want to buy in the future.
I realized today that I need to raise my standards regarding what I am willing to accept in life. I have allowed myself to set my standards low based on decisions I made decades ago. Time has moved on and I need to reevaluate what I am willing to accept in life.
This may be a quick goal. I have been working on raising my standards in terms of money. I need to continue looking at various aspects of my life and see if my current levels of what I am willing to accept is right. I have a feeling that I am going to raise a lot of standards scross the board.
Practice mindfulness. I didn’t realize what this meant until I started to write today’s goal as “state my intent when I do something.” Then I remembered seeing “Practice mindfulness” on other peoples’ lists. I looked up Practice mindfulness, and discovered this is what I am going to do today. Again, a big shout out to all the people in 43Things who had Practice mindfulness as a goal!!!
I want to be clear why I am doing everything I do today. I want to be in the present with my actions. For instance, I was feeding the cats. What outcome do I want when I feed my cats? I want to provide them with healthy food so that they will live a happy, loving, healthy life. I am not just feeding my cats, I am providing them with the means to live a loving, healthy life. That means I need to feed them healthy food, and provide them love and attention, not just put food in their bowls.
This should be an interesting exercise for me because I do a lot of things on autopilot. Stopping and thinking about WHY I am doing what I am doing, what result I want out of the action I am taking, will help me understand if my intentions are inline with my actions.
My intent with this entry is to spend today focusing on the results I want from the actions I take.
A quote from a video I watched today. Similar to the idea of “getting outside of yourself” that I wrote about last year.
Focus all of your attention on understanding them. Make a mental list of your observations. This will keep you from worrying about what the people are thinking.