Today’s post is very boring. If you would like to quit reading now, and come back next week in the hopes that I will once again be clever, inspiring, humorous, and/or profound, please do so without any feelings of guilt or worry of retribution.
One of my goals for the new year was to post my blog twice a week. I also had a set idea in my head about what those posts and my blog should be about. Well, that whole thing is kind of going out the window.
I guess what I am trying to say is that I don’t know if I have the bandwidth to post twice a week all the time, nor to have a set “type” of blog. I think I am going to keep my weekly Thursday night posts, and then sometimes Mondays, until I get a better handle on my time. And what you get is what I am in the mood for that day. You might get humor, you might get inspiration, you might get the crazy cat lady.
Goal setting and accomplishments mean a lot to me. I don’t set goals lightly. I set them based on drive and passion, because I want to grow and stretch my life. I want to test the limits of my capabilities, to use all God gave me to live my life as fully as I can – sometimes in service to Him and others and sometimes just for the pure joy of it. But I am not above admitting when I have too much on my plate, and that is really what this is about.
You have all heard the famous John Lennon quote, “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans”. I made all these plans and now things I didn’t plan for have taken precedence, and I have to pare down my life a little. It’s nothing major, just other areas need my attention.
When we were first married and learning to budget and live on our own, Dave and I would sometimes find ourselves running out of money before the next paycheck, simply because we were hit with an unexpected expense. We learned to be more cautious with our money, to hold off on buying the extras until we knew we had paid all the necessities. Publishing my blog more than once a week is an ‘extra’ for me time wise, not a necessity. Notice I didn’t say “writing”. Writing is a daily necessity. But not everything I write is for my blog, and I just don’t have the time and energy for biweekly posts right now. That’s not to say I won’t ever – just not consistently for now.
I’m admitting to this because I want you all to know that it’s okay to re-evaluate and adjust your goals. It’s okay to say, “I still want to do this, but I need to do it at a later date” or “I need to only do half of this now, and build up to the rest” or “I thought I wanted to do this, but now I think I have changed my mind”. You have to give yourself permission to change your goals without berating or belittling yourself for it. And without using the other F-word – FAIL.
Assessing your life and changing your plans in order to meet your current needs is how you become successful in achieving your goals. Setting a goal to lose 100 pounds in 3 months by drastically changing your diet and adding two hours of exercise everyday would easily overwhelm a person, but deciding to lose 10 pounds and adding a half hour of exercise 3 times a week, and eliminating just one trigger food is much more manageable. It’s not that the 100 pound goal is thrown to the wayside and forgotten. It’s merely been reevaluated and broken down into more manageable steps and a more realistic timeline.
So that’s that. Now if you will excuse me, I am going to go walk the dogs seeing as we finally have a night above 10 degrees, and then I am going to come home and go to bed at a decent hour so I can finally get rid of this crud I have been walking around with for over two weeks.
PS – the “crud” might very well explain my whiney, boring post tonight. Or maybe I just need a Snickers bar.
PPS – you know a post is boring when there aren’t even any pictures!!!
PPSS – remember the old “generic” brands of food – white boxes with black lettering? This post reminds me of that.
PPSS – okay I’m really finished now.