There was a moment earlier in the week when I hung my head in shame. As I sat listening to my enthused, energetic friend and the great achievements she’d made so far against her own resolutions, I reprimanded myself for my own sloth like efforts. I’d pondered until the second week of January before making my resolutions, and now made, they hung unfulfilled in the ether, like vacuous little clouds. Later in a more positive state of mind, I reflected again, and the fable of the Hare and the Tortoise came to mind. And I thought; OK, I might not have been first out of the traps and be bouncing along like a Duracell Hare; I might be easing myself into my resolutions gently, but the tortoise got there in the end, didn’t he? Then I felt much better, and now I’ve thought about it, I’ve decided that I'm actually quite happy being a tortoise. (Ah, if only I could really hibernate.)
So, moments of self doubt aside, here’s some highlights of the steps I’ve taken this week to work towards some of my New Year goals.
Focusing on health and wellness
Unfortunately, I have to give myself a big fat fail on the exercise front. I’ve done nothing, unless you count getting the Eva Fraser facial fitness DVD out of the box. However, I did blow the dust off my vitamins and supplements and have been taking them every day. Continuing with the positives, I'm also giving myself a big fat tick on the Bruxism front. No, I haven't found a miracle cure, but I have found a new specialist dentist and have also been researching how hypnotherapy could help me. I’m a little wary of this measure, so at the moment, I’m just taking some time to think about it. Or, you could say…procrastinating. Hmmm, how am I doing on that resolution?
By my very nature I’m a procrastinator and I don’t think I’ll ever change completely. Awareness is half the battle though, so this week, after months of deliberating on the subject ‘to tweet or not to tweet’, I thought, 'Oh stuff it, it’s only Twitter' and signed myself up. If you’d like to follow me (which would be lovely) you can find me @mummy_plum.
I’ve also notched up a gear on the decision making for our forthcoming house renovations. I took myself off to the bathroom shop this week and made some half decisions, which hopefully I can cement before the end of next week. There’s nothing like 25% off in the January sale as an incentive to speed up the decision making process.
One day a week when I don’t wear Jeans
I have to laugh at myself for trying this. Who was I kidding? (Answer: myself). I’m finding this resolution ridiculously difficult. Maybe it's the limitations of my current wardrobe, but I haven’t succeeded as yet with a jean free day. In my defence, I did try today; I got up and I put on some leggings and a dress and the plan was to wear it with my boots, in a kind of casual/boho way. Maybe it’s just me, but it felt wrong. I thought; ‘I can’t flounce around the house wearing this. I’ve got stuff to do – I can’t cook, clean etc like this.’ So by 10am I’d taken it off and was back in my mummy uniform of jeans and some layered tops. I need to think again about how I approach this one. Clearly dresses are not the answer.
I don’t have lots of time to write and I often find myself wishing I had more time. However, I did download a great app for my iphone a little while ago, which I used for the first time this week, I'm hoping it will help me snatch a few writing moments here or there. It's called ‘My Writing Spot’. It's great for using when you're out and about and you can then email what you’ve written to yourself or others. I used it on the train this week and I was quite pleased with how I made use of the travelling time - and with what I wrote too!
So, there you have it, I’m a few tortoise like steps further on than I was a week ago. Hurrah for tortoises, that’s what I say.
I’m linking this post up as part of the Grooving Mums blog hop at Kate on Thin Ice. Each week Kate sets a few challenges for us #groovymums to consider if we want to. This week there are some probing questions posed on the subjects of body and mind, as well as the topics of blogging and who we can ask to help us more. You can read the challenges and more about the Grooving Mums blog hop here.