My only resolution for 2013 has been to Take Care Of Me. To me, Take Care Of Me is a life philosophy: when I’m happy, I’m my best self. It’s that simple. January was great, I hit some road blocks in February, had both an injury and progress in March, kept it status quo in April, had an adventurous May, kickstarted my routine in June, and kept the momentum going in July. Let’s see how August went!
I have to be honest here, I feel a certain amount a pressure doing these posts. I know, it was my idea, and I usually have a lot to write about, but I feel like I have to have accomplished something really specific here every month. That I have to ‘lean in’ and make every second, every post, worthy. (Life sorta brings this unique pressure with it too though, doesn’t it?) The truth is, as I have been Taking Care of Me, I have learned more about myself, my needs, and the time required to invest in all of this self awareness. Some days I’m super into it, some days I don’t want to be so cognizant of every choice and every movement. I simply want to be. And simply being in my own life isn’t really a page turner because I’m not doing anything noteworthy or benchmarky, I’m just existing. But still, I am grateful: this resolution and year so far has taught me that simply existing qualifies as Taking Care of Me.
I think I’m also feeling this way because, now that it’s September, I’m realizing that I really didn’t do much this summer. It felt like a lazy and unproductive couple of months. I’m not saying I wasted it, I just wish I had more to show for it (I always do). I think one thing I need to remember is that if I don’t make a list of goals then I won’t be acting with purpose and intention. Time will slip by and I won’t realize that until it’s too late. A goals list is a good way to stay motivated and on track with all of the things I really want to accomplish. So, stay tuned – I’m going to make a Fall goals wishlist this week and post it for accountability.
This month I celebrated my 1 year anniversary at my new job. Looking back now is really crazy to me. I was in such a bad place in such a toxic environment before I got this job. I am a whole new person now. I recognize, and am being recognized, for my professional value and worth. It has transformed my self image in such a significant way. I could be angry or resentful still but mostly I just feel so lucky to be in the position I am now.
August also brought lots of composting which has been rewarding and so easy to do.
At the end of the month I visited my sister and her family in Richmond. It was so nice to spend time with them all. It’s tough being so far away, and we make time when we can, so it’s always a really special time for me to get to spend some quality time with them.
Also, this month my Reggie baby turned 12!