1. Keep the momentum going by staying positive and proactive about my health. I realized last month that my way of thinking was all-wrong. I found myself saying, “I feel like shit.” Or “I’m in so much pain, I should probably stay in.” It only made matters worse, and I saw a significant boost in energy when I started to say, “I feel good.” (Even if it was a little white lie…)
2. Avoid Starbucks. Not because I’m on strike, but because I gave it up for Lent. I can’t let that expensive aroma tempt me when I walk by every corner on every street.
3. Write those three essays!
4. Meet Mindy Kaling. Who would have thought a celebrity would ever appear on one of these lists. I fancy myself one of those folks that think celebrities are just regular people. BUT she’s coming in town for SXSW, and I’ll be in LA for Paleyfest. (Thanks to my generous older sister!)
5. Cook something you’ve never cooked before. I have one dish that I cook over and over. The rest? Frozen meals and stellar sandwiches. (My poor husband) Time to step outside of my comfort zone in the kitchen.
PROS: The productivity of my health continues to move forward. I recognize negative thoughts much faster and banish those bastards away. As for meeting Mindy Kaling—I didn’t necessarily meet her, but I saw her twice in one month. So I’m calling it a win. And this past month I have been trying to cook a bit more. No, it’s not a recipe from Barefoot Contessa, but a girl has to start somewhere. And sometimes that somewhere happens to be premade meals from Trader Joes.
CONS: Forgive me—for I have sipped the nectar of Starbucks. Twice. Ugh, I know, I know. It won’t happen again. Promise! But I do hope I can get those essays finished. I start to write and then delete. I think it’s time I reread Bird by Bird.
1. Write three essays and submit. Upping the ante to help motivate me.
2. Nail down a daily routine. This is a goal that I’ve been trying to nail down for what seems like years. I crave structure, but lack the discipline to follow through. My solution? I’m having a friend check my daily calendar to make sure I’m not slacking off.
3. Donate. I need to remove clutter. Start fresh. I’ll start with my closet and move on to the pantry. It seems we have collected doubles of every spice. Garlic powder, anyone?
4. Get back to the gym at least three times a week. I’m turning into a human gummy bear.
5. Go on a weekly adventure one day a week. I have the ability to make my own schedule, so why not go check out things to get inspired? Now where in Austin should i go?