I tend to get overly reflective during this part of the year. Blame it on New Years Resolutions, the calendar switching to another year to do this or that. Either way, I like to spend my time in January inside: both my home & myself. I used to feel guilty when the hibernation mode would switch on, but now I remember to value and embrace this time spent learning.
I’ve been working hard this month. I’ve challenged my body to do a program I thought I couldn’t hack. I’ve committed, not missing one workout or routine. On Thursday, I will have one month in with the Insanity program, and I’m still loving it. I’ve even begun to care less about seeing the results, as I can feel them now. In my legs. My arms. My overall body. I am stronger and have much more energy than before.
My diet has followed suit with rich and wholesome meals. I’m still scrimping by (as it’s the end of the month), but I took the plunge and ordered Shakeology. I’m reaping the powerful results after just a few days. I even figured out a way to afford this without changing my budget too much. How’s that for a win?
Last night I spent some time making cards. It’s been quite a while since I’ve worked with my hands. I have a few projects on the docket but none too overwhelming: some valentines, a wedding book for a friend, a postcard project. I also want to paint my word for the year (which I will eventually announce). I’m slowly trying to get back into a creative mode of living. It feels good when I am fully in it.
Right now I spend too much time watching crappy TV. Being sick doesn’t help that. I don’t watch much – perhaps 30 minutes to an hour a day. But it’s still time I want to spend otherwise. I have many good books to read (I tackled Junot Diaz’s “This is How You Lose Her” last week – read it!) and these projects. I guess I tend to get lonely doing these things, even with music, and somehow TV fills that empty space. I realize how depressing that sounds, but I don’t mean it quite like it. It’s more that I get to interact with people by watching their lives, even if they’re fictitious. Nevertheless, I think I can still do this by reading books & gabbing on the phone with those I love.
So my short-term goals are quite simple: read more, watch less. Create more, slack less. Live with a more open spirit and mind. If only they were so easily accomplishable as they are to write.
How are you filling the lulls of January?