Covid-19, Gratitude, Living for TODAY

I failed.

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I failed June’s challenge — staying off of social media, the news, blogs, and YouTube was harder than I thought.

I initially was doing well but it didn’t last. I failed miserably by Day 3.  Since June was a complete train wreck (and you know what happens when you see a train wreck) I found myself not able to look away.  If I didn’t read it or see it, my husband was sure to tell me about it.  It all just made me sad.

Although I did a few of the things on my list, I didn’t do as much as I wanted.

Like write more in this space.  I haven’t quite been able to put two words together.  If you are reading this post, then I was actually able to finish it.  Like many people during this time, I have had extreme mood swings.  One day I have a ton of energy, ready to take on the day, and the next day all I can do is flop on the couch and binge watch a TV series.

These weird times have been hard for me, I have to admit.  It just all feels surreal.  But I continue to be grateful for all that I have and try to remember that my life is still pretty darn good.

I hope you all had a great June, and are staying healthy and safe. xoxo

 

Gratitude, Living for TODAY, Quarantine, Staying healthy

June: A New Start.

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It’s been quite a Spring, right?  Lots of information to take in.  Unfortunately, it’s been mostly negative, ugly stuff.  Death, destruction, and loss of income, to name a few.  An unprecedented time, indeed.

The doomsayers, fear mongers, and political hacks have all come out in full force to inject more fear.  And, it appears they are doing a great job.  People are loose canons, just waiting to explode.  I know it has affected me in ways I didn’t think it could, but I’m drawing a line in the sand. No more.

We have been fortunate.  My husband is still employed, our investments are holding steady, and most importantly, we are healthy.  However, in order for me to stay healthy, I have to make a change in how I am ingesting information.  Less stress equals higher immunity, right? So……

Starting today, June 1st, I will be turning OFF all social media, YouTube videos, blogs, news, politics, the stock market, the pandemic, or anything else that has been wreaking havoc on my normally positive nature.  For 30 days, I will be blissfully focusing on what makes me happy.  Self-care, if you will. And I.can’t.wait.

Just a few things I have planned are:

  • Reading (light-hearted fiction only).
  • Writing (I’ve always wanted to write a book, and now is a great time to start (more on that in a future blog post).
  • Hiking.  Trails are abundant near me and I want to try them all.
  • Baking.
  • Visiting with my grandbabies.
  • Gardening.
  • Cooking more meals from scratch.
  • Road tripping. My son will be within driving distance in June/July.  I’m so excited to see him!
  • Learning how to cut my hair.  It’s time.
  • Starting a Savings Challenge for the rest of 2020.
  • Learning a new skill.
  • Sipping coffee in the morning, sipping wine in the evening; and
  • Anything else I feel like doing that brings me joy, happiness, and peace.

Not everyone can take the month off, I know, but I’m sure the simple act of turning off social media and the news may work for your well-being as well.

What are your plans for June?

Goal Setting, Living for TODAY, Retirement

Making TODAY count.

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This quote actually caught me off guard when I finished up my last post.  I’ve been concentrating on my dreams for my life seven years from now, when I should be concentrating on today.

Every now and again I have to remind myself to find the joy in what’s happening in the present.  I tend to find myself looking to the future and not enjoying what is today. Tomorrow is not guaranteed, so making each day count is imperative to living a full and happy life.

This doesn’t, of course, mean to forget about the the future.  Planning is important.  But planning and living a beautiful life today is too.

The weather has changed.  It’s cold and wet and dark out. I won’t be surfing the net to find a new property in Florida (to enjoy seven years from now).  Today I will enjoy a hot cup of coffee, walk my sweet dog, tidy up the house, prepare a warm meal for my family and enjoy a good book.  Perhaps I will bake a sweet treat.  I will definitely take a hot bath and listen to soft jazz. And be grateful.  Grateful for the days I’ve already been given, and for today.  24 hours, 1,440 minutes to enjoy and make count.

How are you making today count?