Hi and happy Monday!
Everything starts with the first step?! Ab.so.lute.ly. And sometimes that first step, no, actually: these first steps – happen unexpectedly. Case in point was my weekend that did not start on the best note. A hurrican-force wind called Felix hitting Germany cancelled plans of mum coming to my place on Saturday and us visiting a concert that night. Not cool. However, what followed was a weekend actually worth calling marvelous.
For one or the other reason the soundtrack running [in my head and on Spotify] while writing this post is Get lucky. So for the full experience – and because it’s Monday and music makes the week start off better – turn it on while you read.
If you read my goal talk post you might imagine I wasn’t keen on venturing out to see the band alone. An unknown venue, In hindsight I was really glad I ended up going alone. I can’t pinpoint out what it was but I feel sticking with the plan even though it didn’t go as I’d planned was an experience worth having. Even though I seemed to be the only one not being there with a husband or friends in tow I didn’t feel lonely.
I returned home feeling – bear with me – accomplished. Ecstatic. Joyful. I know, I know. But that’s what a little pushing pas my comfort zone, going out, enjoying myself and chatting up the group after the concert does to an introvert. Like I said: extroverted introvert. And there I had been only hours ago, shortly before leaving for the event with my stomach in knots – and I won’t blame the cheese in the [pretty amazing if I dare say so] Mexican wheatberry casserole I ate at home pre-concert for that. And because we can’t forget to talk about the actual concert is was absolutely amazing, too. I took about 375894948 pictures and loved every second of it.
Rather than just fill you in on part of my weekend happenings I wanted to share the two main points I found helpful to get me started on my goals:
Lists because who doesn’t like lists? Work aside I’m not the most organized person [an understatement] and lists rule my life – or at least make it easier. Knowing this I re-evaluated my goals again and found ways I could work with lists to make them more feasible. See below for examples on where and how. Checking points off of a list is a great way to feel accomplished and keep yourself in check so if you’re anything like me and not writing lists just yet: start a new habit!
Cold turkey: As much as I’m a fan of gradually making changes – they also tend to stick longer when approached that way – certain habits of mine die too hard for that. It’s an all-or-nothing way that I’d only recommend for those goals that need to be tackled, like, yesterday. You’ll understand what I mean in a minute. Before that: another picture because the group was just so awesome.
In regards to my food goals I went through my pantry and listed [almost*] everything in there. Oh. my. I’m not going to post the list because who wants to read a lengthy account of whichever odds and ends I piled up 😉 ?? Some thoughts going through my mind while listing, though: Who bought all the white beans and maple syrup??? Where is the family of four I’d apparently hoped to take care of by buying all of this? And: Is it possible to eat all of that before my next move? The answer to the latter is likely no. But I might as well try as good as I can and I may or may not plan on asking you for recipe suggestions soon.
Lists were also the name of the game to create more specific blogging goals:
– Add a recipe tab. Because who wants to search a blog forever to find a certain recipe you knew was up there? Plus, I like organization and that’s a good place to start.
– Trying other bloggers’ recipes: This will be in list form, too, as another constant tab so you can follow my progress and obviously find out if I’d recommend a certain recipe or not.
– Set aside a specific day and time every week for replying to comments. The question to all fellow bloggers: How do you manage to reply to comments in time?
Regarding the sleep goal because that’s my hugest struggle right now my plan is cold turkey:
– No blog readingafter dinner for the next two nights to get me started: Ouch. This one’s not my idea of fun but sometimes drastic measures are the only way, right? I enjoy reading all of your posts just a little too much to end at a reasonable time. However, sleep is too important to keep up my nightly habit. Keep your fingers crossed for me sticking with this one!
There I went expecting nothing of the weekend anymore and then all this happened within a short amount of time. Dare I say: What a difference a weekend and a storm makes. Felix, you’re still a jerk – but you caused a positive stir in my life, too, and I can appreciate you for that. Not so much for scaring me to death [storms are crazy] and
Happiness-inducing today: Talking to my dad on the phone. We hardly do because he works a lot so it was a nice surprise he called me tonight.
Stay in touch!
Do you enjoy going out on your own or prefer being with friends?
What’s your usual approach to goals: cold turkey? Step by step? … ?
Bloggers: what’s your strategy to reply to comments in time? I appreciate every single one I get but am horrible at replying.