Despite not setting any resolutions this year I do have my goals and changes I want to make in life. Some bigger, some smaller. Just one week in is obviously too short a time span to make any predictions on how the remaining year will go. Still, I’m not entirely satisifed with myself. Old habits die hard – that realization hit me hard during the past days, making me feel caught in a viscous cycle. Voices of doubt in my ability to change coming up.
This is where – had I made any resolutions – I would probably deem myself failing at them right from the start. Which – as media has us believe – for many people means dropping the good intentions altogether and deciding they screwed up. It’s all too easy to follow that route. What if I – if we – saw these happenings not as failing but falling or stumbling instead? My little nephew is currently learning to walk and falling a lot of times. Yet there’s no sadness in his face when he does and he gets up once more time and time again. Because he’s determined and – as evolution has proven in millions and millions of children before – he’ll eventually succeed in his quest. It’s this determination and belief in myself I want to nurture and sustain this year rather than fall into the self-pity puddle of disappointment. Not a nice place to be and certainly not an empowering one.
Back to the original intention of this post, though. Soon enough Meg will kick me out of the Week in Review club for turning these from reviews into life reflections. I just can’t help it –
In the past seven days I …
- Worked as usual. We got a new colleague starting this past week and she’s the sweetest and most engaged person ever. My bosses were worried they wouldn’t find a good fit to take up the place of another colleague leaving the office in a few months but I’m sure any doubts are wiped away now already. Colleagues also make a huge difference in how enjoyable work is and this lady is a blessing to all of us.
- Posted twice. One Week in Review sharing my thoughts on New Year’s resolutions and – surprise! – another round-up of good good links. Before you’re calling me a hypocrite for returning to these when I said I was putting them to rest: I adressed that topic in the post. I could have held them back for another week but my inner odd-number-hater [here in terms of posts published] might have played a role in sharing them now already.
- Sold* two [quadrupled] batches of this healthy Maple Buckwheat Granola to my colleagues. I might just have to rethink my career ;). You might remember me creating this granola not primarily for myself but a colleage who’s also been asking me for more batches since. The past week she shared some of it with another colleague who then requested her own granola delivery. The scent of this is heavenly and I think it’s perfectly fine to snag a bite or two of every batch of granola, no? Quality control.
*when I say sold I mean that they’re paying me for the ingredients. I wouldn’t ask for compensation of the time and work involved here.
Confession: I’m glad it’s this granola they’re ordering rather than one of my no-bake treats. Why? Because I still am not too keen on cleaning the Vitamix :D. It’s not that it was hard work but I’m always dissatisfied with the result [i.e.: why in the world does it still have that gross fat residue from nuts after cleaning it twice?? Advice welcome!].
- Spontaneously had a longer conversation with two of my colleagues when the three of us were about to leave on Friday. It’s not that we don’t usually talk to each other in between but longer conversations don’t happen on the regular because we don’t have set breaks where we’d have time for those. Connection is one of my words for 2017 so this conversation felt like a step in following up with it.
- Called my bank to ask for a replacement debit card. Background: I would have been in for a new one this year in anyway but that somehow/-where got lost. Which I had to realize when I tried to withdraw money from my account on Monday. Major oops. I luckily still had a smaller sum left in my wallet but had to watch my spendings more closely and will have to until I receive the new debit card still. On the upside, this led to an achievement:
- Spent a lot less than in average weeks. This was really insightful but I will spare you the long story as this post is turning into a novel already. It might be time for some thinking out loud again.
- Blended up a fresh batch of healthy Nutella. I’m getting the hang of roasting those hazelnuts well enough to remove the majority of the peels which definitely makes a difference in taste. So good.
- Did some laundry – still not enjoying it, still not having everything folded and back in the closet yet. Finally including a huge load of wool socks [that my mum informed me aren’t actually made from pure wool – seriously now.]
- My biggest accomplishment, though? Doing what I think would be called a pantry [and fridge] purge. I’ve hinted at this in my previous week in review already but I’m truly in dire need of cleaning up my apartment and belongings majorly. The reason I didn’t succeed at this goal in past years is that I waited until it became overwhelming and then felt forced to do everything at once. Didn’t work for me and never will. Instead, my goal for this time is doing it step by step. Rome wasn’t build in one day either.
That’s not all that happened or what I did in the past week but since the above is long enough already I’ll hand the mic over to you. Tell me about the past seven days in your life!
Happiness-inducing today: Reading, cleaning up [I never thought I’d say this!] and getting more than expected done.
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