Hi, friends. In February, I posted my resolutions and goals for 2015. Half of a year has gone by, and I thought I should give a little update. I was determined that my goals wouldn’t be forgotten this year, and I’ve been working on them diligently. If this isn’t of interest to you, simply pass on by. I understand! I’ll be back on Tuesday with a Project Food Budget post.
Resolution #1: Be more fun! I think I’m doing better at this. I try to say more “yes” and less “no.” We’ve done some new and interesting activities such as visiting a natural playground and even going to the movies once–a very rare occurrence for me, but it makes my kids SO happy.
Resolution #2: Send more snail mail. Well, I started out strong, but then I missed a few family birthdays. (Sorry, guys.) I dropped off of this resolution a little bit, but the last couple of months, I’ve picked up on sending mail again. It’s fun, and I’m glad that I’ve been intentional about communicating with friends and family outside of digital means. I love knowing that I’m making someone smile at the mailbox.
Goal #1: I’m declaring 2015 to be THE YEAR OF CLEAN. We aren’t where we want to be YET, but we’ve made wonderful progress! This makes me so happy! Now, if you stop by my house, you will find a mess. Definitely. We are deep in the decluttering, organizing process, and that means that piles have been created and disorder reigns, but I remind myself that this is temporary. Right now, we are working on the basement and ALL of our closets. I promised myself that I wouldn’t simply keep on tidying like I’ve always done. It was time to do an overhaul and create clean, simple spaces all over our home. In late spring, I started researching minimalism and simple living. I don’t think I could ever be a strict minimalist, but the idea of having only what I truly need and love appeals to me. On my birthday in June, I promised myself that I would work toward a more minimalist life and living space. (I like “birthday resolutions,” and you will see below how that has worked for me in the past) As of July 4, we had disposed of 12 large garbage bags of stuff, and we have a growing box of donations to give to our local shelter. There have been many more bags in the last month, but I lost count! “Simplicity” has been a theme in my life and on my blog for many years; however, I had definitely strayed from the concept. I’m excited to be returning to living my values.
Goal #2: I will return to playing the violin. While I’ve definitely played more in 2015 than I did in 2014, I’m not really keeping up with this goal. I keep my violin out in plain view so that I can try to catch a minute here and there, but I hope that I can pick up my study this fall.
Goal #3: I will work on the DONA (Doulas of North America) reading list, and I will register for a doula certification workshop) through a recognized certification agency (TBD). Yes!!!! I’m thrilled to report that my personal study of the reading list has been moving along beautifully. I adore every book I’ve read, and each week, I feel more prepared for a career as a professional doula. More importantly, I am enrolled for doula training in September with ProDoula, and I am excited to make my dream happen. When I announced my goals in February I wrote, “I’m still not certain how or when a doula business will fit into my family life, but on my birthday in 2014, I made a promise to myself to pursue certification in earnest.” We’ve been working on having my husband respond to the baby (19 months old now!) when he gets up in the night, and Cory has been able to put him to bed, too. The little guy isn’t night weaned, but he is willing to accept Daddy instead of Mommy (although a bit hesitantly), so we’ve decided that we are in a good place for me to begin taking clients with due dates beyond my training.
Goal #4: I will take my blog seriously! Have you noticed that you’ve been hearing more from me? My blogging pace isn’t where I would like it to be, but I’m so happy with the progress that I’ve made. Project Food Budget has been especially helpful in keeping me motivated.
So, that’s the update. Blessings to all!
~*~*~* Erica *~*~*~