Whoop, I fell off the wagon pretty hard and bumped my head there. Or at least, I’ve been living my life a little differently recently.
I didn’t keep up with my resolutions for even a minute in September because I left my laptop behind while I traveled.
September seeped into October and my laptop stayed home. You guys, I didn’t even make a resolutions chart for October.
In turn life vanished, quite happily. I saw the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It really leans. I saw Stonehenge. It’s really old. There were the Greek islands and a gorgeous part of Sicily. Kotor. Tallinn. Helsinki. Cleveland. City to city to city.
For six weeks, I wandered and didn’t track my resolutions. My workout score plummeted. I have no idea on the numbers, but I’m definitely softer around the middle. Meditation fell to the wayside. Maybe I made eye contact with people, but honestly, who even knows?
I didn’t keep track.
I imagine this is how most people live and it’s a damn fine way to do so. It’s rather delightful to drift at times. Let’s have no to-do list and see what the day decides.
For a while, anyway. I’m home and ready to get back on the discipline and routine train. It makes me think I’m leading an intentional life.
Here are my November resolutions
1. Work Out
I played racquetball with my friend in Cleveland, lifted weights occasionally on the cruise ship, sometimes at a hotel. Every day, I walked 10,000 steps. I think.
It’s so unsatisfying.
I miss my hard numbers. It makes a huge difference for me knowing I’m keeping track somewhere that isn’t nowhere.
I meditated perhaps a quarter of the time over the past two months. That might be an exaggeration. We’ll never know.
I did this last year and found it quite fun and want to do better this year. Write 1,667 words per day on a novel. Let’s start book number six.
4. Writing Time
I’m going to record my writing time. Hopefully it forces me to open my laptop.
5. No electronics in the bedroom. Keep phone in other room.
The phone can be an addiction if you let it and I have certainly let it the past couple of months.
6. No weed.
I quit smoking marijuana! I was feeling a little addicted and decided to see if I could abstain for a year.
A six week trip is a good way to start and I’m nine weeks in now.
7. No sugar.
I would like to reharden my middle.
This is an easy habit to keep up with when I’m being mindful and an even easier habit to not do at all when I’m being mindless.
It’s been months, you guys.
10. Tackle a nagging task.
I know I’m a huge dork, but I love making the nagging tasks list. Get out of my head. And onto my paper.
Want to make a resolutions chart with me in November? What are your resolutions?
Remember, everything will be okay when you’re okay with everything.