Write 31: March 2nd

It’s day 2 of my Write 31 challenge. So far, so good 🙂

Yesterday was a productive Sunday. I did an at-home, full body workout, and went for a hilly 45 minute walk. I bought some new running shoes that I’m anxious to try out this morning. I also ran some errands, got my emissions test done, cleaned up from Saturday’s dinner party, and read a lot. I also listened to my tired ass and went to bed at 8:30 (and it was amazing!). On the food front, I was pretty good. Oatmeal for breakfast, leftover mac and cheese (with BBQ) for late lunch/early dinner, and a protein bar. I finished the night with salad, popcorn, cheese, and two glasses of wine.

Now for my February 2015 Resolution Check-in:

  1. Handstand: Meh. One theme you’ll notice here is that being sick for 2+ weeks really set me back. Frustrating, yes, but not much I could do about it. Anyway, I was not able to work out as much as I wanted, and I lost some strength as a result. I need to work back up to one-minute planks and then up to doing them daily.
  2. Debt: As expected, we lost some momentum from January. I didn’t pay anything extra against our debt this month, except for one accidental double payment to one of my student loans. This should be a better month, however, as I find out today what my annual bonus will be. We did file our taxes and are expecting a refund that we can put towards some debt, but we also need a new mattress, so that will eat into the debt payment. I attended a retirement planning workshop and managed to talk my husband into putting money into his 401(k), so that is a win for sure! I am meeting with a financial planner this week as well.
  3. Being anal: This is one that I haven’t been spending a ton of time thinking about. I feel like I have been more accepting and like being thoughtful about that is becoming more of my personality. I think I’m making progress.
  4. Half-marathon: I’m doing pretty well on this. Again, I wasn’t able to run as much as planned due to my cold/double ear infection/bronchitis/worst sore throat of my life. But, I mostly kept up with the long runs and I’m trucking right along. Race date is April 18 and we’re on track.
  5. Downsize: We found out we have to stay in this house until the end of May in order to avoid paying taxes on any capital gains from the sale. We’re taking this time to continue to clean out closets and pare down our stuff. We’re planning a big garage sale for next month. We went to check out a neighborhood of older, smaller townhomes, in an amazing location, so our list of ‘hoods is up to four. We’re also toying with the idea of truly living downtown, which is a bit of a novelty in Atlanta, but which really appeals to us. Just not sure about the dog-friendliness of it.
  6. Meditate: FAIL.
  7. Booze: FAIL.
  8. Counseling: My husband has continued his anger management therapy, which has led to lots of good conversations between us. I can also see he’s making strong efforts to change his behavior during our arguments. I’m slower to come around, but I’m trying to be mindful of it. I know we definitely need counseling together.
  9. Write: Meh. I have not felt inspired. I’m not sure about the direction of this blog, but I’m taking on this challenge to write daily in March. I’m hoping it will give me some focus and restart my creative energy,
  10. Eating: Mixed bag here. I did not very healthfully in February, but I sort of felt like it was what I needed. When I’m sick, I need extra calories, and the same is true for doing longer runs. Unfortunately, I put on a couple of pounds from eating more and exercising less (shocking, I know). But I ended the month with a recommitment to healthy eating and have been doing well for the last week or so. I need to find the balance between nourishment and indulgence.
  11. Minimalism: See #5.
  12. Empathy: I was not very mindful of this in February. I will use this check-in as a reminder of my need to improve my empathy.
  13. Volunteering: I was scheduled to do part two of my orientation at the pet rescue spot down the street, but they cancelled it due to the threat of bad weather. I need to reschedule but the spots are Saturday mornings, when we do our long runs. But no excuses!
  14. Travel: We didn’t take any trips in February. We are currently planning out what to do for Jack’s birthday (end of this month), our anniversary (cabin in Asheville is booked for mid-May), and most importantly, my 40th birthday in June.
  15. Job: Strange progress in February. There were up and downs at my current job (great review/fighting with my boss). I put out some feelers on some other jobs; one never responded after I told them my goal salary, and I’m still talking with a start-up but it probably won’t go anywhere. I’m attending a conference in late April, so I really want to stay in my current role until then. I really do love the company I work for, and I don’t want to leave. I did some internal networking and will continue that for the next few months, and then start looking for new roles this summer. Unless, of course, I change my mind again 🙂

When I think back on February, I just feel worn out. The combination of being sick, the dark, cold days, and the fading of the New Year excitement — it wore me out. But March is here, and spring is so very close. Time to move on.


One thought on “Write 31: March 2nd

  1. February seems to have been a tough month for a lot of people. Your goals review seems to be quite similar to mine… but that’s okay, we still have many more months left in the year, and once with nicer weather and less of the blah feeling.


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