First Blogiversary

Happy birthday to my little blog! I’m happy to say I have successfully made it through my first year here. I was talking with my husband about this blog the other night. At first, he was reading it, but I asked him to stop because I felt like it was inhibiting me a bit. (After that, I think he’d pretty much forgotten I was writing at all.)

Talking about it with him, I realized that not only do I appreciate how much this space holds me accountable to myself, but also how much I enjoy my little blogging community. I don’t have a ton of readers, and that’s fine with me. This space is way more about me figuring out my life than it is to get a bunch of followers. But those of you that have connected with, it means so much to me! I love following along with your adventures and goals. You guys really inspire me to push myself, and you give me tons of great ideas, many of which I steal to write about here 😉

So, thanks for reading, for commenting, and for your own sweet blogs!

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Moon in Cancer

I have found myself wanting to write here all week long, but unsure of what to post. In the Project Downsize area, I took a ton of before-and-after pics of my bathroom decluttering and reorg, and I got a lot done in my closet too. But I ended up not wanting to write about that. I also thought I’d maybe do one of those this-is-what-I’m-packing posts for my trip to Portland this weekend, but the week has gotten away from me and I haven’t even gotten my suitcase out.

It’s been a very happy week. Even two days of some of the worst traffic ever (like it took 40 minutes just to get out of my office complex on Tuesday – then another 40 minutes home!!!) couldn’t bring me down. I don’t know if I’m still riding on that half-marathon high, or I have a good feeling about a job lead, or being scared about my flight is making me appreciative of how sweet my little life it, but whatever it is, I’ll take it. I have been full of joy. I saw that last night, the moon was in Cancer, so maybe it was that? Or maybe, it’s that mixed case of French wine I bought yesterday 😉

Anyway, this week has been lovely and flown by. I am looking forward to a run this morning, and drinks out tonight with Jack and maybe some friends. If the rain holds off, tomorrow we’ll hike by the river before I have to leave for the airport. There is a bottle of sparkling rosé in the fridge to take the edge off before my travels.

I’m still trying to decide the direction for this space. “Lifestyle blog” sorta seems like a cop-out. I don’t run seriously enough to have this just be about that. I’m not especially creative or productive or handy or inspiring. I do like sharing my progress on my goals for the year, but that’s not enough content. I also like telling you about new restaurants and bars we’re trying, but that’s usually just worth a couple of posts a month. I did update my tagline, which I feel sort of gives me some direction. All things in moderation! But for now, I’ll keep being random, and keep searching for the best plan.

What interests you in a blog? What content are you hoping to find? Do you enjoy the random mullings of a stranger?

Please keep your fingers crossed for my safe travels. Hopefully I’ll be writing to you next from the PNW.

 

Write 31: March 1st

I’ve somehow gone a week without posting. It was an odd week, as I was at a conference for work (which was cancelled early due to the impending snowstorm that of course never happened), and then work-from-home days due to said “snowstorm,” and then, to be honest, I just haven’t felt very inspired to write anyway,. I started this blog with the idea of learning to be a better writer, and then it morphed into all this goal-setting, and then I’ve been trying to think of topics that my followers would find interesting. But that’s taking me away from my original “vision,” because I’m so not ready to be entertaining readers!

For March, I’m going to try #writeandrun31 again. Although, for me, it should be #write31andrun10 since I’m following a half-marathon training plan and generally only running three times a week 🙂 If you’re not reading Matt Frazier’s No Meat Athlete, I highly recommend it. Even if you’re not a runner and/or a vegan, there is just so much good advice, I think you’ll gain from it. Two of his most recent posts felt like he was in my head:

He also included this in one of his newsletters, which I adore:

be curiousI had a dear friend in college who dreaded each February, as she had been very sick with Hodgkin’s lymphoma one February in her youth. She always said she was in the bell jar in February, and that has stuck with me all these years later. It is the dead of winter, and the clean slate feeling of January is gone. It’s too far from spring to even start to look forward to warmer weather. I spent a lot of this February with that bell jar feeling, fighting off the doldrums and trying to maintain the momentum I started the year with. I was sick for about half the month, which certainly didn’t help. Thankfully, February is over, and spring suddenly doesn’t feel so far away.

For March, my goal is to write every day, and to continue to experiment with my diet to find the right balance that will give me energy for running but won’t include half a box of Girl Scout cookies daily!

Tomorrow, I’ll take a look at the progress I’ve made towards my 2015 Resolutions.

Getting Into the Details: Resolution #9

9. Write.

This one is easy! Keeping this blog is a perfect outlet for me. I’m not writing this for anyone else but me. It’s great if it finds readers, but since I have no idea what I’m doing, it’s fine if no one is looking at it but me. Writing is a skill I’m very interested in developing. I’d noticed how many of my thoughts I wanted to spend more time with, and how many ideas kept popping into my head.

So this is a great place for me. I considered doing the #writeandrun31 challenge, but figured it might be a little overwhelming with the other changes I am trying to make. I have been writing most days, and I’m enjoying it. I do think I might need to make my writing time more set in stone, and it a quieter place. I’ve been just sitting in the kitchen with my laptop and my coffee, with my husband and our dogs, which is the usual morning routine. It’s easy to be distracted, so it’s probably worth my while to go downstairs to the office or take some time in the evening when my husband is finishing up his work.

The good thing is, I’m really enjoying this blog so far. I know it’s doesn’t have much focus, but for me, for now, I just want to get into the habit of writing.

I will turn 40 this year.

With this in mind, I would like to put some of my 2015 goals out there:

1. Learn to do a handstand.

2. Pay off our credit card debt, and the personal loans as well. Bonus points for paying off my car. This will involve being frugal instead of buying pretty much everything we’ve wanted and taking lots of vacations, which we did in 2014.  I do want to be careful to allow ourselves some degree of spending without guilt. Last year we were incredibly frugal January through March, but the restriction then resulted in us kind of losing our minds the rest of the year.

3. Be less anal. I am unfortunately becoming obsessive about details, causing me to miss out on some of the fun of actually doing. We just spent a week at the beach with our families. It was our Christmas gift to them. I spent the first half of the trip worrying about everything that was wrong and not as perfect as I’d imagined, and the second half of the trip regretting being so anxious about the imperfections. I don’t know how I will go about chilling out, so more to come on that.

4. Run a half marathon

5. Downsize. This will involve selling our lovely 2400 square foot townhouse for a much smaller (and cheaper!) condo, along with a LOT of the stuff that occupies said townhouse.

6. Meditate. The Headspace app has been recommended to me, so I will be giving it a try.

7. Drink less. Yes, the name of this blog is Gin is my Comfort Food, and it really is. I know I am self-medicating to some degree with booze. I need to find a healthy mix so I can enjoy a glass of wine or a couple of cocktails,rather than drinking excessively. I’ve also noticed that when I go from totally abstaining to drinking again, I tend to overdo it, so I’d really like to work on the happy medium.

I’d like to pause here and point out that I am noticing a theme here: Balance, both literal (handstand) and figurative (improving my mental/fiscal/physical health).

8. Go to counseling with my husband. Overall, we are very lucky to still be madly in love after 14 years together, but we’ve been having some of the same fights for the majority of those 14 years, and they are wearing us down. I know we’d each benefit greatly by learning to understand each other better.

9. Write. Remember to keep something with me at all times to jot down ideas. Especially when I’m running. I would like this blog to be fun and useful for me to write.

10. Continue to evolve my relationship with food. Man, do I like food. I LOVE to eat. For the most part I keep it in check, but again, like with drinking, when I am very restrictive, I go into binge-mode once the restrictions have been lifted. Lately, I haven’t really cut out anything from my diet, and I’ve been good about running and going to the gym, and I’ve definitely been happy with the results. I do feel guilty about all the meat I’ve been eating, and with the holidays, I consumed much more sugar that I’d like. I am going into the New Year with my diet still a work-in-progress. We want to focus first on eating what we already have, as part of spending less so we can pay down our debt.

11. Try some minimalism projects. I love the idea of these! But just thinking about them makes me nervous, which is probably a sign I need to give them a shot. Luckily, I think some of my other goals with naturally lead into a minimalist ideal: downsizing, not buying new clothes, eating what we have, focusing more on exercising, etc.

 

I was going to have either 10 or 12 goals, because 10 is a nice round even number, and 12 matches the months of the year. But instead, I will leave this list at a sort-of-uncomfortable 11, because progress (see #3).