“MyLife Plan B” was the title of a blog post on freshly pressed a couple of weeks ago from Mama Bear, the blogger behind Call Me She Bear, who is almost 40 years old, and coming to terms with the fact that her life hasn’t turned out quite the way she’d been planning.
Hmm! Know the feeling. But I never really had a plan A. My life just kind of evolved and suddenly I am nearly 63, probably the most content I have ever been and thinking the time for dreaming is gone.
But with the New Year I keep reading other bloggers plans for 2013 ( are all bloggers deamers?) and their achievements in 2012….and think, maybe I should not just amble along without any vision, maybe I had better try to get some structure to my life and make some plans.
In AA we have a prayer that ends every meeting,
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change
Courage to change the things I can’t
and the wisdom to know the difference.
So maybe I have been accepting too much instead of changing, but the trick is the wisdom to know the difference.
All my life I have resolved to be more organised, started new routines, diets, exercise etc. … Never really happened. I am still the inconsistent disorganised
slob person I always was.
The only things I have ever been consistent in is sobriety, cycling and Paris…. and maybe this blog, as it has been going on a couple of years now, although the anniversary of “going public” is coming up.
Just yesterday, day one of ” I will give myself more maintenance” it was 2.30pm before I got in the shower. I did manage to put on a face pack and exfoliate myself. I manicured my nails , but by then I got fed up and the feet were neglected and the hair was left to dry! I put on clean pyjamas and made some sandwiches. for tea!
( Micheal still cannot eat as his mouth is still very infected with thrush and ulcers so I can’t be bothered cooking for one)
I have still not made a list of balanced meals we can have for the next week, so Michael can do the shopping and the wash basket is overflowing as I have been away for most of the past ten days.
So, I have decided to make a list (again!) for 2013. Things I would like to achieve or work toward.
So apart from trying not to be so grumpy.. ( I don’t really think I am grumpy, but my daughter Sunshine tells me I am, so I have made a promise to her) This is the list……
- Have a shower and get dressed BEFORE breakfast, as I get sat in front of the computer, then “just fill the dishwasher” or “just put this thing away” or”just clean the kitchen” ….and then suddenly it is mid afternoon and I am still in my pyjamas.
- On Thursday nights, plan the meals for the next week, so Michael can shop and I have what I need to cook for the freezer on Saturdays. So that I don’t come home late, as I have done tonight and said “Oh lets just go to the chippie!”
- On Sunday nights. Do nails and feet. Face pack etc.
- For two weeks at least, use skin care religiously to see if it makes any difference.
- Do one kind thing a day. But it doesn’t count if you tell anybody.
- On Monday nights. Look at my bank account! LOL! ….. (I am not saying this will keep my finances in order, but at least I cannot say I don’t know any more)
Enough of self self-improvement these are things I want to DO.
- Enrol on a creative writing course.
- Visit brother and family in California in April
- Visit at least one other city than Paris.
- For at least a weekend, pack my cycle bags and stay away overnight.
- Clear the vegetable patch. ( it’s unlikely I will plant anything as I will be away during planting season visiting my brother)
- Decorate the bedroom. If I don’t sell the house by March.
So now I have written that down, all that looks a bit overwhelming, so maybe I should break it down into achievable goals.
Maybe I will just concentrate on number one.
Go and have a shower NOW.
Maybe the rest will follow.
Great resolutions. Never making resloutions on the New Year, I live each day resolved to perform acts of kindness and patience..(you know that I’m a therapist with the elderly, so it’s easy
!!). I wish you the greatest success keeping your resolutions intact thru the year!
LOVE the rainbow photo.
Actually, acts of kindness are the the most difficult….and not telling anybody.
Good for you Denise – I don’t think I have ever made out a “list” for the new year – the first thing I would list is STAY OFF the computer so much!!! LOL!! I have so much to do around the house as I’m such a pack rat and also the world’s worst procrastinator!! Anyway, I like the fact that you do have a list and am sure you will have the determination to follow that list – you inspire me to do the same!
Not saying I will stick to the list Sandy, LOL!……. although I have made the list of meals for the shopping.
I know what you mean about sticking to it – but at least there’s the satisfaction of getting started!!! You’re allowed to waver from the list a little – at least that’s what I’m telling myself!
Sandy…thanks for giving me permission to waver from the lists….the responsibility of other people being inspired was getting a little heavy LOL!
Love your lists Denise! I am an inveterate list maker, but once I have written my list that’s it, as if writing everything down means I don’t have to follow through with taking action! I think it may be a reaction to my never ending to do list when I was at work! Every time I ticked a task as completed another 2 or 3 would be added to the end of the list so it was never finished.
Anyway, I have faith in you to stick to your lists, you are indeed an inspiration!
Ha, Ha, I love the idea of making lists so you don’t have to follow through…..but at least you have made the list!LOL!
Now the responsibility of sticking to the lists rests heavily on my shoulders.
See you soon.
Oh Denise! You’re talking to the #1 procrastinator here but also the #1 list maker, I love making lists…that I rarely follow.
I think yours is pretty good, even if just to remind you of things you need or should or want to achieve.
To me, putting things down on a piece of paper, my phone or the PC, helps me clear my head and feel less overwhelmed about all the stuff pending to do. Blogging I’m finding is helpful too as a way to get things out of my head. It frees my “hard drive” LOL
Good for you!
You and me both Sylvia.
Funny how (it would seem ) people make lists that they don’t necessarily follow. I think I am beginning to regret the list alreadY!
Don’t! You and only you are accountable for following or ignoring it, so don’t regret it.
It’s an excellent way to objectively look at what’s in your mind.
I save time by not making any lists or resolutions (handing head in shame) but I wish you luck with yours! All best wishes for 2013. GM x
Thanks for dropping by Bossy.