Just because…things start to get quiet around here about now; we’ll be taking summer breaks, and/or not spending as much time reading blogs (and comments always go down!!) so I want to catch up a bit. How are you?
- What are you doing this summer?
- How’s work? Any big changes on the horizon?
- What’s something you really look forward to in the next couple of months?
- Any challenges you’re working your way through right now?
- How are you feeling? In general, specifically, whatever…
We don’t have any significant plans for summer yet, no big family vacation like we did last year. My step-son will be here all summer and we’ll go to the Atlanta-area to visit family after July 4th, and probably up to Kentucky to visit extended family during that time. So, low-key, easy stuff. I’d LOVE to go to the beach later in the summer though, now that I have two swimsuits LOL
Work for me is going well. I’m still trying to figure out how to juggle Grechen’s Closet & Slowre, honestly, and it’s slow going, but I push through. It’s hard & busy, and so fulfilling/rewarding right now, but I also have moments when I just have to stop and ignore everything for a bit (which is what I did this weekend) to catch my breath and then re-start.
Looking forward to:
Seeing family. I’ll be going to Orlando for my father’s birthday around Memorial Day and then as I mentioned above, to the Atlanta-area in July.
First, I wouldn’t say it’s a challenge really, but I’m thinking a lot about me: Who I am, and what I really want for my life. Not that I haven’t done that before, but for some reason now I feel MORE empowered to do so. I don’t know why exactly (actually, I think it was hearing Jill Soloway’s talk with Terry Gross and watching I Love Dick.. – please don’t read too much into that LOL). Also, in studying stoicism, I’ve begun to pay much more attention to my goals, and the principles that guide me through my day. It’s very tough for me though, because I’ve never done that before; I’m more a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants type girl and I’m ALL ABOUT instant gratification (You know this if you read through my Minimal Closet posts and have been with me for a while) – long term goals be damned. Anyway, lately I’ve been measuring everything I buy or do along a continuum of how close it gets me towards my goal. And what is my goal? At its most general, it’s complete financial freedom – having enough money, savings, etc., to be able to live how and where we want. And travel. Everywhere.
Also, I am always thinking about my parents and trying to spend as much time with them as possible, which is hard, being so far away. I do sometimes feel a wave of nausea or dread when I think about either of them not being “here,” and I am trying to work my way through preparing for that over time.
I am getting so much better at letting go of things I can’t control (which is pretty much everything), by repeating my “list” to myself of things I CAN control, but I still want to fix things for people I love. And I do find myself getting anxious and having mild panic attacks when I think about their suffering. I feel like I have too much empathy sometimes…
How I’m Feeling:
I’m feeling very good, physically, mentally, spiritually, for the most part… But I’ve actually been thinking a little bit lately about liposuction – or doing something to get rid of the excess fat on my thighs. Even saying that out loud is really hard, but there it is. As you may or may not know, I’ve gained and lost weight most of my life until recently, so my body is not quite as toned as it would have been had I not yo-yo dieted forever, and I have quite a lot of excess skin/flab on my inner thighs that’s not going away. I cringe at the thought of ever doing any sort of elective surgery, or something so invasive just for vanity, but I’m slowly beginning to entertain the thought. Not for any time soon, but maybe? Someday? Has anyone done it, or considered it, or known anyone who did?