I woke up before 7 this morning. The trouble is, I was up until 12:00 last night and I was tired. The bright sunlight was hitting my sensitive eyes, and even though I still saw faces of my dream people from last night, my brain was telling me, “You can’t sleep much longer.” It’s just as well. Those dream faces were spooky. So maybe I don’t need to get thicker drapes after all! I certainly need to re-adjust my sleep habits. Lack of sleep can make a person anxious. I’d much rather wake up calm, feeling well-rested. As an educator, I get the summer off (Or, I work a fun job for the summer, but not this year). This leads into my first promise to myself. I am creating a list of promises that I must keep this summer, since they are all related to my mental and physical health. Putting them in writing is the first step to making them a reality. So, here they are:
- Start going to bed earlier. My son will be getting up early for work anyway, so I might as well. Plus, if I get up earlier, I can get in on the beauty of morning sunlight!
- Witness at least one sunrise this summer. It could be on a walk with my dog, or an early trip to the beach, very early, that is.
- Since I am bothered by the morning light in my eyes, having a bedroom that gets light from the east in the a.m., I won’t write (or edit) as much at that time; I think I’ll get myself on a schedule, and these morning hours would be great for, an outdoor walk with the dog! Reading on the treadmill at the gym! Reading on the couch! Maybe I’ll watch my X-files reruns or Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix in the other room. That’s just a few.
- Cleaning and organizing around the house. Because of writing my latest ebook and setting a goal that my pride wouldn’t let me forget, I kind of let a few things go. It’s time to sweep up again, to say the least!
- Yoga, twice a week, or more
- Work on the 200 page manuscript I hope to publish in a year
- Blog more regularly. I’d like to contribute to Jacqueline’s Thursday “Around the Neighborhood” photo posts! (She is the blogger behind acookingpotandtwistedtales.com)
- Send a short story to a paying publication
- Get a little sun, without getting sunburned
- Fun! Hear an awesome live band
- That spa day I have been putting off
- Spend social time with some friends I haven’t spent time with in a while
- Dance. Even if just once!
14. Number 14 is pretty ambitious and I may have to let it go if it doesn’t work out. My 20 year old son does not converse with me much anymore. I would like to get him to read one of my stories, and/or, get him to perhaps write a story of his own. He has a way with words, and the imagination, but it has been seriously blocked for a few years. The other option is to have him help contribute to my manuscript, because I am writing an explosion scene and really want to get it right! He has read all sorts of military dramas and told me he’d be able to explain it.
15. Let’s not forget: reading! I am part of a book club. I love to read. Summer is the best time to do this!
16. This follows on the tail of #15, because reading is just about the only thing I do without trying to multi-task. I want to spend more time giving all of my attention to doing one thing, and doing it well. Be it writing, promoting my writing, cooking dinner, and talking on the phone (I have to get better about that)! I will be so much more relaxed if I can follow through on this goal, even if just for the summer.
17. Get a passport to replace the one that expired years ago. This is important to my mental health, because it is part of a dream. I want to travel abroad. Maybe this one little step will motivate me to work and save for it. It most certainly is a practice in optimism!
Is that all? Well, I am sure something else will be added, but I have to make sure I meet all of these first!