Mindful Monday: Variables

Good afternoon, lovely beautiful magical people!

As you can see, I did finally decide what to do with the title thing. I’m going to just go with descriptive words instead of numbers because to me it’s more fun. And I get to do what I want, right? Of course, right. Now I’m working out the actual categories and points of interest that I’m going to write about each week. A work in progress, as always! But I hope to have a reasonably reliable format by the end of the year.

Last Week’s Goals

I’m just going to start right off with crossing things off a list. At least that part is easy.

  • Win NaNoWriMo
  • Do more research for next year’s projects
  • Be more careful about my spending money
  • Start a diet to help with my stomach problems
  • Visit my horse twice
  • Keep up with my meditation habit
  • Finish Christmas decorating


Highlights from Last Week

Winning NaNoWriMo felt awesome, but what was even more awesome was the fact that I actually reached the end of my story. There are bits and pieces missing throughout it, but I have a beginning and an end and a very good portion of the middle. Overall, it’s a first draft that I am 100% satisfied with and that is all that matters. I’m not sure at this point whether I’ll go back anytime soon and rework it – I have too many other projects that I’m far more interested in right now, but maybe eventually!

A lot of the other things in my life fell by the wayside especially as the week went on, just because I was so focused on getting my word count up, but we still got a few things done. I enjoyed spending several hours at my parents’ farm on Saturday, not just working with my own horse but my mom’s two horses as well. Fresh air is just so very good for my mind.

Sunday we went to a local high school theatre production, which I really really enjoyed! That and the little bit of shopping that I did over the weekend were my favorite relaxing things that happened.

I got my final results back from the doctor and everything looks good or came back negative, so now it’s really up to me to watch my diet and be a bit more active so that I can really start feeling better. It sounds so easy, but we all know that it really isn’t. I’m just really grateful for good test results right now though.

What am I Reading and Watching?

I still haven’t started reading much of anything yet, but hopefully I pick something up this week. I don’t really have my eye on anything though except the Nathaniel Hawthorne novel that I mentioned two weeks ago in my first edition of this weekly post.

We watched the Netflix original movie called The Christmas Prince, and its sequel which just came out this past week. They were very much the standard Hallmark style Christmas movie, but they were very well done and gave me all the warm and cozy holiday feelings that I wanted. Totally worth it.

We’ll probably continue this habit of watching Christmas movies up until the actual holiday. I think we are trying to find one or two that we end up watching every year as a couple/family, but that means watching as many as possible so that we can find those chosen ones.

Goals and Plans for the Next Week

  • Christmas shopping
  • Insurance shopping
  • Visit my horse two separate times
  • Work on the writing and blogging ideas that I have lined up for 2019
  • Finish up the next segment of one of the online courses I’m working through.
  • Start working on a mantra or focused statement that I can use to keep myself grounded – more on this in a later post, I think.
  • Watch my caffeine and sugar intake.
  • Do something active every day, even if it’s only for 5 minutes

I’m trying to work on my communication skills within my marriage, and the main difficulty with that is rooted in my thought patterns because of my mental issues. I’m also attempting to make some headway with my social anxiety, but both of these problems are difficult to shape into actionable steps or specific goals, so it’s hard to add them to my list.

I’ve agreed to help musically with a Christmas production that performs next week, so I’ll need to get myself to a couple of rehearsals between now and then. I also have a piano student that needs a lesson, and my work Christmas party this week. So it’s not the quietest week at our house, but it should be alright anyways.

What do you have planned for the first week of December?

Love and kindness,

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