Boy, howdy, that sure hits home. My life cycle is so screwed up. I'm often awake until 4 a.m. because I can't sleep. Then I waste most of the day napping and don't accomplish any of The Things. Pretty soon they become overwhelming and I don't even know where to begin.
A bit at a time, is where. I joined a fitness club with a lap pool, and I FORCE myself to go there and swim for an hour three times per week. It's a start. At least it gets my butt up off the couch.
Garden-tending is very satisfying. That was a great selection. Sometimes one thing leads to another, and somehow you're back in the world. It's been a tough year. I'm thinking of you.
2015-06-05 06:53 pm (UTC)
It is a step, and as someone who has their own struggles with that sort of thing I say GO YOU and celebrate it.
I've always thought the aphorism "Little strokes fell great oaks" was a bit trite, but then I've come to realize that there's a truth to behind those bits of old wisdom. Keep taking those steps forward, no matter how tiny, Mrs. Ferrett!
I never heard that saying before, but it so true. Small steps over time produce results. A lot of times, all we can do is the small steps because of the limitations life puts on us in terms of limited time and energy.
Good for you!! "little bites" is the smart way to get back into it! I'm thankful I have a little job (part time nanny) that FORCES me to get off my duff and DO STUFF. It's good for me physically, mentally and financially. If I were home all day, every day, I know I'd become a couch potato!! Keep up the good work! Onward and Upward!!
Even doing something small makes me feel good. Then there's the hard-won knowledge that many important goals is made up of doing small steps over a period of time rather than the all-or-nothing philosophy I used to take to accomplishing goals.
Reading this makes me more determined to get out and ride my bike for the first time this year.
Step, step, step...
This is inspirational. I feel that all I do is work, and when I'm not working I don't have the brain cells or motivation to devote to anything else. My house is becoming even more cluttered, I haven't read a book in months (this, from a chronic lifelong bookworm), and I barely talk to my husband or family. I have two weeks of vacation coming up at the end of June and I plan to spend half of it at the beach and half at home, just living. I took a total of three (not consecutive) days of vacation last summer, worked for part of each spring and winter break, and I am just burned out.
Same problem here. I am also committed to an hour per day but I do different things on different days. One day I quilt, another I garden and so on. I hate gardening so I just cannot go out there every day.
Understandable. I didn't make it out this weekend, but this weekend was highly entangled with grief, so I'm being easy on myself.
I am happy to read this. But to be fair...you have had a trying couple of years. I can understand why you needed to disengage from some of the stuff going on in your life.
I was remembering your bread-baking posts. Kneading bread dough is so therapeutic, and bread baking in the oven is such a satisfying and glorious aroma. Just wondered if you might want to try bread again.
Thank you for sharing this, for being so honest and open. I needed to read that I am not alone in feeling like I "gave up" on my favorite things. I hope we can both make the changes we need.
It's a challenge. I'm doing better at getting some exercise than at other things. But I feel like I'm making some forward progress.