p is for poo-poo on the planning. not in ALL areas. especially as a teacher, my planning is a must. but i took a day off recently and it felt so good to not plan much. it was a beach day and after that, anything went. it was super relaxing, fun and peaceful.
i plan my day out almost daily. structure and rigidness is needed, especially for me; the procrastinator. but it sure feels good not to plan anything sometimes. poo-poo on the planning might mean that nothing gets done. if nothing gets done, it might be a very relaxing day. so be it.
so this week, even though my daughter has dance six of the seven days, i'll be poo-poo on the planning at home. i will do what i feel like doing once i'm home. some days that might be cleaning. some days it might include a few episodes of chip and joanne, popcorn and a coke, even if it's not the weekend. so sue me. lol.
rebelling against routine is not the worst, and sometimes it can be the best idea ever. planning? no, thanks. panning the planning for the week. 🙂
my 2016 abc blog: p is for moms being pack leaders. if you're a mom, you are a pack leader. love and nurturing and keeping our babies safe is an instinctual thing and acting like a mother wolf is the most natural thing in the world. if you're doing it, you're doing it right. find it here.
AND if you like organization, here's my book to help you with organizing your home, heart and head. it was a fun summer for me when i wrote it.
o is for open-minded. for me that means trying not to answer or respond to my daughter without first taking some time to reflect on what i'm going to say. being open-minded to a new way of answering and her way of thinking. i get in this sing-song rhythm of answering or responding sometimes. especially when i'm tired or in a rush. open-minded means listening and then thinking, and THEN responding.
i have an ex that i talk to on the phone on occasion. we rarely become angry with one another (anymore...lol), but it's easy to fall into that quick reaction in a conversation with him. the old ways don't work anymore. mostly because we're not married anymore. now i try to remind myself that i'm talking to an acquaintance, and how would i respond to them? there's still so much personal stuff attached to an ex, especially when you have kids together, but there's no reason you can't be civil, and adult-like with each other. 🙂
open-minded means slowing down and listening, thinking and saying something else that's not always at hand. instead of saying the first thing that comes to mind (a.k.a., the easiest thing), there's gotta' be something better. finding it and using it leads to a new direction of thinking.
o can be many things, so be open-minded. you'll think of something. 🙂
my previous 2016 abc blog on o is for optimum. i like it. it's a good reminder. find it here. here is an excerpt: "How much do you do in your life that you can label as "optimum?" I've been thinking about it for awhile and my answer would be nothing. When I eat, it's not optimum to my health every single time. When I exercise, I could do much better. When I clean? lol." continue reading here!
make relationships into elationships. look here on amazon for ideas.
i've been doing something totally unlike me for the sake of nutrition. i've been bringing a snack to work lately. that's not unusual but what's unusual for me is that it's a container of fresh, raw vegetables. i eat them straight out of the container and when i do it i feel like a barn animal because who does that?! but i'm finding ways to sneak in healthier snacks (in between the not so healthy snacks). to not lose interest in nutrition, it has to be vegetables that i like. but now i'm finding i need to change it up on occasion to prevent boredom of the same ones.
vegetables over fruit
i like vegetables more than fruit so it's an easy choice. i think i'd eat more fruit if i didn't like chocolate so much. i think my sweet tooth is OVER satisfied so when someone says fruit, i might say, nah, too sweet.
vegetables are bland when you aren't seasoning and cooking them but it's not end of all awful. if i think of them as healthy for my insides, it's no big deal to eat a container full.
i've been eating radishes, carrots, celery, broccoli and cauliflower raw. there isn't much flavor but when you talk about health, flavor isn't as important, as long as it doesn't taste bad (you know, like brussel sprouts). unless of course, you like brussel sprouts.
intentions for the week: find ways to eat nutritious foods, and in the highest context. a.k.a. minus the seasonings and fats. THEN i can have my french fries. 🙂
My previous ABC blog was n for nurture. it was a longer blog but a reminder of how important nurturing is to our physical selves. find it here.
adult coloring books, you say? i made one that helps you attain a direction in your life. it interviews you as you color. check it out on amazon here. p.s. the kindle edition isn't as fun as the paperback since you won't have the actual book.