really, it is. because my car ended up miraculously fixing itself (sort of embarrassing, but i'll choose it anytime over a large bill!) and the hormone-fueled roller coaster that i seem to be riding lately is flying through a happy zone.
how are all of your resolutions going?
you know, now that we've hit the second real day of the year and all? mine are going well. however, i have been reading focus by my 2011 guru leo babauta (looking back, 2010's was totally gretchen rubin!), and i have decided that one important element is missing from my list.
resolution #6 is to be more aware of the pace at which i am living life, and make a conscious effort to slow down. but i think that a missing piece of this goal is the idea of being more present and more deliberate -- a more active participant in life, if you will.
and i am fairly convinced that one key part of this is prying the laptop out of my grabby paws and getting OFF of the internet already. it's not that i don't love connecting with you all via blogs, twitter and facebook! it's just that the manner in which i do it is haphazard, slightly compulsive, and pretty much the opposite of mindfulness.
i've tried media cleanses before -- the technological equivalent of a crash diet. unsurprisingly, this ended in a full-on media binge, and i reverted back to my old habits soon after it was over.
obviously, i am in need of a better and more sustainable plan. focus contains several workable suggestions:
★ limit the use of email. ie: don't leave it open all day with auto-checking every 3 minutes so that nearly every task gets interrupted by some fresh nugget of distraction that has landed in my inbox. i would like to get back to the habit of checking email deliberately, just a few times daily.
★ let go of the need to stay updated. i do enjoy spending a reasonable block of time each morning scrolling through the latest posts on my favorite blogs. i am completely at peace with this habit and have no desire to change it! however, it's the sneaky 'oh, i'll just lean over and read this one post even though i was in the middle of doing something else' behavior that i would like to change.
★ take breaks, but work free of distractions. a few of leo's ideas to create this "conscious, purposeful balance":
1. block off a few hours a day (all at once or broken into 2-3 parts) for focus. let yourself do email and other communicating during the other parts of your day.
2. work in intervals. focus for 10-15 minutes, then do 2-5 minutes of distraction, then repeat.
3. try a 40-20 split for every hour: 40 minutes of focus, 20 minutes of distraction.
4. disconnect completely for large parts of your day, and have certain periods just for distraction.
i am not sure which of these strategies best fit with my own work patterns and focusing style, but i am pretty certain that any or all would be an improvement over my current free-for-all. i'll let you all know how things go!
the 0th trimester
clearly, TTC-ing* does not come with the same sorts of dietary limitations as actually gestating.
but i am beginning to believe more and more that diet may have a not-insignificant influence on fertility. it makes evolutionary sense, after all, that one would want to be in good overall health and replete with essential nutrients in order to have the best chance at growing and delivering a healthy baby.
i mentioned that i am planning on seeking the advice of an expert, something i've often thought about but never have done. while i'm waiting for that, however, the lovely heather from side of sneakers has offered to do a guest post (Q & A style) to go over some general guidelines on pre-prenatal nutrition.
i know i'm excited (and have questions for her)! if any of you do, either email me or leave a comment on this post.
* "trying to conceive" -- the acronym makes me feel less ridiculous, somehow.
public service announcement
you know those japanese hi tec-Cs that i adore? the ones i thought were only available online at jetpens?
they are now available under a slightly different name (pilot G-TEC-C4) at your local neighborhood staples for just $3.79/2 pack. and i promise: they are the same pen! SHU-tested and wholeheartedly approved.
workout: 30 minute run @ 9:13/mi pace, 0.5% incline. 30 minutes of basic yoga -- i figured i might as well spend some time brushing up on the fundamentals!
27 minutes: the current issue of clean eating has this thai chili on its cover, with the bold claim: "ready in 27 minutes . . . really!!".
i have noticed that 27 minutes in my kitchen often does not equal 27 minutes in some magical test prep kitchen, which contains mythical items such as containers of pre-chopped onions and already-cut-up-and-cleaned meats and vegetables.
but really, this one was done in 27 minutes -- and that included most of the cleanup. i didn't think it was the most exciting soup in the world, but it was a) very healthy and b) extraordinarily fast + easy. and therefore, i would recommend it!
reading: 30 minutes on adrenal disorders (the notes from which you can see above in the pen photo!)