i'm not sure why, but april was a terrible month for me. i spent half of it sick, and the other half feeling -- well, just sort of aimless, and sometimes sad. i wouldn't go so far to say i was depressed, because there were quite a few happy milestones and moments and i did enjoy them.
but my motivation in pretty much every area of life was at an all-time low. concrete examples:
✔ i'm not sure i cooked a single 'real' dinner all month.
✔ i don't think i successfully got up early to run ONCE. i did get into a nice morning-stroller-run habit, but logged only 50 miles for the month. this is probably a record low other than the TTC/pregnancy days.
✔ i have felt like my attention has been fragmented in every arena. at home. at work. socially. i feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of checkboxes that have to be complete by the end of fellowship, from credentialing to arranging our move to drafting my manuscript. i am not focusing well and i succumb to distraction far too often.
✔ at night, when i could have been either:
a) truly relaxing. with a book, or even an episode of the mindy project
b) catching up on things, in order to help me relax later
c) writing here, which i really do enjoy
. . . i've been on facebook or random blogs instead. often on my phone, in bed. instead of reading or sleeping.
the worst [and slightly interesting?] part is that as i've been making these poor choices [trust me, they are] i have been COMPLETELY aware of them. i've just continued with my [bad] habits, pouting all the while.
yet in reality, i am not even sure what exactly it is that i'm pouting about! i spent the month on service, and i did really enjoy my clinical duties. josh has been working an absolutely insane number of hours, which isn't much fun -- but i should be used to that. and annabel -- well, she's amazing. and so cute and SO much fun right now.
i guess my main frustration is feeling overwhelmed and strapped for time, but i haven't been managing the time i DO have well at all.
TODAY, i am moving on. i am actually in DC right now for a conference, starting with a board review boot camp that begins tonight. this means i have left annabel behind for only the second trip since she was born -- and the first for was less than 48 hours when she was only 2.5 months old! in addition to studying/learning, i really want to take this time to try to gather my thoughts, slow down, and just reboot. not just as a mother, but as a person.
i want to feel organized again and like i'm not behind in 9,999 areas of life.
i want to enjoy me-time again.
i want to eat better [and COOK more for poor a! she doesn't seem to mind the eggs/veggie burger/jarred food rotation, but know i can do better than this.
i want to write more than i have been.
and so, i hope a few of you are okay with reading my ramblings as i try to work things out.
here's to a better month. HAPPY MAY.