Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Dash - It's all about how you got there

The title of this post is The Dash - which actually comes from a poem a close friend shared many years ago [watch The Dash Poem Movie here]. It's not as much about where you began or where you end, but it IS about what you do in the meantime.
So, I’ve been actively working on myself the past month – doing things I enjoy doing, making tweeks in my temperament, and pardoning my flaws. I am ready  to start sharing some things I’ve done [and love to do] to help me become closer to the woman I want to be. This will be a continuous thing I'll post about!

Arts and crafts of all kinds. I’ll share my bookcase re-do soon, and next up I’ll be working on painting a canvas.

Spending time with family and friends.  I flew out to Indiana to see my dad, and have spent time with my in-laws and niece. I also went dress shopping with a best friend – so special.

rocker niece

Reading not just girlie magazines, but books too – yes, those ones with lots of non-glossy pages.  I read The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion and am finishing up Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project (I like the Rubin’s book a lot. On the other hand, Didion somewhat comes across as un-emotional and pompous - but that is just my opinion.)

Volunteering as an alumna advisor for my sorority.

Watching football. Dashing and I looked into playing a little fantasy football. After two weeks of us forgetting to make team line-ups for that week's game, we gave up. But we still love watching!

Working out regularly. I'm loving Jamie Eason's bodybuilding.com program - It's FREE TOO! Anytime Dashing is working late and won't be home, I just got to the gym. Although in the last 4 weeks I've not been near as much as I would like to have been, I'm not punishing myself for it because I've been doing other important things too (see above).

Watching my favorite TV shows and not feeling guilty that I was a couch potato. Hey, if I enjoy watching Project Runway, Glee, Dexter (I know, 180 degrees from Glee!), How I Met Your Mother, and all things Food Network, then it's worth spending my time doing!

Tell me....what do you love doing?!


Everyday Adventures said...

Sounds like you have been having a great month working on yourself! I gave my sister The Happiness Project and she loved it! You are an inspiration, makes me want to actively live my life more!

Kristin said...

I have been working on myself, too! Lately I've been letting house cleaning and TV take over and so I've been working on my time management so that I can focus more on myself. It's such a rewarding feeling to do things that you enjoy. I loved this post and I will have to check out 'The Happiness Project'.

{av} | {long distance loving} said...

I'm impressed--holy cow! I've been dying to read The Happiness Project...and I wish I could focus on my HUGE stack of magazines and the mounting projects I keep thinking I should take on {like organizing the pantry haha}. I make a lot of time for blogging but that's because I love it so much ;) Keep trucking--you are incredible! So happy to have found your blog! xoxo {av} | {long distance loving}

P.S. I'm from Indiana--did you grow up there or did your dad move there!? I love finding other Hoosiers, even though I'm in New England now!

Sweet Simplicity said...

The Happiness Project sounds very intriguing. I'll have to add it to my list.

Savannah said...

I LOVE this list and could have made the same for myself. You have inspired me - I'll be referencing this for my November goals! :)


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