Sunday, February 20, 2011

Resolution 6/52

Did you notice that I didn't post a new resolution last week? Mainly it was because Em was here and we were way too busy having fun. But I also thought I'd better stop and look back on the first 6 weeks of 2011 and see how things were going. 

I'm doing great with the gratitude journal {have written every single night without fail} and have been keeping up with my letter-writing {though the Valentines, alas, never did happen! not mine anyway, but the boys did get all 50 or so of theirs handed out, so I think that counts as a success of sorts}. I'm happily listening to the CBC every day and saving the top 40 for the gym. I'm  drinking quite a lot of water {though still not enough... any tips?} 

But the getting to bed early was starting to fall by the wayside. It is so easy for me to get distracted by a good book, a favourite blog, a dashboard full of pretty tumblr photos... And so, I must work harder at resolution #1, try to re-focus my efforts on going offline early, reading that good book for a while, and still getting to bed at a decent hour. 10:30 pm is once again the goal. In the week to come, I'll work on that, and {this is a really big one for me} I'll make a concerted effort to stop worrying about stuff!

via here

I've probably mentioned before that I am a worrier. Unfortunately, it's one of the things that I do best. I worry about Alan, about the kids, about money... I fret over big things and little things, and things that have never happened. It's embarrassing to admit, but I am a bit of a hypochondriac. A lump, a bump, a rash, an upset stomach... and I instantly find myself thinking the worst. I am so tired of it. It wears me out, and sometimes it really does make me sick! And so this week, and for every other week to come, I am going to focus on the positive. I'm going to stop worrying, as best as I can, whenever I can. Any advice on how to do that? I would love your help.


  1. Well done on keeping up with your resolutions. Even if going to bed earlier is starting to fall by the wayside.

    Water I sometimes find hard to do. I try and have a bottle of water around me everywhere I go and I include cups of tea (mainly because I don't put milk in mine).

    I too am working towards worrying less, so I look forward to reading tips. x

  2. Ah don't worry! I worry sometimes, but then i think well there's just no point to it. It takes up too much energy. And time. When I could be reading, sipping tea from a cute cup, eating chocolate.....

  3. My family is full of perpetual worriers -- my aunt and mother especially. When I finally admitted I was falling into the same pattern of thought, I knew I had to do something. What helped me most was having a good mantra and adopting a different attitude. My rule is if I find myself worrying about something, I have to think what I can do about it; if I can't do anything about it, I need to stop worrying and trust that things will work out, maybe not the way I expect but they will work out. And then I try to surround myself with lots of positive thoughts. I really think you get back what you put out in the universe.
    As for the water, I'm always working on that one too.

  4. I'll definitely be checking on the comments for this post too! I'm a big worrier. Noah lets things just roll right off his shoulders where as I hoard all my worries for ages! I do find that keeping active helps me...but I think for some people that could just accentuate the worrying.

    Good job keeping up with your gratitude journal! I am not good at every day goals I realized (such as taking a photo each day - I'm much better at taking 200 at one event). I'm proud of you keeping focused on your goals. :)

  5. I've always loved the quote "Be granted the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." I'm sure it's stressful to be a wife and a mother and a daughter and so many other things all at once, just try to accept that there are some things that are out of your control, but even so... every little thing really is going to be all right! :)

  6. sometimes i wish i worried more, if that makes any sense at all. i am so laid back at times that i often get sidetracked by something that could have been avoided if i had just worried a bit more.

    i think the fact that you worry is fine. i wonder what you could do with those feelings to turn them into your superpower and not into something you don't like about yourself? how do you find that balance? might be worth the thought...

  7. i love this!
    thank you, for your kind words, when i needed them most. not sure if i stopped in to thank you, or not.
    ; )

  8. I'm a worrier but an eternal optimist, too. I find that when I'm overwhelmed or anxious, I stop myself and take a moment to visualize that it will all work out. And you know what? It usually does. When it doesn't (because such is life after all), I grab a cup of tea and a pen and write it out (solutions, thoughts, reflections, emotions). I don't have all the answers (and don't want them) but I do have strength, endurance, resilience and love. And that's enough.

    This reminds me that I need to drink more water.

  9. you should be SO proud of keeping up with your resolutions! i wanted to work out more and have to tell myself that doesn't mean EVERY SINGLE DAY you know? otherwise i'll beat myself up about taking a day off etc.

    about the worrying (you're just like my twinkie! though i admit some things do keep me up at night like money, finding a job, missing my family etc) ... the only thing i can do is close my eyes and pray to God because i know that nothing is put on my plate that i can't handle with Him.

    it's the comfort that ALWAYS works. xoxoxoxo!

  10. When I catch myself getting worked up, I have to consciously pause and say to myself (sometimes in my brain, sometimes out loud) "Breathe, all is well"
    That seems to help put things in perspective for myself.


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