Jessica's Journey

Little challenges, big changes…

Project 365 & my annual (bi-annual?) “I should update this more” post

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I’ve always wanted to try the Project 365 thing, especially because I’m finding that the busier our family gets, the fewer pictures I take. And, there’s really no excuse for that, being as I can take a photo from my* phone and post it in mere minutes.

Except…I’m embarrassed to post anything to my** own blog because I’ve let it get so horribly out of date. So if anyone actually does read this, please accept my humblest apologies.

I gather that some people do Project 365 because they love photography, but I still maintain that I am lacking in the photography department and I’m totally ok with that. More importantly, I want to practice being aware of my surroundings, appreciating my blessings, and maintaining a record of our family’s experiences that we might one day be able to reminisce over. Since I am such a word person I imagine there will be just as much blogging as there will be picture taking; at least, there will be if I’m doing it “right”.

With all that said, today’s picture is…drumroll please…chicken drumsticks. I could tell you so much about this picture. I could talk about how I tried all day to think of a happy picture to take, but my bad mood interfered. I could share that I considered taking a picture of my desk, because the stress that I carry home from work has begun to dominate my life. But in the end I decided that sometimes counting your blessings means recognizing the little victories. Today, the fact that I actually cooked a meal for my family, that fact that we ate fresh instead of fast or frozen, well, it meant a lot to me. And in the end, posting this picture taught me a lot more than spending my whole day looking for something “meaningful” to capture.

*Why would my phone think that “my” should be corrected to “ky”? Does that make any sense?

** Again…really?

About friends, and holidays, and birthdays

So there is a lot on my list of 101 in 1001 that has to do with being a more social person. Or at least, being a better friend to the people that I actually do care to socialize with. I’m generally way too busy overcommitting to a million things to actually be there for anyone else. And as much as I love to talk, sometimes I get carried away and dominate conversations. I’m a perfectionist, and I like to apply my incredibly unrealistic standards not just to myself, but to everyone around me, and for some reason that tends to offend people. With all that being said, I realize logically why I might not have as many friends as some people.

But the heart does not always listen to logic. Read the rest of this entry »

Challenge 48 – Send e-mail updates to customers every month for 12 consecutive months.

I waited so long on this that I no longer sell Mary Kay, now I need to set a goal of contacting Creative Memories customers! Sigh. Anyway, need to keep in contact with people, blah blah blah, am I picking up on a theme here? I guess the self reflection is what this is supposed to be about. Read the rest of this entry »

Challenge 38 – Attend church 3 times per month for 6 consecutive months.

Building a habit is what it’s all about. Have I mentioned that? And if you are (or are not currently) a churchgoer, you know what I mean. It’s hard to start rolling yourself out of bed early on a Sunday when you just plain don’t have to. Read the rest of this entry »

Challenge 33 – Meditate for 10 minutes per day for 30 consecutive days.

Every week, I write on my daily “Sharpen the Saw” goals that I am going to meditate for 10 minutes per day. Guess what? I have yet to actual do it. Maybe…once a month it happens? Okay, I guess I’m being a little hard on myself there – I don’t think it has to be actual hardcore, focused meditation to count. For me, all I need is a few minutes of peace and quiet, where I can reflect and relax without my brain running a million miles an hour. Read the rest of this entry »

Challenge 25 – Create a budget and track spending for 3 consecutive months.

You wouldn’t think it would be that hard for an accountant to keep a budget, but…okay, I have no excuse. Which is why I decided to do this.

I suppose I should say that I am fortunate enough to have a good job, and while I’m not exactly socking away the savings, my paycheck covers my bills every month. I’ve never had to watch each dollar. The problem comes in when I want to sock away the savings, and I want to pay down the credit cards, but the extra money never seems to be there, even though I know I’m not lacking for things. It’s not really about the math, or the finance – mainly the problem revolves around awareness.

Budgeting will help me to watch where my money is going, and see whether this is truly consistent with the goals I have set for myself. In order to achieve my other 101 in 1001 goals, I will have to be able to do this.

Challenge 22 – Keep a daily mood journal for 12 consecutive months.

Keeping a mood journal to track my daily moods – and link them to important life events – is something that has always been enlightening for me. The problem is sticking with it. Fortunately for moi, I have a whole online emotional health and well-being program, provided by my employer Goodrich (also known as Greatrich, and yes I stole that from someone else). Since the tracking journal is built in to the wellness program, and I can do it right here at work every day, I really have no excuse not to keep it updated.
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