It’s been a busy busy past few days. Although updating blog was on my mind, I couldn’t get around to doing it until today. I knew I had to update you guys on my whereabouts.
Since Aa tracked out two weeks ago, our schedule has changed. She’ll be home for a few more days now and then she tracks back in 🙂 Viv started new pre-school past Friday. So for almost two weeks, I’ve been having both kids home driving me crazy with their “Give me something to eat.”
Now, I’m on full time driving duty. We leave home together at about 7:30 AM. Drop Viv to preschool. Drop The Husband to office. Come back home. Cook. Clean. Exercise. Bathe. Go back to pick Viv. Come home. Lunch. Go to pick The Husband.
The first half of my day goes by in a blink. The Husband takes the driving duty from then on and takes Aa to her classes, while I clean up/ cook/ prepare for the next day.
I am so dreading coming Monday. It is the Daylight Saving time. Aa tracks in. As it is, I find it hard to roll out of bed early every morning. I’ll have to wake up more than an hour earlier to get everything ready before we leave the house!
I’m excited about longer and warmer days; not so much about the changing time though
So while I was on this forced blog sabbatical, I went into an introspective mode. Do you also have some things that dangle in the periphery of your mind but never get to do it? Like those news tickers, they keep playing on loop in the background but you never pay attention to them.
These two weeks, I have allowed the little voice inside me to speak a little louder so that I could acknowledge them. I had these haphazard thoughts flying in my mind and I needed to anchor them. If not, I get frustrated over unmet expectations; where in the first place, I haven’t made any efforts.
I made a list of goals in a broader sense where I need to put in work. I hope to, in the following days, come up with some kind of plan where I can successfully weave these things into my routine, while not upstaging my current circus. Here they are, in no specific priority order.
Curly hair maintenance
It is only recently that I have come to senses that my naturally curly hair needs to be taken special care of. I have been looking up and educating myself with videos and following fellow curly girls who have got their curly hair together. I’m still into searching and appreciating these girls and their methods. As much as I want to, I haven’t been able to give it the time that it needs, to narrow down on the specific method for my hair maintenance.
I admit, I’m a little reluctant to make it my priority. It takes a lot of time, and trial and error to find the right products that suit your hair. So far, I pay attention to wash days and second day hair care. Anything above that is work in progress. Like I want to deep condition my hair at least once a week. Currently, it is happening once a month or lesser often than that! Boo-hoo!
Cut down on grocery bills
After major bills like rent, electricity, car etc. grocery bills are making us cry tears of blood nowadays. Past few weeks, we are tracking our costs and will hopefully know where we are spending unnecessarily.
Meanwhile, I’m also into planning meals to better organize our purchases and to thereby bring down the costs. This step however, is taking forever to implement since we both like to randomize what we eat. We cannot curb sudden cravings and I know that’s where we end up buying additional stuff.
Lead a healthy lifestyle
Exercise regularly :: If you read my previous post, I may have led you to believe that I exercise regularly. It is true, but that happens in phases. I stay on track for 3, sometimes 6 months and then something major comes in the way where I have to take a break. Then somehow it is another 3-6 months before I start back again. I undo the progress I made.
I want to be able to exercise like I brush my teeth. I want to do it that regularly and effortlessly. As far as I’m concerned, exercising in itself is not a task for me. But to make that time to jump back into it after a break, feels tedious.
I’m also slowly introducing The Husband and the kids to get into a physical routine on regular basis.
Eat healthy :: We don’t particularly consume non healthy food. And that doesn’t even mean that we never eat unhealthy. It’s just that I want to be conscious of what we are feeding into our systems. It would, of course, go parallelly with the above point where we buy consciously.
Also, I figured, in our busy lives, I tend to hand our kids store bought snacks. And kids being kids don’t have an upper limit to how much they eat in one sitting. I realized I was feeding them fake food which kept them happy but never satisfied. This too is a work in progress where I have managed to successfully wean them off certain foods that they were used to.
Drink more water :: I think this goes without saying. I forget to drink water. This one’s again like my exercise routine. I make conscious efforts to drink more water during those phases of active exercise days. When working out bites dust, this one does too.
My goal is to drink at least 2 litres of water from 7 am – 7 pm.
I’ve always wanted to make specific changes to our lifestyle where we chose a better way of living without putting in much efforts. It becomes a task when only you are the one interested in doing so and rest have their own thing going.
I’m slowly treading the path,brainwashing the kids and The Husband into adopting a balanced way of leading a healthy life. Whether it works or not, only time can tell.
The decision to start writing once again was made with conviction. I plan to follow it through strictly. I did know that committing to a blog and keeping up with it would be a tall order. And I wasn’t wrong.
At this stage, every thing related to blog or blogging is overwhelming for me. How do I make the page more user friendly? How does this customizing/ editing thingy work? Why is this picture too large/ too small/ blurry etc. These technical aspects are a little too much for me to figure out in a short time that I get to actually sit down in front of a laptop.
I’m genuinely stumped on this one though. And I’ll take a long time to understand if I have to do it all by myself.
Now that it is all out in open, I hope to have some accountability. I plan to revise and review these goals in a few weeks again to see where I stand. Individually these goals are sustainable. It’s only when I try to shove everything down my throat at the same time that I hit a wall.
Stay tuned for more updates on my goals, because I’m going to pen them down here. Even my failures. Until the next post, Ciao!