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  1. Thank you! I do feel that the 'family factor' was part of the trip's lackluster but I also feel a majority of it is just my mindset. I spent most of my 20's going on these solo once-in-the-lifetime trips (Australia, South America, Europe, etc) and crossed of a lot of my big 'bucket list' items. I loved these trips. Now that I'm in my 30's, 1) I'm letting the stigma of the solo travel get to me ("Traveling by yourself? Don't you worry?" <---- I get this *all* the time.) 2) I now have friends who want to go on these grand adventures and, since I've 'been there, done that' already, a lot of times, I tag along. 3) My priorities have shifted (mortgage, home renovations, moving up in my career) and now *I'm* broke (j/k, but you know what I mean). I am taking a long weekend in a few weeks to do a half marathon out of state, so I'm hoping little trips like this will help to reconnect my joy in traveling.
  2. One week in and I am keeping to the meditations in the morning. I wake up, put my contacts in, start the coffee (if I didn't prep the night before) and then sit down at the foot of my bed for 10 minutes with the Waking Up App. And it's nice! There's a 50 day beginner course (not 10, not 30, 50!) so I'm sticking with that. I even find that the meditation is helping throughout the day. For example, I had my Toastmasters speech the other night; I took a deep breath and cleared my mind before I began. That really helped with my nerves. There is a point that I want to do a 10 minute meditation at night because I'm having a hard time sticking to a bedtime routine...but I'm having a hard time with a bedtime routine... My first thought was to do the meditation after I get some things done (dinner, violin practice, workouts, etc), but now I'm wondering if I should do it at a certain cue like as soon as I walk in the door.
  3. Well, that was unexpected. I submitted some paperwork months ago to see if the company will pay for me to take some classes. I didn't receive much hope because there was question on whether the program was job related (data analytics). I made my arguments on why it was and left it at that. Today, I received the sign off (they'll pay for a partial amount, not the full). (!) Deadline for the fall semester is Saturday. (!!) ...I'm not bored. That's for sure.
  4. It was nice! We went through Norwegian on the NCL Joy. I'm not really the cruising type; they tend to 'nickel and dime' you however they can and I usually like to set my own itinerary when I travel. But I did enjoy the chance to do nothing but read in-between our port stops. And the food. So much eating in the past week...
  5. 1.5 days in and meditation is going good so far! Yesterday was Memorial Day and, combined with the jetlag, time adjustment, and general 'I don't give a f-' , I ended up going to bed when the sun was rising (6am-ish). Needless to say, I woke up around noonish on Monday... But I meditated when I did! Yah! I am currently using the 'Waking Up' app by Sam Harris which seems like a good fit. :-) This morning was better in waking up (thankfully. I have to work today!). My alarm is set to play one of Rob Thomas' new songs: 'Early in the Morning' which is a motivating song to wake up early in the morning (thus the name of the song).
  6. So after a long and strenuous 5 1/2 months of constant working and working out, I just came back from an adventure: A week cruise in Alaska! And while this may sound all relaxing and nice (and parts were relaxing and nice), this was a *family* vacation my parents wanted to do with me and my brother. So... it had some stress along the way. Adventure! sigh. A few things I learned in the past week: - Despite our differences, I always held some optimism that my brother and I could have some sort of relationship. After being around him for a week, I have finally realized that this is just a pipe dream. He's not going to change and I need to reassess what my role is between the two of us. I have to let go of a few misconceptions... - For two whole days at sea, I was completely disconnected. No internet, no work e-mails, no schedule besides food and wine. I ended doing a lot of reading. It was a nice reset from the stress that I've been going through lately and I really what to incorporate that in my life now that I'm back. That means living more mindfully and more in the present moment. - I have been traveling for about 15 years now and I seemed to have developed a 'been there, done that' mentality. Alaska was beautiful and peaceful, but I never felt the rush I usually feel when I encounter a new place. I'm not saddened by this (I've done *a lot* in my travels), but it does make me question whether traveling is still my life passion. If not, than what is? Okay, enough of the existentialism! Onto my 4 week challenge starting tomorrow (today is about laundry). - Meditate first thing in the morning for 15 minutes - Complete 3 yoga sessions per week - Practice violin vibrato 3x per week - Practice my Toastmaster speech at least twice before June 3rd and practice at least 3x after based on speech evaluations.
  7. Oh! that's not a bad idea. I might have to roam through my stuff to find some puzzle books. I think I also have some coloring books a friend gave me awhile back. That could also be another suggestion.
  8. It does feel like a rabbit hole, doesn't it? I am debating on changing the 'shower' goal mainly because I am finding I am still having a hard getting up. I think motivation is my problem. I am *not* an early bird (4:45! yikes!) and all the sources on the subject of waking up early say that a key factor is finding something worth getting up for. The shower is not that factor. So then the question would be, 'what is?'. I've tried all sorts of ideas (morning cup of coffee; peaceful walk; exercise workouts). While they are nice and I enjoy doing them in the morning, the bed supersedes in the morning every time.
  9. Day 7: Well...This is a turn. On Monday, I did one of my Big Three: the shower. And even then, I was struggling to get up and get in. It's still chilly in the morning so I have chosen the warm bed over starting my day. - Shower first thing in the morning. 5/20 - Bed *before* 10:30 pm 0/20 - No “rabbit holes” for the next four weeks. 3/20 And the 'rabbit hole' was due to Endgame. I've been soaking up all forms of media I can about it because it was so good. I plan to see it again soon. I regret nothing.
  10. Day 5 & 6 Okay, I am going to say right off the bat, I did not accomplish any of the items on the list this weekend. Not to say it was a bad weekend. My shower/bed/internet habits are 100x worse on the weekends because I usually don't have plans as reasons to keep them up. It was only...50x worse this weekend, so I'm pretty happy about that. - Shower first thing in the morning. 4/20 - Bed *before* 10:30 pm 0/20 - No “rabbit holes” for the next four weeks. 3/20 I have been thinking about my morning routine a lot more lately. I have not been able to wake up any earlier (as is my hope someday), but I have been less...grouchy about it. I don't know if it's because of the weather or the Whole30 I'm currently doing or even something I'm not considering, but I'm happier than I have been in a long time.
  11. Day 4 - Shower first thing in the morning. Done. But I am noticing that it is taking me longer to get out of bed when I'm already awake. 4/20 - Bed *before* 10:30 pm 10:40pm. I'm noticing a pattern. I have thought to change the time but that would just make me go to bed later. 0/20 - No “rabbit holes” for the next four weeks. I went on YouTube and watched a few videos but I was able to close out the computer to go clean my condo. 3/20
  12. Okay, I have to gush about this instance at work because this made me so happy: There's a group of our people from other locations visiting us today and I made an off-hand joke to someone: "I don't get the chance to talk to your boss much anymore. Not since we moved our reporting system on-line." (I always had to call when there was a problem with the reporting.) She nodded her head in enthusiasm. "Things have been *so* much better when we went on-line." That was two years ago and moving that system was my first major project after my promotion. This person didn't know the work that went into it or that it I was just me and our IT person working on it. She didn't know just how *desperate* I was to get the system on-line because what I had was broken and the employee we hired to help me suddenly quit. Two years later and it's good to be reminded of what I managed to accomplish. :-)
  13. ...Those are good questions. I really had to think about it over my morning coffee. I believe it’s because it’s a crazy-busy time at work for me. I end up just ‘riding the wave of the storm’ so the idea of ‘Control’ becomes important to me during this time. Usually, my default is to control other aspects of my life like cleaning my place or journaling my thoughts. But I didn’t do that this time around. I’m not stressed out about that. I’ve started karate so it may be a different take on gaining control. But I’m feeling uncomfortable from my lack of doing my usual comforts. So how can I do all of the above? (karate, cleaning, journaling, etc). By trying to control another out-of-control aspect of my life: my internet usage. I’m not sure how this will shake out. We’re pretty much done with everything at work now, so I can breathe again.
  14. Day 3...WTH Okay, first thing first - Shower first thing in the morning. Done. yah! 3/20 - Bed *before* 10:30 pm I was so close. 10:35pm. Yep. I thought I had the time to get ready but turned out trying to finish the laundry pushed me over. 0/20 - No “rabbit holes” for the next four weeks. Meh. I'll call it as a win. I went on FB and watched one YouTube video but I have been more mindful of the descent into media madness. I am also wondering: should this forum be considered a "rabbit hole"? Because I have been enjoying these discussions. 2/20 :-) ----------- So, now my WTH moment this morning. I actually woke up in a panic. In my half-asleep mind, I realized I felt *good*. I wasn't having the groggy pull of 'awake' I usually feel and that was when the panic set in. Because the only reason that could be was oversleeping. I rolled over to look at my clock. 'Noooooooooooo…..wait....what?' Nope. Almost 7. I have time. I'm good. Then, a double take. No.... That's not 7...that's 6am. My alarm hasn't even gone off yet. I woke up refreshed the first time in forever. And it's great. It's really, really great. Except for the fact that I don't know *why*. Why I have I done a complete 180 on my morning feels from one day to the next? It could be due to a million variables or maybe a combination of variables...and figuring this out is going to bug me.
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