JessOfAllTrades Posted November 21, 2017 Report Share Posted November 21, 2017 JessOfAllTrades Builds I believe the last time I was here was before the school year started (or had just started). So here I am, end of November and past the first marking period, and I feel like I'm still just getting started getting into the swing of work. This school year has been rough, to put it simply. I am holding up okay, but I know I need to do better if I am going to get through all of this nonsense with my physical and mental health intact. And truth be told I'm tired of being tired and sick all the time, because it leaves me with little energy or creative thought to work on the areas of my life outside of work. And I am not just my work. Some basic information for people who may not know me - I'm a 31 year old school counselor who struggles with depression and ADHD. I'm planning a wedding, which is stressful but pretty cool, and I eventually want to get my professional counseling license and use my gaming interests for the greater good. I host a pub quiz once a week for fun (but do get paid, which is nice). Exercise-wise I've tried a little bit of everything and generally find weightlifting to be my favorite thing, but even that is situational, as is my general joy in activities. Right now I have a lot of big goals, but need to do some building in order to have the resources and capacity to work on those goals. So that's the focus this challenge - small stuff, but important stuff needed to get to those bigger goals. And each goal will have a reward because I am a simple creature driven by want and desire of stuff/experiences/things. Goals: 1) Re-Building/Rehabilitating The Body So these past few months have been incredibly light in the gym-going department. I was struggling to get into a routine that worked for me, so I kinda just stopped. Despite the fact that my partner got a gym membership we haven't been very good at holding each other accountable. So right now I'm going back to just focusing on me, and finding something that works and helps my body feel less like a train wreck. I can't take classes at this time, but there's a lot I can do at home while I use my gym time to explore options and potentially work towards aerial silks (there's one of my bigger goals). Daily: - Stretching/Mobility/Flexibility work Super important to be flexible and able to move if you wanna do aerial silk work. And, you know, good for life. So I'm going to do this everyday. My pre-challenge assignment is to find a stretching routine I like and can accomplish first thing in the morning when I wake up. My alarm goes off at 5 but I generally do not get moving till 5:15, so let's use those 15 minutes. Weekly: - Get to the gym Seriously, I'm paying for this membership. I need to go. For now the goal is to get there weekly, but more often would be preferred. Reward: Aerial Silks Intro Classes (80% or higher on dailys, 70% on weeklys) Every time I consider signing up I balk at the cost and time commitment (most places that offer the classes are a bit of a drive for me). If I can meet my daily and weekly goal here I will sign up. 2) Building Fueling Habits Ah food. My weakness, my one true love, we have such a complicated relationship. I have this tendency to do really well for a week or two and then I let it go and get discouraged. At least I've managed to work off some of the fluff I gained over the summer? I still would like to get rid of more fluff, and in general I'd like to fuel my body in a way that helps me, instead of binging on crap and letting my emotional health serve as my excuse. Not to mention I'm getting to the age where I need to be a little kinder to my body because I no longer have an iron stomach. So while there is a LOT to do here, let's focus on some basics: Daily: - Track your food - Eating veggies - Packing lunch (work days only) I do well with food tracking, generally, and I need to do better with getting at least one serving of veggies in. And I have to bring lunch to work, because when I forget lunch I either don't eat (and am thus super hangry) or I go out and make bad food choices. Weekly: - Cook a meal Yup. Just one. More ideally, but again, building small steps. Reward: ??? (80% or higher on dailys, 70% on weeklys) Um. I'm not sure actually. Maybe I'll think of some fun baking implement like canoli shapers or something like that) 3) Building in Self-Care Routines I know I need to do this self-care thang. The Mighty had this fantastic article on self-care and how it isn't always about treating ourselves, but rather sometimes it sucks and it means being a responsible adult and taking care of our shit. And that's really hard when dealing with the malaise that comes with depression. So this goal is going to be about creating routines that will help me, even if I don't want to do it sometimes. Daily: - Morning Routine - Night Routine - Reading before bed (instead of interneting - Work nights only) I am guilty of sometimes just falling into bed without doing simple things like cleaning my makeup off. Also, I've missed my evening skin routine the past two days. Routine is good, and even though my nights can be unpredictable, I need to take the time to do some simple things. And I need to cut down on my screen time. Weekly: - Skin/Hair pampering (masks, or other more in-depth treatments I don't use daily) - Take care of nails (cutting, shaping, polishing) Winter is coming and that shit is harsh on my skin and hair. Also, my nails aren't in great shape since I keep forgetting to paint them (only thing that keeps me from biting them). I got a wedding in less than a year and I want to look and feel my best. Reward: Bullet Journal supplies for 2018 (80% or higher on dailys, 70% on weeklys) I have supplies to make do for now, but new stuff for a new year is an awesome incentive. 4) Building stepping stones to a better life Gotta make some progress towards my bigger life goals. There's a lot of little stuff that needs to get done, so let's get to work. The big areas right now are making my living space bearable (cleaning is one of my weaknesses), getting job applications done before county-wide interviews begin (we have two levels of interviews in my state), continuing progress on the wedding stuff (we're doing good so far, but gotta keep going), and of course I need to focus somewhat on current work stuff because I am rapidly falling into compassion fatigue/general apathy and that does not look good when job searching. Daily: - Unfuck Your Habitat mini challenge - 30 minutes of work-related frog-eating Weekly: - Progress on job applications - Progress on wedding planning - Unfuck Your Habitat full challenge Reward: Hair-cut/High lights (80% or higher on dailys, 70% on weeklys) I mean, I need the haircut, but I've been debating balayage for a good year now. That shit is expensive, so if I can succeed in this challenge I will go for it. 3 Quote Storytelling Rebel | Blog | Twitter "“You've seen my descent, now watch my rising." ~ Rumi Link to comment
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