Happy June 1st, everyone! I’ve been trying to come up with some new blog post ideas for y’all and I thought, “What better way to start the month than with some goals?!” I am currently in the recuperation and waiting stages of my bout with HSP-Vasculitis. This means that I am in limbo until I can get in to see a doctor (which right now isn’t scheduled until late this month). I can’t get off the Prednisone until I go through tests proving I am vasculitis-free. SO, right now I don’t know if I’m better or not – I’m just…waiting.
And let me tell you, waiting is EXHAUSTING. It is SO HARD not to question every little thing with my body. It is difficult to trust that I am going to be okay. When you are sick, how do you keep from asking yourself daily – What if I don’t get better? It is so detrimental to the mind to worry about that, but I can’t seem to refrain from asking. I’m tired of worrying and stressing over something I CAN’T CONTROL. The same goes for the weight gain, flushed skin, scars, et cetera, et cetera.
SO WHY DO I LET MYSELF STRESS ABOUT IT?!
This got me thinking – I need to distract myself. Set goals, make them public so I’m held accountable, and stop worrying. So here goes –
1. Wake Up Earlier
I am really bad about getting 8 hours of sleep – either I barely sleep (thanks Prednisone) or I sleep for 10-12 hours. I tell myself that I’m sick so it’s okay to sleep a lot. Well, I’m healing now and need to get back on a normal schedule. A consistent, healthy sleep schedule leads to a more productive lifestyle.
2. Practice Positive Thinking
I’ve already discussed this earlier in the post but I am going to expand on the subject a little bit here as well. Bear with me. I’m getting tired of my current mantra for patience – “Baby steps.” So my goal is to find new ones each day. Healthy Mind = Healthy Body. Isn’t that a saying? I am convincing myself that if I tell myself I am healing, I will heal. Half of the battle is mental, right? So my goal is to replace the questioning and stressing with positive thinking. For some inspiration of your own, check out my Pinterest board on this topic!
3. Read 4 Books
At least two of these books will be from my Theatre Reading List. Reading is good for the soul and for the mind.
4. Make Money From Home
I’m currently unemployed while I heal (Thanks Mom & Dad for helping me out financially!). This being said, I would still like to have money to put into savings or at least fund my coffee addiction. I will start using Ibotta again to help gain rewards from shopping. Now that I can speak again, I will go back to UserTesting to make a small income as well as using Swagbucks when I’m bored. Who knows, maybe I’ll put money back into the stock market – on second thought… I just checked the DOW and it is down…maybe I’ll wait a little while before I go back into the stock market…
5. Spend Less Time on My Phone
I am really bad at doing only one thing at a time – professional multi-tasker over here! I’ll play on my computer with 2-3 tabs open, check apps on my phone, and color all while the TV plays in the background. I need to learn to put my phone in another room and do one thing at a time. While I am trying to increase Glitter & Grandeur’s social media presence (Please follow me!), I don’t need to check my stats every 5 minutes – it’s toxic and it needs to stop.
6. Memorize One Monologue
In March, I started collecting monologues that I connect to with the intent of memorizing them…well, its June 1st and all I have done is make a Word document of them all and occasionally open it and think, “I should memorize one of these.” Then, I pick up my phone, get distracted, and don’t touch the document again for a week. SO, I am going to pick one monologue and learn it. Monologues scare me so I will start small with one and next month, learn another. Maybe I’ll write a post about my process later – once I find a way that works and doesn’t scare me.
So, that is my list of goals for the month of June! I think I can accomplish it. What do you think? I hope this inspires you to set some goals for yourself this month – we can always better ourselves. Nobody is perfect!
What are your goals for the month? Comment below and we can hold each other accountable!