Focusing on myself this year, means that I work on my well-being and my development. Thirteen days into the year and I’m happy to report that I’m taking steps to work on making my life easier and more stress-free. Today, I’m happily stealing this idea from Pat Doyle of Retirement Transition and sharing my 20 for 2020 list.
My Vision Board For 2020
Inspired by Jennifer of Unfold and Begin and reading Christine Kane’s website, I decided that I’d work on a vision board this year. I spent two happy hours yesterday creating this, believing that the vision board is a step further towards my own development.
When you take time to align with your deeper self, you are far more able to manifest your authentic desires with total effortlessness.Christine Kane
My 20 for 2020 List
My list is further breaking down what Metta will mean for me in 2020.
- Start the day with Morning Pages. I’ve realized that this is vital to my well-being.
- An hour long morning walk. I’ve started to enjoy walking although, I still need to tackle my resistance to getting out for it every day. Once I’m out I’m fine. I enjoy taking pictures too on the way – mindful photography!
- Eat a lot of fruit and raw veggies. I love both, so it’s not a big deal. The only thing is to make sure we’re stocking enough at home.
- Cook a lot more at home. Since it’s only the two of us, sometimes it’s so tempting to order in rather than take the trouble of cooking. But we’ve resolved to eat outside food only when we actually go to a restaurant – maybe, once a month. I’ve been trying out new recipes and so far tomato shorbha (spicy soup), beetroot soup, a new kind of chole (chickpeas) have made their way to our table.
- Regular massages. We’ve finally managed to find a good place to get Kerala Ayurveda massages and I can already see the benefits of these massages.
- Drink more water. Making sure I keep drinking water through the day. The first thing I do at work these days is to fill up my glass. Also making sure I drink water at night too.
- Have a leisurely bath at night. Both José and I are the two bath kind of people. One bath in the morning before work and one at night. I used to have one before dinner, but now I do all the dishes, then have a nice leisurely bath before bed. I throw in a few drops of lavender oil into my bath water and it really helps me to sleep better.
- Work fewer hours. I try to get to the studio between 10.00 and 10.30 am and I head back home for lunch by 1.30 pm. Now I’ve decided that I don’t come back post lunch. I spend the afternoon at home reading and commenting on blogs, doing some chores, walking the dogs, cooking or doing some fun things like napping, reading, watching a movie.
- Maintain my bullet journal. I tend to start this out well but lose steam in the middle of the year. This year, I’ve made my journal even more user friendly and am regularly updating it.
- Do more personal development/ journalling exercises. As part of my personal development plan I have a lot of introspective exercise that I want to go through. I’ve marked out a separate journal for this and want to do them in a more organized way.
- Do more fun things. Sometimes we get so caught up with work that we don’t realize fun has to be scheduled too. I’ve created a ‘fun page’ in my Bujo to list out all these activities. A visit to an exhibition, the zoo (I haven’t been for years), perhaps a jigsaw puzzle….Any suggestions you have are welcome!
- A weekly Artist Date. I plan to have a date with myself every week. A time set apart to do something mindfully – to explore my own creativity. The first week, I tried out a new recipe and the second week, I created my vision board.
- Connect / Re-connect more. I plan to connect in a deeper way with people offline, which sometimes includes long phone calls (something I’m not too fond of). I’m looking forward to meeting a group of old colleagues.
- Blog with purpose. It’s sometimes easy to forget why I started blogging. I got carried away for a few years. Now I’m getting back to writing more meaningfully.
- Speak up. To use my voice – written or otherwise – to speak up and speak out. Not to shy away from uncomfortable topics or be afraid that I might offend someone with my writing.
- Take better care of my health. While walking regularly and eating healthy have already been listed, I tend to put off doctor’s visits! I need to get better at this. Prevention is better than cure, after all! 😉
- Create more. I’ll be writing more about this on The Frangipani Creative.
- Start respecting money. Money and I don’t have the best of relationships. This is an area I need to work on. I actually put ‘make more money’ in my Vision Board. That’s a first for me.
- Read more mindfully. For the first time in many years, I’ve not registered for any book reading challenge. I’m reading books – but making better choices about the books I read. Also, I’m consciously not staying up late to read.
- Be me. To be more authentic in my relationships. More honest with myself. And to enjoy being the woman I am.
This year, I’m following this advice:
You can’t be committed to your bullshit and to your growth. It’s one or the other.Scott Stabile