Perusing through blog entries from years past one might notice I had a tendency toward setting goals for my summers off. Part way through and at the end I would update how I was doing. Sometimes well, usually not so well, depending on how enjoyable the goal was, lol! I’ve never been a true goal-setter; one of those people who set goals with specific timelines and then breaks them down into smaller milestones, and then breaks those down so they know every minute of the day what they should be doing toward the accomplishment of their goals. Part of me admires these people, because I am not one of them, and part of me just doesn’t get it at all. It’s great to have ambitions: I remember when I first started driving school bus our trainer talked about where you wanted to see yourself in five years. I asked her how long one had to drive bus before one could become a trainer. She thought I was joking. I wasn’t. I accomplished that goal without angst and timelines and bullet journals and micromanaging everything. Part of that is my Leo-ness – we decide what to do and we do it. The end.
I find myself now a week into my summer vacation and it’s been a freaking amazing week in which I’ve done a lot and accomplished things I’d let slide, so I decided it would be a plan to take stock, see what I’ve done, what needs to be done, and determine what I’m going to do to accomplish those things. You don’t need to read any further if you find this sort of thing boring. Consider yourself warned.
My main objective quite frankly is to thoroughly enjoy this final summer with Sean at home before he is plunged into the adult world of university, summer semesters, and co-op. I read recently that you really only have eighteen summers with your kids, so cherish each of them because they will end. I never understood parents who didn’t want their kids around in the summer, who scheduled week upon week of camps and programs, and who celebrated “the most wonderful time of the year”, thank you Staples, when the kids went back to school. I get that if you work full time you need to have something in place for the kids, but as a stay at home mom I enjoyed having my kids home with me all summer and don’t tell anyone, but I cried every year when they went back to school. This week has been great. We have had two campfires out back, we have been swimming/floating in the pool almost every day, we have been planning meals to clean out the fridge and freezer, and we went out for breakfast today (primarily to get out from underfoot while our Most Amazing Cleaning Lady did her thing). So yeah, so far so good.
Many of my past summer goals involved weight loss in some form. I have spent most of my adult life battling my weight. I have decided that I want a different focus and want to focus instead on being healthy. Eating properly and being more active are the two main areas here. Now that my foot has healed and my knee is improving (since I’m not walking weirdly to compensate for the foot) becoming more active is possible. And this week I have been in the pool every day because quite honestly, while I want to be more active I am not into self-flagellation and doing anything more strenuous than breathing while floating in water this past week of heat would be downright idiocy. But I floated and moved around in the water, so it’s a start, hey.
Scrapbooking. Ha! I’m winning this one! I love to scrapbook but sometimes we women don’t set aside the time to do the things we love because we’re so busy doing things for those we love. My goal this calendar year was 52 layouts – averaging one each week, not necessarily done once a week, but totaling 52. At this point I could not scrapbook until the first of October and I’d still be on track to meet this goal. So yeah, this is good. I’ve done five layouts just this week.
De-cluttering made a regular appearance in those seemingly ancient summer goal blogs but I’m proud to say it won’t be in this one – wait – it kind of is – only – not. I can honestly say I have done major de-cluttering of my home over the past six years since we renovated, to the point where other than tossing something when it breaks, no major work is required in this area. I do have some closets and cupboards I want to sort through but that’s more to remind myself what’s there and tidy it up.
And finally – Stephen and I have a couple of fabulous camping holidays planned and I intend to ENJOY myself and forget entirely about any goals while I’m doing it!