A Slower Start

Over the past few days, I have found that I have been increasingly more and more lethargic. I can only assume it has to do with my lapsing back into maintaining “teenage hours.” You know what I mean, remember when you were a teenager on Spring or Summer break and you felt that somehow you had to rebel by staying up until 2 or 3 am?! Well, that’s been the case for the past two or so weeks.

Sure, I’m an adult. I can go and come as I please and essentially do what I want, but I don’t know what it is with my late start to the day and my even later bedtime. I roll into my home office at around 12 pm and often don’t leave it until 1 or 2 am. Then, I move in all of my games on my iPhone and read what’s going on in the celebrity world on my People app. By the time all of that is done, it’s at least 3 am. “Last night” I didn’t go to sleep until almost 4 am. Considering the fact that among my nightly prescription medications I have a sleeping pill, it’s a bit odd that I seem to suffer a bit from insomnia.

Being in my home office for over 12 hours isn’t what it may seem. First, I am not fully in it during that time. I do take a break for an hour or so to go and workout. And then, there are the times where I take a break to eat with my husband and then, well, I’m not entirely sure where all the time goes because I find that I’m still struggling to hit my billable 8-hour minimum. Correction, it’s not as difficult as it used to be. I now have the workload to support even 10 or 12-hour days, however, this year I have been really good about making sure that I have a 40-hour (or more) work week.

I’ve been really happy about the improvements I’ve been able to make. Gone are the demands to maintain a rigid and sometimes discouraging Resolution list. I’ve actually narrowed that list to a Top 3:

  • Body – Exercise for 15 minutes or more at least 5 times per week. Eat in moderation.
  • Mind – Blog at least once per week. Write for the newspaper once per month. Read a book each month.
  • Livelihood – Maintain a 40-hour billable work week.

This year’s difference is that with few exception, I’ve already been doing this. Since January 13 I have been exercising no less than 6 times a week. And it’s not a crazy routine. I walk around the path paved around the lake where we now live anytime it’s not raining (and one or two times when it was). I also go to the gym that’s also on the property to do another 20-30 minutes on the treadmill. I have been eating less of the “good tasting but not too good for you” foods. I don’t believe in doing things in some radical way. Nor do I believe I can cut out the food I like entirely. Thus, I just eat them in smaller quantity.

As you can attest, I’m trying to write with more frequency and tomorrow will bring my newest published article in The Union-Recorder. I will admit, I have faltered in my reading goals but it is still just February so I just need to start doing it and not worry too much about it.

Lastly, the maintaining billable hours, I have been a great deal more consistent than I was in the past. Living where we do sure ain’t cheap! Plus, it keeps my mind engaged and my interests piqued.

All in all, things are going well and I really can’t (or shouldn’t) complain. I think that today may be one of those days where I trade a weekend day for a traditional working day. I have to reconcile my various accounts and brace for just how much I am going to be owing the government when we file our taxes.

With my office’s window and blinds wide open, the cool breeze lazily blowing through the screen, I can’t help but to feel so incredibly blessed and so incredibly uninterested in other things on my to-do list. After all, tomorrow is another day.

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