I refuse to accept that February is already over. Yes, I am fully aware of the fact that it’s the shortest month of the year, but come on. That was way too quick. February, where hast thou gone?
Lucky for me I did get some stuff done this past month, despite how fast it hurried by. My February goals were:
1. Pick a physical activity, any physical activity, and dedicate a total of two hours a week to it, cumulatively.
This one is still in progress. It wasn’t a complete failure, but the flu got a bit in the way of it becoming routine. Still, did lots of walking and some yoga, and this week I’ll give one of my barre DVDs a spin.
2. Select and share an inspiring message at the beginning of each week, to help us tackle the upcoming week with a positive, energetic attitude.
3. Completely declutter my wardrobe — including shoes, handbags, lingerie, and everything else — until it only includes items I actually like and wear.
Another done, and I am pretty proud of this one! I came home one day after school drop-off and just started taking everything out of all my drawers and off all the hangers and threw it on the bed. It was a gigantic pile of everything mixed: scarves, underwear, sweaters, tights, jeans… you name it. And I just had at it — I picked up each item, looked at it, asked myself whether I was excited about wearing it, and let its destiny revolve on that. Despite the fact that I had decluttered in the fall (as I usually do when I bring out seasonal items), I filled three large 60-liter gardening bags with items to donate, threw away some more and set a few aside to sell (which, if I don’t get around to it soon, will go to fill up another half-bag for the donation box!)
My wardrobe has shrunk considerably, my drawers are half-empty, but I couldn’t be more thrilled because I really do like everything that’s there! And since I’ve done The Big Wardrobe Clean-Up, it has taken me in average 5 minutes to select my outfit on any given day. It’s fantastic!
So now I am quite ready for some new goals… and here they are:
1. Keep the focus on regular activity, without stressing type or duration. Strive to just do something every day.
Boredom is the enemy of… well, everything. But especially motivation and inspiration. That really applies to exercise for me. My favorite kind is actually HIIT, like the fire drills in Turbo Fire, but that isn’t exactly conductive to recovering from Adrenal Burnout, so I have to stick to more healing functional exercise like basic calisthenics, yoga, walking, and some not-too-intensive barre. It’s hard to keep motivated when your mind is in high-gear but your body isn’t quite up to following suit, so avoiding monotony is key in establishing good habits! If I want to make exercise a regular thing in my life now, I have to go with what works, and focus on quality and regularity, rather than quantity.
2. Every other week or so, pick a photography tutorial and follow it beginning to end.
I truly need to get more comfortable with manual mode, particularly with indoor photography – but sometimes it feels a little overwhelming! So I want to select a couple of simple beginner tutorials this month, and make sure I got the basics down, and then take it from there. I also have a free code for a class on Brit+Co. which I received for pre-ordering their book, Homemakers; maybe I’ll use it for a photography class. I also have a bunch of tips and tutorials saved on Pinterest, so there’s plenty to choose from 🙂
3. Continue The Big Closet Clean-Up by tackling my husband’s closet.
Ooooh boy. For someone who is not into fashion at all, my husband is weirdly protective of his wardrobe contents. Enter: Mean Decluttering Wife, a.k.a. me. His wardrobe and the basement might just be the biggest hurdles on this big decluttering project.
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