If you are reading this, you’ve been graced to see yet another new year! 2018 is here, much faster than most of us expected. It’s hard for me to believe that I began this blog just one year ago, and that you’ve been gracious enough to review at least one of my entries. I’m hoping in this new year that you will help me to make this blog as helpful as possible. Let me know if there are topics that you’d like to hear more about. Where I don’t have expertise, I’m glad to reach out to gifted colleagues (like you!) to spread insight to all of my readers and followers.
Here’s a topic that’s probably relevant to nearly all of us–tightening up! As I have surveyed my numbers over the last few days (especially my bathroom scale and my finances), neither is where I’d like it to be, especially after holiday indulgences have taken their toll. So I’ve spent quite a bit of time reflecting on some specific changes that I need to make this year, and have even started making a few calls to streamline my budget. It’s amazing what happens when you look less than favorable situations in the eye and make up your mind to do something different. Because it’s important to make SMART goals, I’m not rushing to make many changes, and to be honest, I can’t, or rather can, but choose not to, sustain the urgency of making everything fall into place on January 1st! Nevertheless, now that I’ve reviewed the numbers and made a plan, I’m going to start putting one foot in front of the other (see the “Baby Steps” blog from 1/8/17 for more details).
At the same time that I am committed to tightening up in the areas of fitness and finance, I am also very invested in “loosening up” in other areas. Huh? Well, I’ve come to learn that there’s a time to grind and a time to unwind! I most enjoy unwinding through my favorite things–travel, laughter, music, reading, and time well spent with family and friends. My hubby and I have been discussing how we can enhance the quality of our family time through emphasizing a different focus for each month of the year. Yes, there is still planning and intentionality involved, but richer quality time is the goal.
So tell me about your grind and your unwind in 2018…
À Votre Santé (“To Your Health”),
Tonya D. Armstrong, Ph.D., M.T.S.