Pondering March Madness

Disclaimer: This post is not about basketball. Sorry if I’ve led you astray!

Oh February, wherever did thou flee so swiftly? I know it’s the shortest month of the year, but I’m always surprised at the difference a couple of days makes. By now I’m either on my way to or already in Alabama to begin my visit with the family. As previously mentioned, my grandpa isn’t doing well, so I’m off to spend some quality time together (sad smile).

But lest I get off topic here, it’s time to check in on my February goals and set a few for March! (In case you’re curious, the original post on this can be found here.) Now, February first…

fortune cookie, chinese, fate

My favorite fortune so far 🙂

1. Continue to research educational/work-related opportunities – I’ve actually made some progress on this front. At the very least I now know what my options are and how much they cost. It comes down to 1) go abroad, 2) different continental location/employ, or 3) current location with new job description.

My current student loans and a few other bills pretty much prevent me from going footloose and fancy free, so anything involving money will have to take careful planning and patience. When I say this I’m mostly referring to studying abroad. It’s not impossible, but I will need to make some serious lifestyle changes.

In order to find a different job in a different location or to change my current job description with my company, I’ll need some type of further education. I’ve been researching options and am currently looking into various environmental certificate options. I think that would help either way. But before I do anything, I’m going to take an aptitude test and really evaluate my options. So I guess this one, at least the test part, is going to carry on into March (smile).

FitBit, health, pedometer

Broke 10,000 steps!! Yay!!

2. Lifestyle changes – get moving! – I’ve had the most luck by far with this goal! I received my trusty FitBit Force and haven’t looked back since (smile). I want to do a full FitBit review on here tomorrow, but suffice it to say that this little guy is an OCD girl’s best friend. It’s really been encouraging to set realistic mobility goals and to meet them on a daily basis. Who doesn’t love a daily win?? I think I’ll be making this one a habit (smile).

grandparents, Alabama

Me & the Grands

3. Be consciously grateful – for my family! – I’ve been trying to make more of an effort with my family. In fact, that’s what inspired all the great love stories this month (you can find them here, here, and here). It also landed me in Alabama for a full 17 days…I’m trying not to be bitter about that. I have to admit there were days where I didn’t do so well – whether they caught me at a bad time or I was just being lazy, I didn’t communicate nearly as much or as kindly as I would’ve liked. I’m going to try to correct this for my trip home so everyone can enjoy their time together without any hard feelings. I also bought a Grandparent’s Journal, which I intend to fill out with my sick grandpa and my grandma this trip. If it turns out well, I’ll have to get one for the other set as well (smile). Wish me luck!

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So now for March…it’s going to be a bit difficult to accomplish much in the maddness (haha) of the month, but I’m going to try for some simple goals at least – no excuses!

1. Take an aptitude test – My friend recommended one that she had taken through work. I don’t know if it’s so much an aptitude test as a strengths finder (as it’s name implies), but either way it’ll be a fun and (hopefully) educational exercise.

2. Be present each day and appreciate the time with my family – This is going to be a hard trip, but I have to find a way around that in order to appreciate the here and now. Whatever is going to happen will happen; all I can do is enjoy each moment (and write down some cool memories – smile).

3. Find something satisfying in each day – and photograph it! – That’s right – just for March I want to photograph something I find satisfying each day. This’ll probably be the most difficult goal to accomplish, but I think it’ll be motivational. I also think it’ll help with the creativity a bit, as not all things are embodied in the physical necessarily. It’ll be interesting (smile). (Feel free to follow along on Instagram.)

cherry blossom, tree

Beautiful Spring 🙂

4. Just breath – and write – When I was young I loved making up stories and writing it all out. I loved prose and poems equally and I still enjoy reading some of my early efforts (smile). However, law school pretty much squashed the creativity into practicality, making it difficult to find the same joy I once did. This month I just want to give myself permission to write it all out without feeling silly or any pressure. Just for me. I’m going to need these last two goals for my sanity I think!

Well, there you have it. I’m off to march into March! (Okay, enough with the bad puns, I get it!) I hope you all had a wonderful February – welcome to the month of Spring!!

Do you have any particular goals for the month? Suggestions for aptitude tests? 

I’d love to hear all about ’em!

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