April was anything but the cruelest month, but it certainly was a busy one. Time to check in and see if I’m keeping my New Year’s resolutions.
Resolution #1: Do fewer things, better
I retired, so let’s call that a big win for this resolution. I am done with that two team life and I am ready to focus on managing one team during the summer. Hooray!
That frees up a lot of time that I can use to focus on the most important thing: myself. My career has been stagnating lately and the thing I want to do better now is getting it back into gear.
Resolution #2: Keep a regular workout schedule
The year is a third of the way over and this one is still pretty inconsistent. My aim is still going to the gym 2-3 times a week, but I don’t always hit it and certainly not a regular schedule. However, the intention behind this resolution is alive and well. I am taking better care of myself and making better choices… while still giving myself the leeway to gorge on BBQ in Texas.
The result? I weighed 190 pounds at Christmas. I’d been stalling around the 170 mark for a while, but now I’m down to 166! Beyond that, I feel better about myself and I find myself being less tired. Success!
Resolution #3: Try to focus on the positive
Ah, the eternal struggle. However, this past month reminded me of how very lucky I am. I had a lovely 33rd birthday, US Quidditch Cup went well, I finished running my second favorite tournament (Best Coast Classic) on time for THREE YEARS RUNNING, and I’m diving into Hella Fantasy (my favorite!) and MLQ with an excitement I haven’t felt for quidditch in a while.
But there’s more to life that nerd sports. Like I mentioned earlier, my career has been stagnating a bit. Some days, it’s really hard getting up in the morning knowing that I don’t have to be anywhere until evening for a part-time job when you just know you could be doing more. You can only send out so many cover letters and applications before you begin to question your self-work.
However, when I look beyond myself, things are looking up. My boyfriend left a futureless contract minion job for a position that challenges him and has a path for career growth. Some of my dearest friends are getting into their dream schools (Hi, Gina!), landing jobs they’ve worked years for (Hi, Dr. Professor!), and getting married (Hi, Michael and Alexia!).
It’s so easy to get caught up in everything that’s going wrong that you lose sight of what’s going well. I’ve been so focused on how badly things have gone for me when all I had to do was look around.