The first half of the year is behind us, and I thought it was a good time to check in with this post and see how I am doing on the things I want to do less and the things I want to do more.
Starting off with the weighing less and moving more – there is indeed less of me (almost 20 pounds less of me), which means there has been more moving. This is such a good thing and I am enjoying wearing clothes that did not fit (or did not fit well)! I have more energy, and feel better about myself.
This also means that the focus on healthier eating is definitely in the win column.
I am sorry to say that hand stitching has fallen by the wayside, which makes me sad – especially seeing the beautiful stitching that Bonnie Sennott does each day. I am going to get back on track with this by adding stitching to my daily calendar and I also moved my stitching to my desk – so it is visible to me. I am hoping that the combination of these things will help.
However, in spite of the lack of stitching, there has been lots of making in the first half of the year!
I am feeling much more organized, but there are still some places in my life that need a bit of Kon-Mari. I am not sure that will happen yet this summer, but maybe if there are a couple of good rainy days it might get started! It is not easy to work in the basement when it is so glorious outside.
Now the hard part – the complaining/gratitude balance in my life. As you know, I have struggled with this. It seems that being grateful is a difficult process, at least for me. So, I started a daily gratitude page in my journal. I am just writing a simple word or phrase about something I am grateful for that day. It does not happen every day, but it is happening more than it did! I am not sure this is eliminating the complaining in my life, but it is causing me to stop and think.
Did you make resolutions this year? How are you doing on them?
You are on a roll! Congrats on the eating more healthfully & moving more. Go Kat Go!
Every time we stop and marvel at the wonders of the world: a deep sigh in appreciation for a gentle breeze, the tinkle of a wind chime, the changing sky, a bird’s chirp, the sight of a flower, we are giving gratitude. I journal every morning and when I’ve not written the night before, I include gratitude for the previous day. It all works.
PS. That’s quite an impressive array of knitted glories there!
Congratulations on the healthy eating and more moving! These are difficult things to do, especially when what I really want to do is lie in the hammock and read and knit. And all the making!! I also love how you face issues and often come up with uncomplicated solutions. Your brief gratitude journaling is a great idea, and not even a chore I might dread!
Congrats on the healthy eating and moving and weight loss. It’s not easy, I know. Love your idea of the gratitude journal…thinking I will do that myself. And, thanks for the link to Bonnie Sennott – gorgeous work!
You certainly have been living up to your More and Less resolutions. It is difficult to fit everything we like to do into a day, or even a week. Hand stitching is one thing I am letting go, for now, as is spinning.
I’m impressed with all of your knitting and sewing! And yay you for moving more and eating healthier. (I need to get on that myself.) I think the gratitude journaling is an excellent idea and I bet it will get easier and easier.
Congratulations on the weight loss! Such a big accomplishment. I didn’t give myself any real pressure this year because of my Dad but that said…I’ve made a lot of progress in carving time out to sit and do and not feel bad about it! The extra reading has been such a treat!
First of all, congrats on your healthier lifestyle! In some ways, that’s much more important than anything else you may or may not have accomplished.
You’ve made so many lovely things! (I think I’ve completed like, 2 things …) – I would call it a success.
And I love your gratitude journal. I found that having to note it made me realize what kind of things you could be grateful for.
I hope the rest of your year goes as well. 🙂
omg, that is a LOT of making! You were/are on a roll, girl!
my gratitude list daily has transformed my attitude immensely! I also start the day off a bit better. I need to get back to moving my body, the ra flare sort of sidelined that one.