The Year Of Me!!! – May Update

I’m a little later with this one than I wanted, but better late than never! 2018 is the Year of Me! A year of adding positive habits and value to my life. Each month I’m checking in to see how it’s going, so today it’s my May roundup.

1.Run 1000km (621 miles)
Despite beginning the month with a couple of weeks off to recover from the Stirling marathon, I’m still ahead of schedule with this one. I may have only run about 27 miles, but by the end of May I had brought my total to 404 miles for the year, keeping me ahead of the pace.

IMG_67082.Commit to a minimum of 5 minutes of yoga on at least 5 days of the week
I’ve written frequently about how much I’m loving yoga and in May I added SUP yoga to the mix. But despite that there were definitely a couple of weeks in May when I only managed to practice yoga 4 times in the week. It sounds so easy to fit in just 5 minutes, but some of my work commitments really interfered and I suspect this may continue into June. I’ll need to think about how I can address that since yoga really helps to calm my mind when things are busy so it’s even more important to try and carve out time in my day to go to my mat at those times.

IMG_65553.Read at least 30 books
My reading dropped off a little in May and I’m fairly certain this is what happened last year too,  however I did still read a further 2 books, bringing me to the halfway mark of this particular challenge ahead of schedule. I’m really looking forward to having a bit more time to devote to reading from late June through the summer and have already got a reading list prepared!

4.Be in bed by 10pm at least 3 times per week
I’m still very conscious of getting to bed early, however I definitely find this one harder in the summer months. Even when I’m tired exhausted, the lighter evenings mean that my body just isn’t getting the signals to wind down and sleep. With work getting increasingly busy, I must make more of an effort to get to bed early more often to balance this out.

5.Watch at least oneTed/Ted X talk per week
I’ve kept up with this one well and watched a variety of interesting talks. I only wish I could find more time to watch talks and this is another thing I’m looking forward to in the summer as I can probably watch a talk most days. Bliss!

6.Listen to at least 8 podcast episodes per week
I was concerned that without the lengthy runs of marathon training that I might not keep up with this one, but I still found plenty of occasions to listen to podcasts. I listen when I take my morning walk, in the car home at the end of the day and while doing chores (as well as when I’m running). I’m now totally up to date with my favourites and have listened to one or two episodes of other podcasts that sounded interesting. To be honest, i’d happily listen to podcasts all day if I could.

7.Respond to at least one WordPress prompt per month
I returned to a written post with my (rather last minute!) response to the prompt Volunteer.

8.Be more mindful in my phone/social media use
I really don’t know what to say about this one. I’m trying not to use my phone so much, especially in social situations and when watching TV, yet I have a nagging sense that it’s creeping back in a bit. I think I’m needing to take a step back and try to find better ways to keep up to date with the groups I’m involved in and the social media for this blog. Probably I need to set aside particular times of the day for this, however at a time of year that can feel a bit chaotic, it’s difficult to impose a bit of order on things. This is one I really think I need to focus on a bit more as the school year draws to a close.

Despite some slips, I continue to think the Year of Me is going well. I can’t expect to meet all my goals every single day/week/month and need to accept that there will be times when things don’t go exactly as I would like. What’s more important is to keep on doing these things I’m enjoying and look for more ways to fit then into my life.

How is your 2018 going?
What positive habits add value to your life?

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12 thoughts on “The Year Of Me!!! – May Update

  1. I’ve made a habit of leaving my phone and ipad in the bedroom when I am in the living room watching tv with my hubs and it has helped a lot. It’s just gotten me out of that constant habit of reaching for it.
    It’s funny cause I remember when I was a kid, my mom was always making sure we wouldn’t watch too much tv–she made us go outside cause she didn’t want us sitting in front of it all day like robots. Nowadays, TV time feels like time much better spent than time in front of my phone. I feel more engaged with my hubs when we watch together and I am maybe even learning something–don’t feel that so much with screens!

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    • I was actually thinking yesterday that phones/tablets have replaced the tv screens our parents would warn us about. I feel like a I hardly ever watch any tv and doing so is a bit of a luxury. Funny how things shift!
      I’ve been trying to leave my devices out of sight/face down when I want to focus on something else and have reduced a lot of my notifications so I’m not constantly being bombarded with stuff. I think it’s something we have to be increasingly aware of these days before we lose the ability to interact with others.

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  2. You are doing so well. I know what you mean about looking forward to the summer now- things just seem to get manic and I am looking forward to time sitting in the garden.
    I am impressed that you do a walk in the morning too. I sometimes have a walk in the evening but even fitting that in can be tricky.

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  3. I’m catching up on old(er) posts, and just now saw this one! I love your goals for the year–they sound both challenging and realistic, with a focus on keeping balance in your life. And it sounds like you’re doing an excellent job keeping up with them! I can’t wait to hear your reflections later in the year.

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