Confession: I’m a recovering Type A personality.
If you’ve followed me for the last six years, you know me as an “I do what I want, when I feel like it and I don’t have goals” person. My resistance to goals and a framework for my existence is the result of my mental and emotional breakdown nine years ago. Some people are good at managing expectations without being mastered by them. Good on you. I, however, am not.
Every now and then, I get an urge to slash across my life with a red pen. Or enter my personal closet with a garbage can. Or nosedive into my being with a checklist. When compelled, I am a project-hungry task-master; tight bun, thick-framed glasses, and crisp white shirt buttoned at my collar. (See publishing Songs About Boys. My friends will attest to my manic scheduling and list-making).
I manage my Ms. Fix-It by scheduling time for her to run free. The Sun is in Aquarius, lighting up the part of my natal chart that deals with work, health, service and daily habits. Perfect time to put Ms. Fix-It in the driver seat.
I love the day-to-day focus of this energy. This isn’t result-first goal-setting that gets impatient with slow progress. This is building a new foundation based on better habits. Minding the little things I can do every day to be a bit better. Here’s what I want to accomplish through February 18th:
- Morning yoga every day (4 quick sun salutations)
- 15 minutes a day on the treadmill
- 10 minutes a day free writing
- No Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram usage from 10:00 P.M. – 8:00 A.M.
- Bedroom purge (closet, drawers, shred old mail)
- Donate $25 from each paycheck to one of the following organizations: ACLU Ohio, Planned Parenthood Northeast Ohio, National Association of Mental Illness, and my alma mater.
- Sign up for a writing workshop
- Schedule yearly exams: OBGYN, glucose/cholesterol testing, dental
- Two social weekend outings (that require leaving the house–a struggle for an introverted 30something)
An ambitious list? Maybe. Let’s see how much gets done by the 18th.