Use it or Lose it
Sunday, January 12, 2020
This is sort of my "new year new me" blog, except that it's really not. This is stuff I've been thinking about a lot lately, and it just happens to coincide with the new year. I'd like to think I'd be working on the same things in August if the mood struck me.
I don't do resolutions b/c they kind of end up feeling like a dare to me. I say "I won't have chocolate" and all I can think of is how much I want chocolate. I say "no more fast food" and all of a sudden all the fast food restaurants just look so darn good. I had that SVT episode and read that I shouldn't drink alcohol, so then all I could think of was how much I wanted a drink. The second the cardiologist told me I could have 1 alcoholic drink per day, the craving went away.
I'm not really a goal person either. At work we're always supposed to set goals and I have such a hard time with that. Like,my goal is to get through the school year without being yelled at by parents and with my sanity intact. That's not what they're looking for though so I really struggle.
What I do like though is a word of the year. Kind of something to work on all year, a way to filter experiences. A couple different years I used Patience, one year it was Persistence, last year nothing came to me. This year, my word is Brave.
Be Brave. Make the hard choices. Accept conflict and confrontation and learn to deal with that. Make choices that make me happy. Do scary things. Accept myself and expect other people to accept me too. Stop living to what I think other people expect of me, or what they want of me. This is really hard for me. I hate disappointing people, and confrontation makes me physically ill. Finally be brave enough to accept that my health is not what it should be and work to make the appropriate changes. Change is scary. Giving up my comfortable routine is scary.
I've also been reading about depth years, and I like the idea but I'm not sure I'm going to jump in head first. My take away from it that I'm going to try to keep at the front of my mind is "use it or lose it".
-Use up the food in the freezer and pantry before I buy more (even if they're on a great sale - that's how I ended up with an over stocked freezer and shelves in the first place). If I'm not going to use something I need to throw it away (if expired) or donate it to the food bank.
-Read the books I have on my shelves now that I haven't read, or decide I'm never going to and donate them to the library for their book sale (that's where most of them came from anyway)
-Be conscious of what clothes I'm wearing to work, and which ones I used to really like but pass by every morning. I've already purged anything that doesn't fit, but just because something fits doesn't mean I have to keep it.
-Think hard about kitchen appliances (looking at you instantpot) and if I'm not using them regularly I need to donate them too
-I love buying writing utensils. I have pens/pencils/hi-liters coming out of my ears. I need to stop buying new and start using up what I have.
-I'm not a product junkie, but I do like to try different hygeine supplies. I realized one day that I have multiple open containers of a variety of shampoo, make-up, toothpaste, etc. So I picked one of each and started using that one until it's gone and then move to the next. If I find that I really dislike one of them, I give myself permission to throw it away.