I know it is a small feat, but day#2 was a success! I was able to get going early this morning and take my time getting to and through the exercises and ready for the day. I notice, that I have the most energy and vibrant thoughts earlier in the day between 10a – 1pm & I wish I did not have to go to a job during these hours, but instead, could focus this energy towards building my future. I may have to start completing this blog earlier in the day, or take the time to wake up extra early to do it as soon as I complete my a.m. workout. I just have so many great thoughts, ideas, and anecdotes that are lost by the time the work day is completed, I have driven home, prepped & cooked the meal, greeted my family, and start thinking about if we have everything we need for food tomorrow, & on & on. I am still learning how to be o.k. with a few things not getting done around the home w/o stressing.
You know, they never talk about how difficult it is to carve out time for yourself as a woman caring for a family (no matter the size or composition…). It is not an easy task to be the “manager” & organizer of the home, teacher of the children, planner of the future & for future events, as well as working. I truly thought that going from full-time to part-time would mean I could do finally have a clear “me time.” Unfortunately, that is not true. I can however, pick up 5 of the 7 things that I just could not get to working full time. Now, by the end of the evening, I have completed about 85% of the things I needed to do & about 8% of the things I wanted to do.
Today, I was able to get a MUCH needed spa pedi & my eyebrows done – a luxury that I only gift myself once every 4 to 6 weeks. I only made it to today’s appointment because we are going out of town this weekend to celebrate my 31 years in this life :). I have recently seen an influx of stories surrounding the state of our health as it relates to support of family life from the government. In contrast to quite a generous proportion of other societies, the U.S. is far behind in the support of family leave, paid leave for family bonding, maternity & paternity leave, support for new children, quality and available healthcare, child-centered laws & legislation as it relates to work and the public eye (breastfeeding, affordable childcare, etc.). There is a very real lack of community support among neighbors & if this void was rewritten, growth on all fronts could be seen (in economics, diminishing crime, increased productivity, surge in productivity, a general decrease in malaise, disease, and the degenerate).
If we all had it within us to take care of ourselves and assisting our neighbors, we can mend some of the tears of our societal fabric. It seems in every society, in every century, in every literary & philosophical corner of the globe, there is a recurring discourse that pushes each person to look inside of themselves and find the places that are dirty and clean them first. In this way, you are doing the very best for the becoming of the society and world around you – by starting with introspection and the biggest threat to equilibrium in our lives… the monster within. This is where I am at now… why I am writing this blog… why I am focusing on my personal growth an hour at a time… why I fasted… why I am recording these things for my future self to reflect on as necessary. If another person along the way finds a word or two worth thinking about, that is koo also.
Progress | 1.16.18 = Completed
Biggest struggle: Just getting started. I woke up this morning and just sat on my yoga mat for 15 minutes. I am feeling: A little tired and have a bit of a headache, I have NOT been taking in enough water today. I need to get in at least 2 more cups before I call it a night!
Totals after day 2/99:
- 20 push-ups
- 20 squats
- 10 plank rotations
- 10 seconds holding the firefly (Tittibhasana) pose
- 10 minutes of deep breathing
>Respectfully submitted & Always thankful<< ~Mai