“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” ― T.S. Eliot
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out Of The Darkness Overnight Walk
Over the course of the past year I have changed jobs, gained a nephew, built a new garden, lost a loved one, walked all night to raise awareness and learned more about myself than I could have planned.
With the new year comes a new list of goals. One thing that I have noticed since I started working two jobs is a huge lack of motivation for the things I used to like to do. As a mental health clinician, the importance of self care is always discussed, but easier said than accomplished. So, in the interest of taking care of myself, this year I have put the following plans in motion:
1. Quit my part time job- DONE! My last day is February 12th. This is going to take a lot of time management stress off my plate, but add some financial stress. This was a huge decision, but ultimately, the positives of resigning outweighed the negatives.
2. Rediscover my passion for cooking- My husband got me this fantastic book for Christmas called “Whatever Happened to Sunday Dinner?” By Lisa Caponigri. It has weekly menus for elaborate Italian dinners and I can’t wait to try them out on my friends and family.
3. Don’t fall into the negativity trap- Unfortunately, there are a lot of people where I work who are less than satisfied with their jobs. This has been rubbing off on me and when asked how I am doing, my responses have turned into “It’s going” or “I’m here.” Going forward, I am going to do my best to respond with “It’s good to be alive” as a way of appreciating my circumstances.
4. More books, less technology- I deleted FaceBook. Enough said.
5. Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner- This sounds simple, but with the nature of my job, I often find myself forgetting to stop long enough to eat meals. This week, there was a day that I went to both jobs and didn’t stop to eat until 6:00pm. Not good. Hopefully with the 2nd job ending, days like that will be few and far between.
I look forward to adding to my list as the year goes on. What is on your list?