Friday, June 1, 2018

May Balanced Life Goals - Update

May seems to have gone by quickly!  Time to update the monthly goals; I don't feel like I accomplished a lot of them. 

Spiritual:  The goal is to live a spiritually meaningful life.
- Continue with daily prayers and gratitude; focus on being positive - On-going
- Take time for meditation - my friend and I have decided that we will attend the Friday night meditation sessions at the temple! - Attended 3 of the 4 Fridays, both with and without my friend.  The one time I didn't go was because I felt too tired.
- Cultivate non-attachment  - continue with the attempt to declutter; the goal is 100 items in May; also, schedule a pick up for the items decluttered and set aside for donations, so far - I didn't achieve this goal.  However, I did practice non-attachment and let go of some smocked items my aunt had sewn that I had held on to for 45 years!  I was able to give them away to her three daughters to share among themselves.  I figured the items would have a greater sentimental value to them. 
- Attend ceremony at the temple to celebrate Vesak; send a donation to the other temple - I didn't attend the main ceremony, again, because I felt tired.  Instead, I made donations to the temple. 
- Attend the monthly rosary prayer gathering - Accomplished; gave one of my cousins a ride there and back, as well.

Environment:  The goal is a clean, tidy, uncluttered house and a well-maintained garden.
- Focus on decluttering and maintaining cleaned areas - Work in progress!  I am not good about maintaining, especially cleared horizontal surfaces!  A cleared table or counter just seems to invite things being dumped on them and left! 
- Deep clean the family room, my bedroom, and the spare room (yes, this is a lofty goal, but I am hoping that writing it down will help me to at least get started) - Um, I deep cleaned the laundry area, instead!  
- Maintain (water 2x per week; weed) - Accomplished for the most part, although, some weeks, watering was done only once for the week.
- Plant some flowers and vegetables - I planted some flower seeds that didn't germinate.  Didn't plant any vegetables.

Daughter:  The goal is to continue to have a close relationship with her (without being over-protective!)
- Daily texts, phone calls, emails, and video chatting - Accomplished.
- Look forward to her visit at the end of the month (Memorial Day weekend) - We enjoyed a lovely weekend, spending time together, although she got to meet up with some of her friends, as well.

Family & Friends:  The goal is to keep in touch with various family members and friends.
- Call, email, wish people on their birthdays, etc. - Done.
- Will be seeing several members of the family and friends at the monthly prayer gathering (hopefully) - Accomplished.
- Weekly calls with neighbor T/have coffee with her one day - Accomplished the weekly calls, but not the coffee date.
- Get together with friend R for lunch - We talked about going out to lunch to celebrate Mother's Day, but neither felt quite up to it on the actual day!
- Maybe visit with cousin who is visiting from Australia (if our schedules allow it) - Met with her and had dinner with her (and other family members) a couple of evenings, back to back.
- Maybe visit with niece who is visiting from New York (again, if our schedules allow it) - Visited with her and her baby son, one evening.

In addition, I spent one Friday going sari shopping with one of my cousins and her daughter and I treated them to lunch.

Community:  The goal is to become more involved in my community.
- Continue to participate in the blogging community - On-going.

Career:  The goal is to continue to work while planning for retirement.
- Continue to do my assignments in a timely manner - On-going
- Meet with supervisor to go over assignments and establish priorities - Accomplished
- Attend the retirement seminar (scheduled for 5/3) - Attended the seminar and received much information.  Scheduled the final counseling session for June (to fill out and hand in the retirement paperwork).

Finances:  The goal is financial security.
- Continue budgeting and spending mindfully, with purpose - On-going; I did go over one or two budget categories, but savings in other categories more than made up for it.

Health & Well Being:  The goal is good health.
- Attend the appointments with my various medical doctors - 1 scheduled for May (with oncologist for a routine check up) - Accomplished; she diagnosed an iron deficiency and told me to take supplements for it; she also put in a request for authorization for several additional procedures (bone density scan, mammogram, colonoscopy).
- Do the required blood tests prior to the appointment - DONE
- Continue to monitor blood pressure, sugar levels, and weight - On-going
- Continue to focus on a healthier diet, drinking enough water (8x 8oz), exercising regularly (walk for 30 minutes during the work week), and getting sufficient sleep -   Struggling on all fronts!  Especially the exercising and getting enough sleep!
- Focus on accomplishments and staying positive - Work in progress!

Time Management:  The goal is having enough time to do all what I want to do!
- Procrastinate less - Didn't get around to it!
- Implement routines and schedules - Work in progress!

Leisure/Crafts/Hobbies/Me-Time:  The goal is to relax doing something I enjoy doing for the pleasure of it.
- Set aside 30 minutes a day to do something relaxing, such as reading books  blogs, or doing a craft - I read more blogs than books, this month!  Blogs are like auto biographies in the making, don't you think?  Or preludes to memoirs!  I also crocheted a baby blanket and started knitting a sweater. 

So, that is my goals update for May.  I was right - I didn't accomplish as many goals as I would have liked.  Much room for improvement in several areas, I feel, but that's the nice thing about goals - they are something to strive for! 

Did you make any goals for May?  If so, how did you do on them?


  1. I like the thought that a blog is a prelude to a memoir. It is a nice way of looking at it. I think we all do what we can, keep doing what we need to and like you put more stuff on a cleared horizontal surface!

    1. Yes, you are right - we all do what we can and need to and dump stuff where we shouldn't! LOL.

  2. Ha,ha Procrastinate less--"Didn't get around to it." *snort*
    You're too funny.

    No I didn't make a list of goals for May. There must have been a lot going on in my life back at the beginning of the month. I will have to go back through my blog to see what it was. In any event, I DO think you accomplished much. It was a great success.

    1. Glad you liked my assessment of the procrastination segment, Susan. :D

      Yes, I think you had a lot going on in May. You accomplished a lot, too, so it worked out well for you. Hope June will be a good month for us both!


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