Monthly Reflections – February

If you were with me back at the beginning of 2018 you might remember I set quite a few goals for myself to bring in the New Year. I’ve never been a particularly strong goal setter, that’s not to say that I haven’t tried, more that I tend to get pretty lazy and can’t be bothered actually thinking it through properly and in a way that is actually achievable. I’ve also never bothered to track progress so it becomes pretty easy, pretty quickly to cheat on myself and soon enough it’s as if the goal never existed.

This year I went through my goals a little more thoroughly and for the most part, I’ve actually been working on sticking to them. I recently discovered the art of bullet journaling and this has helped immensely. The best part is that I’m holding myself responsible when I don’t stick to a goal or plan. I was thinking about this recently and about how I can push myself even harder to stick to my goals and it became obvious that the best way is to review and re-evaluate. I thought about doing this weekly but decided that starting out that frequently is really just setting myself up to fail.

So here is my first monthly reflection…

Highlights and Lowlights:

The highlight of this month has by far been travel. The trips to the Cook Islands and India were both once in a lifetime opportunities and I would replay them both again in a heartbeat.

The lowlight of this month has been my work load, it’s something that I’m always cautious about. Being chronically ill I’m aware that overdoing it at work could lead to much bigger health problems. So far I’m keeping on top of the stress but it’s definitely been a learning curve, currently I’m training another team member while doing a job which used to be managed by three people, and to top it all off I just had two weeks off for travel. I guess I brought a lot of it on myself, and actually, it’s far better than being bored at work, but I’m certainly glad that things are starting to calm down again now.

Feb. Reflections - thetruthaboutM.E.
Goal tracking in my bullet journal

Goal Progress:

My active/fitness goals were to do with dance, yoga and walking. The only one of these currently sitting exactly where I would like it is dance. I have some plans for getting more walking involved in my weekends and am definitely still working on having the confidence to take my walking stick out with me… I think mastering this will help tonnes, if I’m okay with taking a walking aid there is no reason not to try and go for a short walk, even if I’m not feeling so great. Yoga is at a standstill due to motivation. I’m just not feeling like it at the moment, a pathetic excuse, but an excuse none the less. I’m still working out how to motivate myself to get this one going properly.

My biggest goal at the moment and the one that I have most certainly put the most emphasis on is learning to speak Dutch. This is going amazingly due to the Duolingo App I downloaded onto my phone. I also have a Dutch book, though I find the app to be a lot less intimidating, at least while I’m still starting out. The app also has this amazing way of teaching where I don’t even realise how much I’ve learnt until I sit back and evaluate.

Another goal of mine was to slowly get back into playing the flute. This is one that so far, I’m completely failing at. My mini-goal for the moment is to work out what it is that’s stopping me from playing, once I can work that out hopefully I can work on getting some regular practise into my routine.

3 Things I’ve Learnt:

  1. Rarotonga is like extreme rural New Zealand, except it’s tropical.
  2. Indian weddings are LOOONNGGG, amazing, but very long.
  3. Being super busy isn’t so bad, just remember to look after yourself.

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