Week 17: Ruts, Routines and Realism

This year, I set myself 22 little goals to pursue throughout the year. I call them the 22 in 22. They may all seem a bit random, but they were important to me at the time I made my New Year’s Resolution. Each Saturday, I take a few minutes to check my progress on a few of my goals.

#21 Do Ideal Life Exercise every day

What to do when progress seems to be conspicuously absent? Fall back on a routine, of course!

This does not actually ring like sound advice, now does it? I, myself, am usually of the mind that when I am feeling stuck, I need to try something different, to get myself out of the rut. That is the essence of singing with one’s feet.

So I went completely meta on myself this last week. In the heart of feeling stuck, I doubled down on a couple habits and routines.

I’ll write more about this tomorrow. Needless to say, sometimes singing with my feet keeps me on my toes.

#9 Create a workflow for new projects and know how long each part takes realistically

This week was our first week back from the Spring Break. This is no big secret or anything, but I hate vacations. It’s not, contrary to what you might be thinking, the being around my family that I don’t like. It’s the upset in our routines that I don’t deal with well.

I had gotten far enough ahead before the two-week long vacation to know that I only needed to get one thing done completely during the break, namely, write, record, edit and get the visuals made and scheduled for just one podcast episode. I got this one thing done, mostly because of this one little 22 in 22: I knew how long it would take, realistically, to get that one thing done.

Now, I ‘m trying to get ahead again a little bit, because the next thing I know, it’s going to be summertime. And then what? Yikes.

#17 Track steps, water intake, monthly(ish) cycles

This comes down to a question of motivation for me right now.

I can’t put my finger on exactly why I could literally not care less what happens to my body right now, but that is where I am at.

Something passive, like carrying around my pedometer to track steps, was easy enough to continue doing in spite of a complete lack of motivation (until my pedometer went mysteriously missing this morning).

On the other hand, the question of keeping hydrated has become a real issue. I just don’t care right now. Even though I can feel it in my joints, see it in my skin…I need to drink more water. Knowing and doing are apparently two different things.

Episode 32: Environment and Ecology Sing With Your Feet

Talking Points: “Not on my Green Parenting Bingo Card,” LiElla is back!; Geeking out and going out green. Episode 32 is part of our series on the Ideal Life Categories, this week's theme being "Environment and Ecology." The series began back in Episode 15: The One About Our Bodies, in case you want to get caught up! Links: Learn more about LiElla Kelly, Death Doula, on her website and blog, Leaving Well…The Blog. or on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leaving.well.death.doula/ or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=leaving%20well%20end-of-life%20planning You can contact Lily by email: lily@lilyfieldschallenge.com, or find her other work here: https://linktr.ee/lilyfieldschallenge
  1. Episode 32: Environment and Ecology
  2. Episode 31: Mental Health
  3. Episode 30: Contentment
  4. Episode 29: Commitments
  5. Episode 28: Lucidly Ever After

Published by Lily Fields

I am passionate about contentment. This is a challenge, because I am equally passionate about progress. I get up at 4:00AM to chip away at a solution to this monolithic problem: how to make progress on my contentment. Born and raised in the USA, I married a French philosophy teacher in 1999. We have lived in France since 2007. We stayed young and carefree until life threw us two curveballs in the form of little humans one after another in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Now I am a slightly older, slightly more exhausted version of myself, but with mystery stains on my walls and a never-ending pile of laundry.

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