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January 31, 2012

Two Steps Forward…

one step back. 

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I truly am so grateful for the opportunity to expand my horizons by getting my Masters in Social Work – and for my drive to get shit done – but I have to be honest: I’ve hit a wall. 

After spending hours writing papers, researching, and reading yesterday, I got to class only to realize that two of those three papers (which I was so proud of turning in early!) need to be rewritten because my Profs changed their mind about what they wanted from us. 

Disappointed smile I literally left class in tears last night, wondering if this self-induced stress is really worth it. 

It seems like I’m slowly but surely trudging my way through my to-do list, but by trying to stay on top of things by getting them done early, I wind up making twice as much work for myself. 

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[tell me that check-list isn’t daunting]

I’ve always been one to sit down and work until everything is off my plate, but with such a crazy to-do list lately, it seems impossible. 

I started on today’s list at 7am, and I’ve decided it’s time to take a breather to do something I actually enjoy: writing for pleasure and taking the dog next door for a walk.  I need to keep my priorities in check [there’s so much more to life than research + group papers], and make sure the baby isn’t feeling too much stress in there!  I’ve got someone else to think about now, and hopefully the fresh air will help me think more clearly. 

Still, my case notes won’t stop staring me down.

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How do you find balance when you’re feeling overwhelmed?  Are you a won’t-stop-til-everything’s-off-my-plate kinda person, a total high-stress procrastinator, or a work-break-work balancer? 

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January 24, 2012

Today’s List

Happy Tuesday! 

And Kung Hee Fat Choi!  [Last night was the Chinese – Lunar – New Year… and we’re now in the year of the Dragon!]

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This past weekend was full of friend time, a glorious beach day [complete with breaching whales off-shore], a forest hike with an old friend, and even an unexpected free pregnancy lomi lomi massage!  Talk about blissful! 

After such a glorious weekend, I’m finding it really difficult to get into gear this week.  [Hence the reason I’m posting on Tuesday]. 

I got quite a bit done in town yesterday, but my list for today is still pretty daunting:

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[+ evening class Who me?]

You may have noticed my note-to-self concerning how I have the sniffles from crappy eating… Chinese food last night seemed like a good idea until we left the restaurant.  Today’s nutrition mission = detox. 

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I started the day with my usual supplements [1/2 multivit + omega3 + chlorella], an apple cider vinegar drink, lemongrass tea, and an egg with nutritional yeast atop a mound of sautéed spinach, onion, garlic, and sundried tomatoes. 

I’m already starting to feel the clarity coming back. Smile

Good thing too, cause I’m gonna need it today. 

Are you a to-do list kind of person?  I always wished I could keep everything in my head, but too much goes undone for me that way…


Aloha Pumehana.
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