10 Things to Remember in a SnowMaggedon

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1. Find Your Gloves: This morning I went into my closet and a mitton fell on my head.  Basically someone was saying, “Hello idiot it’s going to snow, you need a mitton!”  If only that person would locate my matching mitton.  Why does that always happen??  No one wants just one!!  I digress.  In a storm it is imperative that you find your winter accessories such as your hats, gloves, mittons and snow scarves (the ones your grandma knit not the other kind) and put them in an easy to access location.  You need these things to clean off your car or get into a snowball fight.

2.  Make a grocery list:  Wine is not the only good group you will need.  Organize your list by breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Multiply your meals by estimated days in captivity and then again by the  number of people in prison.  Always remember to add 2 bottles of wine per person as a precaution.  No one wants to re-live the epic Chardonnay meltdown of 2012.

3.  Have Activities: Once upon a time there were these paper things called books and we read them before TV or radio came along.  Think about it, you will be stuck inside for hours and eventually you will be sick of TV or your eyes will give up.  It will happen.  Get a book or art project or board game.  You’d be surprised how old TV and napping can get.  I know, blasphemy.

4.  Locate your shovel:  This is key but sometimes you forget the obvious.  It’s happened to me.  I used a broom once.  Don’t do that.

5.  Buy Snow Boots:  It’s amazing to me that people actually wear sneakers.  This is a beyond terrible idea.  Don’t do it!

6.  Have a Vice:  TRUST ME!  Once I travelled 6 miles in a blizzard for coffee.  It was horrible.  It was really 6 blocks but that was horrible.  Coffee.  Diet Coke.  Whatever it is, go get it now.  Don’t complain to me when you start crying in a fit of insanity tomorrow around 11am Saturday morning! Go.  Now.

7.  Give the Diet a Break:  Blizzards are not the time to be mad at yourself about food.  You are bored, cold, tired and cranky.  Forcing yourself to be trapped in a house for days with snacks you can’t have is no good for anyone!  That’s horrendous.  Be mindful but also be nice to yourself and have some hot cocoa.

8. Shoveling is Cardio:  Last year some kids asked to shovel my sidewalk and I had to say, “Step off youngin, I’ve eaten 4 packs of oreos and need to work it off.” Rude? Maybe but my health comes first.

9.  Have Alone Time:  No one wants to be on the next installment of Making a Murderer so do yourself a favor and escape if you can.  Lock the door and dissappear for 20 minutes.  Too much togetherness=agitation=murder.

10. DON’T FORGET THE WINE!  or water is ok too.

Well, hope these tips were helpful.  Enjoy the Snow!!

I’ll be here, obviously.
~E

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Status Update: Resolutions

It’s officially been 2 weeks since the ‘Day of Resolutions’ also known as New Years Day. 

How is yours going?

Happily I can report that my quasi  resolution goals are going very well.  Let’s recap. 

1. Stay in the present, forget the future: surprisingly this is going extremely well.  I decided to focus on the day, week, month at hand and not go beyond that.  I have to remind myself multiple times a day to stay present but it’s been working quite well, which much credit going to #2…

2. Do yoga every day for 1 month: DONE!  I haven’t missed a day and I even bought a mat to bring to Farmville.  It’s amazing how much just 20-30 minutes by yourself each day can clear your mind, destress and work out the kinks in your body.  Highly recommended!

3. Stick to a diet 100%: two weeks in and going strong.  I would say I’m 98% which is pretty darn good if I do say so myself.

4. No scale for 30 days:  this has been fabulous.  I might extend this goal to 90 days.  You don’t realize how much added stress that number puts on you and it’s been nice to feel good without the scale.

5.  No alcohol for 90 days: FAIL but it hasn’t been to much.

So all in all I am very pleased with my 2 week progress and will continue to make decisions day by day.

Let me know how you’re doing!

~E

Forget the Future

Last night I laid awake thinking about everything that 2016 holds for me.  As a creative thinking/planner type I could feel my heart begin to race just thinking about the massive amounts of things that could happen or should happen in 2016.  My stress level automatically went from 0-60 and I knew I wasn’t going to be able to sleep.

Every new year we all make resolutions, whether we intend to or not.  This year I simply said to myself I want to eat healthier and save money.  I didn’t think of it as a resolution but more of a goal. 

But last night as I tossed and turned I thought of 50 different scenarios for challenges or obstacles to completing my goals and how I would overcome them.  From there I went years ahead of myself worrying about what I could or could not accomplish if I didn’t reach these goals.  Being in my brain is sometimes just exhausting.

After about 10 minutes of this madness worrying about what the future holds I knew that this had to stop.  I kept repeating to myself,

“Forget the Future.  Focus on the Present”

I decided then and there that this was going to be my mantra for the year.  I am going to live more for the moment and focus on the day at hand and not the 362 other days that are waiting for me in 2016.  Wish me luck and if anyone wants to join me we can do it together.

Talk to you soon
~E