Saturday, December 13, 2014


I realize that this post reads like a New Years post but....
I need to make some changes.
Life changes, not just resolutions.
I need to figure out how much sleep I need to be getting at night and I need to start getting it.
I need to start eating healthier and stop all the sugar and fast food.

I'm exhausted and I feel dizzy a lot of the time and it's because I'm running on empty and filling my tank with junk.
I have too many projects going at once that I'm ending up failing at them all.

And... one of my busiest times of the year at work is just days away.
I need to figure out a schedule that fits MY life.

I have a friend who gets up at 4 each morning and gets breakfast for her husband as he heads off to work.
Then she washes up the dishes and tidies the house. She says she can't stand to come home to a dirty house.
She's always pulled together and dresses stylishly.

She budgets her money carefully.
She plans out a menu plan for a MONTH in advance and shops and hunts down bargains.
She holds down a very creative but also very physical job and even puts in overtime.
She meets a group of retired people she knows for breakfast once a week
and she meets me for breakfast every other week
and she goes to her parents home one day a week before work and cleans their house.
She runs errands for them and takes them to the doctors for appointments and such.
She plans and prepares everyone's birthday/anniversary/holiday party
and most nights she goes to bed by 8.

Time management.
She's got it down pat.
It's true that she doesn't have any pets now
and she doesn't have any Art projects going
and she's doesn't get on the computer hardly EVER...

So, OK. We have different priorities but
she's working it out
and I'm just burning out.
I need to get some sleep now
so that I can figure this out with a clear head.
Figure out a sleep schedule
A schedule to work on things that are important to me
Figure out a money budget
and start eating right and prepare ahead....
And....just to start feeling good again and
Wish me Luck!


Debby said...

I'm working on the same things! One thing I've already learned is I can't change it all at once. It takes time. So, I'm working on eating better and getting enough sleep. That's it. Been doing it for about 5 maybe 6 weeks and guess what? It's working!!! I feel so much better already. Soon I may tackle something else, but I'll never be a dynamo like your friend. I don't even want to be.

So, yes, I do wish you all the luck in the world. You can do it!!!!

CheerfulMonk said...

Yes! Good Luck! Please let us know how it goes.

Cynthia Myers said...

I'm so glad to read that you are doing so well!
I'm going to start with the sleep and eating first and then try to do the rest.
And while I'm boogled and in awe of my friend, I also want to learn to be able to really relax and not to feel guilty when I do!
Thanks so much for commenting!

Cynthia Myers said...

I hope to be able to figure it out quickly and report back soon!

Christer. said...

You already have all the answers to Your questions, now You only have to follow them :-) You need 7-8 hours of sleep and a budget isn't that hard to do but I'm pretty sure You'll be scared when You realise how much money You spend on everything :-) :-)

Do Your friend get any sleep at all? :-) She will most likely hit the wall and hard if she doesn't slow down some. There's no stress that is a positive stress no matter what people say, stress is always bad if it never calms down.

So eat healthy, I know You know how to, sleep those hours and make a budget and You will feel life will get as good as You like it.

Have a great day!

Cynthia Myers said...

You are right, I just need to do what I know I need to do.
I need to be organized and I need to plan ahead for my lunches and dinners.
I need to stop buying things with my credit card.
I need to relax a bit too! LOL!
I can't hardly wait for life to be as good as I like it! ;)
Thank so much!

Jan said...

Almost everyone I know says the same things you are saying so don't feel alone. Maybe if you pick one thing at a time and break it down into small steps, you will be able to feel happy with your success at each step and that will help motivate you to keep on with your plans. I'd not like to see you overwhelm yourself with too many new changes and doom yourself to disappointment because your aren't perfect. Go ahead and plan to accomplish all those things, just not all at once.

GOOD LUCK! I know you can do it if you really want to.

tammy j said...

oh cindi. i wish you luck too!
do you take a good vitamin?
i've also been taking a supplement called CoQ10 for years.
the cardio doc said to me once ...
"that's the best thing you could be doing."
i thought ... "then why did I have to find it out for myself?" !!!
it's an enzyme that puts oxygen into out blood. we produce CoQ10 ourselves... but as we get older we don't produce as much.
it helps with sheer ENDURANCE.
it's great. you might try it.
no side effects. not a fake "high"
but simply a steady strength.
i take 2 one hundred mg. per day.
but ONLY the gel caps. they work better. you might want to try'em.
along with all your other GREAT ideas of course!
you inspire me to do the same.
i have never eaten right. ever.
and ... i LOVE all the kitties.
could just reach out and touch that softness.

Cynthia Myers said...

Quite a while ago you recommended the CoQ10 and I went out and bought it and took it for a few days and then forgot it.
I have now gotten back out along with Vitamin C that my sister said I need and Vitamin B12 that a friend said has helped her.
I was eating very good from March 2013 until about this time last year when someone brought in a plate of those chocolate no-bake cookies to work and I broke down and ate several. After that slip up it all went to Hell.
I need to get back to healthy. Not dieting but rather eating right and being aware of what chemicals and such are going into my body.
Seems like I'm slipping up in most areas of my life so I need to get it together...
but hey! at least I'm not drinking!

Cynthia Myers said...

Thank you so much for this comment!
I am going to try to do it slowly.
I'm starting with the sleep thing first since I feel like a Zombie.
And I'll do the healthy eating after Christmas because it's so hard right now to be good and it's less than 2 weeks away.
And the spending, well... that has to be immediate too.
Then I will start on all my other "changes".
Thanks again!

Vicki said...

Oh, I'm SO with you and hear every word in my own head.
Life has been so hectic for me lately that I don't know where I'm at. How I've kept it together with the lack of sleep baffles me. I feel like a walker from the Walking Dead, lol.
But, we artists tend to live a life of creative chaos.
I know people who are as organised as your friend.
I've tried... and failed to emulate them.

I don't know, I endure until something will hit me between the eyes, I guess.

Wish you luck as you enter your super busy work phase - with you there in spirit :)

Vicki said...

... love the new header by the way :))

Cynthia Myers said...

I'm glad you like my header!
Your comment makes me feel better, that part about living in creative chaos.
I just met my friend again for breakfast this morning before work and I was blurry-eyed as I walked into the restaurant at 6:10 am.
She was sitting there all perky and had already gone to Walmart to pick up a Xmas gift from their ad. (apparently they are open 24 hours) and when I asked her what time she had gotten up she said "4!" and she had prepared a smoothie for her husband, tidied her living room and gone to the store before meeting me.
If she wasn't my very best friend, I might have strangled her out of spite!
Good luck with YOUR busy season.
I wish you lots of sales and good sleep.

Hartwood Roses said...

Scheduling really IS the key to putting one's life to rights. It's not a matter of being rigid ... it's a way to know what's happening and to be freed from the multitude of last minute decisions that we confront every day. What's for dinner? Already decided that. What am I wearing today? Already decided that, too. This leaves cuddle time for the critters and extra energy to spend on things that we LOVE to do.

Merry Christmas!

Cynthia Myers said...

You are so right.
Scheduling is the key.
I just need to figure out that schedule!
I do schedule everything at work.
I just need to sort out my priorities!
Thanks for commenting!

Nita Stacy said...

Well, I've been making sleep a priority and have gotten lots more of it the last year than I used to and it hasn't helped me one bit - get more done....exactly the opposite! But good luck with your plan!

Cynthia Myers said...

I do think a person can get too much sleep too!
I have another friend who only works a few hours a week and sleeps in every day but is always exhausted and never seems too be able to do much above the norm because she just can't find the energy.
I actually worry that she might be depressed.
I think too much and too little are both problems.
That's why I'm searching for the right number of hours for myself.
and I'm hoping this coming year will be a much more productive and happier year for all of us!

Vicki said...

Merry Christmas to you, dear Cindi, darling Big hearted Blue and all your beautiful furry crew :)

Cynthia Myers said...

Thank you Vicki!
and Merry Christmas to you and yours!