Friday, July 31, 2009

The return of discipline

When I was in college, I was a machine. I worked two jobs and took mostly full class loads. I walked everywhere. I interned. I exercised. I cooked at home. I stuffed each day til the seams burst, and I got up the next day and did it again.

Since then, I have gone soft. I work one job and take no classes. I drive everywhere. I think about volunteering and going back to school, but have yet to sign up. I get no exercise. I force myself to cook - sometimes. And I get up the next day and I do it again.

So I need to get it together. I need to get busier, and back to the discipline that I used to practice. I think goals are a good place to start (and I don't mean watching soccer).

Goal #1
Plug away on my embroidery project, which one day will be a beautiful throw pillow. Also, master the stupid french knot! (Embroidery is not like kissing. The french version of "knotting" is "knot" more fun than our regular old kind.) (HA! Pun intended, obviously, or I would have spelled it right.)

Goal #2
Make peace with my sewing machine, which hates me.

Goal #3
Clean more regularly, maybe on Friday mornings, so that I'll quit freaking out about what a mess my house is. (Poor Abe. Someone give him a cookie.)

Goal #4
Make jam out of the blueberries in my freezer. Mmmm. To do this, I will first need to actually win an ebay auction for a pressure cooker. Please pray for me.

Goal #5

Five is good for now. Wish me luck!


  1. (1) you don't need a pressure cooker to make blueberry jam (2) let's excercise!


  2. I enjoy your blog :) And if you want a pressure cooker, they're cheap here in India- do you want me to get you one?! (actually I'm serious about that offer-so let me know) :) I'm in love with mine and pretty determined to drag it around the world with me. Hope you have a wonderful day... and might I add that 'busy' isn't necessarily something to shoot for, but meaningful is! :)

  3. Karen-I think your list is great!!
    I want to learn how to make jam/jelly. Can I help?

  4. Joie - I'll send you a facebook message about the pressure cooker. That would be awesome! I know I don't need it to accomplish my Goal #4, but it would be nice! (Jen, if you want to help, you're welcome!)

    And maybe I should have said that I'd like to become "productive," rather than "busy." I already *feel* busy, but I don't seem to be getting anything done. When I have more on my plate, I know that I work more efficiently - I know right now I waste a lot of time that I could be spending on things I really want to do.