Something’s Gotta Give

So…I blinked and it’s now April 3rd! This means, time for a new set of monthly goals. Last month I wasn’t terribly successful (I need to take more pictures!), so here’s a late-entry for a bonus point:


I got a haircut!

As I consider what I want to focus on this month, I have Ella Fitzgerald’s version of “Something’s Gotta Give” running through my head.

Ella Fitzgerald

Often, songs pop into my head that perfectly describe how I’m feeling at the moment – it’s completely subconscious and usually neat (unless it’s an obnoxious song such as “Tubthumping”…I know, what kind of crazy subconscious mind do I have?!). At any rate, I’m feeling spread thin. I am part of a running club that starts running 2x/week shortly, choir that rehearses weekly, I teach lessons two nights per week, blogging, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and oh, my job that has picked up in workload recently. Also, I am an introvert, so I gain energy from alone time which I have been severely lacking in. I found this a few months back and boy does it resonate with me – check it out:


I feel that I’m at the point where I’m on the edge of a breakdown, which typically consists of shutting down and doing nothing. I think part of the reason why I’ve been able to continue with such a busy schedule for so long is that I genuinely am enjoying everything I’m involved in. I love teaching – it brings more joy to me (and hopefully my students!) than I thought it would. I love singing and making music. I love being physically active. I love the fact that I’m getting to know a young person and hopefully be a positive adult role model. I love connecting with other runners and music lovers in this amazing blogging world. So what now?

After many days of pondering, “what now?”, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to get comfortable having a busy life. I need to get comfortable living outside of my comfort zone. So, that’s my goal for April – get comfortable with the new me.

And take more pictures…I still need to take more pictures. Smile

Are any of the rest of you busy people? How do you cope?


For Someone Who Hates Being in Pictures…

…perhaps starting a blog was a really stupid idea! Ugh…this probably should be my goal for March, huh? Two steps: #1 remember to take the pictures, and #2 get comfortable being in pictures. I always tease my friend Brenda whenever she wants to take a picture of us (she is the picture-taking queen!) because I hate being in pictures, BUT, I really love that those moments are documented to enjoy in the future.

Also, I suck at taking pictures:

IMG_20130307_110031Awkward smile, WEIRD colors, back-lit, etc.

My intention in the above picture had been to document one of the last times I’m going to get to wear my penguin hat running before the cold weather leaves us (which should be VERY soon), but after four or five attempts, this was the best I could do and even it looks weird. So, I guess my picture taking goal now has three parts: #3 try to take decent-looking pictures.

Along with the picture taking, I want to start incorporating strength training into my exercise routine. I’m so bad about this because it’s not something I enjoy. I am signed up for this summer’s Warrior Dash again, and I’d like to be able to complete more of the challenges (or rather FULLY complete the challenges – I at least attempted everything last year). Hey look – I have a picture from last year’s Warrior Dash!


Our shirts proclaimed that we “Leave No Warrior Behind”

So to summarize, in March I plan to:

1. Enjoy taking decent-looking pictures

2. Incorporate strength training into my routine

Do any of you make monthly goals? If so, please share in the comments!