*Thank God It’s February
It’s Mental Health Monday which means it’s time to check in. How are you doing? No, really, I want to know. I’ve been spending way too much time talking about me (Not apologizing – it IS my blog, so of course it’s all about me) but it’s a new year and a new month and I’m trying to be a better
blogger woman human.
I don’t know about you, but I’m thrilled to be welcoming in a new month. Not only because Valentine’s Day = ALL THE CHOCOLATE (and no, you don’t have to wait for someone you love to buy you a box) or because February is black history month but because last month left a lot to be desired. For most of us, January 1st signals a new beginning/fresh start, and brings with it the promise that things will change.
On NYE, my FB feed was filled with “So long 2020, don’t let the door hit you in the ass” memes…but 2021 wasn’t just hellish, he was was an evil sneaky bastard. The old year locked Baby New Year in the closet and (just like a bad neighbor or the last person at the party) refused to leave…which explains why January wasn’t new and exciting, just more of the same. More illness. More anger. More loss. More divisiveness.
I have to admit that I let the grief, stress and loss of the past 13 months stop me from…well, from doing ANYTHING. My WIP has been waiting on its “final edit” for at least 6 months. My blog has been neglected. My list of “honey-dos” is as long as Santa’s naughty list. I slapped 6 “paint samples” on my living room wall last year, but it remains unpainted (Good news – I saw a new “paint style” which appears to be just a bunch of paint samples slapped over each other – my wall isn’t undone, it’s avant-garde).
But today is February 1st and I’ve finally put Christmas away. Well, not away-away. Everything is in tubs in the living room. I have delegated the moving of the tubs to my spouse and daughter, because my new year’s resolution was to let go of the need to do ALL THE THINGS. Please note, I spent yesterday cleaning the bedrooms and bathrooms and doing the dishes and putting laundry and christmas away because new year’s resolutions never stick, BUT
I resolved to try again – because it’s a brand new day and a brand new month and we don’t have to wait to a new year to begin again. You don’t even need to wait until tomorrow to get a fresh start. You can begin again at any moment. I’m going to say it again for the people in the back – and little louder for the people like me who are waiting for the coffee to kick in:
YOU CAN BEING AGAIN AT ANY MOMENT.
And because a picture is worth a thousand words (and Mary Pickford said it better)
So, today’s resolution is:
I will delegate to others.
Or at least I’ll try.
Hey, it’s a start.
Baby steps baby.
My second “New Month Resolution” is to start every day by thankful for (at least) one thing.
Today I am thankful for our fake Christmas Tree. If we had a real one, it would be nothing but a pile of dead needles.
And I’m thankful for you.
So tell me – how YOU doing?