After much thought about my biggest gripes about where I find myself, I decided to fast from all sexy time activities (no Slayer ::sigh::, toys, manual or peenus), no fast food, limited my TV watching to one hour a day, no going to my fave DC restaurant, and fasting from food one day a week...til November. Part of this journey is spiritual, of course; I'm feeling very disconnected from my maker and wish to remove those obstacles, but also very practical--I have some specific practical goals I seek to reach also. For one, I'm applying to grad school this fall and with working two jobs, it's hard to find time to study for the GRE. I also have some financial goals I'm trying to meet, so while I can afford it, I'm trying to tame my spending and exercise some extra discipline so I can achieve my long term goals. Overall though, I know I'm not taking the best care of myself, as much as I work or busy myself doing "things" important though they may be, I haven't spent enough time making sure I'm getting enough rest or being centered and I found myself being very worn, physically, emotionally, and mentally.
It's been about week and I'm seeing improvements already. I feel lighter and with a clearer head, it's sort of giving me a new perspective on where I am and the last few months.
- For example, I cooked for the first time since Easter. For the three months I've spent in my new apartment I just haven't felt like it was home, and I've been so worn I just didn't seem to have the energy and gumption to do so ( you can only imagine how much I spent eating out). Food is REALLY important to me, its one of the many ways in which I express myself, and it was a little shocking how exhilarated I felt to be back in the kitchen.
- The time I would spend eating, chillin at my fave restaurant before going to my night job, I now spend that time studying, or getting in a quick nap before work, the lack of rest was contributing to several short illnesses I had this year, several more than usual.
- Looking back at some journal entries I made last year, I hadn't experienced much personal growth; though some change takes time, I found that I'm still dealing with some of the things with no tangible progress made.
- I've been operating on autopilot, without taking into account what it is that EYE really wanted or needed, either for myself or from people around me. I am a perseverer, I have always been, it's how I've managed to make it as far as I have (aside from all the people who have helped me along the way). But I should be doing more than just persevering, at this point I should be thriving, so the next few months present a unique opportunity for me to figure out what mid course corrections I need to make in order to get there.
Things are going well today, but I know I will have challenges in the near future..I just pray I have the strength and self control to meet them.