In Part I, I brought my much ignored readers up to speed on where the issues began. I felt like things were out of balance and I needed to reevaluate. Here are the results:
Sleep - I like about 8 hours. I can do with less, but my day goes better with 8.
Food - Specifically healthy and flavorful food. It's part of my interest in feeling fit and healthy, but I also enjoy healthy food more. Granted, what I mean by that is yummy yummy vegetables, and not whole grain pasta (I still cannot get on that wagon) and tabbouleh every day. The beautiful pasta machine given to me last year is getting a workout. And when I am super busy at work, I eat frozen leftovers from The Hot Chick's Kitchen. They are much healthier than processed food, very tasty, and much appreciated in stressful times.
Fitness - Besides eating healthy foods and taking care of oneself when sick, I find fitness requires exercise. I don't get enough in my normal day and I really like to feel fit. Unfortunately, when I'm having a time crunch, sleep often trumps exercise.
Friends - It's no secret that I enjoy spending time with friends (this includes family, who are friends), though my close friends also know that I need time to myself (there will be a future post on this). I like to hear what people are up to and tell them my own stories as well. To share time for attention and appreciation and connection is very restorative for me.
Creating - Sometimes this is on a big scale, like putting a bathroom in the basement, but most of the time, this is baking gluten-free cookies for my aunt or inventing a soup for dinner.
Writing/Reading (as a subset of creating) - I'm a word craftsman by nature. I enjoy putting together a well-fashioned sentence/paragraph/letter/blogpost. I haven't written much lately, but I think about it a lot. Reinvigorating this blog is part of that effort.
Order - At times, I have perfectionist tendencies (sure, go ahead, laugh) but this does not translate into a drive to do housekeeping or yardwork. In fact, just yesterday, I got a notice about my grass being too long. (I cut it on Monday. The time lag on the notice is apparently a week.) However, I like having things relatively clean and orderly. It bothers me when things get too disorderly for too long. Unfortunately, I don't like the work involved in accomplishing that order.
Tomorrow, Part III, in which I reveal what the solutions are...