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Today i’m taking a break from scraping the bottom of the barrel of my emotional flaws to do a mid year self check in. On Wednesday it is July 1st – over halfway through the year already. Wednesday also marks the ever so celebratory Canada Day – a day to mark when our beautiful country became … well … a country.
Canada only became a country in 1867. When you look at the timeline of the entire history of the world/(wo)mankind/non-binarykind, Canada’s timeline is incredibly recent, especially when compared to most European and African countries. We are still relatively new. We have come very far in our short time span and are known for diverse and talented people, majestic landscapes and a myriad of progressive ideas – working towards a more inclusive and equal society for all (heck we changed our national anthem for the sake of it), the legalization of cannabis, as well as a bang-up job of managing the coronavirus pandemic in comparison to our Southern neighbors.
Also inventing basketball. You’re welcome.
But we still have a lot to learn, in terms of our education and ability to handle and address such issues as those related to poverty, including our rampantly rising homelessness population, especially in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Also issues related to race – we tout ourselves for being progressive in our commitment to equality – yet still have Indigenous reserves in Canada without access to clean drinking water. Does that spell out equality to you? To me it doesn’t. Or even the fact we celebrate the beginnings of when our country was first marked a country according to colonization, despite the fact that Indigenous peoples of Canada were here for thousands of years prior to our official confederation written down in the history books.
By bringing these aspects up, it’s not meant to take a jab at an otherwise celebratory day, but to make you stop and think about how far we’ve come and where we’ve got to go. That’s the theme of today’s post for myself amidst my self-check in, as well: What have I accomplished so far, and what I wish to accomplish over the remaining half of this year.
I have a “My Vision” page in my day planner. When January 2020 first rolled around, I spent one bored day at work, scribbling down what I wanted to make time for, and what I wanted to work on/eliminate. On the corresponding page I wrote down a list of goals for myself for this year. I also wrote down dreams, both short term and long term, for myself. Today i’m going to share them with you.
Take note, I wrote a lot of these pre-COVID, so many I haven’t done simply due to the fact that I have been stuck in my house since March. So there yee be.
My Vision for the Year – Making Time for
- Self Care
- Time with Friends
- New Experiences
My Vision for the Year – Working On/Eliminating
- Negative Self-Talk
- Word Vomit
My Vision for the Year – Goals
- Learn to play piano – I have learned one and a half songs (lol – half? Yes half)
- Learn to play the cello – hoping to take a socially distanced workshop in the fall for 18+
- Speak my opinion more – working on it – ya girl hates conflict remember?
- Recognize and train myself not to stress – I think I am getting better at this – mindfulness has been wonderful in doing so
- Take a cooking class – not yet
- Throw mom an awesome 60th birthday – yes! A surprise one – went off without a hitch!
- Celebrate Corey & Danielle’s wedding (go a few days before) – will be attending in a few short weeks
- Practice mindfulness at least once a week – yes, actually now I try to practice every day if I can
- Go whale-watching – will be doing so when I got to the wedding listed above
- Go to Whistler – not yet
- Learn to Dance – …. not yet – I continue to dance like one of those inflatable flailing men they often place out front of car dealerships
- Learn about Essential Oils (and buy more!) – not yet
- Go to the sunflower and tulip festival – canceled this year – maybe next year
- Lose 5 to 10 pounds – working on it!
- Eat vegan more – Definitely – I have significantly cut down my red meat and chicken consumption – I eat a lot more tofu and I like it
- Visit more vegan restaurants – not yet
- Take a painting or pottery class – not yet
- JOB CHANGE (PUT IN ALL CAPS) – NOT YET BUT ACTIVELY WORKING ON IT
- Read 10 books (maybe more??) – I have read 5 so far, working on a 6th and listening to 2 audio books
- Buy new furniture – I’ve bought all new deck furniture – makes my heart happy
- Think before I speak more – not yet – work in progress
- Cook yummy meals – yesssss
- Take better care of my skin – yes! Up until March when everything shut down, I was going for monthly facials. I also no longer skimp on skincare products or go back and forth about spending the money. If I want it, and it’s rated well, I consider it an investment for my face down the road.
- Love better, love deeper – I think I sort of have – the pandemic has held me back from doing so but has definitely made me realize the importance of doing so
- Make margaritas – no but I have my mum’s lime margarita recipe and it is KILLER. Might have to make a batch for Canada Day, despite trying to be healthy. I wonder if margaritas are on Weight Watchers LOL
- Not kill a plant! – I have killed some … but have also managed to KEEP SOME ALIVE
- Get photos of friends developed – not yet
- Travel – Washington, D.C., Grand Canyon, Yellowstone. International? Argentina, Croatia, Austria/Switzerland – nope – grounded
- Go bowling – not yet
- Say ‘sorry’ less – 100% have curved this – my sorries are sacred, you don’t get one unless I really truly mean it
- Go to the Rugby 7’s – not this year
- Pet and hold a piglet – apparently piglets don’t like to be held – my family makes fun of me for this goal but piglets are CUTE AS SHIT AND NOBODY CAN TELL ME OTHERWISE
- Complete more puzzles! – SO MANY PUZZLES IN QUARANTINE
Short-Term & Long-Term Dreams
- Spend New Year’s Eve in Scotland – Hogmanay
- Go to Mardi Gras
- Spend St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland
- Go on a meditation retreat
- Learn a new language
- Swim once a week
- Be well-read
- Buy a vacation home (not sure where yet)
- Be financially stable to never work another desk job again
- Become a meditation teacher
- Teach people how to meditate
- Run meditation retreats
- Live in another country
- Run a successful blog (I defined success as 10k followers by the time I was 30)
- Get married
- Have kids
- Hold a baby sloth
- To speak at my own TEDxTalk
- Go on an African safari for my 30th birthday
- Be able to do the splits
- Be able to do crow pose
- Consistently continue going to therapy
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