A deployment is a little bit like New Years. Certainly not the celebratory part...but in the sense that it's a time where a whole new routine is developed. It's a new start of sorts.
A month ago if I was talking about going out to eat less...I would reply: "After Mark leaves".
Or if I mentioned I was going to clean out my closet, my response was: "After Mark leaves".
Or if I said bed time was going to be strict...oh, yea. Definitely not my strength. Bed time is rather loose around here while Mark is away.
Well...Mark has left.
There is a lot to be done while Mark is away. More than laundry, and homework, and making sure to get the oil changed in the vehicles....I have several personal goals that I would like to accomplish while Mark is away.
1. Kiss our children after they are asleep each night. Before I go to bed.
I do tuck our children into bed each evening. Afterward, I head downstairs and work on my computer for a few hours before dragging myself to bed...which happens to be in the exact opposite direction of going back upstairs. My too-tired-to-think head says that there are too many children to kiss goodnight and there are certainly too many steps to climb. My heart says, sleeping children are so sweet, and I am capturing these moments for myself because Mark can't.
2. Be Healthier.
This is exactly like my New Year's goal. The one I was working on this earlier in the year. Right? While I always have the best of intentions, my behaviors these last few weeks aren't exactly health conscious. Unfortunately, the last I checked consuming copious amounts of wine, desserts, and heavy foods aren't exactly listed as "Do's" in Fitness Magazine.
I am going to drink more water, drink less coffee, plan our meals, and eat out no more than one time per week.
Seems like a big list? Perhaps I need to give these their own number.
3. Run a Race.
This goes along with my 'be healthier goal'. I have already committed to a Turkey Trot in Richmond on Thanksgiving Day.
And training...is going well. I am already up to 4.5 miles. Slow. For Sure. But I am not trying to break any records.
4. Complete my card catalog.
I love this little gem. Zero progress has been made on it. The poor thing has been demoted to a corner in my garage (to make room for my van...it is already very cold up here in the north). When I get to it...and finish it...it is going to be awesome.
I love to read.
I read to the little girls every night. Dora, Pinkalicious, and Barbie books are fascinating.
I read with the big kids. The Hunger Games is a fantastic trilogy (but I have already read it) and am nearly done reading it to them.
I read the news, and blogs, and cookbooks, and even girl scout manuals. Page turners!
During this deployment my goal is to read at least three books. One type of self-improvement book, one non-fiction book, and one bestseller.
I thought I would start with a small number of things to work on. I can always add to my list later.
These are just a few of the things I would like to accomplish while Mark is away.
Easy right? For sure.
One man down? Weak excuse.
I think I can attitude...half the battle.
No worries. I got this.