Tomorrow is March which means I have been back in the States for nearly two and a half months. And all this time I have been saying how I need to adjust and settle into my new life, which now realizing the time frame seems ridiculous. I settled into my European lifestyle in a few weeks. Here, it's taking me months.
Let it be official: I am done settling. Sure, my new apartment has no pictures hanging on the wall yet and sure, I still have virtually no money in my bank account (ah, the joys of freelancing and getting a paycheck 30-60 days after the actual day of work). But come on, it's done. I'm settled. I'm bored.
So I have decided March--for me at least--will be 31 days of excellence. I am ready to start living the life that I said I was going to when I was in Europe. That means actually writing and working on my book, taking care of my body and well-being, and making time in my life to discover new things and connect with others. How hard can it be? I have no idea. But all I know is that since I have been back, I have not been writing, I have not been taking care of myself and I have been making more time with my television set and surfing online than with the inspiring world around me.
So "March Madness" will be all about discipline. Setting good habits for myself to take me through April and beyond.
It will include:
1. Writing three times a week. I have already jotted down those writing appointments in my calendar.
2. Exercising regularly, eating well and getting enough sleep--to ensure I am at peak mental and physical capabilities to do my work (and hopefully look skinny and hot while I am doing it)
3. Taking time each week to do something that inspires me--whether it's spending time with friends or seeing a art film or going to a museum. Life has to be more than catching up on Real World/Road Rules Challenge. (Can't it be both?)
You may wonder why this is only limited to one month. It's not. It's just all that I can stomach right now. If I can't do this for 31 days then that's lame. And I hope that in the end of the month, all of this will be ingrained in my routine that stopping would not look like a welcoming option.
I'm ready to be awesome. Wish me luck.
p.s. Happy Birthday to Kent--my brother-in-law who is a leap year baby. I think today he is officially 10.