Feeling a bit more like myself after 6.4 miles in the Laguna Coast Wilderness. The ocean breeze was heavenly.

Finished reading: Endymion by Dan Simmons πŸ“š I love this series and am glad I chose to go to the re-read this year!

Work 9-6, school 6-9. Three meals in front of two computers. Tomorrow I will try again for boundaries and balance.

Happy International Clown Week! πŸŽ₯ Watching Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988).

Goals Check In: June 2020

I am focusing on intentional living to better align how I spend my time and energy with my values. Creating and tracking goals are helping me feel like myself through the pandemic. Here is my (belated) June update!

πŸ’° Financial Wellbeing

Save, Save, Save On track! I slightly exceeded my goals.
Spend Less Specifically in the categories Restaurants and Mindless Online Purchases. I did so-so this month. I made two larger purchases, a wetsuit and a Fitbit Charge 4, but stayed away from the smaller things that add up. Restaurant spending remains low while sheltering in place.

πŸ§ πŸ“š Personal Development

Read Every Day & Finish 44 Books in 2020 & Read More Diverse Voices I completed five books, bringing my total to 26.
  • The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang
  • The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
Explore New Ideas
  • SKY Breathing by Art of Living - I started this breathwork class offered by my employer, and am finding it somewhat odd. Another coworker mentioned that it felt like a pyramid scheme. I would not be surprised if we were nudged into a teacher training program at the end. I am not planning on sticking with it, but it’s a good reminder of the value I got out of regular meditation.
  • Started Photography Masterclass: A Complete Guide to Photography on Udemy.
Improve Photography Skills I started a course on Udemy! I have not yet been out to shoot photos, but it’s still on the list.
Complete Predictive Analytics Certificate Program by EOY ‘20 No classes in June - they resume in July.

🧘🌲 Fitness & Outdoor Activity

Spend 1 hr/Week in Nature This month I went camping and scuba diving. It was all in the same week, but it was so wonderful to be outdoors in the forest and by the sea. I camped at a secluded HipCamp site, where I was able to safely physical distance from one other camper on the 125-acre property.
Do Yoga 15x/Month I did yoga 9 times in June.
Home Exercise Routine Fail. I was a potato in June. Such a potato.

πŸ’»πŸ€³ Digital Life

Reduce Social Media Use I got an iPhone and I’m still trying to figure out how best to use the Screen Time report. I averaged 41 minutes per day on the category “Social Networking” which appears to include Instagram and Gluon. I removed Instagram from my phone for nearly a week and it was glorious - until I missed messages from my friend who is currently in Iraq. I need to find out how to keep in touch with her without IG!

None of my comet photos came out. However, it was good to get hands-on practice using the self-timer, manual focus, and long exposure settings on my camera. I look forward to trying again when I move out to Joshua Tree in two months and have fabulous dark skies in my back yard.

Finished reading: The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos) by Dan Simmons πŸ“š

Finished reading: Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski PhD & Amelia Nagoski DMA πŸ“š

I’ve been feeling emotionally exhausted lately so this topic was relevant. Two key takeaways were: (1) differentiate between dealing with the stressor and dealing with the stress. Oftentimes, we deal with the stressor but not the physical effects of stress which are driven by our fight-or-flight instincts. After we get through a high stakes meeting (stressor), the stress doesn’t fully dissipate on its own. Movement is the best way to release stress. (2) 10 hours of rest is critical for recovery and balance. This is not limited to sleep but includes waking rest time as well. The authors recommend:

  • 8 hours of sleep
  • 30 minutes of conversation
  • 30 minutes of physical activity
  • 30 minutes to pay attention to food (cooking or eating)
  • 30 minute “wildcard” based on your personal needs
I have been making an effort to carve out time for waking rest - no screens, no podcasts, no books. I still feel odd sense of shame and discomfort with saying no to being constantly either busy or entertained. Jenny Odell How to Do Nothing is another good read on this topic.

My cat isn’t creeping me out at all this morning πŸ‘€

πŸŽ₯ Palm Springs (2020) on Hulu was excellent.

Peppy dropping some subtle hints that I should stop working and play with himπŸ•

πŸ“Έ iPhone SE (2020)

πŸ“š Finished reading The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman, book three in the His Dark Materials series

πŸŽ₯ Watched Just Mercy (2019), the true story of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson working to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner. It was a really good film. Warner Brothers made it free to rent on all platforms through the end of June!

πŸ“š Finished reading Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang, a fantastic collection of short speculative fiction. Check out “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate” on LeVar Burton Reads as a two part episode (Part 1, Part 2)

πŸ“š Finished reading How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Goals Check In: May 2020

I am focusing on intentional living to better align how I spend my time and energy with my values. Here is my (very late) May Update!

πŸ’° Financial Wellbeing

Save, Save, Save On track! Exceeded my savings goals and made donations to the Texas Civil Rights Project and NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund.
Spend Less Specifically in the categories Restaurants and Mindless Online Purchases. Restaurant spending was pretty good, $157 for the month spent for three takeout meals from our neighborhood pizza joint. I did splurge on some house plants and related supplies.

πŸ§ πŸ“š Personal Development

Read Every Day & Finish 44 Books in 2020 & Read More Diverse Voices I completed two books, bringing my total to 21. A few more are nearly done too!
  • Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
  • Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Explore New Ideas
  • Cocktail How-To with Spirit Guides, covering some home cocktail mixing basics and a few recipes. We’ve been making the Gold Rush at home, super tasty!
  • Completed Playing Big with Tara Mohr, a 4-part women’s leadership development program offered by my company.
Improve Photography Skills I should acknowledge that I am making zero progress. I still don’t want to let it go.
Complete Predictive Analytics Certificate Program by EOY ‘20I finished two classes in May and registered for a summer course that starts after a much needed six-week break. The double class load was tough. I kept telling myself that it was worth it to finish by EOY. But honestly, the added load took away from time I desperately needed to rest and take care of myself.

🧘🌲 Fitness & Outdoor Activity

Spend 1 hr/Week in Nature I spent a little bit more time outdoors this month, including a (socially distanced) day at the outdoor civilian rifle range on Camp Pendleton.
Do Yoga 15x/Month I did yoga 13 times this month! This might be my record. The studio re-opens next month, but indoor practice with strangers does not fit in with my COVID risk management strategy.
Home Exercise RoutineI did such a great job getting in a routine in April, then fell off the wagon mid-May. This was due in part to wrist pain preventing me from doing push-ups.

πŸ’»πŸ€³ Digital Life

Reduce Social Media Use This was absolutely terrible in May. I spent far too many hours scrolling through social feeds and news sites.

πŸ“ California ❀️
πŸ“· iPhone SE (2020)

Just bought my first wetsuit, which feels like a Californian rite of passage (although I’ve been here 8 years)

Taking a week off from work to relax, read, and watch movies. Like usual, the first day is a mashup of burnout and imposter syndrome. I know these feelings are there all the time; time off just brings them to the surface.

πŸ“š Finished reading Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid.

Wow. A Letter to the West Point Class of 2020, From Fellow Members of the Long Gray Line

“Your West Point journey has led you to this moment when, with right hands raised, you take an oath β€œto support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” This oath has no expiration date. The burden of responsibility and accountability will both weigh on and inspire you for your entire life. Oaths are solemn, public promises with significant meaning and moral gravity. When they are broken, the nation suffers.”

Trying to listen to a 23 hour audiobook with the husband in 7 days πŸ˜… while I also have two other library loans πŸ“š reading furiously this week!

πŸ“š Finished reading The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin, book 3 in the Earthsea Cycle.

My playful 14 year old kitten having a roll on the yoga mat πŸ§˜πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸˆ

Browsing my library holds on Libby and getting excited for the books I’m getting in the coming weeks πŸ₯°πŸ“š