Weekly Check In

 

When one door closes another one opens  … well sometimes it just feels like all the doors are slamming shut. I’m still focusing on self care while I’m searching for that next door, that next wonderful opportunity!

Volunteering

  • 4 hours – Crisis Text Line

Charitable Giving

  • $0

Personal Kindness

  • An intern from my department was leaving. Along with all the other nice things my co-workers were doing – passing a card, organizing a going away lunch – I made sure to ask about what his upcoming opportunities were and share advice, encouragement, and just good old fingers crossed attitude with him.

Self Care

  • Trip planning! I have two trips coming up in the next six weeks and I get to spend a bit of my time daydreaming on the internet about them. Pinning pins on Pinterest, looking at blogs, and scanning travel websites. It’s so fun to get to daydream.
  • List making. So with these two trips, plus job hunting, and just everyday everyday-stuff, I have a lot to do. So I’ve been making lists. Making them with pretty pens, writing them down neatly, organizing and reorganizing them, celebrating with each check mark, and just generally enjoying them. I am always someone who has loved to-do lists and planners so I get to spend some time embracing that.

How’d you do this week?

Weekly Update

Still stuck in retrograde. This was a week that I had to focus on self care and I’m really proud of myself for doing just that. Sometimes you have to put it first, other times you can prioritize taking over the world. 🙂

Volunteering

  • 2 hours – Crisis Text Line – I got a headache mid-shift and had to bow out. I hope to make up the hours over the holiday weekend.

Charitable Giving

  • $0
  • 1 baby hat

Personal Kindness

  • I got a lot of support this week. My personal kindness was letting everyone know just how much I appreciated that support. Many heartfelt thank yous were given this week.

Self Care

  • Cleaning. I want to have a clean home and am hoping to transition to a new phase in my life so I’m looking into and thinking about minimalism. I don’t know how many items I’ll end up with but I’m sure it’s not going to be 100 or 33 or whatever some people do. But I’m working on making sure my wardrobe just has things that make me happy.
  • Knitting and crocheting like a crazy person. I still have some works in progress and my knitting circle is working on making purple baby hats for Oklahoma (more info here) So I’ve been doing that. And I keep saying that my next project is going to be something for myself but I’m getting pretty easily distracted by making things for donation. Either way, it brings me joy.
  • It’s time to start daydreaming about trips. I have a trip planned for the end of this month and a long weekend in October for another Crisis Text Line Palooza. If you have any tips for traveling in Paris or Atlanta, please leave them below. I have about a day and a half in Atlanta to explore by myself. Paris will be another run so I’ll be pretty busy but I always like to hear new suggestions for off the beaten path things.
  • Running – or trying to. It’s been crazy hot lately so I’ve had to take my workouts indoors and since I don’t have a treadmill there’s been a lot of jumping jacks in my living room. But the heat is reminding me, forcing me really, to slow down and enjoy. Thanks for that reminder universe.

How’d you do this week?

Weekly Update

Sorry I’ve been M.I.A lately. I have been focusing on getting a new job and the self care that goes along with the uncertainty and stress of big life changes. Also my dog has been crazy with the heat waves. haha. Sometimes you just need to take a break.

But I’m still here volunteering, and being kind, and looking for great new organizations to donate to when I get my finances back in order.

Volunteering

  • 4 hours – Crisis Text Line

Charitable Giving

  • $10 Represent.Us through Omaze (trying to win an experience with JLaw)
  • 1 Welcome Blanket

Personal Kindness

  • This is kind of self care as well but I’ve downloaded a Gratitude Journal app on my phone. As I’m getting ready in the morning I write down three things that I’m grateful for. I think that this morning focus on things I’m thankful for put me in the right frame of mind to treat people and things I come across with kindness. Just like anything, practice makes perfect.

Self Care

  • Knitting. Still knitting like a crazy old lady. It’s so calming and allows me to have control over something, complete something, and do something good for someone else – quite the trifecta.
  • Cleaning. I’ve been doing a lot of spring/deep cleaning in my house. I’m taking a friends advice to do things now to get ready for the next step. I won’t want to be taking on these cleaning projects when I’m starting an awesome new job. So I’ll take action now and be more prepared for the good things to come. I’ve also been listening to the Minimalists podcast while I’m cleaning and think they have a very interesting perspective that I’d like to work towards.

How’d you do this week?

Weekly Check-In

Honestly I’m struggling a bit lately.

I think we all feel this way sometimes, like we’re just trying to keep it together. Like we have octopus arms reaching to keep all the plates spinning and everything from crashing down.

I’m behind on the Purple State Challenge not because of lack of organizations but because I’m struggling financially. I will hopefully turn this around shortly and be able to get to 52 organizations by the end of the year. I’m determined to turn the map purple!

Volunteering

  • 4 hours – Crisis Text Line

Charitable Giving

Personal Kindness

  • I was so touched that when the parents and loved ones of the Pulse victims were asked how to honor them they came up with ways to be kind. And many of the ways to be kind were easy everyday things. I decided this week to focus a little more on holding doors open for people and looking people in the eye when I thank them for holding the door open for me. It’s such a simple gesture but still can be filled with love.49Kindness

Self Care

  • Knitting. Still trying to calm my nerves with making things. I finished a cowl for myself this week and started on some more knitted knockers.
  • My friend is moving away at the end of the summer. So we’re spending this summer trying to complete a summer bucket list of all the local things that locals tend not to do (i.e. New Yorkers never go to the Statue of Liberty). So we went to a local wine tasting event and watched the sunset. I haven’t laughed so much in a long time.

How’d you do this week?

Weekly Check-In

 

I had family visiting from out of town and with some job things it felt like this week was a whirlwind. I’ve also managed to get a little bit of a summer cold. Time for some good quality rest.

Volunteering

  • 4 hours – Crisis Text Line

Charitable Giving

  • $0

Personal Kindness

  • I got to spend some special time with my niece. I think one of the most important things you can do is talk to kids. Ask them questions, tell them stories, just chat. It’s amazing how much they appreciate it.

Self Care

  • Family time! We got to eat some great food and just hang out. It was wonderful.
  • After my family left it means nap time for me. Just sleeping and sitting on the couch has been lovely.

How’d you do this week?

Weekly Check-In

It’s Memorial Day. Thinking of those who lost their lives to make mine free.

 

It’s been a stressful time worrying about getting a new job and working through this transition. So I’ve been putting more of a focus on self-care and hoping for the best.

Volunteering

  • 2 hours – Crisis Text Line – I needed some self care so I cut back on hours

Charitable Giving

  • $25 – Up With Trees
  • 2 Shawls & a baby blanket

Personal Kindness

  • While looking for a job for myself I saw one that reminded me of a co-worker. I sent it over and he said no one had ever done something like that for him before and he got excited. It’s nice to see how appreciative he was. I also hope it helps with the job search karma.

Self Care

  • I’ve still been knitting up a storm. It’s so calming.
  • I’ve been trying to spring clean my apartment. It always feels better to be in a clean nice home.

How’d you do this week?

Weekly Check-In

I’m back to job hunting as my current contract is almost up. This is stressful and time consuming. I hope this has a positive outcome but really I think there has to be a better process than this. The stress also comes from the financial side. A reason the Purple State Challenge has lagged. I’m not making very much now with an uncertain future and I haven’t been able to donate as much as I’d like. But I’m lucky to have an optimistic personality so I believe things will get better.

Volunteering

  • 4 hours – Crisis Text Line

Charitable Giving

Personal Kindness

  • I get compliments sometimes when I wear certain dresses or outfits to work and I did this week for a particular dress. With every compliment I received I tried to make sure I returned one. I used the compliments not just to feel confident in my appearance but as a reminder that it’s easy to compliment others. Pay it forward. I feel like I’ll now think of this dress as the pay a compliment dress.

Self Care

  • I’ve been focusing on my knitting. I have little projects that allow me to get that great feeling of control and completion that’s hard to find elsewhere. Plus I get pretty things that I donate or add to my wardrobe. It’s always fun to get a compliment and you can reply “Thanks, I made it”
  • More cleaning and errand running. Again focusing on what’s in my control to accomplish. I’m also trying to focus on doing things now that I won’t want to do once I have my fancy new job.

How’d you do this week?

Weekly Check-In

Okay I blinked and the weekend was over and I realized I hadn’t checked in. So here we go.

Volunteering

  • 4 hours – Crisis Text Line

Charitable Giving

  • $25 – Orange Duffel Bag Initiative

Personal Kindness

  • It was my friend’s birthday and even though we aren’t 12 anymore I decided to make her a homemade gift. She loved it. Sometimes the effort really matters

Self Care

  • Still spring cleaning. I’m slowly starting to see an overall cleaner apartment. Good things take time.
  • Spending time with my awesome friends, celebrating their good fortune has been really fun this week.

How’d you do this week?

Weekly Check-In

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Happy Transgender Day of Visibility! I celebrated by going to a talk that my work put on to learn more about issues Transgender people deal with. I hope you celebrate today and find out how to see a brighter future for Transgender people.

Volunteering

  • 4 hours – Crisis Text Line

Charitable Giving

  • $0 – Due to end of the month budgetariy restraints there was no purple state donation this week. But stay tuned because my list of awesome organizations is growing!

Personal Kindness

  • I met a lot of new people at work this week. I tried my best to just listen to what they are saying. A lot of times in a professional setting you’re waiting to answer or worried about what you’re going to say or nervous if this person with a fancy title will like you. I think just listening and smiling is a good way to be kind.

Self Care

  • I took some time to do spring cleaning. It feels so nice to sit and enjoy a clean living room. That was also one of my New Year’s resolutions to clean my apartment for myself and not just for visitors.
  • It’s been windy and allergy chaos lately so I’ve been doing some extra resting and staying inside. Frustrating when you just want to go outside and enjoy but better in the long run to take care of yourself.

 

How’d you do this week? How are you celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility?

Weekly Check-In

The weather has been so beautiful so I’ve been trying to enjoy it. Taking time to stand in the sun (with sunscreen)!

Volunteering

  • 0 – I had to bow out of my Crisis Text Line shift for some self care. Hopefully I can make it up this weekend.

Charitable Giving

  • $25 Neighborhood Outreach Connection

Personal Kindness

  • I saw a beauty product online that was on sale so I texted it to my friend. It doesn’t matter if they bought it or not, the point is I was thinking of them and let them know that.

Self Care

  • I went out to a state park to see the wildflowers. It was a bit of a drive and it took up most of the day but it was so worth it.
  • I’m back to running and it feels amazing. All that time in nature has been very missed.

 

How’d you do this week?