So, did you think I had forgotten about your Intentions now that we have completed two months in 2019? Far from it! What if I told you ancient Babylonians considered March 3rd the start of the year? Really? Yes! That means you have another new beginning on your hands.
Let’s check in. You were encouraged to extract the caregiving wins, let-downs and lessons of 2018. You identified actions and attitudes you wish to keep that are working for you. You deliberately chose Intentions around what you elect to stop and start doing differently. So, where to now that we’ve entered this third month of the next twelve?
For one, how dearly would you love to have more time for YOU – and less with your cranky elders? You can’t entirely imagine it. I have an answer even if it seems simplistic. Make time!! As one of my friends recently declared, SELF-care is now FIRST on his calendar. Work is third. Yes, he has a demanding job full of international travel and multiple obligations to various aging relatives. Yet, he took a stand. He places time for him before he books anything else. Period.
Another emerging theme with a number of those who follow me is what to do with several spaces. These can include de-cluttering their own homes as well as dispensing with expensive external storage facilities necessitated by parental moves out of decades-old family houses. Don’t I know it! My number one personal achievement for 2018 was whittling down the contents of a honking locker that contained 84 years of just such mountainous ‘stuff’!
As much as Japanese author Marie Kondo’s innovative tidying-up system is now drawing some controversy, I think we can all agree our daily environment massively impacts how we think and feel. Couple that notion with the fact we each have 60,000 to 75,000 thoughts per day and you will soon see how our energy is affected, too. For the Doers in the crowd – and everyone – I invite you to consider what clean-ups you will enact now as spring up north soon dawns.
What Is Next?
Next week’s blog will be about how to live without regret. In fact, that will be the theme of my radio show on March 6th at www.boldbravemedia.com/shows/the-conscious-caregiver. You may want to tune in to get a head start on the fresh season.
In the meantime, for those eager to speed up your progress, you can book your confidential Free Readiness Session with me today at https://www.copingwithuncopeableparents.com/book-my-readiness-session/. If your needs and my coaching solutions are a match, we can zoom right into your successful caregiving year!