24 Days and Counting…

I have been on the road for 10 days straight (3 different cities and states). I am not yet done with my Christmas cards. I am not yet done with my holiday shopping. I am behind on my game plan. I have not exercised in five days. I am tired, I feel frazzled, I am trying very hard not to be grumpy. (And yes, I do realize these are First World problems).

On the bright side of things, Mercury in Retrograde ended yesterday. Also on the bright side, my sister Rachel posted an inspiring blog on our Polla Sisters Blog a couple of weeks ago entitled “Keep calm and drink champagne”, (the name itself is enough to want to read it!). She described the feelings that come with this merriest time of the year, which is also the craziest, busiest, and most frenetic. She shared her strategies on making it through this last month of 2018 – with calm and joy. This morning, upon waking, I read it once again as a reminder to myself. And I spent some time in silence with my coffee and pen and paper, reflecting and making my own list of strategies and resolutions.

  • I will be present, mindful, and grateful.
  • I will sleep no less than 7.5 hours per night.
  • I will “Winter clean” my home. I will declutter and organize and create space.
  • I will make my revenue goal for Alchimie Forever.
  • I will get a pedicure.
  • I will finish sending out my holiday cards with pleasure.
  • I will read 4 books.
  • I will unsubscribe from email newsletters I no longer read (instead of just deleting them) and unclutter my inbox.
  • I will figure out at least one thing that I am currently doing that I should stop doing in 2019.
  • I will enjoy finishing my Christmas shopping and find the perfect gift for everyone on my list (here are some ideas if you are stuck)
  • I will exercise ten times before the end of the year.
  • I will make a list of my favorite 2018 moments and accomplishments, and of the many lessons I learned this year.
  • I will be kind. I will act kinder than I feel, if necessary, towards all – including myself.
  • I will begin to daydream about the new possibilities, the new projects, the continued partnerships, that 2019 will bring.

24 days and counting…

Ada Polla boating

How Ada Stays Healthy, Happy and Sane – Part 3 of 3

As the last part of this series, I outlined the strategies I use to organize my sanity and creativity, ranging from healthy time alone during my travels to swimming outside.

– I love people and I am blessed with an amazing family and fabulous friends; however, I recharge my energy by being alone. And so I make sure that I spend time alone.

– I have my best ideas while staring out of the window of airplanes, looking at the clouds. So traveling is actually a blessing and not a curse for me. Sometimes for longer flights I make a list of various things to “think about.”

– I read. Magazines, trade, national, business (I always travel with a huge stack and give them to the flight attendants when I am done). And books. This year, I want to read 20 books. Fiction and non-fiction. It helps me disconnect from my reality, and give me ideas.

– I try to spend time outside every day. A swim in an outdoor pool. A boat trip on a river. A morning run outside. A glass of wine in my side yard in the evening. This is easier said than done, but it is worth the effort: being outside truly calms my mind.

– When I am extra stressed, or extra tired, I acknowledge it to myself and remind myself throughout that day that my overly passionate reactions to certain things are due to my own level of stress and fatigue, and not the reality of the situation.

– When I am really feeling overwhelmed, I cancel or reschedule two things during a week. Just to give myself a little bit more breathing room.

– My favorite Sunday morning includes coffee and a week planning session. Spending Sunday mornings planning means I avoid the “Sunday evening blues,” and the “Manic Monday mornings.” It is peaceful and productive.

(Note: Read Part 1 and Part 2 of this series.)