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The Life of A Single Mother: Busy, Busy, Busy

Do you ever have problems keeping up with everything that you have to do? Does it sometimes feel like life would be easier if you could hand over some of your responsibilities to someone else?

I missed a whole week here, and I apologize. So much has been going on. I am having difficulties keeping up with everything. I am back now, and I will be catching up with the posting that I have missed, on top of doing the posting for the coming week. You will not miss out on anything. I promise.

As I said, I have been busy:

  • I walk every day.
  • I had a variety Show to go to, where my daughter was waitressing for her Key Club.
  • I went out to eat twice with my best friend, and to the movies with her last night. We saw Taken, which I highly recommend.
  • I am organizing and deep cleaning the living room, and trying to get other things done before next week as well. I start babysitting again within the week, and will be doing so away from home during the day. I want my daughter and I to be able to get to our chores quickly each day.
  • I am also starting a freelance career, which will be taking up a lot of my time. This blog is actually part of that career.
  • I have begun some online courses in the writing field.

Business is as business does, and this single mother has been doing a lot.

Shannon

P.S. What is keeping you busy at this time?


Single Mothers and Depression Part 3: Happiness and Creativity

I am feeling better today, even happy. I haven’t felt this good in a long time, and I am enjoying it. I am always more creative when I am happy.

Today I entered a contest online. I could win a chance to blog about my weight loss journey, which I am sure will help me along the way.

I have also filled out applications for a few other writing jobs. I am excited over this. I love to write, and I hope to begin earning more money from this venture.

This evening, my best friend and I are going to be hanging out. We will be going out to eat, and then maybe we will do some needed shopping. We will likely have a b**chfest because of some things that have been happening, but I am handling issues better this day. We will talk about everything a bit, then put it behind us and have some fun.

My best friend is being very supportive. She knows that I need to get out and have some fun.

I hope that you all have a best friend whom you can talk to.

Shannon

Other Articles of Interest:

Single Mothers and Depression

Single Mothers and Depression Part 2: Two Weeks After Beginning Medication

Single Mothers and Depression Part 4: Feeling Chipper Today

Single Mothers and Depression Part 5: Some People will Still Bring You Down

Single Mothers and Depression Part 6: Keeping Busy, Keeping Happy

Single Mothers and Depression Part 7: The Six Week Checkup


Goals for the New Year

Mental and Emotional Health:

I am obviously not doing well with this one right now.

I will be sure to take the time to do for myself.

I will work through my depression issues, and continue to see Nicole at the doctors office to be sure that the medication is working properly.

I will be who I am; be true to myself. My beliefs matter, and I cannot be happy if my only goal is to make everyone else happy. I have to be true to my own beliefs.

Weightloss/Nutrition:

I did not do too bad over the last year losing weight. I get many good comments from people who can see the results, even people whom I do not know but whom see me walking all the time. Much good praise comes my way from these people. I could have done better, but I am satisfied.

I will continue to lose weight.

I will build some muscle tone.

I will eat better: Watch serving sizes, less carbs, more water.

I will create a fitness program for myself for this winter.

I will try to avoid artificial sweeteners. I have taken time to research these things more deeply, and I do not like what I am seeing. Natural is best.

Simplify and Declutter:

I am such a pack rat. I may need help with this one. I have to decide what is important and what is not. Only keep what I know is needed.

I will simplify my life, even if it means a dreaded schedule! Too much going on…

I will go through each room (except Zowie’s) and declutter.

Writing:

I love to write, but never have enough time to do so. While simplifying my life, it is my intention to make time every week to write. Not just blog, but write stories.

To continue with the Single Mother blog.

To finish my book of short stories.

Finish stories.

Edit and retype where necessary.

Final edit and retype.

To try to sell some of my other short stories.

To try to sell some articles.

Finish outlines for other books that I am planning.

Greening Goals:

Use less plastic and replace some of the plastic items that we have.

Create less waste.

Purchase fewer products with plastic packaging.

Gardening:

Grow more of our own food organically.

Do more composting.

Start seeds early (outside) and cover for an extended growing season.

Learn succession planting.

Heirloom and Open Pollinated seeds, organic. I am begiining the switch-over from genetically modified seeds/foods to real, nutritious foods.

Spiritual:

Choose and area of study for the year.

Meditation.

Others:

Rethink what the holidays mean to me. Certainly not commercialism, materialism. I want to get away from all of that stuff, without feeling guilty about making purchases. Making things for people and creating less waste will be my goals.

Continue to help homeschooling and low-income families.

 

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Have you thought about your goals for the New Year? Feel free to post them in the comments below if you would like.

Shannon

New Years Day

Mental and Emotional Health: Goal Number One

Weight Loss and Nutrition: Goal Number Two

Writing (or any number of other activities that could lead to possible income): Goal Number Three

Simplify and Declutter: Goal Number Four

Greening: Goal Number Five

Gardening: Goal Number Six

Spiritual: Goal Number Seven

Rethinking the Holidays: Goal Number Eight

Helping Others: Goal Number Nine