Building Rome: Serenity Now

Well, it’s week two for me of Building Rome. Building Rome is a challenge created by Green Embers and each week, we set small goals and then report back on the past week’s goals.  I also add in my every-day-gotta-do-it goals at the end, but to each their own.

This week’s theme is “Serenity Now.”  The quote that Green Embers selected for this post if particularly apt to my situation:

“This art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of energy in our great men.”
– Captain J. A. Hadfield

Indeed.  Following last week’s goals, we find:

1)  Fail #1:  Send a handwritten card to my sister and step-sister letting them know how much they mean to me.

I didn’t do this, namely because I didn’t make the time or the effort.  It just slipped off my radar.  Maybe for another day!

2) Win #1:  Perf0rm one random act of kindness for a stranger each day.  A smile, holding the door open, helping someone carry something, advising where something is located in the grocery store.  Small things, important things.

I have been in the position to do a lot of this lately, and have happily done so.  My favorite was spotting someone a quarter so they could complete their purchase at Dollar General.  It’s just a quarter, people!  Out of the long line, I was the only one to offer assistance.

3) Win #3:  Talk with Goddess of Mindfulness about this constant cycling and what we can do about it, other than following the “crisis” medication regime.  Also talk with her about the mental  health center’s lack of follow-through with my needed medication requests.  Ask for her help in communicating with them.

Done and done and done.  I am back on my “crisis” medication regimine.  She explained to me the extreme understaffing at the center and suggested I make an appointment straight-away, as it is difficult to get in now.

Those were the main goals I set for last week.  The following goals will be for this week, and will embrace “serenity now.”

1) Take Kizzie for a walk at least three times for at least 15 minutes this week.

This will help my mental health, my physical health, and Kizzer’s health.  I often used to find that walks were good ways to clear my brain, and with quitting smoking, I need all of that I can get.

2) Set aside time each morning to read in the devotional book that my mom’s best friend, Glo gave me.

We have not made it to church now in weeks, thanks to our dueling schedules, and my lapsing faith is irritating me like a burr right under my skin.  Who knew that having faith was such hard work?

3) Continue to not smoke.

Smoking creates anxiety, really.  When you feel like you’ve not had one in a certain amount of time, it certainly increases those feelings.  I have plenty of anxiety on my own to deal with.  I really don’t need the help!

Now, for my four must-do-every-day-n0-matter what:

1) Take medications exactly as presribed.  I actually did a pretty good job this week, other than taking my morning meds late on two days.  I still took them, though, so there’s progress!

2) Take care of Kizzie’s needs.  I did pretty well on this, too.  She never ran completely out of water and I’ve already made arrangements to get some dog food picked up.  We’ve been playing a lot, and it is clear she would rather sit on my lap in the  living room than sit under my feet at my computer desk.  She can be a bit on the needy side, sometimes.

3)  Take care of personal hygiene daily.  I did a bang-up job of this, I believe, this week.  Smelling all fresh and clean AND, I put away all my clean clothes, so I know what I have to wear.  That is a big bonus, and it doesn’t really matter that I did it at 9:00 last night — just that it’s done!

4) Eat healthfully and mindfully.  Epic fail.  Too much fast food this week, and too many sugary drinks.  There has also been a lot of snacking going on since I quit smoking and I KNOW that this is just nervous energy — I just want it to stop!

So, if you’d like to hold yourself accountable and feel like making some new goals, check out Green Embers’ site for details and link-up.  I know I feel a little bit better if I have some direction in life!

Sorry there were no fun  pictures, but today is a git’ ‘er done kind of day, and I didn’t have time.  Maybe next week!

16 thoughts on “Building Rome: Serenity Now

    • I stuck with it in a sense. I was really disappointed I didn’t get those letters mailed out, but I still might. I’ll actually have legitimate thank you letters to write out after my sister comes and visits tomorrow. We are doing a deep cleaning and my stepsister is watching my nephew. I don’t know what I dread worse — my home being rearranged without my consent or what my sister will think of the dust bunnies (and ridiculous number of dog toys) under my bed!


  1. You’re doing great! 🙂 Well done you!

    Have a brilliant day tomorrow – you are presumably going to be there so you can decide what goes where, it is your house after all. Sisters don’t get to make all the decisions 🙂


    • Thanks, Jesska! I don’t feel like I’m doing great, but I thank you anyway for believing in lil ol me!

      Tomorrow will be brilliant once they get here. It’s the time before that is nerve wracking. There is some furniture I DO want to move around, but my mom can get super into it and I don’t want a complete change. We are mostly trying to kill any semblance that DSB left behind, and that is what I am most looking forward to! And I think it’s time for you to give us an update. What are you up to now? Inquiring minds (like mine!) want to know!


      • Hehe, yeah I need to get to my computer and write. I have a month worth of posts in my head. The problem is time. Or lack of. Or my excuses. Depending on how you look at it. I can barely keep up with reading on my phone, never mind writing. Hopefully life will be a bit less hectic for a week or so now…


        • I can understand. Sometimes I just have to get to a computer and spit one out, maybe nudging aside something else that can stand to be nudged. Just miss you, is all!


    • The honestly part is hard — you have that down much better than I, m’dear! I am permitting myself thirty eight more minutes on the computer and then I am getting down to business, Dad bought me a ton of cleaning supplies and the Big Dawg is supposedly coming around 5:30pm to check up on me. Now THAT makes me nervuos!


  2. Good job! Trust me when I say you really are progressing, keep up the hard work! So exciting! Listen to everyone else, they got your back, Princess of Truth (none of this Mostly business). 😉


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