Building Rome, Revisited

It has been since my birthday on August 11th since I have participated in Building Rome (which is brought to us by Green Embers, and you can get started here).  Building Rome focuses on small goals that lead to big goals, and I must admit, I have been lacking in the goal department here lately.  Sure, there are things to do, but they all seem so big and insurmountable.  I thought it might do me some good to spell things out every week again, in a relaxed and simple manner.

I won’t be reporting on the last week’s goals, because I am looking for a clean start.  They were too complex, too big, too whatever.  Instead, I’m going to review my top “Do or Die” goals and then end with new goals.

Rosa’s Do or Die Goals:

1) Take care of all  Kizzie’s needs, including play with Kizzie every day for at least 30 minutes.   I am failing horribly at this one, especially at the playing with Kizzie card.  That, and she went one 12-hour period without food, because I just didn’t notice.  Story of my life at this point.

2) Hygiene/Self-Care.  I am struggling with this.  Instead of showering every day, I am showering when I know I really need to.  I am, however, keeping my hair clean on a daily basis.  I have some very rough patches on my feet that really should be taken care of, and I am not using lotion like I should, and that really drags me down.  I do need to take better care of my body — its almost like I feel I don’t deserve it.

3) Take all medications as prescribed.  To a “T.”

 4) Eat healthfully.  Some days are better than others, but mostly, I just suck.

Rosa’s Goals Week of 9/1/2014

1) Keep taking Wellbutrin in attempt to quit smoking September 13th.  Continue cutting back and doing what I can to minimize the fallout when I actually do quit.

2) Get back to reading again.  Even if it is just 15/min per day, that would be better than nothing.

3) Do one nice self-care thing for myself every day, no matter how much I think I don’t deserve it.

4) Blog more regularly.  I have been blogging about once a week and really do miss it.  I need to stop flailing and start doing.


12 thoughts on “Building Rome, Revisited

    • Thanks Sheena! Yes, it is time to get back on track and I’m hoping I can use my little “staycation” to get a bunch of stuff done. And I am excited for quitting smoking — really feel like it is do-able. 🙂


  1. You don’t suck! (ok, maybe you do, but I hope he’s worth it 😉 ) You’re just having a rough patch right now and that’s something we all go through. All anyone can ever expect of you is that you try your best.

    I know your budget is often tight, but have you considered going to a nail salon for a pedicure? Mom and I have found a really nice little place close to us that’s quite reasonable and extremely clean. When I get just my feet done, including a pretty design on the big toes, it’s $32, and that lasts me about a month. That would be something that’s good for you physically since they remove all the dead skin and take care of your cuticles and all that jazz, but it might also make you feel better emotionally because it’s something nice you can do just for you.

    Anyway, just a little food for thought. 😉


    • I do feel like I suck (although not in the way you suggested…lol). It seems like I am always going through a rough patch and I am ready for that shit to stop. 2014 has been cursed, I think.

      I would love to do a pedicure but really can’t afford it, even at $30 some dollars. It’s just not in the cards with my budget right now. My sister did paint my fingernails yesterday, so that was nice, but I think that’s as far as I’ll get for now.

      Thank you for your suggestions, Mama! 🙂


      • I know how that goes. In all honesty, it’s just been fairly recently that I’ve been paying for my own. A lot of times Mom would figure out something I could do extra around the house for her and then she’d pay for my pedi in exchange. Maybe you and your sister could have a Girls Day and give each other pedis. It’s always easier to paint someone else’s toes than your own, I think. 🙂


  2. ‘3) Do one nice self-care thing for myself every day, no matter how much I think I don’t deserve it.’ You totally deserve nice things for yourself. Definitely give yourself a nice treat! 😀

    Keep up the hard work. 😀


  3. I think you are being hard on yourself. I doubt I could meet your goals either, but I do the best I can and that isn’t so bad. Maybe you aren’t so bad either. You judge yourself harshly which I think it makes you feel worse than you should. We are all human. Many of the things at which you are “failing” aren’t all that important. Maybe you should re-prioritize and decide what’s genuinely important and what isn’t so urgent? Just a thought.

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    • What is genuinely important to me is my “do or die” list, with quitting smoking added on. Maybe quitting smoking should be my sole goal for awhile, I dunno. I don’t know how hard it is going to be this time around, now that I don’t live with another smoker and see my mom much more infrequently. I just don’t know.


  4. Mrs A is very wise… listen to her. Giving up smoking is an H-U-G-E project in and of itself. And I totally agree with this sentence “You judge yourself harshly which I think it makes you feel worse than you should.”
    You are your own worst critic, Rosa. I can remember doing the same within my own head from time to time, and it Shirley caused much more misery than was necessary or warranted. At end of day, what one must believe in something… oneself is a hella good place to start. 😉 It makes the rest of the sweaty petty BS quiet down and just fall into place.


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