Next week, we’ll be celebrating Spring here in the Southern Hemisphere. I do suggest living in the Southern Hemisphere to anyone someday! 🙂 I’ve found I’m lacking discipline as many of us do. We feel great so we stop exercising, for example. It’s odd that once we begin doing something, it makes us happy; but it’s the motivation to get up and do it that we fail to do. They also say (Idk who they are), that when you’re sick of something, you should do the things that made you fall in love with it in the first place.
I really want to be more consistent and structured in my life and I have some goals about how to do so.
Sleep– I need to be in bed between the hours of 12am-8am. It’s healthier sleeping and waking up at the same time everyday.
Exercise– I love my exercise class and my coach. What I need to do is put the one foot in front of the other to get there LOL.
Personal Boundaries– OK, it’s gonna get negative but not all of life is positive. If I don’t like you, you don’t get to be in my life. I’m sick of being called “mean” because I ignore people who are creepy. I don’t make boundaries nearly enough, I just talk about it constantly. I need to start doing it. What have I got to lose? The people who love me and are setting the same boundaries and won’t say I’m mean anyways. Who you surround yourself by says a lot about you!
Work– In Buenos Aires no one takes anything regarding time or commitments seriously. It’s way too easy to get undisciplined here with your schedule. We’re always late and we change plans frequently. I should try to stay on schedule as much as possible.
Church– Missionary life is hard, friends. Not to sound selfish but I thought being a missionary would be more fun and joyful. I knew it would be a lot of work, but still. I am at times disrespected, given advice by people that have no life experience, argued with in another language, kicked out of my seat by late people in large groups because I was alone and on time- so I’m being punished (welcome to Argentina), ignored by people because everyone here pretends they never got their emails – which is called lying, I have to take like five Saturday all day long ministry classes, interviews (no I’m not being paid), and background checks; however, this is the best church I’ve ever been to. There is some joy in it. I don’t like going around saying I’m a missionary as I haven’t served yet (long story that I put in another blog), I face persecution, I sound like a hypocrite, and frankly spend more time apologizing for Christians than being one. But, if you read the Bible, every missionary went through this. And when you’re “stuck on Malta”, what are you going to do with it? I’m going to make the best of my time here despite the fact that as of late, I’m now convinced I have no idea what the heck I’m doing here and if I was even called???!!
Speech– Ever see the T-shirt: I’m educated, classy, and I say f*ck a lot? I need to embrace the word missionary and remove a lot of other words in English and Spanish out of my speech haha.
Phone– this one is tough. I need to just check it once every morning to wake up by my alarm and see what classes my students have cancelled. I’m going to do the 8, 12, 4, and 8 rule. I’m checking it 4 times a day just to be sure I’m not ignoring anything important like an invitation from a friend to have a real conversation, or a work call or something.
Get new students and build my business– I reserved 9 hours a week for a school that didn’t end up filing their contract paperwork after a month. It cost me a lot of time and money so now I have to rebuild my business students up and it’s doable but it will take me another month or so. But I really do enjoy teaching business English anyways so I’m not too bent out of shape about it.
Positivity– I want to be more positive. Even if it means saying less or nothing at all. Because not all of life is positive but I want to focus on what is.