As I begin the new year lying in bed with a sinus infection after an insomniac night propelled by a late-afternoon four-hour ‘nap’, I must admit there are some promises I need to make to myself if only to avoid the shame of sleeping til noon at my age.

Go to bed at a regular time. Get up at a regular time. Eat more fruits and veggies, and less cookies and ice cream. Yes, soy ‘dreams’ and fruit sorbet still count as ice cream. Do not stay up a night reading books. Do not stay up all night quilting. Or watching entire miniseries. Or all of the above. Do not stay up all night. Go to yoga. Read, and quilt, and watch grown-up shows on Netflix and Amazon but in moderation. No more binging. It wrecks me for the next day.

Yes I’ve gotten off-track as my job comes to a close and new one has yet to begin but I want to be good to myself, my children, and my husband. I don’t want to hurt all the time. Promise.

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24 thoughts on “Promises

  1. Yes, a promise to yourself- that should work. Binging haha, I feel you. Once I start a series myself… after one episode I cant stop myself. But yeah it’s 2015- you can do this. All the best! Here’s to getting enough sleep and waking up refreshed!

  2. There’s something exhilarating about staying up late, but I agree, it’s incredibly knackering the next day. Especially when one has to get up at 5.30am! I can’t imagine how much more difficult it is when you have small humans to look after as well. Good luck with getting on track with all that you intend to achieve.

  3. Sometimes it really is so hard to just go to bed! There is too much out there that we could be doing! I know the feeling. I wish I could stay up all night reading and writing, but if you start that it just trails into so many bad habits! I hope that you keep your promises! They say it only takes 21 days to form a good habit!

    1. Yes, I’ve read that! Have you read the “Power of Habit”? Such an interesting book about habit formation (and reformation). Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

  4. I’m staying up WAY too late too. Not getting enough sleep and feeling chronically fatigued… and yet, nighttime is when my thoughts really switch one! I get so inspired, and jacked up. Then, the next morning… feel like shit again. Alas… all the best in 2015, Kylie!

    1. Exactly! And a mom of young kids–who sometimes has a paid job to do–can’t afford to live like that, right?? I have to grow up and sleep on a regular schedule 😉

      Happy New Year, Dawn!

  5. I have just read the above comments. My time-management and sleep have sucked this past year. However, I have been trying to get on a schedule, which means I should put away blogging right now. Eleven p.m. is bedtime. I function so much better when I sleep. Now, I just have to work on time-management. Maybe I’ll find more time for blogging.

    What I do to sleep…I need to turn off my head, so I have a white noise machine and I also listen to the radio in my ear buds. I listen to storytelling programming like This American Life and The Moth Radio Hour; sometimes Ted Talks Radio Hour. I know it sounds weird, but it works for me.

    I hope you feel better. Happy 2015!

    1. Thanks Robin! We have a white boise machine and it definitely helps. My problem is that i start to feel energized and creative as the sun goes down. I’m like a little kid who resists bedtime. Its going to take willpower but also rewards during the day, especially as January holds many unstructured weeks.

  6. when the pain is greater than the payoff you’ll make changes. Our bodies and our wisdom get better with age. Good listening to both. Xo

        1. You’re kinda like Ben Franklin!

          That’s how my husband is–we are like ships crossing in the night, if the ocean were our bed.

          Whenever my life is unstructured–which is how it’s been the past four years–my bedtime drifts toward your wake-up time. It’s really dysfunctional and probably a root cause of my chronic pain/fibromyalgia.

          I haven’t been on WordPress much this year: barely writing; reading even less. How are you? How is the novel-writing going? What’s new and notable around here?

          1. I’ve just put myself on a schedule over the last month and it was much needed after floating for so long. I quit everything by November (job, volunteer work, etc.). Now just focused on the novel. Feel a resurgence of hope that I’m on the right track.
            Blog writing has been happening, but reading has been pretty slim. It’s all about time, a limited resource for sure!

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