Part of my exercises for The School of Metaphysics education include a “10 Most Wanted” list of things that I really want for myself. This list can fluctuate (as the person changes), but this is what I have right now and how I’m progressing on each one:
These are numbered by importance, starting with #1 as most important.
1. Play time. This one has been the most difficult for me and the one I want the most. I’m always thinking about what I need to do work-wise, and I’m not giving myself enough time to play. I’ve found that I even try to structure my playtime! But what’s helping is noticing ways that I “play” throughout the day that I may not even have been aware of. I heard from somewhere that I need to play more with little children. I think that’s true. I also think I need to just sit down and rock out old school with some coloring books and My Little Ponies, partying like it’s 1985.
2. Art time. Ah, just as elusive. And this one I tend to structure. I’m still technically taking that art class from Coursera, but I’ve danced around it because it seems like a huge time commitment and a lot of work. My plan is to veer away from the structure of the class and just dabble. Watch the videos that interest me and pick a project that feels doable and just PLAY. Back to play again. 🙂 Notice I’ve given these two spots top priority. And they are STILL a challenge.
3. Sacred Space. This means I’m trying to keep the spaces that I’m in looking nice, i.e. home, work, and car. I started with my car and cleaned out everything extraneous — I left a basket/purse with tutoring stuff in there and my sunglasses — and then I dusted and vacuumed. Much better. Then I cleaned up the desk space at work where I tutor. Much better. The house has been more of a challenge. I’ve reorganized the main floor space. The kitchen table is now my official play and workspace. My end table is organized with magazine holders. The kitchen counter stays clean, the dishes are less out-of-control, and I’m keeping up with the litterbox on a daily basis. My next big project is the office. The floor of the office is clean, and my shelves are fine, but I’ve got to wade through all of my papers. I want to go through old files and then file the new stuff. I may have more paperwork to work with this year, so I want to make sure my organizational system is already in place. And then there’s cleaning the rest of the house. I need to come up with some system/habit to maintain overall cleanliness of the house: dusting, defurring, vacuuming, washing the kitchen floor, wiping down surfaces, washing the wood floor, vacuuming stairs and upstairs, cleaning the bathroom, sweeping the basement, etc. And then there’s also the difficulty in sharing space and involving your partner in your efforts. . .
4. $2500 a month. This one is the hardest one for me to even think about, and not just because I’m in the midst of transition and honing in on the job direction I’m actually taking next, but because I’m concerned that more money possibly = more work, and that conflicts with my numbers 1 and 2, and probably a lot of the rest of my list. Regardless, I’m pretty tight with my budget right now — squeezed thin, really — and I want to be able to travel more, donate more, and generally do more of the things on my list. So, I’m keeping my eyes on the prize, and dealing with the queasy feeling in my stomach.
5. Enlightenment. I feel that I am meant for something big. I’m not sure what that is yet, but I want to make a huge difference. I want to rock the socks of this world. And now that I’m typing this, I feel like I’ve gotten off course. BUT, they say that you can lead others by example (like St. Francis) So, I want to become enlightened so that others can also become enlightened. And I’m doing this through the School of Metaphysics. And also by trying not to multi-task, working on staying present.
6. Work clothes. I had a post some time ago about certain garments that were just not comfortable for me. I have yet to solve that problem. I have gotten some helpful advice that I eventually intend to follow-up on that will however inevitably end up costing great expense. (See #4.) Also, I’ve been wanting to go to Goodwill for sometime to beef up my spring work clothes. My pants and skirts are sufficient (although I don’t like wearing the black pants. I don’t know how, but black attracts 10 times as much cat fur as any other color. Or else the other colors just camouflage it. I shudder at the thought.) But, anyway, most of my tops are long-sleeved. And I don’t have a lot that will work with my skirts. I also badly need a pair of summer shoes, but I will be forced to do some specific department store shopping for those because of my narrow, flat feet. (Again, see #4.)
7. Etsy skirts. My super awesome students/families from my previous employment gave me some generous gifts, so I finally used them to buy some Etsy skirts (which I feel more comfortable buying from than from department stores). The skirts are gorgeous, and I’m super-excited. (I spent hours pouring over the site to pick the ones I liked best.) So, you may think I should take this off my list, then, right? I’ve decided I like having it on there. It will take some time before the skirts actually make it to me anyway, and by that time I may be able to afford more! 🙂
8. Fish tank. One day when I walked into the pet store to get food and litter I saw a fish tank display and decided I wanted one. I had a ten gallon back when I was a kid, and I really enjoyed having fish. I actually cleared off our kitchen counter to make the perfect little spot for it under the cabinets (making it less accessible for the cats). I’m thinking a 30-gallon tank will fit in there, so now I’m just waiting for the right opportunity.
9. Mortgage paid. I hate being in debt. I suppose it’s fairly normal, but I still don’t think it’s ideal, so I want that mortgage paid off. Circumstances aren’t the best for it right now, but I intend to get it done.
10. Bike 100 miles (in one day). I’m pretty excited about this one. I put it low on my list because I won’t actually do it until September when I participate in the Door County Century. However, I have a systematic plan to get there, and I’m already up to 38 miles in one day from when Brian and I biked yesterday. (Last year I biked 70 miles in the Door County Century, so this goal is reasonable for me.)
So, these are my “10 Most Wanted.” I keep the multicolored list on an index card in my purse and look at them at least once a day. What would you put on your list?