When I drafted this resolution, my purpose was three-fold. First, I need to take a break from the computer during the day. I tend to start work before 7am and stay at my desk until 6 or so - working, writing, playing on Ravelry, knitting, whatever I need to do to ensure the day's business is conducted properly. Second, I need to move more. My hobbies (knitting, and.... uh... knitting) and my vocation (knitting) tend to be pretty dormant on the activity scale, so my body gets a bit stiff over time, and really does show appreciation when I move more than just my fingers. Third, the yard really needs some help.
I didn't realize how many positive benefits there would be from this resolution! In just a week, I've grown to look forward to this daily "time out" of mine, instead of viewing it as the chore that it is. I've declared outdoor time to be electronic-device-free-time, so instead of listening to a book while I pull weeds, I'm forced to listen to my thoughts for a change. Darned if I don't have a couple of good ones left in there! My jeans are actually a tad bit more comfortable today than they were a week ago, and I attribute that to the daily stretching and squatting that comes with yardwork. I've felt muscles, especially in my legs and rump, that I haven't felt in a long time. It's good to know they are still there!
The best benefit has been the daily sense of putting a little part of my world back into order. Because I tend to be a fairly structured person, my head goes to a really happy place any time I get to make order from chaos: whether it's creating a new system to manage data or inventory, cleaning a room, organizing a drawer, or pulling weeds from a flower bed. The success of my daily outdoor work has actually spread to the interior of my home, where I'm also trying to knock something off my indoor Woefully Neglected list each day, too! I won't go into details about that list, but let's just say that yardwork and housework really took a back seat to workwork over the last couple of months. Although the number of tasks on my WN list is truly overwhelming, I find that most of them really don't take too long to resolve, and thus provide some fairly quick gratification.
Bottom line: I'm starting 2012 off in a productive way, and am feeling super happy about my daily accomplishments. And yes, writing in the blog has been neglected, too! I'll see what I can do about that :-)
I also wanted to share the first pictures I have from the Travelling Sock KAL that started this week! In this KAL, there are two circles, East and West Coast, each with 10 or 11 people in them. Each knitter started a pair of sock toes for herself, and then mailed them to the next person in the circle. As we receive each partial pair of socks, we work on it for an inch or two, and then mail it on to the next knitter in the circle. Eventually, each person will find their beautiful, colorful, and unique pair of socks in their mailbox, and it will have been touched by 10 other knitters. How cool is this concept?!
Both pairs are winging their way to Penny in Canada now who is next in our circle. Hopefully the border crossing will be swift, and Penny can start to add her creative touches to the WIP!
I have nine more pair to work on, and I'll be sure to report on each one as they arrive!