Baby Steps

I’m one of those people who has trouble disconnecting from work when it comes time for vacation. This is especially troublesome on short trips like my current one to NYC. I’m only here for 4 days and it usually takes me at least 5 to quit worrying about work and checking my phone every 5 minutes.

So I’ve tried to be pretty intentional about not stressing about work during this time away and here are some other things I’ve decided to not stress about:

  • working out every day
  • eating dessert EVERY day, sometimes twice a day
  • keeping a schedule
  • checking my blog stats 🙂
  • trying to do everything that I would like to do or think that I should do
  • going to bed late or getting up early – no alarm clocks on this trip!

Well, the fact that I’m writing all of these down means that I’m stressing about them enough to tell myself not to stress…

…but really, this is progress for me

baby steps.

What baby steps do you celebrate?

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  • marina June 12, 2008  

    Fitness baby steps…I’ve had 24 sessions now with a personal trainer. I’ve not lost any weight. But I’ve increased my level of activity from sedentary to active. I can do 32 pushups (12 when I started) and bench press 95 pounds 10 times. My clothes fit better, in some ways. My body still is way, over-neglected, but, baby steps. Next, I plan to tackle the biggest monster of all FOOD…trying to bring it under control will take micro-baby steps at times. But I”m ready for the challenge. It’s a marathon not a sprint.

  • tam June 13, 2008  

    getting the laundry done.

    you think im kidding.

    brent came into today and asked if i could put a load of whites in. wha?!!! you mean im not on top of this? again!

    i know it sounds menial but really, clothes are necessary.

    have fun Jenni!!! RELAX!!!! you deserve it!

  • Jessica June 13, 2008  

    man, we are so alike, HoW DiD We GeT LiKe ThIs???

  • pollyh June 13, 2008  

    This is going to sound really corny but…it will all be there tomorrow. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Do what’s necessary sometimes and move on and enjoy life. You’ve only got one chance at it.

  • brandiandboys June 13, 2008  

    Glad you’re trying to unplug and enjoy yourself and that awesome city!

    I celebrate not losing my patience with the kids. Sometimes after I’ve stopped and breathed deep, open my eyes, and put on a smile….I think “good job, Brandi.”

  • Jenni Catron June 13, 2008  

    Marina – great job! Keep at it… it will pay off and you’ll feel amazing!

    Tam – I’m soooo with you on the laundry! I only have to keep up with me and my husband and it overwhelms me.

    Jes – we’re so cursed… it’s in the Esch blood

    Polly – great advice, thanks!

    Brandi – I’ve never seen you lose patience with those boys, so your steps are probably bigger than you think.

  • Jan Owen June 13, 2008  

    I posted about this on my trip to Hawaii – so, I’m learning to just enjoy the moment. And it’s hard. I tend to be anxious about what’s coming up or regret something I haven’t gotten done, etc. And I’m sure the world will fall apart without me there! 🙂 (which is a lie!) I try to be happy when I
    – exercise and really pay attention to my body and can thank God for my health.
    – hear from God, even if I haven’t had such a deep quiet time.
    – have time with my family – that’s a gift for us so I celebrate those moments.

    Have fun and just try to enjoy yourself where you are. Experience God in all the precious moments of your day – in your desserts, in running into the unexpected, in seeing the diversity of people around you, whatever. Take your time and do what you WANT to do, not what you SHOULD do.

  • loridknerr June 13, 2008  

    I’ve made baby steps on backing away from the computer and turning off the TV. I’m going to talk about our attempt to turn off cable (internet and phone) on my blog sometime soon. It’s pretty comical.

    Back to baby steps………two mornings this week I’ve gotten up and spent quiet time reading my bible before having coffee (scary), turning on the news or the computer. It’s my attempt to SYNC with God, listen to him, be still and in awe of His glorious power. It was two of the best mornings I’ve had in a really long time. I plan to do it often now because it’s just a great way to start the day.

  • kimmartinezstayingfocused June 13, 2008  

    Baby steps for me include taking time for myself – I’m working on two hours a week.

    I saw you mentioned as one of the powerful women out there and have really enjoyed reading your blog – you are my hero – blogging even on vacation.

    So today’s baby step would be getting something put out there on mine: