For the last month, I've been thinking a lot about how I plan to live a full, fertile life in 2012, beyond babymaking and betas and FSH levels. I thought it was an original idea....until I Googled it (because I Google everything...) and found that Keiko over at Hannah Wept, Sarah Laughed had a similar idea with a slightly more organized approach. Living a Fertile Life, in her mind, was about 12 months and 12 challenges.
I like that.
So in thinking about ways to conceptualize a fertile life, I think I'm going to follow this smart lady's lead, and focus on the following:
I’ll take a few months out of the year to really work at each Focus Area. So, here’s how I’ve mapped it out:
February (Connection): Mr. Thompson and I will celebrate five great years of marriage this month...and unfortunately, five hard years of trying to start a family. As so many of you can attest, infertility can take it's toll on a relationship so my goal is to get to know my husband and connect with him in a meaningful way each day...
March (Balance): Meditate and/or practice mindfulness every day. It could be prayer. It could be yoga. It could be 2 minutes of focused breathing. Whatever it is, I’m going to do it each and every day.
April (Movement): Go for a walk every day. Assuming the weather holds up, this should be done outside. Doesn’t have to be in my own neighborhood but by midnight every night, I should have gone for a nice walk. Doesn’t have to be a long one either.
May (Exploration): Live fearlessly and take a risk every single day. I challenge myself to do something out of my comfort zone every day. This could be hard because I think that over time I've gained constricting habits...but now is the time to ask, "why not" and go for it. I could talk to people in the grocery line, actually touch something in a public restroom (it's a phobia) and maybe even do what I've always wanted and go skydiving...
June (Nourishment): Drink. More. Water. Period. (at least 8, 8 ounces each day)
July (Connection): Lil' A (step daughter) will spend 4 weeks with us. This is usually a very stressful time because of her mom...but I am going to really pray for forgiveness every day and just. let. it. be.
August (Movement): I'm going to backpack into The Grandaddies (Mr. Thompson's favorite mountains)...without wanting to die. It will take daily training for a while...
September (Nourishment): Eat 1 serving of fruit and 1 serving of vegetables daily. It’s farmer’s market season, so this is perfect opportunity to try and eat as locally as I can at the same time.
October (Exploration): Cook something-anything each day. Bonus points if it's from 'scratch'.
November (Gratitude): Add at least one thing to my "gratitude wall" every day.
December (Connection): Hand write a letter to a different person daily. It’s pretty simple, and I won’t use holiday cards as a copout to do it either. I’ve got 31 days to tell 31 people how much they mean to me.
It’s ambitious, yes, but when I see it laid out in Focus Areas, a month at a time, it doesn’t feel so overwhelming. In fact, I feel really excited seeing this list of what I plan to accomplish for myself.
After all, this is the year of "fertility".
Viva la Vida.
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