The year 2020 is approaching and I’m so excited for my journey (as a just turned 50 year old woman) and explorations into new territory this year.
The hardest part to start will be to stop my work brain and allow others to handle the work. I will have to give more to the team and step back and let them handle things. I know they can do this, and I know I can trust them.
The second challenge will be the no drinking. I’ve made it a habit and I will want to replace that witching hour habit (between 4-8pm) with other healthy habits. I think cooking with the kids or with Tim, yoga at sunset, taking the boys to the gym or a spin class, and art/music as a family will work well during this time period.
My goals will be to stop working 60-80 hours a week in my real estate business and work about 30, max 40. My husband is my partner and I would like him to also work about 30. Putting limits on those hours (at least for me) is imperative to my success to change this year. So, a schedule will be needed. The real estate business is very demanding. So, this will be the biggest challenge.
Once I nail down our schedules, next will be the self care schedule which must include time daily for me to:
- Journal and/or blog
- Cook and meal plan
- Stretch or do yoga
- Spend fun time with hubby
- Spend quality time with each son
- Cook all meals at home
- Create in my studio a minimum of one hour daily – I would prefer two hours daily.
I would like to dedicate 5 hours a day to these things. Between food prep/cooking, exercise and health, and creative endeavors a minimum of 5 hours a day. I would like to actually spend more, but we will start with that goal.
If you think about the typical worker, you won’t get my situation. Real estate takes a ton of planning and a lot of flexibility to work around the schedules of your clients. So I will need to set some boundaries by blocking this sacred time first.
I am up by 7am at the latest and like to spend my mornings reading, writing and meditating. This is at least one hour.
Following this hour I like to go on a long walk and then do a yoga session. This can be 45 minutes to 1.5 hours.
7-10am is for gentle exercise and stretching and writing, reading and meditation.
In a perfect world I will fast until noon so from 10-12 I would be in my art loft. At noon I would make a delicious whole food lunch and share it with my husband. By 1 I would be dressed and ready to work in my real estate business and I would work 1-5 daily, Monday – Friday, which would be 20 hours a week.
At 4pm the boys get home from school and they like to go to the neighborhood gym and hang out and play basketball with their friends. I would like to food prep and cook anything needed to be cooked from 5-530 and then go to the gym or a class sometime around that time with the kids and maybe with Tim.
By the time we return it would be time to finish dinner and clean up and at that point I’d like to be back in the studio (would love the kids to be involved in the art or music at this time), and also practicing self care in the form of epsom salt baths and skin care.
Bed time would be by 10.
On the weekends the schedule would be more flexible and would include church on Sunday and a hike in nature as a family.
Now it’s written. This is my goal. The additional work hours will be on weekends and at night, only as needed.
I will begin this schedule January 5, 2020! The only exception I can think of is Wednesday’s and team meetings 11-1. On that day I will review the schedule to be there by 11. So, Wednesday I will work 11-3 and pick up the art in the afternoon.
I want to love my new life! I can’t wait to see what happens during this experiment!
3 thoughts on “Hind sight 2020”
This seems like a perfect schedule to me! I am starting to really love my 50s!
Thank you! That’s inspiring! I am super excited to get going and be in that schedule! I hear from a lot of women in their 50’s that tell me they love it, like you.
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We’re unable to see the person’s comment above..just yours. Did you approve the person’s comment? For me, getting sober meant working on all my internal “crap” that had piled up. Sitting there during those witching hours and not drinking was eye opening. The mind and ego can be little fucks. What’s working for me as far as reaching goals is to start within and work on establishing a good base. I had tons of negative internal messages flying around that I had kept locked up but needed to addressed first.
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