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Friday 4th January 2013

Friday 4th January 2013

(thank-you to Rising and to LV, for the idea for this thread-starter)

tila - Fri

Had a busy day already. Plan for the evening:


Study - 4-5 hours (depending on progress) 

LizzieT's Friday

One too-bad thing about not making a to do list in the morning, is that you don't get to scratch stuff off!  Today has been really pretty productive, and I'm happy about that.  There's a bit more to do (isn't there always), so

Put stuff away in office (timed intervals?)

Put away boxes from delivery

Paying work

Play with dog? (Only if kid won't)

Figure out dinner

Plan tomorrow and this evening 

clement ci - day 57 attempting abstinence

3:04pm : it's been 5 min since i last went off plan. I have been doing things on my list, imp things i need to do, but not in order, not planned, not selected. God help me. I feel i have little strength today.

:) 11am ph mtg
:) ci
:) quiet time
:) r task
:) mem card
:) mtg mon
:) send links to emails...
:) pj task

3:29pm : it's been 30 min since i last went off plan. finally! seems good to be back. Wasnt sure it was ever going to happen. Tx god!

4:55pm : it's been 1 min since i last went off plan. Read something low-prio in email. Sigh. New beginning. I'm sad about my failures to stay on plan today.

1:53pm sat : the day ended very poorly.

"You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart." - Jeremiah 29:13

That promise seems very far from me, but i know that it is true.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb



  • tidy 
  • readings
  • j1
  • j2
  • send off
  • start articles
  • plan 
  • rest

Rising Up To-Do Checkin 1/4


Specific Actions Today: 

  • Do 3 with these actions: 10-minute bursts for each part, 1.5 hours total for each one, use timer on phone, pray to God to give me the strength to do the next right thing, keep track of actual time frames it took to complete.

  • Apply 1 job with these actions: Review job description, open resume, edit resume to fit job description, open cover letter, edit cover letter to fit job description, review both letter and resume until satisfied, send letter/resume 

  • Do another 3 with these actions: 10-minute bursts for each part, 1.5 hours total
    for each one, use timer on phone, pray to God to give me the strength
    to do the next right thing, keep track of actual time frames it took to complete.


-Start compiling lists: employment agencies, jobs in my current field, jobs in new field

-Start writing small actions to take with each of those lists 



  • PRAY

"I admit that I am powerless over others, my family, what a family member did to me as a child, and that my life has become unmanageable"

"I came to believe that a power greater than myself could restore me to sanity."

"I made a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God as I understand him."


@Sleepy re: "anybody home"

The 7:30am phone meeting and the 11:00am phone meeting happened today.

I arrived late at the 8:30am phone meeting and heard the "hold music" so I hung up. Sorry I missed you.  I don't know if there was a scheduled leader for today's 8:30 meeting or not.

Good for you for checking here on the forum to get the support you need.

Often, there are 6-10 people on the 8:30am call, so today must've been unusual.

Different people have different schedules each day, so sometimes attendance is heavy or light.

NOTE: there *will* be an 11:00am phone meeting on Saturday.

RisingUp checkin Jan. 4



Thank you MovingAlong and LV for that starter, it is very encouraging.

Despite numerous phone meetings for another group, a face to face meeting for another new group, I am still floundering. Significant other is on the fence with me at the moment. My problems are proving to be too large for me to fix on my own. All it seems I can do right now is pray to God and take the next right action. 

I must rise up or I will fall apart. I've already been through the worst, and now this week I finally realized that I was sexually abused as a young child. It explains basically every one of the many problems/issues I've had for a lifetime. I fit at least one-third to one-half of the symptoms lists I've been researching. 

I believe the abuse that happened to me that I can't consciously remember but know happened is responsible for my hermetic way of life, avoiding and procrastinating. I must rise out of this. Now that I have AWARENESS of the CAUSE, I trust that my Higher Power will lead me to the healing I've chased for so long. I don't have to wonder why I'm such a mess anymore. 

Today, I need to work. I also need to apply for a job. I need to do this while I have a roof over my head, again. 

Thank you for being here, PA. 

Will post my to-do list in another post.



Any body home?

Hi All,

It has been some lonesome on the phone line today.  No one at the 8:30 meeting... just a couple of checker-inners since then. Is there some international conspiracy that I have not been told about?


On my list today.


Step 1 work

1/2 hour writing (done)

Chiropractor (done)

Movies with Ma and Step Pa

1/2 hour creative work

1/2 hour email cleanup

step 10 check in

Bathe (done)

stretching (done)

make dinner

evening of collecting family history

readings with partner

noon call with member 




“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the
don'ts.  Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts.  Listen to
the never haves, then listen close to me...  Anything can happen, child.
Anything can be!"

Shel Silverstein

No conspiracy

It has been very quiet.  I think alot of people are on vacation this time of year and/or have a hard time restarting AFTER vacation


Do It Now


progres not prefection 


I replied to you further up the page.

Since your list has now been replied to, you won't be able to edit it. But you can reply to yourself with an updated list, which is an imperfect solution but "good enough"  :)

No conspiracy

It has been very quiet.  I think alot of people are on vacation this time of year and/or have a hard time restarting AFTER vacation


Do It Now


progres not prefection 

Do It Now CI MA - Love it!!

MA - Love it!!

Misc 1Fi 2ui tried 3check to MS   4PM  5Chart  Q2

1230 minch

1 hisb

2 Misc 


430 sh 


Missed from earlier in week

org schedule 

M's chart

GMEWGO dlrs Zipper 

  CDL S7


talk to Y

face your fears

progres not prefection 

AOTP Friday January 4

1. make breakfast/lunch

2. clean dishes

3. load of laundry

4. shower and dressed

5. out of the house!


Other to-do's for today:

-outdoor family activity

-some sort of clean up in house (christmas stuff, presents, goodwill trip- please give me courage to actually give stuff away!)

-resolution course homework 

Salamander's check in - Fri 4 Jan 2013

Good day, everyone, and thanks to LV and movingalong for starting the thread.

Follow morning routine

  • Phone DN (social)
  • Housework - 1 hour (4 x 15 mins)
  • Jobsearch - 1 hour
  • 1800 Cook nutritious dinner

Follow evening routine

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." (Anais Nin)

Vic 1/4/13

Show up (done), cal, exer

Thanks for starter moving.coming here helps me with those. One "to do" item I need to add is "ask for help" I spent 2 days trying to straighten out cell phone my son messed up and I just messed it up more. Need to go to store and ask for help. as well as bookend help, chat box help, cla help, etc. etc. thanks for being here.

kromer 10:05 CI

*Update easy refs (working on this now)

*Scrape out jug and refill with warm water
*Finish ref rough section 1 (working on this now)
*Make a plan for updating next rough section of refs (will do this soon)
*take notes from mtg
*Finish supp figure legends (will do this soon)

*Order primers, org. papers, freeze samples

*Do sequencing  (messed this up, need to reapeat tomorrow)
*Make organized lists of next action steps
*Start dosing

*Do mending

Journey 10:15

Happy Friday!   Yesterday was a really good day, but I'm off to a slow start today.  I have been to the gym, read email and checked calendar, but now I'm just kinda sitting around drinking coffee.   I will make my todo list now!   I'm in the office so I won't post it here, but I'll check back if I get stuck.

Have an enjoyable and productive day everyone! 

Let your purpose rule your day - Steve Chandler

ms friday

whishing a happy and productive day to all.  

  • shampoo
  • get essay good enough to send as friday deadline.
  • gym
  • email students
  • write up 2 reports
  • new credit card


  • eat with kindness and self care
  • watch spending
  • no naps 


gotmusikk's Friday

HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone!
and thank you movingalong for the threadstarter :-)

It's been a while.  A vacation, and then a stomach virus, and then caring for my BF while he had the stomach virus... yes.  So now I think there might be JUST ENOUGH semblance of space today to try my routines again.  I've missed the companionship of this forum while I've been gone, and find it so motivating to be back!

Progress, not perfection.
Consistency over emergencies.
Do the thing that feels healthy, not "shouldy" or escapist.


Check-in @ P.A.

Process my inbox completely

meditate 15 mins.

Complete 1 cycle of 15 minutes each of:

-- dishes
-- clean

-- back exercise/practice
-- massage

If there’s time after I complete what’s listed above, I will select 2 activities and cycle them in 15 minute bursts.

Things I did well today:
-- I noticed the urge to procrastinate (twice so far) and also noticed that it happened so that I could avoid bad feelings. A major WIN.

-- I can see that I don't "improve myself" through slapping on concentration through force, through FIXING; if I instead let go of the layers that I've acquired which are not useful, my inherent nature is still and spacious.  If I let myself come out, I am enough.  I've known this intellectually but in the past week or so I've felt its truth resonate through my personal experience.

Things I can improve on:
-- Processing my inbox.  What can I say... still tired from being sick and then caring for a sick one.  I'm cutting myself some slack.
-- I habitually assume that I influence events and people for the worse.  As my BF asked today, "Isn't thinking like that tiring?"  Yes, it is.

3 things I’m grateful for:
1)  Being hungry again.
3)  Meditation.
4)  Sunlight on tables in coffee shops.
5)  Baking.


"Do I prefer to grow up and relate to life directly, or do I choose to live and die in fear?"

-- Pema Chodron

Hypatia's check-in

Finished morning clinic.  An office afternoon ahead of me - this is always my stumbling block especially when it's a Friday afternoon.

  • lunch
  • e-mails
  • today's reports
  • ring finance dept
  • 30 mins on intray
  • organise LAC reports
  • do LS report
  • read HJ's notes
  • read panel papers


Knitfisher's CI Fri 4th Jan 2013 07:20

Not got long before I have to leave today. Me and DH spent yesterday eve on Skype and phone to people so we're a bit behind to leave for our break this weekend.

Today I will (as much as possible before I leave this morning): 

  • Shower
  • Washing on
  • Pack me
  • Pack things for both of us (food,chargers,snacks,boots,devices)
  • Wrap few presents
  • Wash up
  • Empty DW
  • Finish invoicing
  • Do 2 poms of work if you can
  • Leave for hospital at 9.45
  • Collect package from PO
  • Hang washing
  • Make dinner at 5.30


Mole's check-in

That was very nearly a double act, moving along!  Thank you.

still trying to gather the bits of myself together as the temperature continues to rise 110F.. I thank this group for helping me over my procrastination about having awnings installed a couple of months ago.

There is no point in trying to be energetic, so I am off the hook in terms of housework or walks or shopping or cooking and I am using the time to reflect and have decided to spend more time than I would normally on reflection/review and planning. I have achieved much more using this site and the  check-in than I could otherwise have done in the 6 months I have been a member. Thank you pro. I realise that if I don,t check in I unravel pretty fast no matter how well I think I am doing.

today: my first review and planning day I downloaded and worked through this gentle work-book: 

now I shall do some more specific guidelines for myself.

today I would like to also

do memory test 

write to J

respond to Cc

.Eat healthy salad

Don't wash up

water plants

decide about sleep over  

drink lots of water