Okay, we knew there would be some growing pains. After all, it was hastily thrown together, we started on a Wednesday and Influenza08 hit immediately thereafter. We didn't get that first week to fine tune.
Couple of problems so far with NLP:RD:
1. Not enough drinking. Suds it Up Saturday isn't enough, and many of you agree. I think there needs to be more fun built right into the NLP:RD, because fun is important too.
2. Many of you have difficulty interpreting NLP:RD and applying it effectively to your own lives. Some of you are way too literal. Some of you are way too motivated.
Okay, the new New Life Plan: Rough Draft:
Market Yourself and Meal Planning Mondays. People, don't tell me you don't have any reason to market yourselves. You can find a way to apply this. Whether it be painting your toe nails for your husband, going around commenting on some blogs to advertise your own, offering to host a playdate for your mom's group, something as far as putting yourself out there. Also, commenting here with your blog link and/or etsy store or website counts too.
People that can't find something to do are missing the point of NLP:RD. The beauty is that it is very easy to morph things to fit in to whatever category. Just do something you wouldn't do if you didn't have to.
Meal planning would ideally mean planning and making a grocery list for a week+ worth of meals, but could also mean going to one of those make your own frozen dinner places or advising your husband on what you'd like for dinner. Whatever you manage to check off the list for the day.
The suggested drink reward would be either Merlot or Margaritas.
Tidy and Talk it Up Tuesday. On Tuesday we will focus on general cleaning duty and talking to our friends. Yes, internet friends count.
The suggested drink was Tequila, but ever since that time in that basement under that club in Cancun...I just cannot stomach Tequila. Woo-eee. We'd be having Barf it Up Wednesday if I followed that suggestion. But feel free, if that's how you roll.
Work it out and Wine it Up Wednesday. Wednesdays we will focus on doing at least one thing we are really dreading and need to check off the list. A scary phone call, opening the bills, doing the budget, something like that. Major organization projects like cleaning out the junk drawer count too.
Then you get wine!
Trash Terminating Thirsty Thursday...clean out some trash, do some purging, delete some files on your computer, and reward yourself with a drink...or three!
Photography, Family Time & Fancy Drink Friday. On Fridays we will have some sort of discussion or something (hopefully) about photography, but you all need to figure out something that interests you or that you would like to do for yourself, like read more, learn to knit, scrapbook. It should be some sort of "further yourself" sort of thing.
Then you have to spend time with your family. Friends count too, if you happen to wrangle a Girl's Night Out on a Friday. That works.
BUT, you get to try a fancy drink you've been meaning to try (or just enjoy an old favorite). I'm excited about this one because I have all sorts of cocktail recipe books and I rarely get around to trying something new. That will be fun.
AND on Fridays, I'm going to try to pick one of the posts from the last week and visit the blogs of everyone who commented, so I can get back in the swing of checking out everyone else's blogs. So for me maybe it will be Photography, Family time, Find Friends & Fancy Drink Friday. That could be interesting!
Also, I'm going to try to be better about reminding you about NLP:RD in the morning (although really, you should be giving it a quick thought the night before). I'm also going to put a link in the sidebar, in case I ever can't be here for some odd reason, like death or vacation.
Sound good? Are we still onboard with this plan? Do we have any NLP:RD questions or suggestions?
We can do it. We can be the Women We've Always Wanted To Be. We may have to adjust what we thought we always wanted to be a little bit, but all in all, it could be great.
(I need you all to do it with me or I'll quit)