Creating Synthesis ~ Project Update

At the beginning of the year, I outlined my goals for 2020. A Creating Synthesis ~ Project Update is definitely over due!

Let’s review the plan as it was in January:

Current changes in place:

~ NO SODA 2020

~ Yoga – EVERY DAMN DAY – as often as possible at the The Shiva Yoga Shala

~ Restaurants are for special occasions not everyday

~ Deleted all phone games besides Pokémon Go

~ Walking to the library daily for the PokéStop

Intermittent Fasting – Calorie intake hours are 14:00-22:00

~ Daily Update – Currently via going Live on my Serendipity Wyrd Facebook page.

~ Creating monthly divination challenges

Continuing to better my living space and create sacred work space

NO SODA 2020

This first “rule” of the year, I have stuck by 100%. It hasn’t even been an issue. I don’t think about soda or want it. I have firmly placed sugary carbonated beverages into a “this isn’t food and I don’t consume it” place in my mind.

I’m totally still guilty of consuming sugary drinks – sweet tea, coffee, and lemonade. Often though, I choose water or unsweetened tea.

Yoga – EVERY DAMN DAY

How about “most days”? This is definitely an area of my life which has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

My original plan called for “Yoga – EVERY DAMN DAY – as often as possible at the The Shiva Yoga Shala“. I practiced some at the Shala at the beginning of the year – I even started teaching a few classes!

Then, in mid-March, it was clear Covid-19 had made it to the United States. Shutdowns started and attending in person classes was no longer an option.

I was blessed with the opportunity to teach online in April and May. June came and reopening started happening across the state – including my beloved studio. I opted not to return to in-person yoga (as teacher or student) until I felt more secure about Covid-19.

Since May, I’ve been chronicling my mostly daily yoga practice over on Instagram.

Restaurants are for special occasions not everyday

This one has become INCREDIBLY easy to adhere to in the wake of the pandemic. Since mid-March, we’ve made all our meals at home. No fast food. No restaurants.

This is a reality I’ve strived for but was always easy to sidestep. Excuses to swing by fast food or take the family to a restaurant were always easy to find – until it became much more important to #stayhome.

Deleted all phone games besides Pokémon Go

Not much changed here. Pokémon Go was a daily thing for awhile – especially once we entered stay-at-home orders in March. The only journeys out of the house were nightly walks to the closest poké stop.

Then, I got bored with Pokémon Go. I felt like I was spending too much time trying to achieve goals in the game and I wasn’t getting satisfaction from it.

I also deleted the Facebook app from my phone in June. I found myself REALLY needing a break to refocus on my own inner work. I don’t miss sinking hours into staring at Facebook or phone games.

Walking to the library daily for the PokéStop

As states above, this one fell out of favor sometime in April or May. The family and I go for walks at least once a week around the neighborhood.

Intermittent Fasting – Calorie intake hours are 14:00-22:00

This one has shifted around the end of May / beginning of June. I like the rhythm that intermittent fasting brings to my life but the timing wasn’t working well in the household.

I’m currently working on adjusting my sleep / wake times. Then, I will likely revisit intermittent fasting.

Daily Update

When I laid out this project, I envisioned going Live on my Serendipity Wyrd Facebook page, daily. I did that through out April and May in conjunction with divination challenges I created.

Going live daily is a challenge! Loads of things can get in the way – even while staying at home. I decided to take a sabbatical from my daily lives through June and July to evaluate what is working for me and what isn’t.

I’ve been continuing my (mostly) daily updates via Instagram since mid-May mostly focused on my yoga practice.

Creating monthly divination challenges

Totally met this goal from January – May. By June, I was very close to burning out. As an act of self-care, I decided to take a break from developing the challenges through June and July.

Continuing to better my living space and create sacred work space

Loads of progress in this arena. I have gone through (and found homes for) mostly all of my things. My art altar / desk is actually organized and usable. Though, my techno-computer altar / desk is not.

My computer is currently in pieces as I wait for new hardware to upgrade it. That is happening this week, then, reorganizing / designing the techno altar / desk is on the agenda.

TL;DR: I’m happy with the progress I’ve made

This year has definitely thrown some curve balls and changes I didn’t anticipate (though make sense in regards to the energetics I had been feelings) have happened.

While I may not be doing all the things I *thought* I wanted to be doing in the ways I thought they should be done, I’m definitely making progress.

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