Expanding Horizons

I’ve noticed that, despite being detail-oriented, the more I have to do, my executive functioning skills plummet. For several years, I’ve been to the point that if I don’t write something down, it doesn’t get done. If I leave the house on errands, I have a list of where I need to go–and then a list for each place if it involves doing more than one thing.

Lists serve several purposes for me. Most importantly, they keep me focused and offer a great feeling of accomplishment when I physically check something off. If my eldest son (who is on the autism spectrum) is along for the ride with errands, he likes to see where we are going next. When we complete something he says “check!”, even though I tend to fold the scrap paper over to hide what we’ve accomplished rather than get a pen out in the car.

This year, I have a mega list of things I need to learn, professionals to contact, budgets to make, and more. There is tons of news to share, but not quite at this stage. Needless to say, I’m trying to keep focused while journeying new paths. I’ll keep my lists handy, and hopefully you will enjoy the news as it is released over the weeks and months ahead.

Has 2022 brought new paths/adventures into your life? Any tips for handling the transitions?

Sunset over Mobile Bay, taken from the Daphne area of the Eastern Shore, looking toward Mobile.

4 responses to “Expanding Horizons”

  1. Good luck with your new adventures, Carrie! My recent transition has been moving state and trying to find a new home and suddenly becoming nurse to a newborn when my daughter had to have surgery. My husband and I made a goal to get through it all without strife. No need to fuss at one another just because we’re stressed. So far we’re doing great.:-)

  2. I’m also one for making lists and feel like I’ve accomplished something when they’re finished. I feel like I’m getting somewhere. I usually do lists for writing related tasks though, otherwise they’d never get done. I’m looking forward to hearing your news, Carrie!

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