In reality though, I'm beginning to understand that life never slows down. So often we look at our obligations and the things we really want to be doing but--what do you know--those things we want quickly get shoved aside and obligations take priority. The key, I think, is aligning what you want with your obligations. I'm slowly starting to do that again, and it feels oh-so-amazing.
Change 1: I got a job coaching volleyball. I love this sport. I'm passionate about playing and coaching and just sharing the game. And I'm really good at all of those things. So, when the opportunity arose (again) to be a coach, I jumped in. We're nearly a month in and I don't have a single regret (except, maybe, doing this sooner).
Change 2: I'm finishing my degree. When I decided to take a break from school, it was the right decision at the time. But, now is the time to jump back in and write my thesis, graduate, and earn my master's degree in English. After that, I have no specific plan aside from getting full time employment, hopefully at the university level working with students in some way. For now, though, writing that paper is a major priority, and I want it to be.
Change 2 1/2: I say "half" because it goes with #2. I am cutting back hours at my current job to give myself more time to write my thesis. It's completely worth the pay cut, and with the help of YNAB I know it's doable. Plus, with the Alaska PFD in October and my coaching paycheck in November, I know I'll be fine.
Change 3: I'm getting back to paleo/primal. I wouldn't say that I haven't been eating this way; but I have had too many indulgences. Summer does that, at least for me. Softball, beer, concession food, eating out with friends. It's easy to slip into a non-paleo eating pattern. But, every meal I cook at home is paleo, and I'm happy that habit has stuck. I don't buy crappy food (aside from the occasional pre-made macaroons and sourdough bread). However, now that I'm on a tight budget, need to focus on school things, and have a busy schedule, there is no better time to clean up my diet and get back to primal principles. I need all the energy and mental focus I can get, and I know eating this way is the best way to do that.
I am always learning things about myself, and this last year has been a doozy. I wouldn't change much, though. The future is looking brighter than ever, and I can't wait to see where everything leads me. More to come!