Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Dealing with It

I am still, and likely will be forever, working on developing healthier coping mechanisms for life's inevitable setbacks. Yesterday I got to put these into practice, and I'm fairly proud of myself! I got an email around 3:30 PM that a foundation grant I submitted in April was administratively rejected because I didn't comply with some (as yet unclear) rule. My stomach sank; I had worked extremely hard on this and thought it had a decent chance of funding. My disappointment was overwhelming and I knew I wasn't going to get a whole lot done on paper writing.

I wrote back immediately asking for clarification (take action) and looked over the submission again and couldn't find anything wrong. I finished up essential tasks for the day and decided to leave 45 minutes early. I went and got my eyebrows threaded (self-care) and picked B up from after-care early (quality time with loved ones). We walked home, stopping to point out flowers, a cat, a bird (mindfulness) and then took the dog on a long walk (exercise, time outside). I patiently helped B with homework (more QT). Then I made lunches for the rest of the week and cooked dinner while listening to the "Happier" podcast (accomplishments, positive distractions). When G got home, we talked about it (sharing) and when he asked me if I wanted a glass of wine I said no (sticking to my goals), but did ask him to pick up some seltzer when he went to the store later, and a healthy-ish post-dinner treat (asking for what I need). I read stories to the boys and put them to bed (QT), and then G and I had a 150-calorie Yasso ice cream bar, some seltzer, and watched Sunday's episode of Silicon Valley(QT, reasonable treats). I went to bed by 10 (self-care).

I'm still super annoyed and waiting for them to get back to me about what the heck I did wrong, and if there is any possibility of reversing this decision. But I'm planning a productive day.

6 comments:

  1. This is awesome! I'm sorry about the Grant and find it hard to believe they wouldn't give you another chance. But grants can be weird that way. Good luck!

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  2. Great job!

    I hope they fix the foundation grant thing and let it through.

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  3. That is super annoying about the grant. Hopefully you can get some clarification on what they wanted. Yay for positive coping mechanisms!

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    1. They clarified. I fucked up. FML.

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  4. Your response sounds mindful in itself; it's great that you were able to work out what you need.

    I wish there were a better word for self-care (or maybe I wish we lived in a culture that didn't require a word for taking care of one's needs as a human?).

    Also, after your book post I started listening to the audio book of Just Mercy. Loving it!

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    1. Yeah, I hate the term 'self care' it sounds so precious. I guess another word would be "health" or "wellness"(also annoying)

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