I know that each person can be making improvements in their lives each day, week, year. I started out realizing that sometimes when trying to fix everything at once, it can seem, alas it IS overwhelming. So instead, I decided to make one change a week. Sometimes it turns out to be a to-do list while other times it is truly adapting to a better place.
When I make these small changes and can assimilate them into my life, I feel better, I am better. As I look back at how "far behind" I am this year, I am again overwhelmed. So I am going to approach it one week at a time and it will hopefully be a combined to-do list and a self-improvement list.
Along these lines, I am taking a course this summer, a book study. It is my third this year and we are studying this time: The Power of Habit. The first thing we have to do is decide if we are going to undertake changing a habit. And that is where I have gotten derailed. I am two weeks behind because I cannot decide on a habit to change. You see, there are SO MANY that I could change. The first thing we are to do is read 5 articles on habits, good habits, bad habits, habits of successful people, etc. Near as I can figure out, I am not successful according to these standards and yet I KNOW THAT TO BE UNTRUE.
So far this year my resolutions have been:
- Put everything on your calendar - it is an ongoing process
- clean out stuff from your bedroom - still a weekly challenge to keep it in a state of clutter free
- clean out the dresser drawers - done
- clean out your closet - although I worked very hard to complete this task, there is actually more work to be done as I discovered when I realized I didn't even tackle a set of shelves
- drink water - ongoing process
- clean out the papers you don't need - you can read about that here: http://52weeks52resolutions1mom.blogspot.com/2014/02/2014-6-7-8-9.html
- do your taxes - done, but due to complications, they need following up
- clean out kitchen cabinets - not done, in process
- strength training - ongoing
- prepare for lent - I prepared. http://52weeks52resolutions1mom.blogspot.com/2014/06/lenten-journey.html
- set a goal and take the steps to achieve it - you can read about the end here: http://52weeks52resolutions1mom.blogspot.com/2014/06/16-17-18-19-running-challenge.html
- Clean out a kid's room. http://52weeks52resolutions1mom.blogspot.com/2014/06/resolution-12.html
As I am doing the initial work for my class, I am rediscovering some items that have changed my life. Okay, I may not have lost any significant weight since starting my resolution journey, but I would venture to say that I am close to where I was when I started (in spite of my 30 day healthy journey, more on that another day). One reason might be that I have made eating breakfast daily a habit. It wasn't when I started. When I started I believed that if I skipped it, I could eat more later in the day. Yet it is very unhealthy, I don't feel well when I skip it and in fact I eat a GREAT DEAL MORE later in the day. I was reminded of this resolution and the fact that it is one that has become a habit while doing the reading for my book study. It is considered by many a habit that will "change your life". It was one of my first resolutions! And I do it!
Although the articles for the book study seemed at first to be overwhelming, when I printed them out and highlighted them, I discovered that the breakfast example is just one example. Another one is #5 from this year. I am energized to jump back in with both feet and optimism!