Thursday, February 23, 2012
The Next 40 Days
I love the approach of spring. Fall is truly my favorite season (after six months of southern summer, you'd love the cooling too), but I do love this time of year also. The renewal, rebirth, the freshness of it all. This conveniently coincides with the Catholic season of Lent, and while I'm not a practicing Catholic anymore, there's still something comforting in taking these forty days and focusing on self-betterment. Last year, we did 40 Days of Nice, and that worked out pretty well. This year, I just want to do 40 Days of Better. Living intentionally. Being Present. Letting Go. Shifting.
Decluttering - I got inspired by the 40 bags in 40 days declutter challenge, but I didn't feel like writing things down or sticking to a list. I'm chronically random, remember? Instead I'm just building the habit of clearing out a small section of the house each day. Yesterday I started with a basket on my bathroom counter. Today, the girls are clearing out the nature shelves, and I'll tackle whatever little area bugs me the most.
Writing - I'm reading Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words, and it's really inspiring. It's kind of like Bird by Bird, but specifically for poetry. I'm falling in love with words all over again. I pulled out an old journal yesterday, and I'm committing to a page a day. I started with a nice spring haiku. I thought about sharing it here, but, well, maybe another day. Or another blog. We'll see.
Exercise - Ken and I started the hundred pushups program recently, and I'm SO glad we did! I did fifty pushups this morning. Fifty. Ok, not all at once (five sets, according to the program), but I did them. And they count. We're in the middle of week three, and it looks like I'll be well over a hundred by the end of six weeks. I feel so much better already. My lower back is protesting a bit still, so I might need to add in a little yoga again soon, but other than that . . . great.