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.


  1. Good for you!

    I enjoy this time of year too...even though it's still cold, the birds are noisier, the days are slightly longer, and every so often we get just a hint of spring.

    I decided to use this season to declutter a bit, too. Worked on our crazy overfull classroom yesterday and really enjoyed using the space today!

  2. Awesome! I'm avoiding the office/schoolroom/black hole. It frightens me.


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