I like to say that I don’t make resolutions, I make plans — and I have some grand plans this year. But during the last few days, I realized I need to give myself some challenges as well. So here I am. While there are many differing accounts on how long it takes to form a new habit (from 21 to 66 days), 40 days sounded like a good amount of time to start.* As for the challenges, I plan to:
1. To celebrate my body. I’m going to give myself a diet challenge and go low-sugar. I’ve been eating gluten-free for some time and loving it, but I break down when I see cookies and cupcakes and the like. Processed foods and baked goods are out. Fresh and dried fruit — as well as dark chocolate — stay in. This is not about weight loss, but rather doing what I can to feel vibrantly alive in my body. I’ve done months of being vegan or vegan and gluten-free (that was a tough one) and low sugar feels like the right way to go this time. But because this is about my body, there will also be some exercise or movement incorporated every day, whether it be a walk, a barre class, time at the gym, or archery practice, as well as daily meditations (which technically I’m already doing).
2. To clear some space. I’m one of the several million people that spends way too much time on social media sites like Facebook. Especially Facebook. So for the next 40 days, I’m restricting myself to no more than 10 minutes on Facebook, once a day. (Seriously, just writing this triggered my response to log on.)
3. To strengthen my belief in myself and the Universe. Gabrielle Bernstein’s newest book May Cause Miracles arrived in the mail yesterday and I’m psyched to get started. Couple that with Danielle LaPorte’s The Desire Map which I’ve been working through and I’ve got my inspiration covered! (Also check out Danielle’s book The Fire Starter Sessions. It’s amazing.)
4. To be unabashedly me. My entire life I’ve been concerned with what other people think of me, how they perceive me, what they’re saying about me. So, to start, for the next 40 days, I’m going to remind myself that the only person who matters is myself. If a dress doesn’t make me feel gorgeous, I’m not wearing it. If I want to do some wild and crazy, I will. I’m going to be entirely true to myself.
What resolutions or challenges have you issued yourself this year? And if you’re willing to give yourself a challenge (or 4) for the next 40 days, what will it be? (I’d love if you joined me on this adventure.)
*In truth, May Cause Miracles is a 40-day guide, which made tailoring everything else to that time period seem like the right thing to do.