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Monday, December 30, 2013
December 30th Challenge
it’s Christina –
yesterday’s “day of sloth” didn’t go exactly as planned, but considering the
title I gave it, my goal was still accomplished. I did absolutely NOTHING all
day. Instead of reading, I took a nap. Instead of straightening up, I watched
an endless succession of Cinderella based movies with my youngest. Heck, I was
so lazy yesterday, I didn’t even put forth the effort to eat dinner, but I
figured a missed meal wouldn’t kill me. Actually, I could live off the fat of
the land for several weeks without issue.
obvious reasons, I cannot make a habit of this, but I think every once in a
while, a completely (and intentionally) unproductive day is good for the soul.
Today I feel energized and ready to tackle a rather lengthy list of chores.
of the chores I have planned coincide with a few of my New Year’s resolutions.
So how did you do with yesterday’s challenge? Were you able to come up with
some goals for 2014 which you think you’ll be able to see through? Did you have
a funny story about a previous year’s resolution? Do you think making New Year’s
resolutions is all a bunch of hooey because no one follows through?
the most part, I agree with the last question, but I think it is because we
make our goals too broad, thereby making them easy to give up on. Example – “In
2014 I will lose weight.” You and probably everyone else, including me, have
said this one. How many of you have actually succeeded? You start off strong
for the first week, and then life gets in the way. It’s very disheartening when
you fail, but honestly, with such a broad goal, you have set yourself up to
fail. How about rephrasing your goal (yeah, you’ll see this one below – sue me).
“I will lose ten pounds by _____. (insert date here).” Your goal is very
specific – 10lbs – and you have a deadline to achieve said goal. Think you can
do it? I know you can!
hope you have a great day, and happy writing!
Your Last Challenge
‘Tis the time of year
for New Year’s Resolutions. You can either write your 2014 Resolutions, write
about a time trying to keep a resolution, or anything else, but it has to do
with either making or keeping a New Year’s Resolution.
I decided to take this challenge literally and write my New
Year’s Resolutions as opposed to telling a story. I figure by putting my goals
out there, I am kind of being held accountable for maintaining my goals.
1) I will redo my visual goal chart by January 31st.
Remove the items I accomplished (my deadline on the last one was 12/31/2014)
and add at least 4 new items.
2) I will lose ten pounds by my birthday.
3) No junk mail will enter the house. It will be sorted in
the garage and only items which need to be addressed will enter our home.
4) The kitchen will be cleaned every night before I go to
bed as opposed to first thing in the morning – I think waking up to a clean
kitchen will set a better mood for my day.
5) While my coffee machine is warming up, I will throw in a
load of laundry.
6) I will stretch or do some form of physical activity for
fifteen minutes every day (when you are home writing, it is very easy to become
7) I will spend 2 days a month preparing food for the entire
month, so it can just go from freezer to either crock pot or oven.
Over the next few weeks, this list will undoubtedly grow,
but I think this is a pretty good start. #3 is going to be hard to control
because I’m not the only one who brings in the mail, but I am just so fed up
with the clutter, I may combine #3 with #6 and make the trip to the mailbox
part of my fifteen minutes of movement.
Did you notice I have resolutions as well as goals? You
probably think they are the same or at least interchangeable terms, but for me,
they are slightly different. Numbers 1 & 2 are technically goals –
extremely specific which need to be accomplished by a set date and then they
are done, complete, probably never to be revisited again; whereas 3 – 7 will be
ongoing lifestyle changes – I have “resolved” to change my life in this way. I
probably should have made the challenge what are your goals for 2014, because
chances are, that’s what you probably thought of anyway.
Oh well, goals or resolutions, either has you moving
forward, so they are both a good thing.
Your Next Challenge
New Year’s Eve without Dick Clark…
You have 10 minutes (be honest). There is no right or wrong,
just write. Spelling and punctuation don’t count and NO ONE is allowed to
criticize what someone else has written. Go.