One month down in my year of self-love. January was focusing on fixing the gut with the Whole30, and I absolutely loved it. My stomach bloat and pain were almost entirely gone. Now the hard part: balance. The most difficult part was by far the weekends. Tim and I love to go out for dinner, and the whole30 made that much more difficult. I’ll post my eating out tips on the Whole30 next, but for now- my focus for February.
Here’s a reminder of my plan for the year:
January –whole 30
February – Gratitude Journal at night
March– Read The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan
April– 5 minutes of meditation before bed
May– Compliment someone different every day
June– Buy a month of yoga at a new studio
July– Tap into creativity (new fitness classes, art, Zumba, kareokee, games, nature, etc)
August– Treat yourself month (bath, nails, compliments, me date, take a nap, massage, Bravo, etc)
September– Smile first thing in the morning and last thing before bed
October– 30 things I love about myself (I turn the big 3-0 this month-gulp)
November-No negative talk November (myself, others, work, etc)
December– Give back (to students, family in need, volunteer, family, husband, etc)
I’ve heard so many positive things from doing a gratitude journal. I plan to simply jot down one thing before I go to bed each night for which at I’m grateful.
I made a few rules for myself:
-Add to the journal every night before bed. My reasoning for this is that the day will end on a good note. In true grandma fashion, my eyes start closing on the couch around 8pm, and eventually I drag myself up to bed. I want to make a point to reflect on the day and remember a good moment.
-No listing people. There are so many people I could mention that it would take my entire month.
-No length requirement. The first question my students ask when we do writings in class is: how long does it have to be? The best answer is always: however long you want. Some nights I may write a longer entry while other nights might be a single word.
I’m looking forward to this month’s commitment; maybe you should do it with me! Happy February!