Does anyone else feel as though March absolutely flew by? In my last post I wrote about having Spring fever and enjoying the extra hour of sun each day. Now that it’s April, Chicago tends to finally feel some warmer temperatures. I cannot be more excited.
Last month my goal was to read “The Gratitude Diares” by Janice Kaplan, and I’m proud to say I stuck with it; however, I’m not quite done with it yet. I’m not mad at myself at all because I’m doing what I can and I’ll finish it soon. For some reason I have a hard time finishing books, but this one I do really enjoy. In each chapter, Kaplan focuses on a different aspect of her life to add gratitude while referencing different experts in the field with whom she interviewed on the topic. Her journalism background is evident as she effortlessly weaves the data and evidence she learns with her personal experimenting. And obviously as I read her experiences I think about that part of my life and what I can do to appreciate what I already have.
However, with a new month comes a new goal for myself, and this one is one I’m a little nervous about.
January –whole 30
February – Gratitude Journal at night
March– Read The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan
April- 5 minutes of meditation each day
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 knew this was going to be hard when I first laid out my year. I want to be someone who meditates, but I have such a difficult time shutting off my wondering mind. So in order to make this month a success I’m enlisting some help. Originally, I was thinking 5 minutes either first thing in the morning or 5 minutes before bed. I have since decided my goal is simple 5 minutes a day- no matter the time of day. If I’m going to stay committed, it has to work in my schedule. The second thing I’m utilizing will be guided meditation apps. At least at the beginning of April, I plan on using guided meditation to learn to shut my mind off and stay present for those 5 minutes.
This one is definitely a challenge for me, so wish me luck!