So it’s ironic that I open up my WordPress account and the first post in my reader is that from George Couros entitled “3 Ideas to Help You Blog”. George writes about how he forces himself to write three times a week for his blog and provides useful strategies for posting regularly. This gave me a little boost to write a little ditty for my lovely readers, you. Thank you, George 😉
This year, I gave myself the gift of time by taking a self-funded leave for an entire school year. What I had envisioned for this year drastically changed when my life drastically changed. So this time that I have given myself has become a very self-reflective moment in this life journey of mine, which can sometimes make for writing a blog post difficult.
I have spent my time finishing things that I never thought I would finish, reading books that have little to do with education, renovating my house and spending quality time with people I adore and love. I am full of gratitude and have no regrets about giving myself this precious time.
The one thing I truly wanted to share this evening that has come into my life, thanks to Austin Kleon, is the 30 Day Challenge. I know we have all heard of this idea to challenge ourselves, but I decided to commit to it. What I liked about his approach, when I first started, is the lovely gift we give to ourselves if we nail the challenge.
My commitments were simple:
- Workout everyday – no excuses.
- Meditate everyday.
I am writing this to let you know how this commitment has made me understand its brilliance. “They” say it takes 21 days to form a habit and I would like to argue that 30 days worked for me. My commitments are now something I look forward to the night before and make me feel good about me. It’s no longer a chore, but a lifestyle change that is helping me in more ways than this blog, and your time will allow. My days are more productive and have more clarity because of my commitments. I even got myself a cool running jacket that I have been eyeing for 6 months. I would also like to say that I am 36 days and counting!
I then did the mathematics of my commitment:
- 24 hours a day = 720 hours for the month of November
- I work out only 30 minutes a day, sometimes 1 hour = approximately 18 hours of my month.
- I meditate 10 minutes every day = 5 hours of my month.
- 23 hours of my month!!!
When I calculated the time I allocated to my commitments, it seemed silly that this wasn’t a commitment to myself sooner.
Maybe before the New Year’s resolution of 2018 comes and goes, like it does for most of us, we should all make a commitment to do something that is good for our soul, mind, and/or body. Pick up that book everyday, go for a walk, have dinner as a family, write! Maybe you and your students could do this too??! The best part of my new commitment is that I don’t need the gift to inspire me to keep going every month:)
And remember to check out Austin Kleon for creative inspiration! I love his work!
Yours in living,