This week has been really hard for me. I have struggled most mornings to even get out of bed. I am going to be working my holiday game plan and would also appreciate some prayers.
For the last couple of months, I have had a private goal in my monthly resolution chart, and I wanted to share what that was today. At the beginning of October, I used the voice memo feature on my phone to record some self-talk scripts for me to listen to throughout the day. In Shad Helmstetter’s book: “What to say when you talk to yourself”, he had some scripts for different things (like worry, problem solving, self-esteem, etc.). I recorded them in my own voice and have been listening to them most days since then. There were also some in a bible study I was doing at the time and I recorded those as well. Helmsetter also has a website where you can stream pre-recorded ones, but it costs about $20 per month after the first month and I wanted to try this way first to see how it went.
I have to say, I think it is really helping in some ways to re-wire my brain and think about things differently. For example, one of the talks I recorded is on being organized. It says something about creating a to-do list each night. I have a weekly printed to-do list that I use most weeks, but I have found myself bringing it over by me on the couch each night and adding stuff to it for the next day without even really thinking about it. Other talks seem to be a little harder to internalize, like the problem-solving one. My typical solution to problems is to ignore them and hope they go away. I think I am thinking about them a little differently now, but still struggle to face them head on rather than my typical head in the sand approach lol. I am continuing to listen to the recordings this month and I will also be trying my hand at writing some specifically for some things I want to work on.
Am I truly “re-wiring” my brain or is it all in my mind? I guess it really doesn’t matter if it is working. And I guess in some ways, they’re the same thing.
Here is the wrap-up for November:
Walking 25 minutes a day/9,000-10,000 steps five days per week (Monday-Friday): I walked every day in November. I got over 10,000 steps a day 19 of the 30 days.
Write blog/post in Facebook group: I posted on the blog 28 of the 30 days and posted in the Facebook group all 30 days.
Track food/blood sugar and drink water: I missed tracking all my food and checking my blood sugar at lunch on Thanksgiving, but did it all the other days. I drank my water all 30 days.
Devotional/prayer journal: all 30 days
Fruits/veggies: I met my fruit and veggie goal 17 of the 30 days.
Work on classes: I worked on classes 21 of the 30 days. I finished and submitted one new class and have started another.
De-clutter: I worked on de-cluttering 15 of the 30 days
Private goal: 22 of the 30 days (I do plan to share more about this goal in a post soon.
So overall, I am happy with my progress. It's not perfect, but it's better than I have ever done before. All I can do is keep trying, right?
Well, here we are in December! The last month of my 2020 Happiness Project. I am so thankful for starting this journey and I plan to continue into 2021. This is one of the few times in my life that I have kept my resolutions for a year, so I think the system worked really well for me. I’m looking forward to planning out 2021.
My plan for December:
Do you usually get up and go shopping on Black Friday? (I know this year things may be different).
I used to get up and go, especially if there was a good sale on something I really wanted. I will never forget the year that Wal-Mart had computers on sale and Tom and I got up and went about 3:00 a.m. and posted ourselves right by the computers to get one. We were visiting my family for the weekend, so we were in Altus. We got our computer lol.
The last time I went was 2011, the year that Wal-Mart decided to start their "Black Friday" on Thanksgiving evening. That experience was so awful and so ridiculous, that I decided I wasn't doing it ever again. They had a coffeepot on sale and we needed a new one. I decided I'd have been better off paying full price lol.
However you are celebrating today, I hope you each have a blessed and wonderful day!
This week's update:
Walk 25 minutes a day/9,000-10,000 steps five days a week: I walked everyday and got my 10,000 steps five of the seven days.
Post in blog and Facebook group: I did this every day.
Tracking food and blood sugar: Did this every day
Fruits/veggies: I met my goal on this five of the seven days
Work on classes: I did this five of the seven days
De-clutter: four of the seven days
Private goal: Six of the seven days
Does your family have certain Thanksgiving traditions that they observe most years?
For our family, one of our traditions is fried okra. "It's not Thanksgiving unless we have fried okra" is said almost ever year lol.
We also started a semi-tradition a few years ago when Josh was living in Colorado and came home at Thanksgiving, but not at Christmas. We call it Thanksmas and we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas all on the same day. I think it's really enjoyable because it takes a lot of the pressure off actual Christmas because we already have one family celebration done. We don't do it every year, but it is fun the years we do it.
What are some of your traditions?
My passion is to share the importance of playing, and not just as a child, but as an adult also. It is so important to take the time to play and be active. Our children are losing that.