My brother (Hi, Jim!) recently said to me that he can always tell when I make a new resolution with my blog. He implied that I would make a renewed commitment to it, then stop and there would be nothing for weeks.
He’s not wrong. He also doesn’t know the full story.
It’s a crazy cycle, and one that I’m sure you’ll find as familiar in whatever you do. I start really well, and then something happens to throw me off track. I kick myself for a few days/weeks/months/years then decide that I need to really commit to it again – this time “For Real!” as if it wasn’t the last time. I dig in and get things started again. Then, I get sick. Always! Without fail! That throws me off and my commitments once again get left by the wayside until I chide myself to get going again. Stupid cycle.
Well, I can’t continue on this way. It really has to stop. So, I’ve gone searching for a brain reboot. It’s made me quiet in a lot of areas of my life, my head included. It’s said that it takes 21 days to start a new habit. I’ve been working on developing a few new habits to correct the course my life had been on. And, I’ve been doing several of them for more than 21 days. I’m slowly adding more and more new habits now that I have older ones in place.
Result: A lot of my life has changed for the better.
Here’s one of them:
On February 24, 2015, I was talking to a guy studying to be a nurse practitioner and I found myself telling him about my “glory days” as a swimmer. I’ve put on 100 lbs. since those days. Yes, 100 pounds. I hated having pictures of me taken, something that’s really important in today’s age where selfies are being taken and shared all the time. I saw so many other artists and writers sharing their personal worlds with their audiences and I wanted to do it too, but it was hard because I was so ashamed of myself. In sitting here talking to this man 20 years younger than myself, I got really angry with myself. I had all sorts of excuses why I was overweight and I realized that I was putting off my life. I knew a line had to be drawn in the sand. So I did.
To date, I’ve lost 60 lbs., leaving me with 40 pounds to go. I’ve started drinking more water, another good habit in place. I’ve been writing regularly. And, I don’t get sick every single time someone with a sniffle gets around me.
Now that I have my health habits in line, I’m ready to get back my career habits. That includes my blog. I have been working on so many things and I can’t wait to share them with you. I hope you look forward to hearing about all of them. Let’s be on the way, shall we?