Just a quick update on my word of the year, “challenge”. It’s only been six days, but writing this helps me keep accountable. I have just started a good book on changing habits, and so far it’s been one of the best ones I’ve read. It’s called Atomic Habits, by James Clear. One of the tools he suggests is, “Pointing and Calling”. It means you say out loud what you are going to do. Writing it down helps, but saying it is extra powerful.
I have been getting up about an hour earlier using this technique and a mantra. I verbally tell Mr. UT that I will get out of bed by 9:15. (I still get my coffee in bed from him, I am retired after all!) I had to find a good replacement, because my bed is super soft and I get morning sun. I found coming to my new kitchen island with my laptop, has been a wonderful reward! The coffee is close, I have a television, I can write better with a straight back chair and it is very light! It’s a win win! I also have this mantra printed up and I read it as soon as I wake up, “I move to feel better, I move to feel stronger. I get up and move, Because I am strong”.
I have been walking or going to yoga everyday. My food intake has been good. I feel better, and not so bloated from all the holiday treats. I will still walk for a snack, but it has to be a small snack. Mr. UT and I actually split a small one! Harder for him than me, I think!!
I reached out to two friends to meet for coffee, yesterday, as one of my challenges is to reach out and ask life, rather than wait for life to happen to me.
Next week, I am going to New York City to meet a writer friend I met on Twitter. Her name is Regina Walker, a licensed psychotherapist, and she writes for the FIX. She has some wonderful posts on recovery, shame, and other issues. I encourage you to read her posts! Traveling alone is a big challenge for me! I traveled several times last year to meet some of my other Twitter #recoveryposse friends, and they were some of the best experiences I have ever had! With support from Mr. UT and my friends, I know I can face the fear of traveling by myself! I am SO excited!! I’ll post more about this when I meet her!
Yesterday, I went to the Minnesota Zen Center, to hear a Dharma talk! It was fun to drive around our city lakes, and just experience something different.
Little and big things help make an interesting life. Now that I am retired, I have the freedom to expand my life, but in truth, I always did. I just chose to work too much, and later, to drink too much, to be able to see what I had right in front of me if I only took that leap of faith.
With Mr. UT bugging me to get ready to walk,
On Day 1949,
PS – The photo on the top is another of our city lakes, Lake Bde Maka Ska!