Well, friends… Can you believe Tuesday is October 1? It seems like 2019 just started and here we are… almost 90 days from 2020.
I’ve mentioned a few times in my posts that I haven’t really stayed on track this year. I’ve been productive! Really productive! I even started a random new project I had not anticipated at all! But somewhat at the expense of my waistline and sanity and overall calmness. I’ve had to put aside certain things to make sure others got done and just completely given up on some all together… i.e. my garden… oooops.
A lot of this is because I had no real plan. Just flying by the seat of my pants and GETTING IT DONE! Looking at the calendar seems overwhelming so I let myself get to the place where I forget the overall goal… and I just do do do all day everyday. Getting it done… yes. But gracefully… no.
The overall goal would be to get all of my tasks and jobs and projects and social media posts… and wants and needs… done AND have time at the end of the day to sit back, relax and enjoy the productivity. Without a plan, this is almost impossible. Because we are just living in the chaos constantly. We go to bed with the chaos on our brain, and we wake up with the chaos on our brain. “What is next on the list? What do I have to do now?”
A couple of weeks ago, I heard Rachel Hollis talk about her planner “Last 90 Days”. I sort of knew what it would be… and more than sort of knew that I should get one.
She talked about finishing the year strong. About how good you will feel come January 2020 if you’re already in goal mindset. If you’re already feeling better about yourself mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically when you set your goals and resolutions for the coming year.
I couldn’t agree more. I know I need to get my act together in some areas. Why wait till January? I have the next 90 days to take some baby steps towards feeling better, more in control… so that come January 2020, I can hit the ground running.
“5 to Thrive” is a big part of the Last 90 Days journal. It’s core work you start each day with so you are ready for whatever comes your way.
I read the list and thought… I can do this. But also, I’m not going to set myself up for failure. So here is MY “5 to Thrive”:
1. Get up an hour earlier than I normally do and use the time for myself OR get in bed an hour earlier than I normally would and read a book, write some notes about upcoming projects, pray, meditate… do not scroll social media during this time.
2. Workout for at least thirty minutes every day. No “OR” to this… gotta do it. So I made a list of my options to keep it simple: walk around the farm for 30 minutes, use my elliptical for 30 minutes, go to CG, take a yoga class, do a workout video. 5 solid options… just choose whatever works for me that day.
3. Drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. No “OR” to this either. The thing that makes this easier for me is to have a large water bottle that I love, on hand, every day. Walmart sells my favorite bottle. It’s Contigo and it holds 40 oz.
4. Give up one food category you know you shouldn’t be eating OR beverage category. It’s been almost 2 years since I have had caffeine or alcohol but a little while after making that change, I started drinking lots of Sprite and Ginger Ale. Sugary, bubbly, delicious, satisfying Sprite! I had to think about this one for a while. It’s State Fair season, then Halloween, then Thanksgiving, then Christmas… I would TOTALLY be setting myself up for failure by giving up sugar or bread or fast food. So I’m not going to do that. But I am going to give up something I consume that I know I shouldn’t… and that is sugary drinks, of any kind.
5. Write down 5 things you are grateful for every single day. I can do this.
So, this is it. My Sunday Offering to you. You don’t have to buy Rachel Hollis’ journal and you don’t even have to do the “5 to Thrive” but you could make a few little changes that will get you on track to finishing 2019 strong… mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically.
Love you friends. Enjoy your Sunday!