Goals work for me. I am a daily check in, accountability, backflips for gold stars kind of girl. When I saw a post from Jackie about her 30 Day Challenge I knew I had to get in! My goal was to move for 20 minutes a day and meditate for 20 minutes a day. This was all fine and well, but I had all ready set goal for myself for the month and quickly saw that I had too much on my plate. Around day five I confessed my over commitment and declared that I would stick to what I all ready had committed to.
- Weekly meal planning and follow through
- Seven servings of veggies a day
- Pick up the kitchen daily
This set of goals set me in a nice routine. Get home from work. Either cook dinner/help cook dinner or do something while dinner is being cooked. Then pack up leftovers, make my salad, pick up the kitchen and wipe down the surfaces. Relax for a bit. Check in with the group. Go to bed. It made me feel like I had accomplished something. Wait! I had!
For some time I said I “cleaned” my kitchen, but one day I removed the rose colored glasses and realized that my kitchen is not really that CLEAN at all. And as silly as it sounds it felt like quite the breakthrough. It was such a relief to say it out loud, first to the 30 day group and then in more detail on my blog.
Hi, my name is Terra. I am 31 years old and my kitchen is gross.
For someone who is pretty open, it was hard to admit something that somehow felt shameful-like surely it can’t be this hard- but damn it felt good. And it felt even better to hear that I wasn’t alone.
As I entered the back third I got antsy. First I wanted to add another room and, thankfully, Jackie was there to tell me no- to master what I had. And she was right. After that I got busy with travel and social events and things got a little blurry. This also meant I wasn’t posting to the group enough. It is so important to check in, especially on the bad days, so that you can get the encouragement that you signed on for.
I ended the first 30 days feeling all right about it, but knowing that it wasn’t in the bag yet.
My first 30 are in the books now. I wanted to spend a few days thinking of how I would revise my previous goals, to help me master them. After running down a mental to-do list of what all I need to complete in the next 30 days I decided that I needed to commit to those tasks. The following is how it went down:
So for my next 30 day challenge I will commit to:
- Eating seven servings of vegetables a day
- Keeping my kitchen picked up daily
I absolutely love being a part of the group. I love the support, encouragement and truth that I get. I love being able to give that back. The group has provided a safe place to admit that I don’t have it all together and a group of people who accept me as I am, while helping me to become better. I could not be more thankful for this opportunity.
Now if you will excuse me, I have a lunch to make and a kitchen to pick up!
You can follow my challenge and my everyday life over at ahoy friend!,or @ahoyfriend on the ol’ Twitter.
Note from Jacqueline: Do YOU want to be part of a 30 Day Challenge? The group is free and open to anyone. Just send me a message or leave a comment and we will get you started on your 30 Day Challenge!