Now things are getting serious. In my quest to cultivate a sense of gratitude and contentment (I find the two emotions to be inextricably linked) I’ve decided that I need goals. Goals sound blah. It sounds like the corporatese on my annual self evaluation at work. Not fun. But I’ve found that just thinking, “I should be grateful, I should be happy with what I have right now in this moment,” isn’t as effective as I’d hoped it would be. Instead of abandoning the effort as a lost cause, I’ve decided to try being more intentional. I believe that sometimes actions come first and feelings follow. I’m starting with the body. My body, to be exact. I’m already on a roll at the gym, so it seems like a good place to start. But I’ve also found that — as much as I ignore it — my physical state directly alters my mood and even my ability to think clearly and calmly. Low blood sugar? The world is ENDING and everything sucks. Feeling flush and accomplished from a good workout? Everything is going to be fine — in fact, everything is great.
So, for the month of July my goals are:
Exercise at least 3-4 time a week
Remember to pack and eat healthy snacks at work
Consume ALL the vegetables from the CSA box every week
I’ll be posting here as way of keeping myself accountable, hopefully Monday through Friday. I’ll also try to keep up the gratitude notes in addition to my goals. I’m also dreaming up goals for August, September, etc. like “Journal every day” and “Take an art class,” so if you have suggestions, I’d love to hear them.
Wish me luck!