So if you’ve been following the J-Blog for any length of time, you know that this year I had every intention of blogging each and every week day for 2019. And I was doing pretty ok through January. And then February hit. And…
Things got stressful at work, and then each and every single living creature in our house came down with some sort of ailment, and then I came up with even more excuses, and one thing led to another and I fell off the wagon.
I think this is probably true of anyone who has a resolution for a new year. If you make it through January you’re insane. If you make it through February people will build monuments for you. But most are like me, they get a little bit of the way through and they fall apart. Falling apart is ok, it happens to everyone in just about every aspect of life in some way or another. The question is what will you do when you fall apart?
It occurs to me that January 1st 2019 is an arbitrary date to start listing off the habits you’re going to stick to. The capacity to make myself new, to try to improve myself, to get the habits I want to have accomplished, is as much available to me on March 4th as it is on January 1st. And so, I’m diving back in. I had a little inspiration for this from a YouTuber I discovered recently named Levi Allen:
I want to establish some habits of excellence (TM?) for myself, and I feel like I’m as able to do that in March as I was in January. So, here are the habits that I’m going to be working on this month (with a bonus to be explored later):
Daily Lectionary: Each day I want to wake up and be in the word, and to work through the prayers in the book of common worship. I was really on fire with this for a little while, and then again I came up with excuses. But I started fresh today, so I’m 1/1!
J-Blog: I want to write something on this blog every day. I’m a creative person, and I need an outlet for that creativity. When I fall behind on the blog, I notice that I’m less creative in other areas of my life as well. So, each and every weekday I want to be here with you all working through life’s challenges and joys.
Log my food: I was doing really well with the weight loss challenge thing, and then again fell apart. So I’m going to be using the app Lose It! to get myself back on track, and to be really healthy when cycling season rolls around. (Pun not intended but appreciated)
As Levi said, this could be fun to do in community. So in the comments below, do you have a habit that needs a March refresh? Let us know, and we’ll cheer each other on!