This time of year it’s hard to find motivation. I look outside at that eternal gray landscape and I lose my ommph. It’s just so cold. And yucky. And the house is claustrophobic and February, despite being the shortest month, seems to drag on forever. It can be hard to bear. But maybe that’s just me. Maybe you love February.
I think the made-up holiday of Valentine’s Day was plopped there because it’s such a long drag between Christmas and Easter. (Nothing against Valentine’s Day. I actually really love the holiday.)
At any rate, when I tried to think of a challenge this week, I came up blank. Nothing. I knew it was because of the sucking energy of February. It just takes it out of me. So I had to dig deep for a challenge and I knew it had to be a good one. A challenge that would force you (and me) to action.
So here it is. This week’s challenge - Do something big.
Do something you’ve put off. Maybe a task that has been hanging over your head or an idea that you’ve been waiting for the right moment to explore. Or if there’s nothing on your long-term to-do list, make something up. Redecorate or rearrange a room. Adopt a pet. Throw a party. Plan your summer vacation.
Here’s my logic- putting your energy into a big task, as opposed to a little easy one, will force you to dig deep down to where your inspiration may be hibernating like the daffodil bulbs. Pull it out. Do something. Something big.
What am I doing, you ask? I’m writing a novel. You could try that, too. Actually, I recommend it. I’m also fostering a dog (just because there isn’t enough chaos in our house). The foster dogs will be featured on my website because I have a penchant for pet pictures (if you haven’t noticed).
Don’t let February drag you down. Take it on – do something big. And if you have a moment – let me know what you decide to do. I’d love to hear.
I lost my crown.
Not that I was ever really a princess, but boy, am I missing this one.
While sipping red wine and enjoying a few decadent chocolates with two dear friends late Saturday night, I suddenly became aware of a small hard object rolling around in my mouth.
Turns out it was the crown I got while pregnant with my now 12-year-old. What is the average lifespan of a crown? I thought it was for life. I didn’t think I could be de-throwned so easily, and by a chocolate, no less.
Because the crown abdicated itself on a weekend, I’ve had two days of careful eating.
(I’d like to do a study on dental emergencies. I’m certain that a higher percentage of them occur during non-dental office hours.)
I have chosen soft lukewarm foods that require little chewing. I spoon them in slowly and carefully ferry them down one side of my mouth. Not fun. Anything hot or cold or wind-blown that crosses the gaping hole on the left side of my mouth where the crown once ruled, brings about head-hitting-the-ceiling pain.
I have never eaten more intentionally in my life. (Except maybe when the tooth the crown once covered first cracked. I can’t even think about that time – it gives me phantom tooth pain.)
So this week’s challenge is to chew intentionally.
Make yourself aware of every bite you take.
Think about, and maybe even give thanks for, your amazing teeth. Chew your food longer, appreciate the tastes and textures.
And if you want to eat in solidarity with me, try chewing on only one side. It changes the taste of your food and brings back the lessons on taste bud locations from elementary school.
I’m off to my favorite dentist to reclaim my crown. I’ve appreciated the chance to eat intentionally, even if it wasn’t my choice. Sometimes it takes a minor catastrophe to teach us to appreciate the things we take for granted – like chewing without pain.
It’s February 2, Groundhog Day.
This is an important day if you’re a preschool teacher or student in the US. Today we make a groundhog craft.
If you happen to live in PA, like I do, where the infamous Punxsutawney Phil resides you can’t escape the exciting footage.
This morning the rodent came out of his hole for the 129th time. (Which begs the question – is Phil eternal?) Sadly, he did indeed see his shadow and that means six more weeks of winter!
Ugh. (You might feel the need for a stronger word if you happen to live in New England this year.)
For many years, our family had a tradition of viewing the movie Groundhog Day on this date. Sadly, my kids will probably roll their eyes if I suggest it tonight.
I’ve always loved that movie. The idea of living a day over and over again until you get it right appeals to me. I’m a persistent person and I’m a huge fan of second chances.
With that in mind, this week’s challenge is this – do something differently. Think of one habit/behavior/chore that you do every day and do it differently. If you can’t think of something to do differently, try adding a new habit. Consider your daily habits – do they help you live happier and healthier? If not, today’s a great day to change them.
In fact, tomorrow’s a great day to change them, too. Goundhog Day or not, every day is a new opportunity to live differently than yesterday.
What is living intentionally?
Remember when you were a kid and you broke something or took something that wasn’t yours or said something you shouldn’t have said? When your mother pinned you down on it, your knee-jerk reply was, “I didn’t mean to do it!”
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