I'm not afraid (ok, maybe I'm a little afraid), as I've always been a fan of the "getting older." But this one feels, well, bigger... you know,"milestone" and all. So I'm going to try and honor the whole enterprise with a few experiments (12 to be exact) in the year leading up to the big day.
Here's the plan. In an effort to be the best possible version of myself when I hit the big 4-0, I'm going to devote each month leading up to my birthday to an aspect of my life that I'd like to improve. (You know, just a full life makeover...no biggie.) Oh and I'm going to track my progress on each goal here on the blog. Fun, yes? (And if that's a "no," feel free to skip the posts...I promise my feelings won't be hurt.)
I'm still working on the goals and projects for each month, but since the clock is ticking, I wanted to go ahead and get started on December's goal of "Practicing Gratitude." I realize this one seems like a bit of a cheat, I mean how hard it is to be grateful? Well, lately, for me...hard. In the past few weeks, I've been grumbly, surly, generally ungrateful. And I am beyond blessed (learning of today's horrific news in Connecticut, I am enormously blessed). I need to learn to get over it and revel in the enormity of how good my life is.
A while back, the lovely Chelsea set the goal of going a week without complaining. I'm going to use that as my starting point...but for the entire month. No complaints. None. Nada. Zero.
And in the midst of not talking ad nauseam about all the things I'm unhappy about, I'll have no choice but to enjoy all the things that do delight me, starting with my beautiful children...and the fact that I have the great privilege of tightly hugging them after I get home from work today.
Here's to gratitude friends.