I have no idea where January went. However, in spite of my complete loss of time, I’m continuing on with my Harper-ness project. And I’m pleased to say that it’s going quite well!
For those of you that remember, January was HEALTH month (mental, physical, emotional). I’m very happy with how the month went. Here are a few of my successes:
- Mental: I made efforts not to dwell when things weren’t going the way I wanted and to look towards positive thoughts and solutions instead of negative emotions and energies.
- Physical: My husband and I spent all of January eating healthily and exercising regularly. We feel great! We are both down almost 15 pounds each and our physical fitness has really improved. I find that this has also contributed very positively to my positive mental outlook.
- Emotional: I focused on the reasons why I’m happy, grateful, and satisfied in my own skin, and I worked hard to circumvent my blue moments (and my mean red moments as Audrey Hepburn would have said). But I also allowed myself to feel. Sometimes, that meant feeling sad. So instead of fighting it or drowning in it, I allowed it to come, I recognized it and found out it’s source, and then I allowed it to pass. Peacefully.
Overall, I think January went really well. So I’ve pinned up my January placard in a safe place where I can still see it everyday and continue to work on all of those things, and I’ve moved into February.
February’s focus is: ATTITUDE.
Here’s my focus:
1. Gratitude. An attitude of gratitude is harder than it seems. Today’s society makes us think we need to be skinnier, richer, work harder and faster, be more successful, etc. Our culture of instant gratification has conditioned us to never be satisfied where we are, with what we have. This is an exhausting predicament! This month, I plan to focus my grateful thoughts around who I am, what I have,and all the blessings (more about that in #3) in my life.
2. Mindfulness. This goes along with gratitude and being aware of my surroundings and taking a moment to stop and smell the roses and remind myself how lucky I am to be me. More than that, I want to work on being in the present moment. I often find myself multi-tasking – studies have shown this is not productive and can in fact be unhealthy! I think by being more present in all of my moments, I think I will get a great deal of satisfaction and contentment.
3. Blessings. I have so many. But like so many around me, I whip through my days and nights and I often forget to count them. In February, I will try to be more aware of where I am, how I got here, who helped me to be who and where I am, and how grateful I am for all of it.
4. Forgiveness. This one can be hard, especially if you have ever carried a grudge. It got me to thinking: who is hurting from my grudge or my lack of forgiveness? And the answer, almost 100% of the time, is me. It is not the person who wronged me. Well, there is enough hurt around me in this world that I should stop hurting my own self. So in February, I’ll focus on forgiveness. I’ll be wary, though – and I’ll keep in mind that this is not the same as forgetfulness (fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me). But there is no need for me to carry around the excess baggage that comes with the hurtfulness of past events, situations, or people. This month, I will choose to forgive.
Ok, February. Bring it on!