A Weekly Better You

Normally I use this blog for bits of creative writing and discussions about teaching.  However, I thought I’d take a slight break from that and talk about a mental and physical challenge I’ve decided to undertake in the hopes of bettering myself.  It’s been working pretty well so far, so I thought I’d pass this challenge along to others.

Right now, I’m trying to establish (or re-establish) good habits in my life.  For those that know me, I’m the type of person that buries myself in work, and a lot of my healthy habits (physical, mental, and emotional) have gone out the window over this last stressful school year.

What I’ve done is set up a challenge for myself.  Each week I’m going to try and make a change and keep with it.  Instead of change everything all at once and failing, I’m taking smaller, easier steps.

I’m currently on week two, and things are going well.  Here’s what I’ve accomplished so far.

Week 1:  No more soda.

  • I’ve done well over the years from going to having 5-6 sodas a day to no longer keeping it in the house.  That being said, I’ve fallen back on caffeine as much as once a day as a crutch this last school year, and I could tell it was taking its toll on my health.  No more soda, more water.

Week 2:  Daily dog walks for Zeus.

  • Just getting off of a terrible cold winter, the last thing I wanted to do is take my poor puppy for a walk.  He spent a lot of times shivering in the back yard while I slaved over my school work.  No more of that.  Rain or shine, we both get a nice walk.

I’ll update you all as my road to self-improvement moves onward.  I challenge YOU to make changes in your own life for the better.  You only get one life, so why not live it the right way?

Speaking of living life…I leave you with a quote by one of my favorites.

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” -Henry David Thoreau


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