Fast forward four weeks.......
As I was reading a scrapbooking magazine a few days ago, I came across a layout where someone had taken the basic concept of Gail's book of clearing out the clutter but instead challenged herself to eliminate 39 negative things from her life. Thirty nine things she could do with out; thirty nine things she thought were holding her back. She chose the number 39 as that was her age with her ultimate goal being to have her life clutter free by the time she turned 40. She then scrapped a page about her goal..... How cool is that concept?!
So, being that it's New Year's and it's my usual goal setting time, I have opted to go a different route this year. Now keep in mind, this is huge for me to sway from my norm......it was a decision that wasn't taken lightly...... But I, Jennifer Rebecca Schires, the hard core type A person that I am, have decided to take on this scrapbookers challenge for myself for 2010. (now you know my middle name, you lucky person you! not many people do.)
Instead of setting my traditional goals this year, I will be challenging myself to eliminate 38 negative things from my life. (and now you know my age if you didn't already!) I doubt I'll have time to do much reading this year anyway, and since we're rejoining the Y I'm hoping to automatically lose my extra weight as well as train for a 5K this summer so no "official" goals even needed to be set. The way I see it, what have I got to lose? Absolutely nothing. But I sure feel like I have a lot to gain! (and it won't be weight thank you very much! or cavities from stress eating m&m's all day!)
With any luck I'll gain some self esteem. Or some much needed "me" time. Or a clean and completely organized house. Or some finished scrapbooks. Or dare I say a church home? With any luck I'll gain 38 positive things in 2010.!
I do have to say, I thought thinking of 38 things would be easy. Ha! Famous last words. It was downright, tough. For a while there I had even considered just stopping at 20 but I felt like that totally negated the point so I hung in there and came up with a list of 38. Of course I devoured a bag of Skittles as I made my list.....but that's another post!