Not quite spring, the snows of winter are melting, revealing tiny green shoots in the garden and a backyard of dark muck. When two mud-soaked mutts trample into the back hall, wriggling with the earthy air of excitement, they share all of that good earth upon my floors. Even with meticulous cleaning, I always find more dirt, which makes me irritable around my family. Although the days are getting a bit longer, the general lack of light has also taken a toll on me. Seasonal Affective Disorder aside, I am knee-deep in hot flashes and sugar cravings.
Now is the time to take some of my own advice, start something—anything—and get to work. Here’s how I plan to reset myself:
- Pick four goals. Often I have a very long list filled with goals. So, I put that list back in the drawer and have selected just four goals to work towards in the next 3 months: 1) Write a short story and submit it to a publication or contest. 2) Eat less and move more. 3) Plan a family vacation 4) Get rid of junk in the basement
- Choose three words. Choosing three words to help remind me of my intention and goals, stay on track, and give myself permission to try something new. Stillness. (Seek a few stillpoints throughout my day to help me pause and refocus on what’s important.) Listen. (What is my body telling me I need? Am I being present and listening to others?) Joy. (Seek joy by noticing little things and embracing connections throughout my day.)
- Check in with my Personal Happiness Index every day. What are the things that make me happy? Life’s too short to stuff a mushroom.
“If you’re stuck at the starting line, you don’t need more time or permission. You don’t need to wait for a boss’s okay or to be told to push the button; you just need to poke.”—Seth Godin
I leave you with two things:
1) Start something.
2) Go make it happen. Now.