Hello friends! Today is just a little vent and I know I share this with many of you. Don't we all have great intentions and then life interrupts? I honestly don't know how people do it all with the addition of kids, a husband, other family obligations. It's just me, and still I sometimes fall victim to the "too much to do, where do I start?" syndrome.
Like this month. I like challenging myself. I do! And committing to challenges and sharing them with YOU makes me more accountable. So when I did my 30 day cleanse and walked you through it, it kept me going. I wasn't just responsible for myself; I'd made a public commitment to keep it up. That made it more of a challenge for me. That's the power of sharing goals with like-minded people and communities.
However, this month was going to be my arms month. I wanted to see if there'd be any noticeable improvements in my arms if I committed to daily chair dips which many swear by. It's September 6th. I haven't done one chair dip yet. Ugggh. The shame.
Yeah, I can say I have good reason. I have a client keeping me busy with a project; there's always marketing and promotion stuff to do and at the end of the day sometimes it's all I can do to properly brush my teeth, moisturize and get some zzz's.
But I always feel so much better when I fit ME time in. When I listen to my meditation audio programs or drink my 90 oz. of water. It's not always major stuff that helps me to feel accomplished. It's those little commitments and promises that I make to myself that have NOTHING to do with anyone or anything else but ME. I mean, how much can we possibly give if we don't take some time out for self-care?
So, this morning I woke up and apologized to myself for beating ME up for my slip. I mean, I think we all do that sometimes. I'm feeling down because I didn't start off September with a bang to achieve a set goal, but it's only the 6th! The month is not over yet. Instead of focusing on the days I didn't do something, I've got more than 3 weeks left in the month to get back on track.
If you're anything like me, don't do this to yourself. It sucks.
My mom was the same way, bless her heart. She'd commit to something like the cabbage diet for a week. By Wednesday she might have a burger and then be so down about it that she gave up the rest of the week. It's just a slip. It's just a burger. It's just a fried chicken wing. It's just...whatever the thing is. As long as we're still breathing, there's another day coming to get back on track. Heck, if everyone gave up when they messed up we wouldn't have electricity or indoor toilets. Know what I mean?
Anyway, that's my message to you and to myself today. Be gentle with yourself. We can't undo the past but we can always do NOW.
And with that last sentence above, I stopped, dropped and did 20 chair dips. You know what they say: a journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step.
Well, in this case, 20 chair dips.