I don’t do New Year’s resolutions or intentions because I’ve never seen the point, but I let some poor habits get out of control and in the spirit of saying au revoir to 2017 I desperately needed to say au revoir to those bad habits.
So, I created a 66-day challenge for myself.
Why 66 days? Research says that, on average, it takes 66 days to form a new habit. Will I be cured of shopaholism in 66 days? No. Let’s be serious, I will always love shopping. But, in 66 days I hope to learn the beauty of waiting for the want, in every aspect of my life.
So here they are...
1) Stick to the budget. No non-essential spending, not even when that Vince sweater is on sale at Nordstrom (like they are right now)
2) Expand my vocabulary. Take the 2 seconds to Google the damn word I don’t know.
3) Drink 1.5 liters of water/day
4) Dedicate a minimum of 1 hour/day of completely uninterrupted time to reading/studying/journaling
5) Watch less TV. No TV during the week. Exception: The Bachelor, obvi. It’s JanuArie!!
6) Meal prep every week.
7) Check my attitude. Smile. Be patient. Greet people in the morning.
8) No more than a total of 30 drinks for the entire month. Use them wisely.
9) Document the entire experience in Evernote.
It’s been one week and I can say I already feel like a more balanced person. I’ve journaled more than I ever have before. There’s something about getting your thoughts on paper (aka Evernote) My budget-conscious week means I can enjoy drinks/food with my friends this weekend and not feel guilty because 1) I know exactly how much I have spend and 2) it’s way more than it would normally be had I not shown restraint during the week. And, let me say, it is INCREDIBLE what I have been able to accomplish this week since shopping and TV have been eliminated. The two things I thought were making me so happy were really making me unhappy and, well, lazy AF.
à votre santé!