There's 80-something days left in this year. 2018 has been good to us, and I'm very excited about things that are coming in the early part of 2019, but thinking like that has already caused me to start slacking off here in the last quarter of this year. Have you had this problem?
I'm trying to do too many things at once, so I'm basically falling short at everything. I've been trying to learn more about crystals and oils, take time to meditate, continue working out, learning how to cook healthier food, read all the books I keep bringing home from the library (especially with this month's #DraculaReadAlong and #HistorianReadAlong), spend quality time with my kids, spend quality alone time with my husband, take care of the Christmas and December birthdays (we have 5) shopping, write my book, watch the Astros kicking ass in the postseason (again), and finish my latest knit project. Geez, just typing all that crap out was exhausting. No wonder I feel like I'm failing all the time. No reasonable person would attempt to take on all this at once. I'm basically giving 10-15% to everything rather than giving any one thing my full attention. Seriously, my brain is overloaded all the time. Like an internet browser with about 10000 windows open.
I recently heard about Rachel Hollis' #Last90Days challenge. Y'all know I love a good challenge, so I started looking into it to see what she's encouraging for the last 90 days of the year. Here's what she proposes:
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I have a few hiccups with this plan. First of all, if I wake up earlier, my kids wake up earlier. I don't know how they know, but even when I'm as quiet as a damn mouse, if I wake up an hour early, both kids will be right on top of me within 20 minutes. Stay in bed? They climb in the bed with me. Sneak downstairs? They come wandering down. I don't understand it, but it happens every damn time. I tried this at the beginning of the year, because morning seemed like a great time to sneak in some daily self care. Nope. Somehow, they freaking know. Now I just opt for the extra sleep. Stalker kids seem to sleep later when we do. It's really odd.
To start this challenge, you need to answer three seemingly simple questions. Take your time when thinking about your answers and make sure you choose realistic things, bonus points if it's something quantifiable.
In the next 12 weeks, I plan to get the bulk of my book fleshed out. I don't expect to finish writing it, but I'd like to have the full plot mapped out and have the bones of the story written (quantifiable accomplishment). I want to stop yelling at my kids (bad habit). It's a horrible habit and I hate myself every time. I want to find a more positive way to reach them when they're misbehaving. Lastly, I want to incorporate meditation in my daily life (good habit). Even if it's only 10 minutes at night, right before I go to sleep, I want to make sure I'm taking that time every single day.
I would love it if you would join me! Comment below with your answers to my three questions to help focus on finishing 2018 strong or use the hashtag #Finish2018Stronger and share on social media. I'm really looking forward to see all of your answers and watching you achieve your goals in the last few weeks of this year.
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