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Stretch 20 Minutes a Day

For February, my New Month's Resolution was to stretch for 20 minutes a day. Just as it played out with the previous resolution of writing 500 words a day, I certainly could have improved on this one. All said and done, I missed about a weeks worth of stretching. That's still a solid three weeks of consistently stretching every single day.

So what did I learn? Not as much as I had hoped for. The reason I chose this resolution was I work on a computer for the better part of every day. I have some mild back pain, but worse is my neck pain. I was hoping that stretching consistently would help loosen my neck muscles and improve the pain. Didn't happen. 

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Write 500 Words a Day

As I mentioned in my last post, I decided to switch things up this new year and have a new resolution every month. To kick things off, I chose to write 500 words a day for the month of January.

In the past I've had difficulties putting my thoughts on paper. I've had no shortage of thoughts I wanted to be heard, but I never followed through with actually writing them down. I was always quick to write myself off by saying "I'm a horrible writer" for as long as I can remember. That said, I don't know if I ever really tried. Besides, even if I was a horrible writer, what I failed to recognize is that writing is a skill, and ALL skills can be learned with practice and persistence.

When it came to writing 500 words a day, naturally I wasn't perfect. In fact, not even close. Cumulatively, I missed roughly an entire weeks worth of writing. It much more difficult than I expected, and not for the reasons I expected. The most difficult part of the process was actually just sitting down and committing to writing.

Once I got over the initial hump of sitting still long enough to write, 500 words wasn't a problem at all. After all, it was only 500 words. The point wasn't to set a goal to challenge myself, the point was to explore the possibilities of how a different habit could affect my life.

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New Month's Resolutions

In my 2014 Review I mentioned how excited I was about the new year. I covered a few things like work, travel and personal growth. What is the most popular time of the year to focus on personal growth? The first day of the new year. That's in a couple of days - how convenient.

This year I wanted to do something different. Instead of a typical New Year's Resolution (let's be honest, who can actually keep a resolution for an entire year anyway), I decided I will give myself "New Month's Resolutions" instead. 

Each month of 2015 I will have a new resolution to uphold for that month. I figure one month is plenty of time to evaluate if my chosen resolution is something that could realistically become a habit, and more importantly, decide if it's something I even want to become a habit.

For the first month I will be writing 500 words a day. It doesn't matter what I write about. I could write an article for my website, a personal journal about something I've been struggling with, or maybe even an endless stream of incoherent words. What I write is besides the point. This is about experimentation, growth and learning about myself. I chose writing as my first month's resolution because it will help with a new book I'm working on. The more I write, the more my writing will improve.

I'll be writing a review at the end of each month to summarize the good and the bad, as well as what I have learned. On to the first month...

Update:

January's resolution: Write 500 Words a Day
February's resolution: Stretch 20 Minutes a Day

2014 Review

I was inspired to do this by Nathan Barry. I have found his work inspiring because he's able to accomplish so much while also being a husband and father. Just like Nathan's post, this post is written mostly for myself, but thought I'd share it anyways as a peak into my life outside of just design. It's important for people to see more than just Facebook highlights. Let's dive right in.

What Went Well

Health

  • Consistent Exercise
    This has been the first year where going to the gym has remained fairly constant. Naturally there has been a few weeks where I've completely slacked off (particularly during and after vacations), but I have formed a solid habit of exercising regularly. By regularly I don't mean every day like a gym rat, but 3 to 4 times a week.

  • Eating Well
    This isn't new, but it has continued throughout the year. Health is wealth.

  • Yoga
    I've been able to consistently do yoga every Wednesday evening. I'd enjoy doing it more, but it's a big time commitment when I'm already busy doing a lot for my health.

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