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. Read More
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. Read More