You know that feeling you get when the end of December starts creeping in and you decide to change everything to be a better person, a better mom, to lose weight, to eat better, to exercise, etc? Ah yes, the infamous New Years Resolutions. I guess, in theory, it’s a great idea. We should all strive to be better, in all of the areas in our life.
But what happens (usually) around February 1st? (And that’s being lenient. It’s probably more like January 3rd.) We slowly go back to the person we were before the resolutions were made, right? Maybe we tried to change too much too soon or maybe we couldn’t live up to all of the expectations. Whatever the cause, we tend to feel like we should just throw in the towel since we couldn’t keep it up. We failed. And then life just keeps repeating itself, as it’s been, all of the years past.
But what if we change it up?
What if we allow ourselves grace on the days that we don’t kill it? What if we focus on the last 90 days of the year to really nail in those new habits so that we can create positive change? While it doesn’t take long for a habit to form, change (consistent change) takes some time.
#Last90Days from Rachel Hollis
I came across the #last90days challenge from Rachel Hollis on October 1st. Officially when there is 90 days left in the year and couldn’t wait to sign up. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Rachel Hollis is kind of a rockstar! She wrote the wildly successful book, “Girl, Wash Your Face”, has a podcast, cookbooks, the cutest family, & another book coming out early next year (“Girl, Stop Apologizing“).
So yeah, if you don’t know who Rachel Hollis is, do yourself a favor and pick up her book here. You will fall in love with her quirky personality right away, amongst your laughter & tears.
Back to the #last90days… The premise is “21 days to create a habit, 90 days to change your life“. Who wouldn’t want to sign up?! How do you create a habit and change your life though? Rachel came up with “5 to Thrive” and by doing these five things daily, your life will start to change.
What is 5 to Thrive?
- Get up an hour earlier than you normally do and use the time for YOURSELF.
- Workout for at least thirty minutes.
- Drink half of your body weight in ounces of water every day.
- Give up one food category you know you shouldn’t be eating.
- Write down ten things you’re grateful for every single day.
They all sound easy enough, but I don’t do any of them on the regular. Probably the hardest one for me is working out. And then daily? Ha, ha, forget about that! I know that I need to incorporate even a walk in my daily life for the sake of my mental health, but despite my best intentions, I always fall short of that one.
Giving up one food category is tough, too. I feel like I should give up wine, but I don’t know that I want to. Does that make me weak or just honest about the holiday season? Not sure on that answer. Instead I’m giving up chips. Although I don’t have them regularly, I cannot say no when they are around. Chips are my weakness, especially with queso at a Mexican restaurant. Yum.
I love to get up early (most days), so this one will be pretty easy for me. As will drinking water. I love drinking water, especially with the flavored Crystal Light drops added.
That just leaves one: The Gratitude List. I periodically do this, but have never done it daily. I just saw someone on Facebook that put it all into perspective: Imagine that you woke up with only the things that you thanked God for the day before.
Things that make you go hmm…
It’s not too late to sign up. Go to Rachel’s site here, put in your email address, & begin changing into your best self!