The start of each year is a great time to set goals, to evaluate your life and think about how you can improve it. I love to set goals and enjoy doing it every year. The only difference is that I do it in September instead of January. I don’t really know why, but for me this time of year just seems like the right time to make a fresh start. Maybe it’s because summer is so crazy/busy that by the time September gets here it feels like time for a schedule and some order. Maybe it’s because I still have the school teacher in me that looks at the “year” as being from September to June instead of January to December. Or maybe it’s just because in January I’m coming off of a holiday high and am in no mood to set goals. I’m much more in the mood to hole up in my house in big comfy sweats eating like it’s still December. Whatever the reason, I like to set my goals in September. For the past four Septembers one goal has been the same – to start a gratitude journal. Write down five things each day I’m grateful for. (My mom is big on this – she has spoken to many groups about gratitude and being grateful for the little things that make life so great). I’ve started this so many times and for some reason I just never continue with it. I write my five things faithfully for about five days and then forget about it. It’s a goal that just isn’t sticking! So instead of setting myself up for failure again this year, I’m going to try to simplify. Instead of five things a day, I’ll write five (give or take) things each week. And instead of a gratitude journal, I’ll write them on my blog. Maybe this way I won’t set myself up for failure once again. I’m going to call them my “good things.” Little things during the week that made me happy.
OLYMPICS! – It has been so fun watching the Olympics this week! Are these athletes not just simply amazing! They are so talented and so dang physically fit. Michael Phelps is built like a swimming machine. I so hope he breaks the record for the most gold medals in a single Olympics. And what about our American gymnasts? Thighs like rocks. When I’m on the treadmill at the gym I picture the gymnasts‘ thighs as a motivator. Move that incline up just one more…go just a little faster…….and I’m out. Time to go sit on the bike and read my book.
FOOTBALL SEASON – it is upon us. If you know me well, you’re probably wondering why this is on my good things list. By November it will definitely be a bad thing, but for now the idea of the upcoming season is making my husband happy which is in turn making me happy. He’s busy checking his season ticket seats, arranging for our new DirecTV service that will bring every game possible to us in HD, and the smack talk with my little bro (Chargers vs. Broncos) has begun in full force. What can I say. How can I hate something that makes him so dang happy? I’m actually getting excited for a little football to start. Bring on Fall.