Last week I started taking my lunch out to a park near my office
and relaxing on a park bench or under a shade tree - just to get
myself away from the phones and my work for a bit. A quiet
place to sit and think. It was that same park that I used to walk
at every morning and every evening up until 3 years ago.
As I was sitting there watching people walk around, kids swinging
on the swings and listening to the birds chirp - I realized how much
I loved it there. It's a small square park with lots of trees and very
peaceful and the perfect place to start my first challenge for myself.
I stopped walking there 3 years ago, I think as it was a place that I
used to walk with one of my friends who passed away at that time,
and it just felt too lonely to walk there without her. But going there
last week and starting a new routine made it feel really good about
being there again.
So this month (I started it on Sunday) I am trying
to shed some of my bad habits and bringing in some new ones - being
I am challenging myself to walk 5.2 miles a day (so far so good!) I walk
half in the morning and half after work - as those are the only hours that are comfortable to walk (weather wise).
The super hard part is getting up alot earlier. I used to be quite the early bird, but I had gotten a bit lazy about the mornings, so it's actually starting to feel good once I get myself moving! Although I have this little girl on my shoulder telling me to just go back to bed, while on my other shoulder I have quite the cheerleader - I am giving in to the cheerleader and hoping it stays that way! I am calling this Project Getting Me Back To Myself! So here's to fulfilling challenges whatever they may be! There is a line from Something's Gotta Give (one of my go to movies) and it rings true in all aspects of our lives - "I say this from the deepest part of my heart. What are you waiting for"
(photo via here)