Week 1: Why start this challenge?

I hope everyone had a great holiday season!

With a new year comes everyone’s New Year’s resolutions. Fun fact – only 8% of people follow through on their resolutions, so if you ask me you’re just setting yourself up for disappointment. Therefore, I don’t set resolutions! I also think it’s stupid that people feel the need to wait until the start of the year to better themselves. But I’ll get off my soap box now – sorry if y’all are gung-ho about your resolutions. Be part of that 8% 😛

However, I was scrolling through Pinterest and came across something I want to try. It’s called the 52 Week Gratitude Challenge. These are the directions:

Make 2016 the year you’re more thankful for what you have in life. Try this 52 weeks of gratitude challenge on a blog or in your personal journal. Once a week, write about you’re grateful for each of these things.

I was just going to do it in my journal, but do you know how many times I’ve said I’m going to start journaling again, and have I? Nope! So I’ll do it on here! Lucky you! Y’all have 52+ posts coming at you this year! Brace yourselves!! Since I’m two weeks behind, I’m doing one today and one tomorrow. Then I set an alarm on my phone to remind me to do it every Sunday night! (Otherwise there’s a good chance I’d forget….)

This week: Why start this challenge?

Let’s be honest – everyone can handle being a little more grateful in life. It’s easy to get sucked into whatever is going on and forget to take a step back and remember how incredibly blessed we really are! I talked before about how this is the year of Megan. Well, dammit, I’m going to make it just that! Part of that includes not sweating the small stuff so much and remembering the bigger picture. I’ve got a great life! My health is great (although I could probably handle eating a few more salads and running another mile or two, but everyone could probably say that!), I have the best friends, I’m going to school at a great university, I’ve got a job and can pay my bills. I’m independent – almost stubbornly – and can take care of myself. I’d say I’m doing pretty well for myself! Regardless, that doesn’t mean I don’t forget that sometimes.

So – I’m not calling this a “resolution.” I’m calling it a challenge – and I do love challenges! With my roommates being gone a lot lately, I’ve had a lot of time to ponder life. While, for me that isn’t always a good thing, I came to some realizations. 1) I’m extremely competitive and like to prove people wrong – not in the annoying know-it-all kind of way. More in the “see you didn’t think I could do it and I totally killed it” kind of way. 2) I need some reminders about how freakin’ awesome of a person I am and how I can kick some serious ass in life! 3) I also tend to play it kind of safe. Real growth comes from being pushed outside your comfort zone. Hell, I know that as well as anyone. So I’m challenging myself to one new thing each month. That might not sound like much, but that way it’s an achievable challenge. As I do my Gratitude posts, I’ll keep y’all posted!

What’s in store this month? Starting back up running, so I can actually do all these runs I’m planning on haha and trying a new restaurant! I haven’t decided where that’s going to be, but I have a few ideas in mind. So until next time….


One thought on “Week 1: Why start this challenge?

  1. I love this idea! 52 wks of gratitude! I too hate new years
    resolutions and haven’t done any in years….as I was part of the 92% who
    never kept them anyway….lol

    I’m going to follow your lead (you’re such an inspiration!) and start my
    personal journal with weekly logs of gratitude! I need to definitely
    improve my attitude / outlook. I have become a grumpy gus in the last 4
    mos (letting work drag me down), but no more, I need to get back to
    enjoying life! 🙂 My life is not defined by my work!

    I do love how you constantly challenge yourself! A truly empowered
    woman, who I’m very grateful to have in my life!

    Love you!

    Aunt Deb

    Thanks!
    Deb Shuck
    Storage MW and Safer Planet Pricer
    Software Pricing – Cloud, Commerce & Storage Middleware Pricing
    Kansas City, MO
    ph: 816-448-9468
    dshuck@us.ibm.com

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