New Growth Project

Wow, that task was much harder than I expected, hence the reason for my late post.

I have decided on my monthly themes, all centered around improving aspects of my body and mind. I have also decided to make this a 4 month goal. I know myself: If I make a year long goal, I will get overwhelmed and I won’t stick to it. So four months is a manageable chunk I can wrap my head around.

  • March: Mind
  • April: Body
  • May: Home
  • June: Work

Here are my breakdowns by month.

March. This month will have to do with all things challenging the mind. Many of these things I already do, but I do sporadically. I am challenging myself to get serious about these tasks and to stick to them. So for March I will be:

  • Journal every day
  • Read a book a month
  • “Teach Me Something”
  • Meditation/sleep/spirituality

April. Just in time to get ready for bathing suit season. I will be focusing on all things body related. My activities will be:

  • …Is A Temple…
  • Workouts
  • Yoga
  • Dry brushing

May. Fitting that for spring cleaning I will be focusing on my home, but also as an extension; the environment that I surround myself in, which doesn’t always have to be my house, but the places I go. My activities will be:

  • Tackle a nagging task
  • Chores
  • Clear clutter
  • Improve something

June. Work will be my focus for June. This will give me time to get in a good groove with childcare. Focusing on tackling difficult tasks as well as growing my business will be vital this month. My activities will be:

  • Plan for difficult tasks
  • Therapy workbook
  • Add a therapist
  • Plan for the future

Some of the activities may not make sense right now, but I will explain more in those related blog posts.

Each month has four activities to correspond with each week of the month. The first week I will have one task but will compound throughout the weeks and months. For example March 4th week I will have one task, journal everyday, but by the fourth week I will be incorporating all four tasks into my day.

If you’d like to “play along” with me as I go through this little experiment here is a breakdown of some questions I asked myself in order to formulate my plan:

  • What do I already do that still needs improvement
  • What can I add to my life to make it more satisfying? happy? fulfilled?
  • What is something I have always wanted to do or try?
  • How do I want to feel at the end of the first month? fourth month?
  • How can I incorporate those close to me in order to strengthen my bond to them?
  • What are the areas in my life where I need to learn accountability.

Once I answered these questions, I had narrowed down my monthly themes. To decide on the tasks I took some inspiration from Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Happiness Project, and also just used common sense as to what I thought would fit those categories.

I have created reminders and “check-ins” in my Passion Planner to hold myself accountable.

Welp that’s it! See you March 4th for the first day of my new experiment which still needs a name.

Published by annkendig

I am a mental health and addiction therapist in Cincinnati Ohio. Happy exploring and may all beings be well.

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