There is nothing so frustrating as dealing with crossed arms, a protruding lower lip and a scowl deep as an underwater trench. There is no reasoning with it and it is exhausting. That was me at lunch.
Yesterday as I was driving home I had a wicked urge for fried chicken. Today I woke up with my first thought being that chicken. I would love to say that my self-discipline alone was enough to prevent the purchase but luckily I had lunch all ready to go and I knew I’d have to blog about it. 🙂 The impulses for immediate gratification didn’t go away once I decided to change my life. I was only distracted from them. One of the best tools I have is to surround myself with the voices of others with the same goals. I go to the veteran fighters, see what they do and try and emulate some of their moves.
One of my favourites is Mary Hunt http://www.everydaycheapskate.com/marys-perspective/quiet-the-urge-to-splurge/. She has ongoing facebook updates with articles, books and a website. The Year of Less blog, though no longer updated, had daily and monthly challenges and everyone seems to be buzzing about a book called “7” by Jen Hatmaker. All these bits and pieces help when my impulses are having a temper tantrum.
One of the things I liked in the Year of Less blog is the intention to make one small change each day. It causes me to think and deliberately pick something to improve. Some days it has been as minimal as sorting out the junk drawer. Today I’ve been tired and really out of sorts. Today I think I will take a sampler of baby steps.
I will mend one shirt, reduce my wardrobe and my son’s wardrobe my one item each, and put on a five minute timer as I tackle my filing. In honesty I still really want that fried chicken and onion nuggets but I will finish the night with a nice cup of hot cocoa and be in bed by 10. My mom used to say that with cocoa and a good sleep things are always better in the morning. She was usually right. Thanks mom.
Do you have favourite sites you follow to encourage you and help keep you on track? Feel free to leave a comment on this post.