Friday, April 26, 2013

Discoveries: #Project30Days Update


Here we are 26 days into our first #Project30Days! My projects for this month were to get up early, spend some time in quiet reflection, and post on my blog each day.

The other morning as I sat down on the couch with my journal I felt so content. I had a cup of coffee in my hand, the fireplace was on, a blanket was wrapped around me, the sun was streaming through the window warming my face and my heart, the sound of the washing machine wiping all the dirt away from the day before was playing in the background, and I had just called my husband at work to wish him a happy birthday. I took the time to think about where this contentment was coming from and was surprised to discover that all of those little things added up to this one great feeling. The ritual of the coffee, the connection with my husband, the feeling of being wrapped in warmth, the beauty of the sun and the fireplace, and the feeling of accomplishment from a chore already completed for the day seemed to be a magical combination, and I took the time to acknowledge it and savor it. (It was soon thwarted by the peanuts in the peanut butter meltdown, but it was so good while it lasted!)

I have discovered that taking time with the little things in my life and paying attention to how certain things make me feel gives me an amazing amount of control over my sense of contentment, achievement, and happiness. There are some days when I have not been able to do these things in the order I would like, so I am also learning that flexibility in my projects is key. If I have to stay up really late for a concert than getting up early might mean getting up at 7 instead of 6. If my kids decide to get up at 6:15 and I don't have time to get my quiet time in before they go to school, then I use that time to get other things accomplished (this morning I put in a load of laundry, cleaned the bathroom, and got all of the stuff ready for my long ride today) and then I can get some quiet time in after the bus comes. #Project30Days is not about  being rigid it is about discovering what works and what doesn't!

I am already thinking of my projects for next month! How are you guys doing? I'd love to hear what you have discovered. If you have a blog post, please put the link in the comments!

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