Saturday, September 17, 2011

Day 9 - 21 Day Challenge - Time for Reflection

I'm not even half way through my 21 day challenge, so it may be a little early yet for reflection.  I thought I'd take a moment today to stop and pause and think about how my first 21 day challenge has gone so far. Here's some of my observations.

  • Starting was hard.  I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to do it, so I picked something easy to test the 21 day theory.  Something I wanted to do for me, but really wasn't going to be important if I didn't do it.
  • I've been more reflective this week.  The commitment to blog something everyday has made me more aware of what is going on around me.  It has forced me to pause and see what is happening in my life at least once every day.  A wonderful by product that I hadn't thought about - but something I wanted to do in my life.
  • I've become just a little more self aware.  I've started thinking about the things I want in my day, and what I can do to achieve them.  In short I've become a little bit more mindful.  (I have a long way to go).
  • There's a sense that I've reclaimed a portion of my life for me.  I'm surprised and delighted by this one.  I have a sense that I've been doing something for myself everyday, and it feels good.  
  • I'm less concerned about perfection.  When I started this out I knew I wouldn't have something interesting to say, but I was doing it for me so it didn't matter.  I find that I'm hesitating less before posting things.  This is who I am and I'm doing this for myself, so it doesn't really matter if it's not perfect - I'm not looking for praise.
  • Small incremental change seems to be infinitely easier than large dramatic change.  Although I'm only just over a third of the way through, I'm hopeful that at the end of this 21 days I will have created some mindful blogging habits that will stay with me.  We'll see - but the outcome is looking good.  I've just got to keep reminding myself not to think up the next challenge until this one is over :-)
  • My outlook on other changes I want to make it my life is more positive.  I'm looking for new ways, and smaller increments to bring change into areas of my life.  It seems more manageable, and I have more hope for success.
So that's it really.  A bit of a ramble there.  I'm not going to apologise or offer excuses for that.  It's how I feel on this blissfully relaxed Saturday morning as I drink my pot of tea and read/look at some of my favourite blogs on the web.  (Think happy contented sigh and you'll know exactly how I'm feeling right now.)

PS: The photo is one I took yesterday before work when going on a little photo walk with my friend Ale.  The photo walk that delightfully turned into 12 photos taken, and a delicious coffee and breakfast!