In my previous post I mentioned recently beginning to practice yoga. I’m doing it twice a week at night after my son gets to bed. Three other nights I do some sort of strength training. I’m especially trying to execute REAL push-ups, not the ones on my knees that I’ve been doing my whole life, but the ones on my toes. Considerably more challenging! But I am happy to say that I’ve seen a little progress already in the month or so that I’ve been doing this. I am more slightly more flexible and I feel like my posture is truly improved, and the yoga leaves me feeling refreshed and mentally clearer.
Why am I telling you this?
Because I’m turning the big 4-0 later this year. And it’s kind of freaking me out a little. I know age is just a number, or a state of mind, or something. But there’s something about approaching what could be the halfway point of one’s life (if you’re lucky) to make you start thinking about how quickly time passes. I’m assessing my goals, dreams, hopes, aspirations, wild longings. And I feel a renewed sense of energy about accomplishing things.
To that end, I’ve embarked on a series of weekly mini-challenges that I’m calling 40 for 40 (I know, not terribly original, but I needed something to call it!) Here’s what I’ve achieved so far:
- Drank 64 ounces of water daily for a week. (I’ve kept this up!)
- Did not get on Facebook or Twitter after 6 pm daily for a week. (Sadly, I have NOT kept this up.)
- Memorized a poem. (The Summer Day by Mary Oliver.)
- Tried the 30 Minute Fitness area of my gym for the first time (weight machines and steps.)
I have to say that so far I’ve really been having fun with my challenges. It’s added a much-needed sense of freshness and purpose to my daily routine. Some of my other ideas for this year include:
- Hike with my Dad (an avid hiker) in the Great Smoky Mountains.
- Ride a bike to the bridge not far from my house (this will mean I actually have to PURCHASE a bike! I’ve not ridden one since high school, but we have all these great greenways in my county and I need to make use of them!)
- Get my passport renewed.
- Travel to Toronto this fall and meet my cousin for the first time!
- Spend a day volunteering for an organization, maybe a neighborhood clean-up.
Of course, I have some reading challenges on my list too!
- Read a classic book that has intimidated me
- Read something that my husband picks out for me
- Visit Parnassus Books (Ann Patchett’s bookstore) in Nashville
This is where you come in, bookish friends. I have space on my list for eight more challenges. I’d love to hear any suggestions you may have for me! I’ll tell you that I won’t bungee jump or jump out of an airplane, but I’m open to almost anything else. So what have you got? Have you ever done something like this yourself?