Day 1 of 365 Days of Change

I'm always intrigued by bloggers who undergo radical challenges - pushing themselves in a public forum to see how far they can go. Some examples of experimenters that have inspired me: 

I like to watch other people boldly strike out at something new and see what happens. There's something magical about experiments. And maybe there's a part of me that longs for that same boldness. 

Recently I was inspired me to come back to blogging when I stumbled across Dottie James talking about changing her life in one year on YouTube. She's in a different stage of life than mine, but I felt it keenly, her desire to shake up her life.

I feel that way right now. I need some pretty radical change, and I decided to boldly strike out myself by writing about it on my own blog. 

So here goes, my own 365 Days of Change. 

So... why do this?
  • I feel stuck in a rut. I’ve been wanting to change areas of my life, but I don’t get traction long enough to make it happen. 
  • I want to be in a radically different place a year from now. And I’m not going to get there if I just keep doing the same thing. 
  • I recently had a miscarriage. Maybe I’ll write more on this later, maybe I won’t. But I’m in a place where I am craving a fresh start and new hope.
  • I want to reinvigorate my creative side. Blogging was an outlet for that, so I'm bringing it back, baby!

What I want to change: 
  • Rebuild my health.
    • More stamina, strength and energy! 
    • Lose more weight by eating healthy keto and intermittent fasting. 
    • Get enough sleep consistently. 
    • Exercise often but gently, so I don't activate old injuries, amping it up so that a year from now I'm at a much better fitness level.
  • Align parenting to my core values
    • Make healthier choices for my son, even when they aren't so easy for me.
    • Less screen time and more independent play and outdoor play. 
    • Try new foods and give him healthier food to eat. No small feat with a picky eater!
  • Connect
    • It's been a challenging time and relationships have fallen by the wayside. I want to connect with a friend once a week, go to church on Sunday, and find a women's group or Bible study to be a part of.
  • Reinvigorate my creativity
    • Blog at least once a week. 
    • Maybe write some poetry. 
    • Ponder the possibility of self-publishing my novel. 
    • Do little things that make me feel sparkly inside. Paint my fingernails. Experiment with fashion. Write some book and movie reviews again.
  • Get offline
    • This is hard to admit for a once-avowed bookworm, but I need to rebuild my attention span and ability to enjoy life without glancing at my phone, browsing the internet or listening to a podcast. 
    • Spend more time outdoors.
    • Read more, actual old-fashioned books, on paper. 
    • See people, more often, in person
  • Business/career shifts
    • I do have some plans in this area, but it's still not clear yet, so for now, I'm keeping this one private.
I'm not going to tackle all of this immediately, but build a foundation and set new goals each month.
I'll use this blog to report on my progress and what I'm learning along the way.

365 days of change! Magical experiments! And blogging again! I'm kind of excited!

Want to come along?