Fasting For a Year1.05.2015
It's 2015 and it is resolution time. Time for reflecting and striving to be just a little better of a human being; another year to be a little happier and content. This year I did what most of you did, I sat and thought about my life. I thought about my flaws or things I wanted to do this year. I saw on social media that some of you were trying to take resolutions at a different approach. One person I saw decided to pick one word to sum up how they would like to improve. Isn't that fun? If I had to pick one word for this year, I would pick strength. Another person I noticed had designed a fun chart for helping them achieve their goals. I think it's really neat that all these people are trying to improve themselves a little at a time and doing it whatever way they can.
I am going to fast for a year.And when I say fast I mean, willingly abstaining from habits in my life. You could call it a little experiment. Each month I am taking something out of my life. they say in order to change a to create a habit you need to do it for 30 days so this is how I'm going to attempt to be a better person this year, day by day, and month by month.
I really don't think the idea is that crazy. Hard maybe but not outrageous. Fasting has been practiced for as long as we know. And in religious context it practiced often. Heck, lent is just around in corner.
- This experiment is from January 1st, 2015 - December 31st, 2015.
- The fast will include me giving up something every month.
- Each month I will begin a new fast and announce it here.
- I will report at the end of each month about my experience.
I have already started this fast and it has been tough. I knew it would be. Parenting is not perfect. Nor is motherhood. As all of us are striving to be a better moms.
With us already five days into January it's been eye opening to focus on this habit. Isolating this specific action has made me realize that while I may not be screaming at the top of my lungs, I do raise my voice at my children often. I've also noticed that I yell in public because it's a lot of work to chase them around and my kids are quite the handful. Love them, but if you met me, you know. Another scenario I've noticed is I yell at home so I don't have to get up.
So to replace this behavior I will talk sternly to my children when I need to but try not to raise my voice above a speaking volume. Another behavior I am going to replace yelling with is to make myself get up and talk to my children face to face. And I'm going to use a positive reinforcement schedule to help enforce my incentive to not yell at my kids.