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Hey all you party people out there. Can you believe its already March?! Can someone just slow down time, create a personal robot for each of us, and make me less of a procrastinator? So what's up with all of you? I've been busy with family stuff, blog stuff, and everything in between. You know, the norm. It's all about the balance for me right now, striving for balance. At least that's the only way I feel like I can keep up with time.
 
 The longer I do this "Fasting For a Year" project the faster time seems to fly and I think that a month is maybe too short to try out a new habit. For all the new friends reading this today, you're probably thinking, "Fasting for what?" So here's the scoop, at the beginning of the year I decided I wanted to try to make some goals for the year. We all do it through New Years goals. Well, I decided I would change things up and pick twelve things to work on through the year and "give them up" each month. In January I gave up yelling at my kids. And this last month I gave up recreational shopping. Gasp. If you want to read about those here's the links.
 
 
With that being said, I'd like to report about how February went. To start it did feel good knowing I was living better within our budget. Usually when I went shopping I would be really good at rationalizing my expenses. So this month it felt good to not even be tempted. Another perk was I did have a little more time. There are many times where I visit areas where I live and I think, "I'm by Target or some other random store, do I need anything? No? Well, I should go look around anyways." Have you guys ever gone into Target and NOT bought anything?! If you have I give you a big internet high-five. So the fact that I was giving up shopping definitely stopped me from spending time shopping without a purpose.
 
Now I will be honest. I did shop twice and both times with friends. One was while I was in Las Vegas. All the girls were out on the Strip and wanted to go into Ross. Yes, there's a Ross in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip. I shopped and actually bought a cute pair of sandals that have come really useful. But yeah, there's that. And the last was this last Saturday. Michelle and I went shopping at Uptown Cheapskate. We did go there in behalf of the blog but I will admit it was fun, so I'll count it towards recreation. Haha!
 
So what's my fast for March, what am I giving up? I am going to try to give up seeking others validation or more so letting it dictate my happiness. Someone recently told me that it's good to seek others approval but a higher way of thinking is to seek our own approval of our own actions and have internal gratification. For March I will be mindful of my thoughts and if they are centered around what others like or want of me. I will strive to seek my own approval of my own actions. I will be selfish about this, meaning I will not sacrifice my own desires for others in order to be liked, followed, friended, or complimented. I am going to strive this month to act how I feel instead of how I think others expect me to act. This goes for how I dress, talk, laugh, smile, write, photograph, craft, and so on. What I do to represent myself will be because that's what makes me feel like myself and represents me. And I think this will make me a happier person.
 
I've spent so much time criticizing myself. I've spent too much time trying to be like other people. I've given up too much of who I really am at times and I want to try to create a better way of thinking for this month. So I am giving up seeking others validation. I know I will not be perfect but this is my focus this month and if you don't like this or aren't reading anymore that's ok. (See I'm giving up whether or not people will like this post. Haha! Now I'm laughing at myself and I don't care.) So many people who are amazing and successful have been preaching "Be True to You." There must be some truth to this. Well that's my month mantra, Be True to You!
 
Did you make resolutions at the beginning of the year? How are yah doing on those? If you're not doing so well no biggie, sorry I brought it up. I think it's ok to fail sometimes. We are all human anyways. We just keep trying and moving forward. 

Ok folks, it's late cause remember, I'm a procrastinator and I don't care who knows it. So there's my late night ramblings for yah. We all have good and bad days. I know this and if today is one of those days where the world is a little darker than average I'm sorry. Here's to a better brighter day tomorrow.
 
 

7 comments

  1. Such great goals and sounds like you are doing a great job! I don't know how you are going to do that validation goal. I would struggle making that happen big time. Kudos to you! You will do great!

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    1. Thanks! It's gonna be tough and I know this month I will not be perfect.

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  2. I love this idea of "fasting" every month. It makes things so much more accomplishable vs. setting big lofty goals in January. I love your March goal and can't wait to hear how it goes.

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    1. Thanks so much! That's kinda how I thought about it. One month is more easier and effective than the entire month.

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  3. I'm doing the no shopping thing this month! It's so hard!!! Good for you for only caving twice!

    About your March goal... that is such a great one! You should read the picture books "Hip Hip Hooray for Annie McRae" by Brad Wilcox and "Naughty Toes" by Ann Bonwill. They are a couple personal faves that go RIGHT along with your goal :) Good luck mumsy! ;)

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  4. That was an inspiring blog!! I have really have to learn to quiet the negative chatter that can go on in my head towards myself. When you can do that it sure makes life easier!

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  5. This is really a wonderful post.

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