I love a good fresh start. New Years, new months…. and I think that is why I love mornings so much. My Commit30 planner enables me to make the most of a new month throughout the whole year.
I’ve made August my month of “grounding”. I usually try to find one word that fits the goals I’m trying to attain. One month my word was “consistency”, another month it was “simplicity”. By attaching a word to the action goals I’ve set, it’s easy to remind myself of them on a moments notice. Whether it’s when I’m contemplating sleeping in rather than getting up to go to the gym, even though I know I still had enough sleep, I can remind myself, even in the morning fog, of that one word. I’ve been reading (well listening to on Audible) Rachel Hollis’ “Girl, Wash Your Face”. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend getting the book right this minute. The girl speaks TRUTH. I was watching her insta-stories the other day and she was drinking her smoothie and she said “I don’t want a smoothie right now, I want biscuits….biscuits and gravy. I want to go to brunch, eat some rich food. But what I REALLY want, is to be healthy, to run around with my kids, to live a long life. So that’s why I’m drinking this smoothie. Because sometimes you have to make a decision between what you want right now and what you really want.” When she spoke those words, I felt like a ton of bricks fell on me. It was one of those “a-ha” moments, and really part of why I create these code words for my goals. So that when I’m tempted to go along with what I want in the moment, my word brings me back to the long term goal.
The word grounding for me is significant this month because it reminds me of staying centered. I’m trying to focus on the routines that help me feel stable, secure, and content. Those things are my workouts, prayer, meditation, and eating healthy meals. So, when I would prefer to skip my morning workout for more sleep, by saying the word “grounding”, I’m reinforcing the fact that the workout will set me up to feel completely better about my day, no matter what happens.
I’m also very appreciative that Devin took over the cooking duties last week to help us stay on track with healthy meals. We had leftovers for lunches and were able to make fresh foods each day. It’s been such a treat! This weekend we took some unplanned R&R, and used our mornings to make delicious brunches. Cooking a healthy meal feels like such an accomplishment that you can be proud of, no matter how simple the recipe was.
Do you create code words for your goals?