Monday, July 6, 2015

One Resolution A Month: July

Note: I will be taking a break from blogging for the rest of July, so goodbye for now, and see you again in August!

Hi Lovely Friends!

Here's an update of my one resolution per month project. You can read about what I'm doing in this post here, but in summary, it's programming yourself to do one, - yes, just one, so it is very feasible and achievable -  resolution per month on a consistent, daily basis; thus within a year we will have accomplished twelve resolutions in total, which doesn't sound too shabby, ain't it!

My resolution for June is doing at least 10 sit ups everyday.

So how did I do?

Wonderful. Limiting myself to stick to just one resolution really helps me to do it everyday, because it doesn't feel like an overwhelming burden or a list of long things to do.

After a month, I found out that:
  • By limiting myself to an easy bar to reach, which is 10 sit ups, on most days I managed to do more than that. Sometimes 15, sometimes 20 or even 30 sit ups, and the small accomplishments feel just gRRRReat!
  • At first I try to discipline myself and incorporate the new routine to my mornings. I did mention in my previous One Resolution A Month project (read here) that my new acquired habit of waking up early enables me to do some sit ups in the morning. Well, it doesn't always work! I learned to be flexible and just do the sit ups any time of the day when it's possible. Sometimes I do it before sleep, sometimes before taking a shower. As long as I do ten sit ups a day, I don't care when I do it. Sometimes perfectionism is the number one enemy to realistic self improvement. It's not do it perfect or not at all. It's about making progress, day by day, little by little.
  • There are some days when I slack off. It's OK. Losing one day is not losing one full month. If I miss doing sit ups one day, I just shrugged it off, and on the next day I keep up with my resolution. I didn't force myself to do 20 sit ups to pay off the previous day's "lost". Again, perfectionism can hinder one's progress.

My resolution for July is:

saying negative things about another person 
(whether true or not, implied or explicit) once a day, MAX.

Sounds difficult? For me, it is. But a truly beautiful woman is not the one with the prettiest lipstick. It's the one who takes care that what comes out of her lips represent a beautiful heart.
What resolution are you going to write down in it this month? Please share with us!
 
 

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    Monday, June 29, 2015

    Gratitude Journal: Fruits N Fathers

    This week, I am thankful for...

    Fresh summer fruits

    Summer is here and nothing beats the feeling of eating a fresh, cold watermelon in the middle of a scorching hot day. I bought some watermelon from my twice-a-month grocery shopping, kept it in the fridge, and planned to eat it for healthy snacks when the heat stings like a bee. 

    Last Sunday, after spending all morning outside, it was absolutely delightful to open the fridge and saw the red fruit in all its glory, beckoning my hot, thirsty family to indulge in its healthy, water-filled freshness. Hmmmmmm.... Absolutely delightful!

    You might think I'm weird, but Hubby also agree that fresh fruits are God's generous bounty that we should be thankful for. Same with the invention of AC and fridge! "There must be a good reason God gives us watermelon in the peak of summer, instead of in winter, " he reasoned, "Or in our case here in Indonesia, in dry season instead of the rainy season."

    He is indeed, generous. Think about it. Not only He gives us food as sustenance, but He cares to make food and fresh produce that are appealing to our eyes, ears and senses, in rich colors, textures, and taste. The food that He gives us are not just bland capsules merely to feed and nourish our body, but also to give us joy, pleasure, family tradition, local cuisine culture, even the art of cooking and food preparation.And we are also thankful for fresh apples, pears, and bananas that we still have plenty in the fridge. Yes, we keep ripe bananas in the fridge. It will keep them fresh much much longer for our daily fruit and veggie smoothies.



    Father and son bonding time

    On Saturday morning, Hubby took Michael for their father and son bonding ritual. They went to the car wash, the gas station to fill up the tank, then to Lotte Mart - a Walmart like grocery and supermarket chain - to give Michael a chance to ride on one of those car-like grocery cart which he loves. 

    Not only it gave me some time to snooze and morning me-time during the weekend, but I'm thankful that the two men in my life have their boys time, special just the two of them.

    I am thankful that my son will have nice memory of spending time with his father.

    I am thankful that my husband is a good husband and father.

    I am thankful that I too, have nice memory of spending time with MY own father when I was little, and it was special.

    I am thankful for fathers.

    And most importantly, I am thankful for our Father in Heaven. 

    God bless you all and have an amazing summer!

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