Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Do Something that You’re Proud of Today.

After a relaxing, holiday filled 2+ weeks off work, Luke headed back to the real world at Torre Picasso today. As a side note, he was supposed to go back yesterday, but our bodies are still extremely confused about which time zone they’re in. So after very little sleep, Monday turned into an impromptu vacation day. As we were getting back into our routine this morning, he kissed me goodbye and as he walked out the door said, “Do something that you’re proud of today.”

Taking a 2 year hiatus from a job you never really loved and moving to a foreign country with your amazing husband sounds like a dream come true, and for the most part, it is. But there are hard days too. Days when you wonder what purpose you have. Days when you start dreaming about potential jobs, great changes, new projects or opportunities for the future, but everything seems impossible, too difficult or maybe just not worth the effort.

Though few, those are the days that you get down on yourself, becoming consumed by pessimistic thoughts and taken over by an attitude that can only be described as stinky. But there’s no reason for that. We have too much good in our lives, too many opportunities and too much to be thankful for than to waste away days wallowing in self-pity or focusing on the negative for whatever reason.

So with Luke’s words in mind, I set out to put into action a project that we’d already talked about starting, and yes, of course the idea came from Pinterest. We’re going to fill an empty jar with notes about good things that happen throughout the year. But I’m going to take it one step further and encourage us to ask more of and seek more out of each and every day; to create good things, to do things that we’re proud of instead of just waiting for good things to happen. As the year passes, the project will encourage us to put thoughts and ideas into action and to always be mindful of all the good things in our life. By the end of the year, we’ll have a jar full of good things, grateful thoughts and accomplishments, both big and small, to read and remember.   


Do something that you’re proud of today.

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