Yesterday I wrote about the new habit I wanted to form. Last night I put it into action. A while back I wrote about the Marathon man who ran 250 marathons in a year. I wrote about my own goal to lose 100 pounds. And while I was looking on Google images for funky “100”‘s to put on the blog, I found a book called The 100 Thing Challenge which I promptly put on hold at the library. I was reading it at work and entertaining my friend Tracy with his story of the dolls (page 51). It truly is a fun book to read.
I was almost at the end last night but too sleepy to finish it. This morning my internal alarm clock woke me at 5:15 am. Lately I’ve been grabbing an extra half hour instead of making the leap to my book. This morning I read the last few pages, got out of bed and put two more pillowcases in the give away box. And I still made it to the gym by 6:10. A vast improvement! It also meant that I took time to stretch afterwards, which is very important. It’s also something that I don’t always take time for.
http://guynameddave.com/ So now you’ve got the cover of the book and his website. He’s also on Twitter and Facebook, and there’s a separate website for the challenge itself, that I haven’t visited yet, www.100ThingChallenge.com which gets you to that area of his blog.
I am in the middle of changing my life. I’ve just completed my studies to teach English as a Second Language and I could go almost anywhere. The thing that hinders me just a lot is my stuff.
I’m not sure how much luggage I can take with me, but…I think I will work my challenge from two sides. First of all I will “pack my suitcase” and decide what it is I really need to take with me. After all, clothing can be bought elsewhere. Calgary is not the only city with a Value Village! And my clothing may not even be appropriate in my new environs.
Secondly I will continue letting go of stuff – as I wrote before. Chapter 7 of the book is called “The Hardest Thing to Cut”. In it Dave discusses getting rid of his wood-working tools. What he was really purging was a dream – an idea that wasn’t going to pan out, even though he really wanted it to. I have a lot of stuff like that – things I want to do, but somehow aren’t going to happen just because I have the tools to make them happen – like my watercolour paper, paint, brushes and videos. They’ve survived many purges, but I think they may be going to places where they can be used!
It will be fun to see what happens!
Have a great day and I will keep you posted!