End of Happiness Challenge
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
I am so thankful this challenge is over. The first week I was starting to come out of my apathetic/zombie state but the second week, I was very easily irritated with such a short fuse I could barely stand myself. We talked a lot in church lately about law and love. The law was there to show us it was impossible to fulfill and even the best people need forgiveness. Toward the second week I just could not do everything I intended to do. My courses were coming to a close and things were getting very busy. I was exhausted all the time and countless cups of coffee would not even help. I then started to not worry so much if I did not do each section. When I finally relaxed during my very busy third week, my attitude had changed. I was happy, focused on others, getting my work done, but of course very busy. The fourth week came and as my schedule was starting to lighten, I did not get back to the things I slacked on. I did not do 10 mins of exercise a day which should be fine during busy times. I found I exercised less than 30 mins 5 times a week. By doing 10 mins, my brain told me that was enough even though I knew better. I don’t think I would ever do the 10 mins again unless I was not busy or had a less demanding and more routine lifestyle. One thing I really found useful that I did during this challenge was to post a to do list every day on my wall in colorful markers. I enjoyed using the colorful markers and therefore did the organization instead of skipping it. Every night I would cross out what I did and make a list for the next day. I will definitely do this for my practicum. I did this challenge because I was so stressed and unmotivated. I saw the Ted talk my challenge as based on and decided to give it a try. I am happier and feel it was a success. My situation is changed a bit. My courses are over and I am about to start teaching Grade 1 next week. I would like to try this challenge again sometime when my life is more consistent. This week is a transition week. I am closing this one off, getting ready for practicum, and enjoying March break with Lavinia. I want to have at least 2 hours of productive time per day. I need to get my taxes done and some other things before going.
I am going to do a challenge during practicum. It is 6 weeks and I was thinking of having a different focus each week. The medicine wheel is broken up in four parts and the four parts represent, among other things, the four parts of a person’s needs, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. So I might break four weeks into those and that leaves two extra weeks. I could do them in order and then the last two weeks would repeat whichever was my greatest need at the time and same with the next. Another thing I was thinking about was just to think of 6 different things to work on in and outside of class like community, healthy eating, good rest, active living, environmental stewardship, and adventure or new experiences. Any suggestions? I will be thinking about it over the next few days.