Fall is in the air. Well, OK, maybe not here in the South, but fall is in the air in my mind. I know a lot of people are motivated by January 1, but I’ve always been more motivated by fall. Perhaps it’s having been a student and then a teacher for so many years, when a new beginning was defined by fall. Or maybe it’s because fall is the season of the Jewish New Year. It could be because fall indicates that there are only six more months until I turn another year older. Or maybe the change all around – in the air, of the day, and in the leaves – inspires me.
No matter the reason, fall has always been a more natural “reset” for me than the secular New Year. This, in addition to the facts that 1) I’m six months from the big FOUR-OH and 2) I have already made some major momentum in the right direction, makes me excited to join the #last90days challenge, conceived by Rachel Hollis.
Part of the challenge is what Rachel calls the “Five to Thrive”:
Over the past 100-something days, numbers 3 and 4 have already become habits. I drink more water than I ever have, and I’ve given up just about everything bad for me. Numbers 1, 2, and 5 are all things I’ve attempted to do off and on for the last year to varying degrees of success. I’m hoping the #last90days challenge will help me change these intentions into habits.
Having seen how spending two weeks fighting through my instinct to give up the AIP diet – to have just one Diet Coke – has made healthy, intentional eating a habit, so that I don’t even think about Diet Coke as an option anymore, I know how powerful sticking to this plan can be for me.
I’m also using this challenge to continue forward momentum on goals where I’ve made progress, as well as to jump start those goals I haven’t begun cultivating yet. I’ll be using my trusty #powersheets to track my growth and a plain ‘ole notebook to write my ten “I am” or “I have” goal statements in the morning and ten things I’m grateful for at night.
Change isn’t easy, but moving my body, making time to work on my dreams, and pausing to give gratitude are promises to myself that I’m committed to keep as I strive to become the best version of me.
How do you approach the last 90 days of a year? Is there anything you’d like to change? I’d love to hear what you’re planning for the rest of 2018!