Thursday, June 23, 2016

Challenging, Me

When I started this blog several years back, it was because I wanted to do a juice fast and wanted to know the day-by-day of that process. There was a hole, a gaping hole at the time, in this field because it was prior to Joe Cross' film release and before people got into juicing in that way. So my blog was a way for give others what I wanted.

Fast forward 6 years! I still get thousands of hits to this site and am thankful that juicing changed me. More than juicing, the writing changed me. Back when this site was fresh, I had given up my masters thesis for lost, had settled into work and the daily grind. Sticking to the fast for 60 days solid showed me just how determination and focus creates change.

I recently finished my thesis and degree, having gone back in 2014 to retake some courses and write my thesis at night. I persevered. This was my biggest challenge, one that I beat myself up about for a long time. People don't know how hard failure to finish the first time was on me. When I got over myself and my piss-poor attitude (berating yourself is a shitty thing to do), I applied the juicing focus and determination to my degree.

  • Even after I was told I would have to retake courses I had already aced...

  • Even after I was told I would have to take a whole new course because an old one no longer counted...

  • Even after I had to give up teaching for a year to focus on my writing...

  • Even after I didn't know how I was going to pay for those classes...

It was determination and focus that met those challenges. Now I sit with the knowledge that --

I can, I will, I did.

So what am I getting at? I have other challenges I need to write about. Now that I am with-degree, it seems I am free of a weight that had been holding me down. It was a mental weight, sure, but it is amazing how kicking its ass leaves me buzzed.

I am going to write about more challenges here in the coming days. I polled some friends about what challenges they have before them, to see if we share similar journeys. Here is my short list:

1. Apply Marie Kondo's method of tiding up to my home and life.
2. Alkalize my diet with more greens than starches.
3. Save money and get out of debt.
4. Write a children's series, pictorial.
5. Write a contemporary romance mystery.
6. Write erotica.
7. Volunteer locally.
8. Purge my digital clutter.
9. Stop eating sugar.
10. Form exercise habit.
11. Focus on my diet hardcore.
12. Spend actual real-time with friends and foster relationships.
13. Develop meditation practice.
14. Spend less than $100 a week on shopping (including groceries).
15. ?

I am leaving my list open-ended because I am not sure how it is going to develop or if my order is illogical. When I was writing it, I was struck by the idea that I can combine some into others, maybe do more than one at a time. I am not sure how I want to proceed.

I have already finished Marie Kondo's first book The Life-Changing Magic of Tiding Up and am reading Spark Joy, her follow-up, I am going to devote my next challenge to a blog about how it works for me. How does this Japanese mentality apply to an American home? Does the concept of joy mean enough to make way through the house-full of belongings I own?

I got to tell you all about how the first purge time.

Till then, what is on your list? What have you wanted to do, but have not gotten around to doing?

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