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The 258 Project

Submitted by on April 17, 2012 – 9:13 pmNo Comment |

There are only 258 days, 36.5 weeks and 8.5 months left in 2012. At the beginning of the year, I, like so many others, made some resolutions.  With the first quarter of the year over, I wanted to take stock of how well I’m keeping my News Year’s resolutions, and the truth is, I’m failing miserably.

I intended to read through the Bible in an entire year in 2012.  That equates to reading at least four chapters per day.  Most days, I’m lucky if I read one.

I told myself I was going to stop shopping and donate my monthly clothing allowance to a worthy cause.  Not only have I shopped every week, but I’ve probably spent more than my monthly allowance (as elementary as that sounds, that’s really what it is) in January, February and March.

I wanted to go on a mission trip.  I suppose this goal is still doable, though with Hubs and I toying with the idea of trying to have another baby this year (this is how our first attempt turned out), that possibility seems less and less likely.

And of course, there were also the usual resolutions: floss daily (the only strings I’ve seen this year are the ones I’ve picked off my clothes), take my vitamins (I’d say I achieve this goal 50% of the time), eat better and exercise more (once again,  a 50-percenter).

From failure to freedom

While old me (a.k.a- the person I was before moving to California) would have wallowed in my failures and probably thrown in the towel for the rest of 2012, I’m realizing more and more how destructive that way of thinking is.  If I gave up every time I failed, I’d probably be 50 pounds heavier and jobless… and I definitely wouldn’t be married to Hubs.

So, in an effort to remotivate myself–and hopefully some of you–as well as remind us all that tomorrow really is a new day, I’m instituting the 258 challenge. The point of the challenge is to remember the things you set out to do in 2012, forget all the ways you have failed to do them and start fresh.  Today. Tomorrow. Next Monday. 258 is just a number that represents whatever day it is that you choose to start working towards your goals once again.

On my mark, get set, go

Starting tomorrow, I’ll be recommitting myself to my New Year’s resolutions as  well as setting a few new goals for myself on a monthly basis.  For April, my goal is to revamp The (now defunct) Style Geek (details to come), sync it up with JennPrentice.com and give all my social media accounts a similar style and branding.

Perhaps I’ll succeed at accomplishing it all.  Perhaps I won’t.  Most importantly, however, I will have tried. Because as trite as it sounds, it’s not how many times you fall down, it’s how often you get back up.

Who’s with me?




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