I am currently participating in two challenges: the slice of life writing challenge and the Whole Life Challenge. According to Gretchen Rubin’s book “Better Than Before”, I am an obliger – dependent on external accountability.
The only reason that I am writing this post tonight is because I made a commitment to someone or some organization. I wanted to force myself out of my comfort zone so I made this public promise. I am hoping that I can build the muscle of daily writing.
Last fall, a former student invited me to join her group in the Whole Life Challenge. In this challenge you commit to eating healthy, exercising, hydrating, sleeping at least seven hours a night, and implementing a life style practice such as daily meditation. Each challenge lasts eight weeks. I track my progress via computer each night.
Participating in both of these challenges makes me more aware, more present. For the SOL challenge, I try to be on the look out for the extraordinary in the ordinary. For the Whole Life Challenge, I try to make healthy choices over unhealthy choices.