I Got A New Attitude

How do we change our have-to’s to want-to’s? I’m taking my resolutions slow and steady in the spirit of starting and ending 2023 like the tortoise.

Twenty push-ups by December 31st means I have a long way to go. To see just how far, I dropped to the floor to see and squeezed out one and a quarter. But like someone wise once said, “It’s not where you start, but where you finish.”

Inspiration and discipline; how opposing can two things get? One part is the fun, superbly fantastic stuff pixie dust and shooting stars are made of, the other ninety-nine percent is the rotten, no good, back-breaking, put your pants on and get to work kind.

So while I’m tempted to swing for the fences, I know I need to start batting practice. And showing up means re-committing to my writing group, completely cutting out alcohol, daily yoga, and reframing challenges as a “how do I” rather than as something to avoid.

I vacuumed, soapy water scrubbed, and Armorall’d the interior of my car today. Twenty-twenty-two, Jaclynn may have let excuses and distractions fill the time in other ways. But 2023? Oh, heck no. She’s putting one foot in front of the other, you see.

If I continue on the path I’m on tonight, after a bit of VR workout, I may lay out tomorrow’s work clothes, arrange my laptop bag and Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea, 50 Tea Bags nicely in the car, and give myself a kiss on the cheek before bed.

I think it’s all about loving on myself. Isn’t it interesting how the things we’re most scared of are the things we most want to do? Well, I find that’s true for me anyway.

Love, Jaclynn

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