I’m running behind a bit in writing this post. You see, it’s already June 4, and I’m checking in today to share this month’s 30-day habit experiment with you. I’ve been struggling a little bit with where to start, hesitant to share the reason why I’m taking on this particular experiment. But there’s no judgement here, and honesty is the best policy, right?
So here it is. I don’t enjoy being pregnant. Pregnancy for me is 40 weeks of discomfort, aches, pains, fatigue, illness, swollen legs and feet, clothes that don’t fit, poor sleep. Don’t get me wrong! It’s absolutely, 100% worth every second when I’m holding my little guy in my arms. But that fact doesn’t always come to mind in the moment, when I’m 37 weeks pregnant and can’t squeeze into any of my shoes.
I mentioned in my sugar-free recap that I tend to live in a world of absolutes, and this extends to my mood. It’s either all great or all terrible. Oof, writing that down is hard. But it’s true. If I’m not feeling my best in one area of my life, it colors everything else. This has been especially true recently as the last few weeks of this pregnancy have been particularly tough for me, and not feeling comfortable in my own body has filtered negativity into other things.
This is something I very much want to work on. Enter this month’s habit experiment: 30 Days of Gratitude.
Kristian shared an anecdote with me the other day that hit home: Say you had $86,400 in the bank and someone stole $10 from you. Would you then proceed to give them the remaining $86,390? No? Then why do you allow something someone did or said in 10 seconds steal the remaining 86,390 seconds of your day?
Shoot. I do that. And
sometimes often, that “someone” is me.
Through this 30-day experiment, I hope to:
- Stop the negativity cycle. Build resiliency, to be able to bounce back faster from a negative experience or thought.
That’s it! Just the one goal / hope / dream for this month’s challenge. It won’t be easy, but it’ll be worth it.
Because who would prefer to live in a world of negativity and self-doubt when life can be a lighter, happier, brighter place? And because my kiddos’ worldview will be largely informed by own.
This challenge already started this past weekend, and will run through June 30. Below are the ways I’ll be flexing my gratitude muscles every day:
- Replace the negative with the positive: Everytime I have a negative thought or experience, I will try to find and verbalize the positive.
Examples: Maternity jeans feeling uncomfortably tight? That means baby boy is growing big and strong! Still raining out? Those new plants are getting some much-needed love, and it’s a perfect opportunity to check out indoor play spaces or build a fort. And so on.
- Family check-ins: Every day, likely when we’re sitting down for dinner, Kristian and I will each share one thing we’re grateful for that day — and why.
Example: I’m grateful for the time I set aside this weekend to spend with Ethan and Kristian, to be outdoors, to play, and to check a few things off the to-do list before baby #2 comes. Sure, it means this post is a few days late. But that time was invaluable. I’m grateful for *your* flexibility and that you’re still here.
Things I’m Curious About
As I continue through this experiment, there are a couple things I’m wondering:
- Will I be able to catch myself when I’m in negative thought patterns?
- Would a physical manifestation (ie: snapping a hair tie on my arm when I have negative thoughts) be helpful?
- Will saying what I’m grateful for out loud be enough to help bring me out of a negative pattern, or should I write it down?
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