2016 was a challenging year in a number of ways. My car got totaled, my house got struck by lightning, a tree fell down in the yard, I found a leak in our roof, our main power switch faulted, and my job became more and more frustrating.
But I'm guilty of not making the most of those situations. Instead of controlling what I could, I just let life happen to me. I exercised, but just enough to maintain my weight instead of alter it. I did my job every day. I still managed to be a decent husband and take care of our home. But I didn't strive for better.
At the end of 2016, I told myself that I wasn't going to allow circumstances to dictate my happiness and my progress in life.
As a result, the first month of 2017 has been better than I could have imagined. The year is already close to 10% over and what do I have to show for it?
- I've lost 10 pounds since the start of the year
- I'm starting a new job on Monday
- I've started lifting weights in addition to running regularly
- I've landed two freelance gigs in the last two weeks (with 2-3 more in the pipeline)
- I'm reading both fiction and non-fiction books every day (30-60 minutes total)
- I'm praying and meditating every morning
- Cooking (almost) every day
- Budgeting (and sticking to it)
In some ways I already feel like I've accomplished more in just one month than I did all of 2017. I feel confident that this is more of a reflection of my attitude than my circumstances. I let 2016 get away from me, but I won't let 2017 get away.
Oh and I'll become a dad in a few short months.
I have no plans of letting off the gas any time soon.