Every day is a new opportunity.
I had hoped to post over the weekend, but on Saturday I felt like I was getting sick, and had next to no energy all day. (Fortunately, I feel fine today.) Then yesterday I was very busy and by the evening, decided just to wait until today. So I hope that none of you ended up with your weekend ruined, waiting for my post ...
Anyway, there are three specific things I wanted to mention here today. You've already seen the first one above, in the six words of "inspiration." I was reading something the other day where a person tried to find six words every day to inspire them. Well, I think we all know that I would not make it every day, and am not always looking for inspiration (like when I'm in a bad mood - just don't even try it then!), so I decided to see if I could come up with six words for a week at a time. I hope I can remember this first one, because I think if it would help to keep things in perspective. We'll see.
Next up, I joined two online challenges, one that started on January 1st:
First up, the What's in a Name 3 reading challenge! I have seen this mentioned on several book blogs I read for previous years, and thought it sounded like fun. So when I saw they were doing it again this year, I signed myself right up to give it a try.
Here are the books on my list:
Food: The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken, by Laura Schenone
Body of Water: In the Lake of the Woods, by Tim O'Brien
Title: The Last Queen, by J.M. Gortner
Plant: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See
Place Name: The Story of Chicago May, by Nuala O'Faolain
Music: Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall, by Kazuo Ishiguro
The funny thing is that it was actually harder for me to come up with the above list than I expected it to be. Some are books I've wanted to read for a while, others are new titles I've come across, so I think it will be good mix of things.
I also signed up for the Ten in 10 Challenge, that started January 2.
I liked the premise of this challenge, that each participant could choose the way they wanted to challenge themselves for a healthier self, kickstarting it at the beginning of the year. The goals of the participants are all different, though of course some are variations on a theme. Here are mine:
1. Lose weight to increase energy - I am not overweight, but when I was a few pounds lighter, I had a whole lot more energy. Plus, I know that I shouldn't gain too much weight, or I'll have problems from a surgery I had a few years back.
2. Exercise to build endurance - I have basically no physical endurance or stamina. (All of my endurance and stamina is in my head; I think it's time for my body to catch up!) And I will need that for my third goal, which is
3. Prep for bike challenge in Fall 2010 - last fall, there was a bicycle challenge that I wanted to try, but I had failed to prepare by actually riding my bike regularly, and then at the end of the summer, had a broken toe that made it impossible to wear regular shoes or even walk much for weeks. So I'm hoping I can do it this year!
If any of you are interested in joining one or both of these challenges, it's not too late, so go ahead and add your names to the lists!