Wow! Made it to the 30th day – cannot believe that it is already a third of the way complete. Outside of this little bout of sickness, which is actually almost gone tbh, I feel stronger and better than I did 30 days ago. Though, I do feel like, this energy MUST be spread through breathing, because my baby’s energy level is through the ceiling these days!
When I started this journey, it was really just to try something new, do something for three months straight, and see how I feel afterwards. I never expected so many things to be falling into place so quickly. It seems that getting things in harmony in a couple of areas has a balancing effect on other areas as well. I am excited to continue this journey as I close the page on this first leg of the race.
I sit here and I reflect on how I “let myself go” and “lost sight” of my goals that I was so gung ho about when I was getting my undergraduate degree. I had so many ideas of what I thought of the road ahead of me, and to say the lest, the timeline was a tad skewed. I just had a conversation with Pop (my father) yesterday evening and when I mentioned to him about what I am doing & shared, “I do not want to keep putting it off and then look up 20 years later still talking about the same dream.” He reminded me that even if that is the case, he is the prime example of figuring out what you want (whenever in life it is), set your intentions, & move towards it. He has retired from two careers (not jobs!) before age 45, will never work another day in his life, is working on his third home, and still brings in at least 3 times that of his expenses. Pop, I am trying to get like you! Only difference, I love working with children, so it would be an honor to work with children until I am physically unable to rummage around in the garden, teaching dancing and stretching out in the sun, and building hundreds of crafts a year. You know, when I turn 140 years old 😉
So to me, this 99-day challenge is huge because it is marking the paradigm shift & a redirection of my energies. And to be honest, quitting my stable full-time job to work part-time w/ more freedom and time back to myself and family actually is what helped ignite this fire. Either way, unlike when I was in my early twenties, I do not see a clear path ahead of me on how I think my life should go. Instead, I am thankful to be on a path, humbled to be guided even if I am unsure as to where it leads, and disciplined to stay focused on ensuring I am doing all I can to stay on the path.
Day 30 = Successfully completed!
Totals for day 30/99:
- 380 push-ups (+2 for the “Level up” #1)
- 380 squats
- 50 seconds holding seated squat
- 240 plank rotations (+20 for the “Level Up #2)
- 50 seconds holding forearm plank
- 285+ seconds holding yoga pose (Tittibhasana)
- 150 minutes of deep breathing (+20 for the “Level Up #3)
- 30 calf raises
Level Up #1 | Level Up #2 | Level Up #3 | Level Up #4 | Level Up #5 | Level Up #6 | Level Up #7 | Level Up #8 |
>Respectfully submitted & Always thankful<< ~Mai