Welcome to My Garden

We may walk on different paths, but we follow the same footprints.

This year I'm focusing on improving my running and overall health by taking the 2017 Mile Challenge and seeing where the journey takes me. I'm also revisiting the Monthly Challenge started by Nephew Jason in 2009.

I'll try to post something every day. It may be a short inspirational quote or a longer narrative. Please join me......

"If you don't try, you won't know you can."

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Thirty Day Challenge

Back a few years, 2009 to be exact, my nephew Jason posted a 30 day challenge for his New Year’s Resolution.  I thought it was time to bring it back with my own twist.

(From the original 30 day challenge: 2009)
I decided rather than trying to do one thing to improve myself, I decided to go for 12! However, I know that realistically all 12 won’t happen at once. Instead, I’m going to focus on one a month while trying to incorporate the other eleven into my routine. Although this is really one thing to focus on a month, “30 Days Challenge” sounds better than “Monthly Challenge.”

With that being said, I’m inviting you all to join me! Here is the entire year’s list. Again, remember the goal is to do all of it, but focus on one thing each month. I will update the blog with the definition of the task each month.

Who’s with me!!!


Here is my list for the year.  I tweaked the original list that Jason posted.  Each month has a "do" and a "don't do, or limit".   I'll also post links to related sites.

January Task
Drink eight 8-oz glasses of water every day.  
Limit alcohol consumption to one drink (max of 2) per day.

Don't hit the snooze button

March Task
Eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day
No Fast Food

April Task
Start a compost pile
Don't just throw stuff away - minimize your trash

May Task
Plant something
Avoid eating Processed Food

June Task
Read a book
Reduce television watching time by 1/2

July Task
Watch the sunrise - at least once
Don't forget to floss every day

August Task
Can or freeze fresh fruits/vegetables for winter
Don't forget to do something special for someone

September Task
Clean out a closet
Don't forget to donate to your local food bank/thrift shop

October Task
Learn a new word every day (or at least once a week)
Don't forget to occasionally use that word in conversation

November Task
Write down something for which you are grateful
 Don't forget those who are alone/lonesome this time of year

December Task
Make a pot of soup and share the extra with a friend or neighbor
Don't get all stressed out about "Holiday" preparation

Monday, December 29, 2014


Look  in a mirror.  What do you see?  I did that - and didn't really like it that much.  No, not in the context of Marie Osmond in the Nutrasystem commercial, but in the context of where I am and have been emotionally.  I saw a woman looking back at me that I didn't recognize.  Sure, she had my nose, my chin, my mouth, but there was something missing.  She looked tired and drained of energy.   I looked away, shut off the light, and walked out.

When will I be ready to stand face to face with myself and commit to making some changes in my life?  What "demons" will I need to confront and kick out............  what "angels" stay....................

Today was a start - I looked in the mirror.