"There's no secret to getting started. You simply decide and then take your first step. With each subsequent step, the next one becomes easier..." - Tom Venuto
It's time for Motivation Monday here at The Motivation Station! This week our four hosts will be posting an intro entry to tell you all a little bit about ourselves and what we hope to accomplish with this new challenge blog.
As for me, In the past I had always been a neat, clean and very organized person. I always had my days scheduled, I thrived on routines, ate healthy, worked out and was very proud overall for the way I kept my life, family, job and household running so smoothly.
Over the last few years I've had lots of ups and downs. I've been through two major health issues which included major surgeries, my work hours got longer, the commute farther, the kids got older and harder to keep on simple schedules. My mother is aging rapidly, no longer driving over this past year, and she needs more and more care by the day now. Not to mention I'm getting older too! Things are just more difficult now and as a result I am always behind, sometimes lucky to get the bare necessities taken care of!
I tend to have two speeds - high and off. More often than not lately I tend to put on my make-believe blinders and just turn to "off" when it comes to things that aren't absolute necessities. Sometimes I have to do it to save my sanity, sometimes it's necessary for my physical health too, a person can only take so much work and stress before it affects our health.
Unfortunately, living like that leads to living an unorganized life full of procrastination and clutter. For me, living like that just stresses me out that much more! That's why I'm here, this blog was created for selfish reasons - I'm not only here to get you motivated, I desperately need motivation myself!
I'm pretty good at sticking with commitments and especially when I announce it to others. It really helps me when I'm making those commitments working together with a group. I love getting fresh ideas and hearing how others find balance. I need to make adjustments in all areas right now, so Motivation Mondays could go in any and all kinds of directions. I sure look forward to having you join me.
My first goal and initial challenge here is what I call a "Free 15" challenge - spend 15 minutes working as quickly as we can on cleaning, decluttering, projects, whatever you personally need to work on that you're behind in or have been putting off.
I leave my house at 5:45am so I won't be here to participate in the challenge until after work, but feel free to get started without me whenever you are ready!
Here's how it will work - leave a comment saying you are playing along, run do your "Free 15," remember to work as quickly as possible, set a timer if you'd like. When your 15 minutes are up come back and leave a comment posting what you were able to accomplish in that time - I think you are going to be pleasantly surprised, I know I always am. Go for another session or two if you're up for it!
I am personally committing to a "Free 15" challenge right after work every day this week, and hoping to get the rest of my family playing along too. I will be coming back to this entry every afternoon to post my progress in the comment section. If you'd like to join me today and/or every day this week just come on back and add to the comment thread each day, the more the merrier!
Are you ready? GO!