Wondering how my Best Self Journal is going so far? I’m so glad you asked!

  • Gratitude: Since I first began enjoying coming up with three different things to be grateful for each day, I have had some harder days. These actually make me like the Best Self journal more: on my really bad days, the need to come up with something to be thankful for actually can be what breaks a terrible mood.
  • Daily Goals: I am realizing that I have very similar goals every day; things to do with eating healthy, actively exercising, and writing and working well. However, it has been interesting to notice that I’m starting to see other goals emerge on different days: some days, I just want to make a real impact on my coworkers and students, and on other days, I’m focused on overcoming my sleepiness and making sure I still see some successes in the events I have to do.
  • Wins: I love this section! It’s making me so much more positive about myself, and it is functioning as a bit of a continuation of the lessons learned section, since I can look at the other days when I had wins and remember them. For instance, I started using the Forest App for focusing on different tasks, and I wrote about it as a win. Hopefully, looking back at the days prior will remind me to use Forest on other days.

I’m not yet making full use of the daily calendar or the Targets (smaller goals within the daily goal), but I’m working on it! It’s been really nice to have at the beginning, middle, and end of each day, especially during a week when I’ve got a lot of work to do. It can be hard to feel like these busy work days are valuable, but taking a few minutes for mindfulness isĀ so helpful. Makes me feel quite a bit more alive.



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In between snuggling the little baby nephew this weekend, we took a break to go on a zipline adventure in the autumnal leaves. Husband had a gift certificate, and I was nervous going in that I was going to have trouble. I’m not huge on heights, or on losing control in any way… so there was a chance that this wasn’t going to go well.

What I’ve realized, though, is that it is important for me to flex my bravery muscles just like it is important for me to exercise physical muscles to stay in shape. When I haven’t done anything difficult for a while, it gets even harder to be spontaneous and confident. So when given the opportunity to do something scary, but basically safe, I decided to give ziplining a shot.

Let me tell you: ziplining is BEAUTIFUL. There were big mashed-potatoes lumps of clouds in the valleys and the peaks were covered in brilliant foliage on the fall trees. The weather was cool but not cold, and the views were simply perfect. The exhilaration of jumping off a wooden tower into nothing but fog or open air was really memorable; so was the loud slap of hitting the auto-break and slowly sliding into the next tower.

I hope that, when I meet people who are different from me and when I face new complex challenges at work, I’ll find the muscles for bravery already in good working order. If my brother-in-law and sister-in-law are brave enough to be new parents in an uncertain world, and people regularly trust their lives to a big zipline cable in order to get a thrill, I can probably manage the small complications and difficulties in my life.

How have you flexed your bravery muscles lately? Is there a way you can be brave this week?

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