Monday, January 9, 2012

I'm going to try The Total Mom Makeover! (Week #1, Day #1)

After re-reading my last post and realizing that I'm having trouble goal setting right now, I've decided to take the plunge with The Total Mom Makeover by Hannah Keeley, a homeschooling mother of seven.  I checked it out from the library previously in early 2008, but didn't finish it.  I've decided to give it another whirl!

The book is supposed to take you six weeks to complete.  There are tasks (usually journaling) for each week day and then the weekends are for catch up.  I'll probably take the week off while we're on vacation next month, but I'm ready to rock and roll!  I'll write out the daily tasks and then post what I did so feel free to join in if you want.  In 2012, I want to be a person who owns her life and knows where she's going.

So the first task from Week #1, Day #1 is to write down all the "should" burdens that you carry around with you.  Here are mine:

I should keep a cleaner house.
I should be more patient with my children.
I should spend less time goofing off on the computer.
I should be more attentive to my husband.
I should be doing more charitable work.
I should call my sisters more often.
I should be more organized.
I should let go of the past.
I should be kinder when speaking of others with whom I don't agree.

I still have the journal that I wrote my should burdens in back in 2008 and the first two about housekeeping and patience are identical.  Clearly, I still think I need work in those areas.  You have to understand---I'm not a hoarder, and my house isn't gross.  I was just raised to have my house cleaned a certain way and if it's not at that level I am dissatisfied.  With my patience, I just have to acknowledge that I'm not going to be a perfect saint all the time.  I am a far more patient person than I was prior to having children.  I need to take pride in where I'm at and let perfectionism go.

The second task for Week #1, Day #1 is to write down what you desire for your home, health, family, and life with a sentence that begins with "I have decided..."

My sentence is:
I have decided to be proud of my life and my choices.  I will show my family love by caring for them, maintaining our home, and looking out for their best interests without sacrificing my health.  When I am faced with a decision, I will choose joy.

This statement is still in flux.  Maybe I'll change it later, but for now it seems like a good fit.  I'm looking forward to learning something about myself in this process and have a clearer vision of where I want to be when it's over.

Here's to a beautiful week!

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