Hard to believe, but it’s been one year since I did my first Immaculata. There’s no doubt that it was the jumpstart I needed to an entirely new view on how to live and be productive and happy. To celebrate the most productive year of my life (and because I absolutely need another jumpstart), I am doing it again! Below are the mission and plan from last year, along with updated notes.
* Be happier. (Always the goal. Translation: get out of the negative patterns of my mind, replace them with positive patterns.)
* Gain more focus. (Still a struggle for me, even a year later. I can do it in short bursts, but need to sustain it for longer amounts of time.)
* Tame my babbling mind. (Through meditation and always being the observer of my thoughts. I’ve come a LONG way in this department, but I still go through ups and downs with this.)
* Get a jump-start into being more productive. (I’ve been more productive than ever this year, but I still am prone to bouts of laziness, and can always continue to distill my to-do list down to absolute priorities.)
* Lose 10 lbs. (I lost about 12 pounds last year, and have kept within a more healthy range, but I can still stand to eat healthier and exercise more.)
* Quit smoking cigarettes. (Haven’t smoked one in a year. I can put this one behind me now.)
* Reach Nirvana. (That would be sweet.)
The 30-Day Plan:
* No tobacco (No sweat. Per above, I already beat it.)
* No alcohol (I’m an old pro at this now. But there will be a couple tough moments where a beer will sound amazing.. But I can handle it.)
* No drugs (Easy peasy.)
* No coffee or soda (I did become an even bigger coffee drinker this past year (but without cream/sugar), so this will be more difficult than in the past, where it was more of a thing I only had to make smoking more enjoyable.)
* No fast food or sweets. (Fast food, easy. Cutting out sweets is still the most difficult thing ever for me.)
* A vegan diet, save for fish. I like fish. (Still like fish.)
* Wake up early. (At or before dawn if possible.) (Given my work schedule, this isn’t a priority this time around.)
* 20 – 45 minutes a day of meditating. (I am starting at 10 minutes.)
* At least 30 minutes of exercise 6 days a week. (YES! NEED!)
* Continued conscious effort to “live in the moment.” (YES! NEED!)
* Give a little gratitude before every meal. (Been doing this for a year, so no sweat.)
My Other Goals
*Do at least one Immaculatize podcast before the end of September.
*Blog at least 2 times a week. (More if possible, but starting realistically.)
*Get down a system of productivity so that I don’t constantly feel so overwhelmed.
*At least one visit to nature a week.
And that’s it!
If You’d Like To Join Me:
Pick some goals, and do your best to stick to them! For support, comment on this blog, and join The Immaculata Facebook Group. Setting goals is easy; following through is the hard part. Communicating via the group page through the ups and downs will be very helpful in attaining your goals.