One hundred days from now, I will turn forty.
There are some who read my blog who have known me since I was a teenager. Some since my birth. They are likely feeling a little old having just read that statement.
I don't feel old, though. I feel invigorated by the prospect of entering a new decade of my life. I have so much good in my life right now--and I believe my 40s will lead to even more good, nay, wonderful events.
To bid adieu to my 30s, years that were tumultuous, heartbreaking, yet ultimately the best so far, and to prepare for my 40s, I have thought long and hard about a project I might undertake. I determined that I want to focus on strengthening my body, mind, and spirit during the next 100 days, and here's how I plan to do so:
1. Complete this program, which will result in my doing 100 push ups before my birthday. My dear friend LJO is a personal trainer, and she has assured me that properly executed push ups are one of the best exercises to target a variety of muscles and to build my upper body strength.
2. Read the Bible. While I have probably read most of it throughout my life, I plan to dedicate myself to a focussed and deliberate reading. I'm estimating that I'll need to read about 20 pp.a day. I'll be using my favorite version, the New Jerusalem Bible.
3. Return to a regular daily yoga practice. I miss my headstands, even if I do need to lean against a wall do do them. We are, as the saying goes, only as young as our spines. I want my spine to feel as young as my mind does.
4. Write at least 200 pages of my revised draft of The Hardest Bent. Since the start of the semester, I have been lame about getting in my writing time. I uprooted my life and underwent drastic changes in order to learn my craft, and I intend to respect myself by, well, writing. I've been sloppy about staying on the treadmill, but now I will be pristine in my habits.
I'll post progress as warranted. Wish me luck!