30 July 2011

108 Days to Durty Thirty

 In your 20's, this picture has a perfectly legit explanation.

"One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. 
One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself." Gretchen Rubin 

Today, I realized that I'm approximately 5 months away from turning 30. Gasp! That means I only have 138 days to milk what's left of my roaring 20's! What to do?! Skydive? Botox? Freeze my eggs? Move to an ashram? There's gotta be some fabulously outrageous and cliché way for me to close out this decade. I've never been a fan of goodbyes, and it will be hard bidding farewell to my 20's. They were pretty darn good to me.

I must say, showing up for 30 is a rodeo I've been to many times. I've sat back and watched as those around me celebrated their 30th, some kicking and screaming as the day approached, while others welcomed it with open arms. For 30, I've done limos, wine tastings, pinatas, a Manhattan club circus party, and...well...that's all I can really disclose here [what happens at 30 stays at 30]. I always show up with bells on, ready to rock and my 30th is no different.

I'm not afraid of 30, by any means. Especially since 30 is totally the new 20 (right?). What I am afraid of are wrinkles and an increasingly slow metabolism. I heard a quote once that says "after 30, the body has a mind of it's own." Well, I for one am not giving my body one inch! So, instead of letting 30 take me, I'm taking 30 by the horns...gently and with love. Inspired by Gretchen Rubin and her Happiness Project, this hanging-by-a-string-29 year old is starting a wellness project...and you are all welcome to bear witness.

In the 108 days leading up to 30, starting August 29th, I will commit to doing one thing a day that contributes to my emotional and physical wellness. Whether it be through art, eating healthier, yoga, meditation, charity work, a new skincare regimen or simply opting out of unnecessary snapping toward people. Most of you who know me may say that I already live a pretty healthy lifestyle, strong in wellness department, however I must respectfully object. It's true that I practice yoga and eat lots of kale, or whatever, but I lack consistency and steady discipline. Yesterday, for example all I consumed were 4 cups of coffee and a granola bar, and I practiced no yoga or meditation. My stomach was very upset with me and I felt so lazy. Of course, at the end of the day, it's not a big deal, but if this body is going to last me through my 30's (and hopefully the years following) I have to do a better job of taking care of it. I also have a 9-5 desk job sitting at a computer all day and sometimes the stress and lethargy lead me straight to sugary pastries and choosing a glass of prosecco over yoga. This does not wellness make. There's nothing wrong with the occasional cookie or glass of wine, but over time the ethics of consumption become lost and it's the little things that count. The laziness and cookies add up to layers upon layers of bad decisions that can eventually cause serious illness and health problems. I figure if I start now, the less modifications I'll have to make later on.

This project is specifically about mindfulness and discipline, choosing insight over impulse and creating positive energy. As I age, the more I invite presence, I think the less averse I am to the aging process. By making a daily commitment I create healthy habits without giving myself too much room to be a slacker. At this point I haven't decided if I will write about it daily, weekly or monthly but most definitely the good, bad and ugly of it all will be posted right here on this blog. I will also post updates on my Facebook page. I invite you to comment and share any thoughts you may have. 

Naturally 108 was chosen because of its spiritual significance. For those of you who may not know, 108 is a sacred and auspicious number in yogic philosophy, Buddhism and many other religions. It has deep roots in astrology, history, mathematics and literature. You can read more about it here

This may turn into a hot mess, but it's worth a shot. Blast off to 30!

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