Can simple changes, change your life?

Ok, I admit it. I’m a self improvement junkie.  Not the kind that watches late night public access channels or has a lifetime supply of Tony Robbins swag. (Not that there is anything wrong with that.)  In fact, I do not have that many self-help books.  My love for self improvement does not come from a desire to be perfect. It is more like a cheesy infomercial’s claim of “but wait, there’s more”.  That’s right folks… with these easy steps your life can be better, greater, more awesome-er, …     Believe it or not, things like that frequently float through my mind. But that is another tangent.  The world around us is filled with potential and often I am the one standing in the way.  There are so many things to do, see, experience.  So many people to meet and enjoy. And so many excuses not to do any of it and stay in the routine of my little world.

I got to thinking.  How can I change this.  While I love the idea of sweeping life transformations, they don’t work very well for the stability of my healthy family life.  So, this is the solution that I came up with.

Make two small changes a week.

That’s it.  I am going to commit to making two changes a week and keep those changes up for at least a month (I’m attempting to capitalize on the 30 days makes a habit theory.)  At the end of the month I will evaluate how “life changing” it was or wasn’t.  Each week I will add two more changes – mainly to satisfy the overachiever in me.  That’s it.  No plan to conquer the world – just myself and hopefully make the lives around me better.

Now that we got the preliminaries out of the way, here are my two changes for this week.

Organization  & Random Acts of Kindness

The truth is, I’m organizationally challenged.  I love the concept of organization and I am even able to be quite organized when it really counts. But, apart from that – it’s a crap shoot.  Things get placed in general areas rather than specific locations.  It is quite amazing what gets put in the closet, spare room, or the garage and how long it stays there.  This has to change.  Did you know that beyond the obvious benefits of being organized, like finding your keys and having a cleaner home, it can add 2-4 years to your life!?!  Read about it here.  This is my plan.  I am going to tackle organizing my home 15 minutes a day five days a week. I know, baby steps right.  Here are the results so far:

before/after

Not too shabby!

I am very excited for the Random Acts of Kindness!!!  My goal is to go out of my way and intentionally do something nice for some unsuspecting person or people in my life, every other week.  This will not be limited to friends and family and I do not want or expect anything in return.  I honestly hope that this will be the most life changing and rewarding changes that I am planning on making.  My kids will be helping me on some of the projects, as they can, and I hope that this will be a great example for them on how easy it is to help and show love to others.  We did our first Random Act of Kindness yesterday.  I had the kids help make cheesecake in a jar (recipe here) and I delivered it to our neighbor who has had a very tough year dealing with health issues.  Needless to say, it was awesome!!

I challenge you to join me.

Take that thing that you wish you could be better at or a character trait that you desire to have in your life and work toward that goal. 15 minutes and consistency is all you need to make a difference in your life or in those around you.

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3 thoughts on “Can simple changes, change your life?

  1. Hi Jen,

    Were the pictures of the same closet? Where’d you put all the extra things?

    I could use to organize things better, too. I started with cleaning my bathroom and bedroom. All the excess clothes went back in my armoire in the dressing room and a pile went into my office to sort. That way I would be closer to the shredder 🙂

    Random acts of kindness are usually a blessing to the giver as well as the receiver. Hannah always encourages me to smile more at people. It isn’t hard to do and a pleasant comment is nice, too. I said, “Hi” with a smile tonight to several people on our bike ride.

    We’re going to Mackinaw Island next week-end and are trying to get in shape for the trek around the island. Also, we’ll need to burn off calories from all the fudge we’ll eat!!!

    Love you,

    Donna

    • Hi Donna,

      Yes, that is a picture of the same closet. Most of the things in the closet were winter items that were never put away. I sorted through them a put them in the “winter” cubby for when the weather is colder. As for the random acts of kindness, I completely agree that it is better for the giver. I loved seeing the shock and gratitude on my neighbor’s face. It’s so nice to be able to show people that you care, it becomes more than just words.

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