• Jessica McDonald

Last 90 Days of 2019

Updated: Apr 12, 2020

There are 64 days left of 2019.

64 days before we enter 2020.

When the day came where there were only 90 days left of 2019, I made a decision to start working further towards my goals. I started further implementing two habits into my everyday life so I could walk into 2020 the best me I have ever been.

Rachel and Dave Hollis (authors and entrepreneurs) are running the last 90 days challenge focusing on instilling habits that will bring you into 2020 as your best self. What I am focusing on in this challenge is getting 30 minutes of movement in everyday and practicing gratitude every day.

For the last 26 days I have been getting some sort of movement in each day and writing down 5 things I am grateful for.

When I explained this to my mom she asked, "Well won't you just keep repeating the same things?" The answer is no and most people make that mistake. The five things I write change everyday because they're very specific. They're little moments that have happened in the last 24 hours. They range from things like, how comfy I was when I woke up in my bed this morning, the conversation I had with a friend on the phone that made me feel comforted, the view I had of the sunset today, the fact that I got that assignment out of the way yesterday. They are always changing because these moments or memories are small and specific.

This practice is beautiful. It has made me look for moments throughout my day that I can be grateful for. When I sit down to write, it makes me reflect upon the last 24 hours and think about what little things sparked joy or made me smile.

This practice is a way for us to enjoy life, be more present and appreciate the small things. This practice helps us focus on the positive instead of the negative. This practice is something I am holding myself to for the last 90 days of 2019, and beyond. Because finding little bits of gratitude in everyday moments brings me joy.

Some days I have to search, some mornings I wake up with no desire to tackle the day I have ahead, but forcing myself to sit down and think hard about the last 24 hours to find even the tiniest of moments that I am grateful for, really changes my day. This small practice that takes no more than 5 minutes is so much more impactful than I ever thought possible.

So I urge you to do the same. There are many areas the last 90 days challenge focuses on. Staying hydrated, giving up one food, instilling new healthy habits, 30 minutes of movement and gratitude. Even though there's only 64 days left, it is never too late to start.

Why do we wait until January 1st of 2020 to begin our resolutions?

Starting them now,

Ending this year in an amazing way,

Starting the new year stronger than ever ,

Sets us up to be in the best shape we can be to stick to our new resolutions.

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