So who better to help me get on track to help achieve my holistically healthy goal than Ryan. Watch Day 17's video to get a glimpse of how he got started, where I got my shows, and how day 1 of my commitment to running 3 miles 2-3 times a week went.
The nearer I get to the finish line of this destination, I recommit to not slip-sliding away. Here's how.
Day 24 is a check-in on my piano lessons, and the big lesson is... practice.
I've got so much to do, so much I get to do by the way. On days 25 & 26 of my #40Daysto40 challenge, I decided to move into my head for a bit and analyze many of the things on both my vision and task lists. And paint a room in the house. And stay up late to get it perfect. And not get any of the real work done. Guess how that worked out for me?
Read the Post while listening to the inspiration from Zero 7 & Sia.
Today is the first of several short videos where I get other people's perspective on turning 40. Some are funny, some super profound, others NSFW.
Would love to know, from those of you who are 40+:
We know about stopping to smell the roses. But what about the flowers we mean to pick but don't. The things we mean to come back to, and almost do, but not quite. I have shared a few times about the awards I've won in my head for ideas that never saw the light of day. Weekend 2's post is a check-in of sorts, and encapsulates the joy of spending many of this weekends' moments in the moment, capped off by a smack-me-upside-the-head metaphor for procrastination.
I talk with Lisa Kara of Zinc Nutrition and GoodNightSnack about how clean eating has helped, about health & happiness & happiness (twice) and how to get to the "where I wanna go" from the "where I am" - which turns out may be more inside journey.
Lisa is graciously offering viewers of The Daley Kennedy a 50% discount on her amazing e-book called "The Foundations", which has worked wonders for me. Visit ZincNutrition.com/e-books and enter code GoodnightZinc.
Music is a key part of my motivation. Actually, audio in general is. When I meditate, I love starting by listening to the sounds around me before listening to the music from one of the meditation music playlists I follow or created. When driving, I always have one of several things in the background: Podcasts, Audible or iBooks, or a Spotify Playlist. All of these motivate and mobilize me, and music in particular spurs reflection, inspiration, and helps drive the perspiration that comes from getting holistically healthy. For today, I centered on creating #40Daysto40 Spotify Playlist on The Daley Kennedy Spotify Page. Check it out. Follow it. Like me, it's a bit random but all of the songs motivate, mobilize, or spur memories for me, and I hope they do the same for you. Want to add a song? Hit me up on Facebook page and I'll see if it fits!
So it's not as bad as the title says. Hell, its not even bad. But the fact is fear - expressed in many different ways (see Meditation for Assholes ACRONYM definition) is definitely one of the things I am learning more about, including how to overcome it's paralyzing side effects. Today's post dives into my starting location for the personal and professional development pillar of the challenge. I get honest about money and about fear, and set up some where I want to go and where I am now details for you. I also share a bit of learning as to what this journey of #40Daysto40 is all about...
Day 36 was a play day for me, one where my husband and I spent some real quality time together that included vision work, beach time, hanging out wth friends, laughing more, worrying less. It was awesome.
Today's play day was enjoyed more fully by starting out the day after a night of great rest, then straight into the routine I do every day (START Your Day - more at Meditation for Assholes), eating a super healthy breakfast (plus a donut because... play day), and getting some financial clarity with my husband, part of a weekly practice we've implemented this year and - get this - started sticking to for the past month - whoa!
I'm fulfilled by the play day and committed to the #40Daysto40 challenge I've been sharing thus far.
Writing this little blip for day 36 is later than I wanted, following a bit of an editing challenge of the video I planned to post tonight. That video, which I will soon share, is one that consists of me asking friends and family members 2 questions about turning 40. For now, I will keep those two questions a surprise, but the insights I garnered from my three willing-ish interview subjects from day 36 can be summed up in two ways:
Hamilton the Musical/GIPHY.com
In perhaps one of the most relevant lines from Hamilton, when Aaron Burr gives Alexander Hamilton 2 simple - but powerful - rules to live by:
Talk Less. Smile More.
This quote from the poet Hafez, which I heard on Jack Kornfield's discussion with Oprah on Super Soul Sunday, is the 2nd way to sum up the answers to my two questions about turning 40: don't miss out on the big beautiful life by sitting in the dark, scary part of life.
Day 37 has been filled with healthy eating, a great workout, planning for charitable endeavors, a lot of financial planning, a little bit of frustration, and a lot of listening to podcasts and books on tape. I thought I'd share with you some of my favorite tools I've found thus far in getting out of my head and into my present so I can, in turn, have a great foundation for my 40's and beyond.
For today's share, I took a chance and wrote a blog post, work I've been ferociously avoiding doing while simultaneously accepting imaginary awards for in my head. :) Today's post is both an exercise in getting over a fear and sharing with you the plan for my 40 days to 40.
So I started out doing 40 weeks to 40 - you can even see the intro video below. But then I got busy, er, distracted, er... AFRAID. I guess. So - tackling this video is my first tackling of fear as I hit 40. Watch, and if you relate, hit me up on Facebook or IG with your story of tackling fear as you flee your 30's.
What can I say, I like crunch time? I started out doing this as 40 weeks to 40, and while i didi accomplish some of the goals outlined in this original intro video, I didn't share all of them. Watch how-not-to-do a challenge on video and share it with the world.
Below are links to the books, tools, products and podcasts that have helped me on the path to a better version of myself.