After yesterday’s journaling to get this #30DayLifeLaunch challenge going, I sat down and made a serious to-do list to get me officially launched on day 2. I was going to do so many things to launch myself into this challenge, starting with a bunch of projects I’ve been neglecting. Instead, I spent the entire day in a way I never expected to spend it.

I went to bed on day 1 and I could not sleep. It wasn’t because I was nervous or anxious. It was because I received a message from a dear friend who had read about this challenge. She said, “maybe you should start this whole thing with one full day off. When was the last time you did that?”

It took me a good hour to wiggle my thinking away from all the things I was going to do and decide that she was right. I haven’t taken a day off to just not worry about anything or do anything in months… And months… And months. If I’m being honest, maybe even longer than that.

I have worked myself into the ground. I have worried myself into the mire of exhausting thought that won’t shut down. I have stressed to the point that extreme stress just seems normal to me. I haven’t given myself a single 24 hour break to just breathe and remind myself that taking one day off won’t kill me.

So, that is what I decided to do on my day 2 of this challenge.

I did nothing at all.

And if I’m being honest, doing nothing at all was a lot harder than I expected it to be.

Actually, I take that back. I didn’t do nothing. I did a few things I had been needing to do for a while.

I reached out to several dear friends I haven’t talked to in ages just to tell them I missed them.

I perused my “inspiration” folder for body painting to try and get ideas of what I would try next.

I took a nice, long, hot bath.

I visited with an old friend.

I visited with another old friend.

I played for an extra long time with my dog.

I had a cocktail.

I ate the world’s most delicious cookie.

I got a massage.

And… I went to bed a couple hours earlier than usual.

That was yesterday. My day 2 of the #30DayLifeLaunch.

Before yesterday, I was actually quite stressed about this challenge. I didn’t know exactly where to start, how I’d do it all, or even how I’d do half of it. I felt like there was too much to do to plug enough holes in my heart and soul within just 30 days. After all, this rut is months and months in the making.

When I woke up today, however, I was somehow a lot more pumped for this challenge. As soon as I share this I am going to jump head first into my day 3 of #30DayLifeLaunch. I am motivated, and excited, and I have a lot of hope that good things are going to happen because I am just making the choice to start making them happen.

The truth is, I cannot plug every hole within 30 days. I can’t reach every goal. I can’t do every little bit of it.

But I can do everything I can every single day to get my life launched in the right direction within 30 days.

Dan Pearce | The Single Dad Laughing Blog