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Posted in Encouragement, Fun, Welcome on August 11, 2011 by cklaslan

So I know it’s been a while since I posted last.  Sorry about that.  I got busy with some out of town business trips and really wanted to re-focus betterME into something I could sustain.   I found that daily challenges are good, but to really be challenged I needed a better structure.  I will continue to do daily challenges as they pop up, but will also do challenges for longer periods of time, most likely for a week.

Here is the first challenge of  bM_2.0 : Someone asked me to tell them something about myself that no one else knows. To be honest this is really hard for me.  I am an open book and I tell pretty much everything to my closest friends.  So this is something I will have to think about for a day or two.  I won’t post the answer but I’ll let you know when I figure out what it is. 🙂

I am going to issue a challenge for the readers and here it is : Make a list of things that make you happy.  They can be small, little things that might seem silly.  Or they can be bigger more complicated things.  Just make a list so that when things don’t go the way you want, you can read your list and smile.

I made a “happy list” a few years ago and here are some of the items on them.  One of goals is to keep adding to the list.

  • Getting caught in the rain
  • Stargazing on a clear night
  • Watching the sunset
  • Picnics
  • Music
  • A broadway show
  • Walks in the park
  • Going hiking or camping
  • Taking a road trip somewhere
  • Skittles
  • Cooking
  • That line in “Princess Brider”… “Mawwridge is whut bwings us together”
  • Making someone laugh
  • Silly movies (Airplane,etc)

I don’t know if I will post daily, but I will at least post once or twice a week to update on the current weekly challenge.

Another reason for the delay in posting was waiting for the right timing and inspiration.  I’m a huge believer in fate and I think the time is right.  So here goes betterME_2.0 — More to follow tomorrow.


betterME Day 31 : Holy Crap, I did it.

Posted in Comfort Zone, Empowerment, Self Improvement, Welcome on June 30, 2011 by cklaslan

30 days, 30 posts, 30 challenges. Some were hard (letting people go), some were easy (a day of rest).  Some where very successful (decluttering my inbox, random acts of kindness), others did not have the level of results I would have wanted (social skydiving, improving weaknesses).  Others led to long term goals (learning sign language, running a half marathon).

Over the last 30 days I learned that if I stretch my limits a little at I time there are many more things I can do — talking to strangers, yoga, making a conscious effort to smile and be happy.

So what next?  I don’t wanna stop.  I’m curious to see what else I can do and make myself better (and those around me).  But how?

The daily challenges were cool.  But I’m not sure doing something for 1 day is too much of a challenge for anyone.  I will finish this week with some random daily challenges but going forward the focus will be on challenges that last for a week.  I will revisit some of the daily challenges and see if I can get the same results when doing it for an entire week.  I also have a list of new challenges that are more appropriate for a weeklong try :

  • no snooze button for a week
  • no coffee for a week
  • go vegetarian for a week
  • take the stairs everyday
  • reduce sarcasm (haha)
  • learn a new word each day

At the end of the next 4-6 challenges I’ll re-evaluate again and perhaps go to month-long challenges.  Who knows?  As long as I feel I’m making myself better I’ll keep this up.  I still may be asking some of you to join and I’d still appreciate any suggestions of your own as well as your comments.

A reminder the challenge for this week is to start going green and I am still researching all the ways thats possible, that make sense.  There are a of “green methods” that arent’ really that beneficial.  On the home front we have purchased a lot of floor fans and upped the thermostat to 73 (used to 68).


The Beginning…

Posted in Declutter, Welcome on May 30, 2011 by cklaslan

Perhaps my first challenge should be to get a calendar. LOL  In my intro email I sent out last week I said I’d start on Tuesday, June 1. Unfortunately Tuesday is May 31.  To keep the momentum, I thought I’d stick with the Tuesday part of the message instead of waiting for the 1st on Wednesday.  I also figure it’s best to get this thing off the ground.  I believe there is a quote that says “Motivation is what get’s you started, habit is what keeps you going“.

So here we go.

The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.

And so I have.  I’m not going to stay where I am.  So with that let the change begin.

In my intro I mentioned a few challenges that would not be set on a specific day, rather they just have to be completed within the next 30 days.  These challenges are :

* Meet 5 new people
* Renew 5 distant/lost relationships
* Remove 5 unhealthy relationships
* Do 5 random acts of kindness
* Tell 5 people why you appreciate them

As these challenges happen I’ll update the progress on that days’ blog.

Fate has decided, or rather the random number generator on my Droid, that the specific daily challenge for tomorrow, Tuesday, May 31 is :

* to declutter, by whatever definition seems fitting, whether mentally, physically, or emotionally.

Check back tomorrow evening to see how I decided to interpret “declutter” and what and how I did.

If you’ve done any similar “decluttering”, please feel free to share.


Here Goes Nothing — or Everything!

Posted in Welcome on May 25, 2011 by cklaslan
Hello! & Welcome! 

I recently heard an executive of a company describe himself as an “agent of change” and it was his job to make changes, good and bad, to get his company back on track, to create a vision for the future, and to head in the right direction.  He went on to say that the changes were sometimes difficult and painful and other times they were easy and painless.  But he felt they were necesary to make progress.

This inspired me to think about being an agent of change on a personal level.  Over the past few months, things have changed at work (good and bad), several personal relationships have changed (also good and bad), and as a result my views and outlooks have changed.  I’ve felt myself questioning things I’ve never questioned before and being unsettled with where certain aspects of my life are.  Those of you that know me know I am slow to change and like most people, don’t like to admit fault or a better way to do things.

Over the past month or two I’ve seen people issue challenges to themselves and others in an effort to make themselves better.  I’ve seen it on blogs, websites, news sites, and even on Facebook among several friends and co-workers.  I’ve seen them range from improving fitness to life decisions. So betterME was born – A challenge to myself to change things to make myself better, to make those around me better, and where I can, to make my world better.

If you’re reading this, then this is where you come in !!!  I invite you not only to read, but to participate, comment, encourage, and hold me accountable.  I’m asking ou to help inspire me and motive me, and yes, even challenge me yourself.  At least once or twice a week I want one of the challenges to come from the community of people I know — those of you reading right now  — it’s your chance to better me! No, asking me to give you $100 will not make me a better person so let’s keep it real

Sometimes I may invite a friend to join in on a challenge or help me fulfill one.  I do hope you’ll accept the offer if made, but if not I understand.  And if you do participate and don’t want to be mentioned in the blog, just say so.

Here are some examples of some of the challenges that may pop up : Get out of my comfort zone for a day, Do something spontaneous, Learn 10 new words, Try new foods, Talk to a stranger, Catch up with an old friends, Try something I think I suck at, Volunteer my time, Go out alone, Learn something new, Go to church, Stop a bad habit, Think positively, Be encouraging, Smile at everyone, Face a fear, Eliminate something non-essential, etc

There are also some goals I’ve set that can’t really be accomplished on a specific day.  Most of them deal with relationships and you can’t really plan when will that happen.  So I’ve set them to be completed within the 30 days instead of a certain day.  These may include challenges such as : Meet 5 new people, Repair 5 damaged relationships, Support a cause, No snooze-button for a week, Do 5 acts of kindness, etc.

I plan to kick this off next Tuesday, Jun 1.  I’ll make posts daily and update the results and make it available on Twitter and Facebook as well as right here 🙂

So I invite your encouragement, comments (you’re invited to leave them below by clicking on the link), suggestions and most of all your inspiration.  I am honestly asking for your help, participation, and truthful feedback.  Obviously I can’t embark on something like this without expecting some of the truths, realities,  and changes to sting.

This is something I feel I  must do and need to do. This is not a gag, gimmick, stupid trick or a way for attention.  Change requires some accountability and transparency.  If you’re aware of my challenge for the day by all means make sure I’m adhering to it.    So thank you in advance and hopefully in 30 days (and beyond) there will be a betterME!