One of my “OCD-like” passions, in addition to health and fitness, is photography. For a few years now a good friend and photographer has told me I should take on “Project 365”. Project 365 requires you to shoot, process and post a photo each and every day for a full calendar year. Now you don’t have to start on January 1 to tackle Project 365, but I always said that if I did step up, I would ensure my daily posts corresponded to a single year.
So, much like many of of my goals, I didn’t over-think-it and decided on December 31, while enjoying a few cocktails, that I would jump in and go for Project 365 in 2014. While there may be days without a post, due to business travel, I will a) take a photo each day (between 12:00am and 11:59pm), and b) post them to my Flickr! account as soon as I have WIFI access.
So, why post this to my Health blog? Because my health blog is about balance, getting the most out of life, and stringing together a series of small steps to improve your overall health from a physical, mental and spiritual perspective. Setting goals, stepping up to challenges, and making sure you push yourself, falls in line with smallsteps2health.
If you want to stop by and check out MY PROJECT 365, please do.
Small steps add up!!!
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Like many around the world, I am a huge fan of the Olympics. In addition to being somewhat of a sports addict, I love what the Olympics represent. I love to see the look in the eyes of the athletes as they walk out to the event for which they have trained for their entire lives. I am enthralled when a relatively unknown rises up and shocks the world with a gold medal performance. And perhaps the most inspiring are those moments when you can see athletes giving their all, without a chance of making it to the podium for a medal, yet appreciating and relishing every single moment. I literally get goose bumps thinking about it.
Part of being a healthy, balanced human being is finding what inspires us, what gives us passion and drive. When we feel we don’t have enough motivation or challenge we feel lost. There are certainly times when the day-to-day challenges I face as a husband, father and working professional can grind me down into a somewhat uninspired heap. However, life is too short to let your mind remain in a state of “going through the motions.” I’ve found to be happy I need (at least) 3-4 big, meaty projects at work, and 3-4 hobbies I’m “into” on the home-front (e.g fitness, photography, golf, skiing, etc.). However, even with my sometimes OCD approach to work and hobbies, there are times when I need a bit more wind in my sails. This is typically when I lean on family, friends and close colleagues – – as they would do the same for me. However, during the two weeks that encompass the Olympic Games, I actually find living vicariously through others, learning about their stories and challenges for their often single moment to “give it all they have”, gives me just the boost and inspiration I need.
It’s not just about the the medals. I have to add that I love the Nike campaign they’re running during the Olympics with the tag line “Find Your Greatness.” Have you been inspired today?
Small steps add up!