I am not Catholic, but I do like to participate in the "giving something up during Lent" tradition.
This year's goal: to give up bad-for-me foods and to choose productivity and growing over being lazy and stagnant.
Day 1 (yesterday): had bad salmon for lunch and ended up leaving work a couple hours early and staying home today, miserable with food poisoning. C'est la vie.
Once I managed to keep some plain jane, oven baked fries down, I started a pot of (fresh, from scratch) beef stew and got part of the pantry cleaned up...that's about as productive as I'm gonna be today, and I'm okay with that.
I recently started reading through the Old Testament, picking up where I had left off a few years before, with the Book of Ezra. I am now on the last chapter of Nehemiah.
I sat down this afternoon with my planner and mapped out how long it will take me to read through the rest of the Old Testament, averaging about 10 chapters a day. I should finish on Easter Sunday! I think that's a pretty cool coincidence.
Here's to goals that grow us and teach us and make us better than we were yesterday.