Resolved for May: May Play! I'm committing to more playing, physically and mentally.
Physically speaking, I'm committing to at least 30 minutes of exercise every day in May. I've been tracking my food occasionally with My Fitness Pal, and one thing that's jumped out at me is the difference just a small amount of exercise in a day makes. A light workout doesn't make me eat more, but suddenly my normal amount of calorie consumption moves below my calorie goal (since I've "earned" extra calories for the day). Basically, I can eat the way I want (read: drink yummy whole milk and butter) if I just add some exercise.
I've been blown away by how important exercise is since reading "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain" by John J. Ratey, and I think committing to 30 minutes a day is really going to make a difference in my health. A friend sent me this great video from Dr. Mike Evans, check it out:
My plan involves biking to work, going to yoga and YAS, and Just Dance 3 on my Wii. I'm also planning to bust out some workout tapes and other physical Wii games, like Sports Resort and I just got Punch Out! Basically, if I get to the end of a day and I haven't gotten any exercise, I just have to rev up the Wii for 30 minutes.
And play! May Play!
Mentally speaking, my May Play is about approaching my creative work from a fun, playful place. Both, what makes a particular project fun, appealing, and delightful to its audience, and how can I come at the work that needs to be done from a more playful place. I've been gradually shifting my mindset about the way I approach my projects. I try to remember what it felt like to write stories as a child and a teen, and click into that feeling. More fearless, more free. Less "How Am I Ever Going To Pull This Off?" and more "This Is Awesome!"
I love a big, fat 31-day month. Makes me just want to fill it up with challenging goals and good work. And I'm really looking forward to seeing how I feel on June 1st, physically and mentally, because I think this May is really going to get the rest of me and my year clicking along.
I encourage you to take a look at your calendar - How can you add more play to your May?
May Play! Who's with me?