Monday Motivation – Quitting Smoking (Again) and a 30-Day Challenge

Hello there and welcome to the work week. I know it’s tough but lets try to start off on the right foot, ok? Let’s try to get motivated! This week I am announcing three pieces of big news.

The first is I going to quit smoking again. I tried a long time ago after a bad cold but I picked it up again. At first it was just every once in awhile. I would get bored when all my friends would go smoke and I would tag along. Then someone would feel sorry for me and offer me a cigarette and I couldn’t refuse. Then I started asking for one. Then I started buying them again. Next thing I knew I was a full blown smoker and I smelled like one too.

This time though I have a buddy, maybe even two. One of the girls I’ve recently become friends with picked up the habit again after quitting awhile back too and would like to try to quit with me. We are both social smokers and we figure if we have each other to hang out with while everyone else smokes we have a better chance. Plus, she’s pretty stubborn and pushy (in a good way) which I will probably need in my times of weakness.

Also this week I am going to join a 30-day challenge to learn something new. I got the idea from one of my favorite blogger Leo Babauta at Zen Habits. This will be another second attempt at a previous goal, to teach myself math and science.

I think I have mentioned this before but I dropped out of high school at a pretty young age and while I have always been interested in math and science I have stuck to only learning the parts that I find interesting. As a result there are gaps in my knowledge that I would like to close, before my brain gets too old and squishy. I don’t have an exact end goal in mind but the challenge sates I must work on it for at least 10 minutes a day every day in June and I should journal about it. Then at the end of the month I’ll report back how I did. Easy-peasy!

I’ll be using Khan Academy math challenges and science videos for this, as I always have. I highly recommend them if you are like me and need to learn, or relearn a few things you missed out on in school. Or if you have kids who need a bit of homework help!

And finally this week, yet another goal I have not completed, I am still working on this driving thing. So yeah, I am 30 years old and I have a strange and quite potent fear of driving a car. For me all cars are bombs on wheels! Getting in the driver’s seat gives me anxiety and after any amount of time spent actually driving I usually have a small mental breakdown. I know, it’s weird.

I’ve worked on it off and on since last summer and I can at least say I have made a ton of improvement. In fact for the very first time this morning I drove myself to work! I go in at about four in the morning so there aren’t that many other drivers on the road and I figured I could handle it. I think I did well, I just need to learn to stop a little more smoothly and I need to learn to balance looking at the road, looking in my mirrors, and looking down at the speedometer. I also have to get better about not hugging the right side of the lane so closely.

I hope to drive to work everyday now and soon I hope to drive home too. It’s slow progress but with the amount of fear I have about driving it is significant progress and I am quite proud of myself.

I plan to make this week a good week and one where I move closer to completing some old goals that have been forgotten. Wish me luck! I promise to report back as more progress is made. In the meantime, I hope you have a great week too and I wish you luck in return and hope you cross of a few of your own goals and to-dos :)

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Hello! My name is Lisa. I find the human condition fascinating and I often write stuff about that. I blog at zenandpi.com but you can also find me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, and if you like what I do, consider signing up for my newsletter. Thanks :)

3 thoughts on “Monday Motivation – Quitting Smoking (Again) and a 30-Day Challenge”

  1. I’m so proud of you, too! I don’t think you’re “weird” at all (then again, “weird” isn’t always a bad thing – in my family, it’s a compliment, so in that sense – okay, you’re weird). Seriously, good job on the driving progress. We’re getting there, too. :)

    As for the smoking, I’m a big believer in “you’ll quit when you truly WANT to.” Here’s what worked for me (no kidding, the title’s a click-bait joke, but it goes to my personal blog and the suggestion’s serious): http://jahangiri.us/2013/one-weird-trick-to-stop-smoking-now/ See? What’d I tell you. It’s fine to be a little weird.

    If this message doesn’t end up floating around in your spam bucket, I’ll be very surprised – hope you find it. LOL

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  2. Good on you for taking on these challenges!
    I think it’s especially awesome that you’re quitting smoking, and that you have a quit buddy to support you :) Not sure how it is where you are, but where I am, pharmacists can offer a lot of support/help with the quitting process too (and not just by supplying nicotine replacement!)

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