The Seven Year Project

So this post is a little bit different. I really just want to take a moment to talk about something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. Last summer, I turned 20. I know that is still very young, but the end of my teenage years has caused a lot of reflection for me. I keep thinking about my life currently and where I want it to go. I feel that I spend a lot of my time not living in the moment, and when I do take a moment for self reflection, it’s mostly drowned in negativity and anger. I am a very scientifically oriented person, and I keep going over an idea in my mind. Your cells are constantly dying, being replaced by new ones. Some replace themselves everyday, some every few years. Roughly every 7 years, every cell in your body has replaced itself, so physically, you are a completely new person. Those cells are not made perfect however. They are a reflection of what life you have been building. What you eat, how you exercise, how much time you spend outside, even your emotional state of well being is reflected in your body somewhere and is affecting you physically.

My thought has been….what if I spent the next 7 years doing everything to build a better version of myself? What if that is my big goal? What if, for 7 years, I practiced improving myself in every aspect of my life? Well, it would no longer matter if I spent the first 20 years being unhealthy. If I practiced positive thinking, thankfulness, and selflessness everyday for 7 years….spent lets say, an hour everyday, on positive self reflection, would it not be a permanent part of me after 7 years? If I only ate healthy foods, drank plenty of water, and exercised 4 times a week for 7 years, would I not be healthy in every cell of my body?

Much of this is common sense, but what inspires me about this line of thinking is that the past truly doesn’t matter, only the present, and what you do in the present helps build a better version of yourself in the future. Seven years is long enough to change my habits, but not so long that I can’t picture it. In seven years I will be 27…I have dated men older than that! I want to embrace positivity and health in every aspect of my life, and I want to know that my future will be a happy one.

That’s why I have decided to start now on a project that will last me the next seven years. This project is simply to be better….better than who I have been. I want to spend the next seven years building new habits, one at a time, until I am a completely healthy person. They say it takes one month of doing something before it becomes a habit. Well, there are 84 months in seven years. That is up to 84 habits I can build for myself. That is more than enough to completely redesign my life.

So that is my little bit of self reflection for the day. Let me know if you have any ideas for healthy habits I can start to build. If you enjoyed this post, give it a like and subscribe to me! xoxo

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