Turning it Off

I’m doing it. I am taking the plunge. I found my inspiration, my push and I’m doing it. I’m building this up so much that it is bound to be a letdown to my amazing readers haha.

I am cutting out TV for the next month (with exceptions because, let’s face it: I’m weak and in the middle of a series). Over the past few weeks, a post has been brewing in my mind about making things happen—about accepting the *positive* things you want for your life and committing to making them happen.

I’ve taken steps to adjust my day-to-day routine in an attempt to better reflect my strengths and desires. In case anyone doesn’t know, I work from home. There are stipulations when it comes to my schedule, but there is also incredible potential to really customize my day, while still doing the job I need to.

I reached a point where I had to be honest with myself and say, “Kat, if you want your days to align with what you want, you need to do something about it—things aren’t just going to magically work themselves out with no effort.” I’ve been working to adjust my schedule to better utilize my most productive time of the day and to give me some time back when I’m not so productive. It’s still a work in progress and will continue to evolve, especially when we get a house, but I’ve already experienced the benefits. So here is where I am kicking it up a notch.

I just started reading Chip and Joanna Gaines’s book: The Magnolia Story and, safe to say, I am already enthralled with it—just when I didn’t think I could love them more. Part of it has to do with enjoying being able to learn about their history, relationship, and how they got to where they are. I always love the chance to connect with people, regardless of whether or not I know them personally—opportunities like that make me feel like I do. But the other part is the similarities I’ve picked up on that really resonated with me. They were things I’ve thought, said, or done. I find it all very inspiring and sometimes even a little creepy, if I’m being honest.

But what on earth does that have to do with giving up TV? A fun fact about Chip and Jo: they don’t watch TV. I heard that a while back and thought it was strange, but they addressed it in the book. It was suggested to them during marriage counseling that they try 6 months without TV. After 6 months, they decided to do 6 more and, to this day, don’t own a TV. They just don’t feel like they need one. Now, I love TV; but probably too much.

I am proud to have many aspirations. They may not be grandeur by others’ standards, but they are important to me and could lead me in a direction I’d love to go. But I am constantly faced with the struggle of “not having time.” As a disclaimer, the ‘no TV’ concept is not the only thing I’ve taken away from the book so far, but it presented an interesting option to try. TV sucks away so much time from each and every day. I want to challenge myself to give it up so that I am forced to find other things to do—preferably all those things I was referring to before.

As I mentioned, I’m being a little lenient with myself. I am going to give myself one show during the week—definitely not saying which one because it’s embarrassing, but I am smack dab in the middle of the season—and maybe a movie or two with Nick per week. But that’s it. My biggest struggles will be lunchtime, which I usually pass with TV, and evenings when we usually relax and watch TV or a movie. All I know is that I hate wasting away my time “off” during the day and it’s becoming increasingly important to devote time to my aspirations and personal to-do list.

So tomorrow is the official start to the 30 days. It’s not as brave as 6 months, but a girl needs to start somewhere. I am excited about this, though I know it won’t be easy… and the fact that this is going to be so hard just proves it needs to be done.

Wish me luck and I will keep y’all posted!

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