Today is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life

Today is the first day of the rest of my life.  How many times have you heard that phrase?  I’ve heard it a lot.  I’ve said it a lot.  I’ve thought about how that phrase is meant to be a catalyst for change and dreamt of change.  However, I have never taken action after telling myself that today is the first day of the rest of my life.

Until recently.

Let me tell you a little bit about me.  I am a 35-year old husband and father of two wonderful little boys, ages 2 years and 10 months.  I am a lawyer by day, and sometimes a photographer on the weekends. I would say that I am “successful” and living a good life by traditional measures, but I haven’t been satisfied in quite some time.  Taking that a step further, I haven’t been happy on a long-term basis in quite some time.

Recently, I decided that things needed to change.  Following an almost perfect storm of events, I realized that I was ready to make a real effort to effectuate that change.  But I knew that would be an uphill battle.  After all, old habits die hard.  Here I was with years of of bad habits – materialism and retail therapy, a negative outlook on life,being easily aggravated, not eating as well as I should and enjoying drinks more than I should, exercising less than I should, failing to live in the present, etc.  All habits that were actively keeping me from living a better life – the life that I wanted to be living.

Once I knew I was ready for a change, I thought about what it would take for me to made that change.  I knew that I had to have a way to be accountable for my own progress.  I had toyed with the idea of a blog before and registered for a domain name over one year ago that would have likely led to a blog that was more about tracking than a blog that improved life (although I still have the domain and may branch out at some point, but right now quantifiable goals are not everything).  I began to read more blogs about living better.  Some of these focused on minimalism (i.e., The Minimalists, Zen Habits, Be More With Less and Truth. No Consequences, which I discovered after reading the book Luxury of Less: The Five Rings of Minimalism), some that focus on health and lifestyle (i.e., Mark’s Daily Apple and Deliciously Organic), and some that focused on simply reminding me how to try to live better (i.e. The Happiness Project and New Urban Habitat), among many others.  But it was the minimalism and living better sites that prompted me to start this site and share my journey with liked-minded people, and hear about your journeys as well.

That being said, this blog is not a minimalist site.  I will explore some, if not many, of those ideas as I am interested in the idea of living with less – less stuff, less emotional baggage, less negativity, etc.  But maybe a better word would be simplicity.  I will also be exploring topics such as family, children, productivity, happiness, food, and more.  All the things that lead to a Better Lived Life.  I look forward to embarking on this project and hope that you will follow me.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life

Think about it: today is the first day of the rest of your life.  What will you change before tomorrow?


[Image Creative Commons via kennejima on Flickr]

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