How to Run the Soft Reset on your Life

Two weeks ago, we moved into our new apartment. The next day,our cable was installed. I was quite proud of myself for being so on top of things. And hour later, the screen went pink. We were busy moving, so I didn’t have time to deal with this inconvenience. A few days later I decided to call for help. When I found the phone number, I read an all-but-plea from the cable company. It essentially begged that before you call, at least try resetting your cable box on your own. So I did. And it worked. I was basically a super hero. I sent my husband a text explaining what happened.


His message really resonated with me. When in doubt, restart.

A little under three months ago I committed to making some changes in my health. I was doing well for a while. And then, well, lots of things. I lost a friend to cancer. And we moved. And this happened.
I wrote a blog a few weeks ago vowing to return to Project 40. Work-outs since this blog: zero.

I find myself on a other Monday morning. And I’m ready to start again.


Before I had a smart phone (remember the time before smart phones? My daughter doesn’t.) I was a Palm Pilot user. Big big fan. Relied on it heavily. And every once in a while it would slow down or get stuck. Since this was in the pre-software-update-every-few-months era, the problem was often that the device needed a soft reset. Remember those? You put a paperclip into that little hole and held your breath, hoping you didn’t lose everything?

And then you would turn the device off. And turn it back on. And everything was up and running again.

Sometimes you needed to delete something that was causing problems. Sometimes you lost a bit of work. But for the most part, you could start again.

Today, I am running the soft reset on my life. (Without the paperclip.) I have Flylady habits established from my past. I know what to do. I have a new home that sure, still needs to be unpacked a bit… But there is a place for everything, even if everything is not yet in its place.

I am participating in an abs challenge group, and have some plans to get me back on schedule for Project 40.

I am participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, working on a new book for the first time in years.

I even plan to *gasp* practice the piano accompaniment for the student show I’m musical directing this summer. (I usually just wing it.)

If a student came to me deciding to make all of these changes, I would discourage it. It’s too much all at once.

Except. These are habits that have already been in place in the past. It’s not a new Palm Pilot out of the box. It’s just a soft reset. Sure, I may lose a little of the work I had already done (like the few pounds I had dropped that are back…) but for the most part, I can pick up where I left off.

Turning off.

And… turning back… on.

And everything is up and running again.

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